Many factors contribute to cocaine addiction including the drug itself which is one of the most highly addictive substances. The brain is affected by increased amounts of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. Once the body and brain become addicted to cocaine, it is very difficult to stop and nearly impossible without outside help.
The brain and body go through the addiction process together. Both are affected differently with changes focused on areas responsible for judgment, decision making, memory, learning and behavioral control. Some signs a person is addicted to cocaine include:
Behavioral and pharmaceutical treatments are available for cocaine addiction even though there are no FDA approved medications on the market for treatment. The following are available treatments one might consider.
Cocaine addiction is treatable but should not be handled alone. Help and peer support is available as well as professional treatment in licensed facilities with trained staff. Making the choice difficult, but recovery and sober living are well worth the challenge it takes to get there.
If you suspect yourself, a friend or family member needs help overcoming an addiction, contact Hired Power at 800-910-9299. Trained counselors and therapists are available to answer questions and provide support.
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