Cocaine Addiction Information
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Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a correlation between Cocaine abuse and ageing in the brain.  As seen on the image to the left, the brain of an abuser of Cocaine has a much larger area of his/her brain affected.  This means their brain physically looks like the brain of a much older person.  Physiological problems including memory loss and a decreased resistance to infection are seen.  Also, drug abusers are more than eight times more likely than non-abusers to die prematurely.  This is a frightening statistic, and the general awareness of the problem needs to be raised.

Cocaine addiction needs to be addressed!  Along with other drug addictions, a degradation of society is occurring due to these problems.  With the Baby Boomer Generation already advancing into their later years, to add the increasingly large drug addicted population spells out a large problem.  With such a high percentage of the population getting old, whether by natural progression or self-inflicted harm, a larger burden is placed on those who are healthy.  It leads to a diminishing work force, as well as a larger percentage of those who need assistance to take care of themselves.  To mitigate this problem, a variety of treatment options are available.  Many people suffering from Cocaine addiction will need treatment, due to the highly addictive nature of the drug.  Do not think of it as a weakness, but as an obstacle to overcome.  There is no shame in asking for help, and the rehabilitation industry is here to help.

That being said, not all rehabs are the same.  Some of them are for profit operations, which I would not recommend.  Most people in the treatment field are not in it for the money, but because they want to help their fellow human beings.  Many people in the field have real life experiences with substance abuse themselves.  If you have any questions or concerns about Cocaine addiction, please call (800) 468-6933.

 

Reference:  http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/04/cocaine-may-age-the-brain.html