Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaineCocaine is an illegal psychoactive drug that is snorted or smoked into the body. It is most often seen in its powder form, though rocks are most problematic in urban areas of major metropolitan cities, and has affected more than 2 million Americans. Up until this point, cocaine was only detectable in the body a couple days after use. However, a new study has detected a new way to detect cocaine usage, a more permanent solution for picking up cocaine usage.

Anthony P. DeCaprio and a group of his colleagues are the manufacturers of this study. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs undergo rigorous testing, DeCaprio explained. Because of this, scientists have developed multiple ways to detect those substances in the body. But illicit drugs do not go through the same testing, and the results show. There is no long-term way to scientifically detect cocaine usage in the body. People who are career users of cocaine will eventually show the signs – depression, kidney damage among others. But DeCaprio and crew might have found the beginning in revolutionizing cocaine tests.

In a new study, published in Chemical Research in Toxicology, it has been found that cocaine permanently damages proteins in the body. Detected in biofluids, these proteins are gradually altered when cocaine enters the body. Long-term use damages them even more. These biofluids, the researchers found, can be obtained and used to determine if the user is on cocaine and for how long. The damage can be viewed weeks or even months after use, rather than the few days of today’s tests. They also found new details on the metabolism of cocaine, which might contribute in understanding the grand scale of the drug’s dangers.

Lou’s Battle with Cocaine

Lou is a long time drug abuser. Unlike most drug addicts, he understands he has a problem and feels guilty that he cannot get out of the trap. His drug abuse has caused him to hurt himself and those closest to him, including his family. He is depressed because of the guilt he feels, yet this does not empower him to get clean. Instead, he turns to the only thing he knows to help him feel better – more drugs. He is addicted to cocaine, and each time he goes back to using he doesn’t feel the guilt or depression, but this only lasts as long as the drug does. Once the withdrawal symptoms kick in, he is once again at the low. His body is taking a toll. Mentally, he is destroying himself. The toxins released from the drug wear down on his mind. When the drug is absorbed fully and he comes down, he is depressed once again. He knows he needs to get better, that every time he spends money and time buying cocaine, he is depleting that money and time from his family. But he can’t help it, and it crushes him.

Then, after encouragement from his family, Lou researches facilities and finds Narconon. He went through his withdrawal with the support of the staff at Narconon and cleansed his body, making him feel better than he had in years. With the New Life Detoxification program, he was able to fully clear his body of the old toxins that contribute to physical cravings. Then, he cleansed his mind. Narconon’s Life Skills portion gave Lou new outlooks on where he was in his life. As he worked through the portion to overall recovery, he freed himself of the guilt he had felt and learned how to repair the relationships his drug abuse had damaged. Now, Lou is guilt and drug-free. Thanks to Narconon, he was able to overcome the physical and emotional distress and now he supports his family in every way.

References:

Narconon – http://www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/centers/arrowhead-reviews.html

News Medical – http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131114/Study-reveals-how-cocaine-permanently-damages-proteins-in-the-body.aspx