Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaine useYes, you read that right. A new study found astounding results about the chocolate and cream treat. It turns out that America’s favorite milk-dunking goodie, Oreos, are as addictive as cocaine. The study was completed by a research team at Connecticut College. In several experiments with lab rats, the researchers found that the rats were as drawn to Oreo cookies as they were to cocaine. And, like us, they loved the cream filling. Sorry cookie connoisseurs. Oreo is the new, arguably less harmful, cocaine.

The research team used a series of experiments to gather information on the chocolate treat. They found that eating high fat / high sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. Oreos actually activate more neurons in the “pleasure-center” of the brain than cocaine, suggesting that diets with high sugar and fat content trigger addictive processes in the brain. In short, sugar and fat trigger your body to eat more sugar and fat.

Physiological Effects of Cocaine

Now, obviously this is not to say that sugar is just as bad as cocaine. You likely won’t see people pouring out lines of sugar on the coffee table to snort. It is as addicting, and will lead a person to consume more sugar, like cocaine will draw someone to consume more cocaine. While the news might be startling, cocaine’s effects on the body are much more harmful. Cocaine is very popular in the U.S., known as the caviar of drugs.  14% of adults in the U.S. were reported to have used cocaine, with young men between the ages of 18 and 25 being the biggest users. One in 40 people have been reported to have used cocaine in the last year.

Cocaine increases the heart rate and constricts the blood flow in the veins. The constriction of blood can cause strokes and seizures, even in young people and with no other warning symptoms. People who snort cocaine can cause permanent nose perforation and (cocaine) smokers can cause permanent damage to their lungs. Oxygen starvation from blood constriction can cause ulcers in the stomach and perforation in the intestines. The drug even impairs sexual function in men and women, despite being known as an aphrodisiac.

Awareness and Dependence

Not only does cocaine affect the body, but it takes a toll on mental awareness as well. After extended use, dependence develops and the person begins to think they cannot survive without the drug. Withdrawals from cocaine are rarely medical in nature, but they can cause suicidal thoughts and actions. The abuser can feel anxious, depressed, fatigued, and have difficulty concentrating on top of the physical ails (aches, pains, tremors, chills, etc.) from withdrawals. Without the right help, cocaine withdrawals can cause intense cravings, even years after the last use.

Various people have come forth to talk about their experience with cocaine use, encourage others to stay away from the drug, and talk about what helped them overcome their addiction. Tracy H. spoke about the Narconon Arrowhead program. “I had been kicked out my house with my dad,” she said during a video interview. “When I was using crack I lost everything. I lost the respect of my family, the trust of my family. My friends had all given up on me. They’d given me chance after chance and…I lost everything.”

Then, she talked about her new, drug-free life with the help of Narconon. “My life today without the drugs and alcohol and everything is unbelievable. I wake up every day, I feel awesome. I know I have something to give to the world again and to my family, and to myself.” Life without a drug addiction is more fulfilling than the temporary high.

See her full story here:

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While Oreo’s are not as addictive as cocaine, cocaine addiction is a serious matter that requires immediate attention and professional help through rehabilitation. Contact us today for more information on how to get help for you or someone you who is struggling with cocaine abuse.

References:

Today Health – http://www.today.com/health/addicted-oreos-you-truly-might-be-8C11399682

WebMD – http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/cocaine-use-and-its-effects?page=2