Cocaine Addiction Information
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monkey on backUnder the backbreaking weight of cocaine addiction, many people have found relief through religious treatment.  Some claim that their faith was the only thing that healed them.  When it comes to addiction there are a number of factors involved, many of them personal and unique.  Each story varies depending on the individual and his own beliefs, whatever those may be.

Religious Treatment

Linking religion with treatment for substance abuse is a growing trend in the United States, and one that many say is more successful.  Jewish, Catholic and Muslim groups are becoming more involved in the problem with substance abuse, offering counseling and therapy to parishioners and others.

A popular form of treatment is group meetings, in which members say they are strengthened to learn of others with the same beliefs going through the same struggles.  Many find it beneficial to have the guidance and encouragement of a trusted religious leader.  They feel encouraged by religious scriptures pertinent to their situation, and for many, turning their focus to religion takes their mind off their addiction.

Musician Smokey Robinson, for example, claims that his release from cocaine addiction came from God.  The Motown star struggled with cocaine abuse and remained individuated from those who tried to help him.  During a church service nearly thirty years ago, however, a pastor connected with him in ways that no one else had.  It was at that point, Robinson says, that he became sober.

Drugs Are Not Selective

One of the issues that Robinson’s pastor discussed with him was the physical, emotional and mental factors involved in his addiction.  Robinson said that she understood what was going on with him in ways that no one else did.  When one works in the world of substance abuse treatment, the struggles fall into the same pattern.  Religious leaders and counselors become well versed in the issues that each addict is fighting.

Regardless of religion or personal convictions, drugs cross all barriers and are coldly unbiased.  People from all walks of life are affected in very similar ways.

Physical Effects of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine hits the brain and central nervous system in an exact way, producing a number of physical effects that go beyond the short-lived high.

Here are some common physical effects of cocaine addiction:

Loss of appetite

Trouble sleeping

Nausea

Hyperstimulation

Weight loss from malnutrition

Sexual problems

Severe tooth decay

Physical addiction, even after just one hit

Headaches

Abdominal pain

Nose trouble if the drug is snorted, including loss of the sense of smell, nosebleeds, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, and a consistently runny nose

Convulsions

Seizures

Sudden death and overdose from high doses

Emotional Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine affects the brain chemicals that monitor pleasure, causing a rapid release, which is what gives users the intense high.  After this, however, the brain is temporarily exhausted of its pleasure-inducing neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.  This produces heavy emotional effects, including:

Severe depression

Irritability

Erratic and sometimes violent behavior

Anxiety and paranoia

Mental Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine’s effects on the mind are various and sundry, ranging from bizarre to terrifying.

Disorientation

Apathy

Confusion

Hallucinations

Panic

Psychosis

Success in Treatment

People fight and win against cocaine addiction every day.  Programs that address more than just the physical aspect of the drug have a higher chance of success.  One factor in common with higher success rates is having a strong support group, whether it be family, friends, group counseling or church.  The mental and emotional aspects of cocaine must be addressed as well as physical detox.