Cocaine Addiction

The UK now has one of the highest rates of cocaine use in the European Union with an conservatively estimated one million people using powdered cocaine and over 200,000 using the crystalized form referred to as crack cocaine. It is conservatively  estimated there are a staggering 22 million cocaine users worldwide. It is used by all classes of people and whilst in its early days was considered a designer drug and  the preserve of the more affluent members of society, competition and market forces saw its availability becoming more and more affordable to most as prices continued to fall throughout the last decade. It’s popularity as a recreational drug has now reached worldwide proportions throughout the western world with few countries globally escaping its illegal exploitation.

Unlike some other substance abuse addictions, which can produce a  physical incapacitation ceiling barrier at extreme levels of use, cocaine addiction has no upper limits, it’s consumption is only limited to the size of your wallet or available income, literally the sky’s the limit for cocaine addiction. Like many other addictions  the addict is subconsciously encouraged to  increase their use of the drug because the initial and short term high created by the brains release of the neurochemical dopamine is no longer enough to to generate the same euphoric high as when the user first started taking the drug.

Just like many other forms addiction the user develops their interest in the drug to mask and help cope with difficult past and present emotions. In cases of long term use there is significant evidence that this can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm, heart attacks, strokes and even death. Snorting the drug causes significant damage to the noses membranes, smoking it increases risk of lung disorders and cancer and snorting it carries risks of developing HIV and hepatitis. In time the addict will also develop mental health problems emanating in depression, psychosis and generally feeling on edge and anxious throughout the day. All of which will eventually  impact negatively on their finances, work , their general wellbeing and personal relationships.

Unlike treatments for heroin addiction there are no available medicines which work to help the user withdraw from cocaine addiction. At some stage the cocaine user will become aware of how harmful their habit has become, they may have already tried to confront the problem and ease off their habit or quit altogether. They may even have discussed their use of the drug with their partner, family or friends.

Here at Addictions Away, we help you to explore and identify the reasons behind your cocaine use  and understand more clearly your emotional dependency on the drug. This will allow us to deliver the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to your unique circumstances.  Throughout your entire journey on the road to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist will work closely alongside you thus ensuring the best possible outcome. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority, provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire. 

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