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A popular meme on Facebook claims that “everyone” does cocaine in adulthood. In a world that demands perfectionism and continual performance, it can certainly feel that way. And statistics suggest that cocaine use is more common than ever. Sixteen percent of adults admit to using cocaine at least once, and nearly 6% of young adults have used it in the last year. Cocaine remains a leading cause of drug overdoses, killing more than 5,000 people annually—and many thousands more due to secondary causes such as organ damage and cardiovascular problems.
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No one willingly chooses a life addicted to cocaine. Addiction is painful and isolating. It’s also a disease, not a moral failing. The sooner you seek treatment for this life-altering disease, the sooner you can get your life back. Here’s what you need to know about cocaine addiction—and how our revolutionary West Palm Beach Brain Restoration Plus (BR+) program can repair your brain and restore your life.
Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant. This means that it speeds up activity in your brain and spinal cord, helping you feel smarter more alert, and more energetic. Over time, this feeling becomes addictive. It’s also not reflective of reality. You might feel smarter, but in reality, you’re just moving more quickly—and probably more aggressively. Cocaine is heavily correlated with aggression, interpersonal violence, and relationship conflict because it makes people think they’re smarter than they are, instilling a sense of overconfidence.
Like all drugs, cocaine breeds dependency and tolerance. Over time, you’ll need more cocaine to get the same high you once got at a lower dose. That’s how people end up overdosing. It’s also what gets people progressively more addicted, because the more cocaine they use, the more dependent the body and brain become on the drug.
The most significant symptom of cocaine addiction is dependence—the inability to stop using cocaine without serious physiological effects. If you experience depression, anxiety, or withdrawal when you try to stop using, you’re an addict. Some other signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction include:
Cocaine is illegal, so many people think cocaine addiction is something that happens only to criminals, or to other people. Anyone can get addicted to cocaine. And because of cocaine’s stimulating effects, it’s often high performing perfectionists who get addicted.
For some people, prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are a gateway drug to cocaine. These drugs help people have more energy to study, work, and engage in other challenging pursuits. Some turn to cocaine when they develop a tolerance, hoping for an improvement in performance. And thus the addiction to one substance transforms into an addiction to another substance.
A second type of cocaine, called crack cocaine, may be even more addictive than powder cocaine. Crack is the freebase form of cocaine, and can be smoked or injected. Though its effects are similar, some research suggests that it is more addictive. It’s also more common in impoverished and urban areas, where people already face a number of risk factors for addiction. So crack ends up being a temporary escape from pain that forms a longer term addiction prison.
Both crack and powder cocaine have similar effects. They can damage the heart, lungs, liver, and kidney. They may cause serious brain damage, strokes, heart attacks, seizures, and other catastrophic medical events. They’re also easy to overdose on.
The effects aren’t just physical. Cocaine also alters mental health by depleting dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to feelings of motivation and wellness. Users end up depressed and overwhelmed, then use more cocaine to combat these feelings. This creates a vicious cycle that requires more than just sobriety. It requires a comprehensive plan for treating the underlying issues that caused the addiction.
You know that cocaine changes the way your brain functions. So how can you change it back? Until recently, addiction treatment centers lacked a good answer to this important question. Now, that’s changed.
The secret is our nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) IV drip. NAD is a coenzyme that plays an important role in numerous reactions in your body’s cells. Good cell health means good physical health. Good physical health means good mental health. So by restoring NAD levels, we help you remain healthy as you go through detox.
NAD can also help restore your brain to its natural state of optimal health. Research has shown that addicts have low levels of NAD. NAD is linked to the production of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that help the brain send and receive important signals that regulate mood, behavior, and much more. By restoring NAD to its natural, healthy levels, we address addiction at its root cause, restoring your brain to health.
You didn’t choose this affliction. It’s not your fault. But you can choose to move past it. We’re ready to show you a path out of addiction, and into a brighter, better tomorrow. There’s no time like the present. With addiction, tomorrow is not guaranteed. Contact us today, and let’s begin helping you chart a course to sobriety.