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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Road Back is Very Difficult

One use can get you hooked. 

While helping my youngest one with a homework assignment quite a few years ago we did a considerable amount of research on cocaine addiction. It was truly eye opening for me. Having never tried any illegal drugs I had no idea how they got a hold on the user.  One of the things that really struck me as we researched is how cocaine use, with only one experiment, forever alters ones dopamine receptors by giving the user a false sense of euphoria, then blocking their own natural “feel good” ability. Now to achieve that level again they can only achieve it with the use of the drug. 

Cocaine was once thought to be a wonder drug!

It occurred to me that the school wanted to discourage drug abuse by giving the children such an assignment because it seems that once the user gets hooked all the information in the world will not dissuade them so it is important to arm the youth with vital information to discourage them from trying this highly addictive substance. Only one use can alter the chemistry of the user forever making them crave their next fix. In a book published by Sigmund Freud in 1884 it was touted as a wonder drug for alcoholics and depressed patients because of its mood enhancing ability. 

The first use could be the last.

But later we found that use of cocaine is tied to increase risk of heart attack and stroke. The risk of stroke is 49.4% within 6 hours of taking the drug. Approximately 80% of these strokes will be from intracranial hemorrhages. Overdose can result in convulsions, hyperthermia, coma and death. The user develops a tolerance and his or her need increases resulting in the strong desire for more and more to maintain the initial feeling in the central nervous system. 

There is help.

I had watched shows like Intervention and saw how the family and friends worked together to take the user to a drug abuse rehab center, but in all the ones I watched there seemed to be one common thread. Until the addict actually determines that they want to stop, they won’t and drug abuse rehab almost always needs professional intervention.  With the help at an accredited rehab center the chances of recovery are very much improved.  But if you haven’t tried illegal drugs, please don’t. The road back is very difficult.

Thanks so much for your visit today. Take care and God bless. 


SquirrelQueen September 12, 2011 at 5:14 AM  

I've never quite understood how someone could care so little for themselves that they would start using drugs. I suppose often it is peer pressure but would a real friend do such a thing.

Icy BC September 12, 2011 at 6:51 AM  

Great information, Judy! Recovery is indeed going to be difficult.

CA Johnson September 14, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

I think that project was a great idea. It is a great way to keep kids informed about how bad drugs are and how much damage that can do. Members of my family have been hooked on drugs. I don't understand how they can hurt themselves that way.

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