Modern medical science defines addiction as a “neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by a recurring desire to continue taking the drug despite harmful consequences.”
Addiction causes physical changes in the brain’s reward circuitry that make using drugs hard to resist. These changes in the brain usually relate to the brain’s release of neurotransmitters, particularly dopamine. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that causes a massive release of dopamine. However, it is not physically addictive in the same way heroin, alcohol, or tranquilizers are.
The fact that cocaine’s withdrawal symptoms are mainly mental means that many users think it is not addictive or is “not as addictive” as other substances. However, cocaine addiction has the power to dominate and ruin user’s lives quickly.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 6% of admissions to treatment centers are for cocaine addiction. This equates to over 20,000 Americans each year. Only 10% of substance users receive treatment, so the overall number of cocaine users in America is likely much higher than this.
If you are reading this, there is a chance you are worried about yourself or a loved one’s cocaine use. You might have noticed a change in behavior or lifestyle, or you might have tried to stop and failed.
The good news is that as addictive as cocaine is, it is possible to recover, and with the proper support and treatment, you can regain control of your life.
At Cirque Lodge, we offer a range of therapies and individualized treatment programs. Our center is nestled in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Utah. You will have the perfect combination of expert clinical care and the space to focus on healing without the distractions of everyday life.