Author: Tony BylsmaHistory of cocaine
One of the most popular illicit drugs in the US, cocaine has been on the scene for hundreds of years. Early Spanish explorers discovered South American natives chewing the leaves of the coca plant in the 1500s. Cocaine itself was isolated in 1860 by Albert Neiman and, ignorant of the addictive potentials, cocaine became popular world-wide. Even Coca Cola, included a "pinch" of coca leaves in it's original recipe until 1906 (after 1906, the company used ‘decocainized’ leaves). Cocaine did not become a controlled substance until 1970 when the United States listed it in the Controlled Substance Act.
Addiction to cocaine has one of the fastest onsets of any addictive drug.
In the past, people have gone to meetings in hopes that help them stay sober,
Getting off cocaine is just the very beginning. To stay off and actually overcome those urges requires more than just a couple of weeks in a deck chair, gazing at the ocean.
Detoxification is not accomplished by adding more drugs, nor can it be done by just holding the addict’s hand and sympathizing with all their reasons for snorting coke.
Real detox requires a cleansing of the actual physical residues of cocaine from the body.
This cannot be done without addressing the biophysical condition that triggers actual physical cravings in the addict. The body filters and breaks down toxins that enter, and what is left is converted into a protein based molecule called a metabolite. Most of these metabolites exit the body through sweat and urine and some of them are stored, “out of the way”, in fatty tissues such as the brain, sex organs and just fat so they can be eliminated later. Then, when these metabolites are released back in to the blood, they can remind the addict of the sensations that went along with cocaine use and possibly trigger a relapse. This can occur long after drug use has stopped. The addict is carrying these reminders around, right in his own body!
Effective detox and rehab centers remove these toxins for the former drug user’s body. This process takes a few weeks.
NOW it is possible to actually rehabilitate the person. To help him or her actually become what they have always wanted to be, to do what they want to do WITHOUT DRUGS.
If these actions are taken, in this order, the former addicts can now move forward and build a life for themselves of which they can be proud.
Tony Bylsma is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and drug prevention lecturer in Los Angeles, CA and is the author of http://www.theroadout.org
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