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Cocaine Addiction

Melissa P SuccessI had been a hopeless person for a long time, well over ten years.  I had hit the ultimate rock bottom a few years ago but nothing changed in my world.  I continued the same lifestyle of breaking the law, using any drug with no regard for others or myself. I had tried numerous times to get clean and I always ended up with the same results.  I had to believe and have faith that I was capable and willing to do something different.

I arrived here on Christmas Eve 2015. A couple of weeks prior, I was presented with Narconon and I can still remember the text message I got from my aunt.  My birthday is the 23rd of December and she had told me that she had a gift for me.  I wasn’t working so I was scheming family and my so-called friends to continue getting high.  I always had something brewing in my head on how I could keep from getting sick which, in my eyes, was staying afloat.  My standards for my life were far from acceptable to either my family or myself but I didn’t care.  I had given up on life or ever being happy again.

I didn’t smile or laugh anymore and that is what I missed the most. I could still remembered vaguely what that was like.  I wanted that again and I wanted to feel free from this ball and chain of mental and physical imprisonment. So, the day my family asked me to get help I didn’t know what to do.  I didn’t know how to break free from the lifestyle either.  I was addicted to drugs and the lifestyle that came with them. I was miserable and scared of change. I was headed to the grave fast if I didn’t find the courageous person within me.  I didn’t feel courageous.  I felt weak, hazy, depressed and not far from doing myself in or praying one last shot would kill me.  It had ripped me of everything else so it could at least do me the favor I thought I wanted.

I got here in the evening after long lay overs and withdrawals starting.  I could not wait to land and get picked up and get to detox.  I weighed 115 lbs. and I was tired and hungry.  The alcohol I consumed on the flight made me feel worse.  I spent ten days in withdraw and I remember feeling impatient.  I was always used to that instant fix so anything else was painful and uncomfortable to deal with but I knew this was my last chance.  I knew I didn’t have another relapse in me.  I fought everyday as hard as I could.  Of course it was different from med detox but after I moved on to sauna I realized how it made me appreciate that pain and discomfort.  It made me realize even more that I would never want to put myself through that hell on earth again and I’m very appreciative of that being my view point on it today.

The Sauna Detoxification Program was really cool to me.  That is when I started to feel good again.  It took a couple of weeks, but loading my body up with vitamins, water, food and knowing I made it over the hump kept pushing me to get more of the desired life I wanted and that young girl back I remembered that was so full of life.  Don’t get me wrong, sauna wasn’t easy.  For many, many years I thought getting off drugs was all there was to a sober life but that is actually the easier part.  I felt great physically but yet I still knew there was more work to do and I was more than willing to keep pushing because my alternative would be me trying to handle things on my own and that was not an option because my way always ended with bad results.  I started objectives and of course I wasn’t a 100% believer that this would help me, let alone make me reveal things about myself that could have possibly led me to drugs in the first place.

I had many realizations in objectives, a lot about my behaviors that affected myself negatively and realizations that led me all the way back to my childhood and the events in my life that changed my view point on my parents and myself.  When I got to ethics I knew getting people out of my life that I considered friends was important and crucial for my recovery.  These people were not my friends and deep down I always knew that staying in contact with them would only bring up that lifestyle I was done with.  I realized in the Ethics part of the program how my attitude hindered me.  I had been selfish, disrespectful, dishonest and that really is not who I am.  After writing up my past transgressions and getting honest, I felt lighter.  I didn’t feel like the weight of the world was on me anymore. The person I was three months ago and the person I am today is night and day.  I still have moments where I can’t believe it.

I have the Narconon Program to thank for this.

Melissa P.

Cocaine users say that no high is as good as the first one – but they keep chasing that first high.

Drug abusers believe they can quit anytime because stopping cocaine doesn’t cause painful withdrawal symptoms. But cocaine is powerfully addictive, so abusers need the support of a drug and alcohol treatment program that can address cocaine addiction as an emotional and mental dependency.

Pat didn’t think he needed rehab. He didn’t think he was addicted either – he just liked the way cocaine made him feel, It wasn’t until his wife filed for divorce that he even considered rehab.

Most traditional rehabs would put Pat through the steps, convince him he had a life long disease, or worse – put him on endless rounds of meds.

Luckily for Pat, the holistic rehab a friend recommended was able to support his recovery and help him to understand why he’d become a prisoner to the drug.

The problem appeared to be lack of will power or his reason, because he ‘liked it’. Yet how could anyone keep going back to a drug which destroyed his family, wrecked his career and turned him into a person focused on one thing: getting another hit sooner or later. He secretly believed he could never become free of coke. He was wrong.

Cocaine addicts beat their mental and emotional addiction to coke or crack every day, some who are driven need a cure more than water to drink or air to breathe. Pat, like many cocaine addicts found recovery through a non 12 step program called Narconon.

Cocaine can be smoked (as “crack”), snorted, smoked or injected. Sometimes it’s combined with other kinds of drugs, particularly alcohol. Cocaine acts directly on the brain’s production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood and emotion, and causes feelings of euphoria, energy and superiority.

Although Pat told himself he’d quit tomorrow, the drug had created a dependence on cocaine within the brain itself. In rehab, he worked with counselors to understand the mechanisms of his addiction and learn and practice the life skills he needed to relax, feel good, break bad habits and even prosper, therefore loosing the need to get high or use.

In Narconon treatment centers, treatment plans are highly individualized, designed to address the unique issues of every user. Holistic approaches to addiction provide a basis for healthy recovery by rebuilding the body and the mind through practices such as healthy eating, exercise and life skills and a better understanding behind the addictive mind and how to resolve it.

Other aspects of cocaine addiction treatments involve reversing the damaging physical effects and mind altering craziness he’d endured by using. Narconon’s program was so completely different from any other rehab programs he’d tried or heard about that Pat didn’t fully understand the program until he’d experienced the entire program for himself.

It’s like driving through hell or a dark tunnel, and you only see and realize you’ve been in a cave until you’re out and can look at the mountain of crap you’ve been living inside of. Getting through and out of that cave called cocaine addiction is what the specialized programs accomplish.

Daily lifestyle changes to support staying clean helped Pat win back the losses he’d suffered and regain his self respect: his best gain of the program. Participants like Pat learn how they got addicted and how to make small and large changes in behavior and thinking that can help them to avoid using in the future.

Recovery and rehabilitation is worth working hard for. But it’s important to realize, rehab is to enable one to begin living again as a person free of drugs, alcohol and therefore the possibility of future addiction.

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