"I started off snorting little tiny pinches, said I know I ain't gonna get hooked. Not on no coke. You can't get hooked. My friends have been snortin' for fifteen years, they ain't hooked." - Richard Pryor
Pryor is one of the most celebrated comedians of all time. He battled alcoholism and cocaine addiction for a large portion of his life.
In 1980, after freebasing cocaine, he doused himself with rum and lit himself on fire. The fact he survived is nothing short of a miracle.
While Richard Pryor always made us laugh, there is nothing funny about cocaine addiction.
Today, we're going to stop laughing and get serious as we discuss cocaine recovery. Read on.
Cocaine Recovery and Addiction
Pryor wasn't the only comedian to talk about drugs. And he's not the only famous person to have an ongoing romance with it.
"Driving that train, high on cocaine. Casey Jones, you better watch your speed."
-The Grateful Dead
Cocaine users think this drug turns them into the life of the party. They become invincible. There is no stopping them or their lifestyle.
Until the coke wears off. To keep the party going and the feeling that comes along with it, they have no choice but to get more drugs.
The Rude Awakening
Let's talk about what cocaine does. It goes into your brain and it forces it to release dopamine, which is the chemical our brain releases to make us feel good. Sex, working out, pay day, etc...
It is also a stimulant. We're living in the age of Starbucks. At the height of the sugar epidemic.
We're always on the go. Energy drinks line the shelves and there's a hipster-packed coffee/vape shop on every corner.
We're putting more stimulants into our bodies than ever before and cocaine is simply another addition. And with so many legal stimulants on the market, it makes cocaine recovery that much harder.
With the rise in opioid use, you would think a number of cocaine users would plummet.
However, while it has dipped over the course of the last several decades, the current number still sits around 1.5 million regular users and has been there for over a decade.
Why is the Number Remaining Constant?
Cocaine users and opioid users are after many different results. Heroin users want to slow down and relax. Cocaine users want to speed up.
It's a party drug and likely always will be considered as such.
There are states who realize that incarceration isn't the answer. However, distribution of cocaine, regardless of the amount, is a felony. In most states, possession is a felony.
A judge may be lenient and let you go to rehab for a first offense. He won't for the second.
Expect to serve at least a year for possession of cocaine in most states.
Get Help Now
When it comes to cocaine recovery, don't try to go cold turkey and don't try to do it alone. Unlike heroin addicts, there really is no medicine or "lesser" drug to ease the pain of withdrawals.
Right now, Cognitive behavioral therapy seems to have the best results. With this treatment, you will recognize what stressors and other factors drive your cravings. You will learn how to abstain and cope with the let down of your brain not getting the drug it wants.
Over time, you will return to your normal, pre-addicted self. For the greatest odds against relapse, enter into a detox facility that also offers an inpatient program.
If you're unable to find the recovery center that is the best fit for you, we may be able to help. Contact us today.