Many people visit my clinic in Sydney for successful treatment for cocaine addiction. The majority are unquestionably male, with a smaller number of females.
The reason for this difference is that having a cocaine habit can be so expensive and men tend to earn more money than women, hence they have a greater disposable income.
Indeed, many people can spend more than $100,000 plus a year on a cocaine addiction. When you add to that the money you lose when you cannot concentrate at work, you can lose a lot of your wealth.
The physical cost to the body, however, is much greater as such addictions cause heart attacks, thousands of mini-strokes in the brain, depression, psychosis, dementia, adrenal problems and sexual dysfunction.
One of the most comprehensive studies in America found that cocaine was the most prevalent cause of heart attacks in hospital emergency ward admissions.
These problems in some cases cause permanent damage to your health.
Even if you are an occasional cocaine user, the physical damage to your heart can be equally as devastating. Incidence of permanent damage can occur as low as one simple use as early as teenage years.
Equally as great is the damage that addiction causes to your relationships and family.
Many spouses eventually leave and divorce addicts. Children can grow up to cut off all ties with the parent who is actively addicted. Research also shows that children of addicts are more susceptible to addiction.
You might think your family and friends do not know about your addiction, but people know when something is not right and your behaviour is strange, even though you may delude yourself it appears normal.
No relationship can be built on a structure of lies, deceit and lack of trust.
In committing yourself to treatment, the results can be achieved very quickly. Commitment, however, is required and running away from treatment if it gets difficult will not render you results.
For the majority of people, a residential treatment program is not necessary and outpatient care can be equally, if not more, effective. You may also need to carry on working and living life during the treatment period, which you cannot do if you go into residential care.
Our treatment program helps you recover quickly from the addiction as we use hypnosis which is a well-established form of treatment although very specialist.
Since I am both an expert in addiction and a clinical hypnotherapist, I find it the fastest way to help patients move towards recovery from your addictions.
Since I am also a naturopath your physical health is reviewed and part of the treatment plan is to improve your health so your natural vitality in life is restored.
To be mentally well you need to be physically well. In stopping the cocaine addiction, you need to replace it with good living for you and your family.
It does not really matter how long you have been a cocaine addict as long as you are prepared to commit yourself to treatment. Becoming clean will mean large changes in your life.
The rewards, however, are worth so much more than the drug has ever been giving you.
Dr Tracie, I have a problem and I need help, I’m a strong person with strong will power but I’m failing time after time to stop using cocaine, as soon as i stop I turn to alcohol or cannabis. I’m staring to hate myself, I’m at the point that it’s changing me as a person and I hate the person that it’s turning me into, I have thought of admitri g myself to rehab centres but I have a business that won’t allow me to do so. My family doesn’t know anything about my addiction and my friends around me, o well they have the same problem which makes it even harder, I have tried so hard and have been clean for 2 weeks but I slipped tonight and I am so disappointed in myself. I often promised my partner and told other people I’m not doing it anymore but I knew I was gonna do it again because I enjoyed it but this time was different and that’s what’s scaring me. I really didn’t wanna do it again and despite false promises I gave others this time was different and I truly didn’t wanna do it and wanted to prove to my partner and myself more importantly that I wasn’t an addict and I would stop whenever I wanted, I have failed to do so after two weeks. I can’t tell my family because they will cause a lot of dramas that I don’t need and I don’t think anyone close to me understand the struggle, I’ve tried to talk to people around me and they either think it’s a joke or do t take me seriously which resulted in me keep everything to myself, more than anything I need someone to understand me, i feel truly lost, disappointed in myself and I’m loosing faith in myself.
Joseph BECHARA says
I have a cocaine addiction . I want to stop
Can you help me please
Dr Tracie O'Keefe DCH says
Yes, it can help. See a local practitioner in your area who is experienced in treating addictions.