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 O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, PACFA Registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath practicing in Sydney and has worked with addiction for decades. She is the creator of the 6 Step Stop Drug & Alcohol recovery program used by hypnotherapists and author of Stop Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Guide for Clinical Hypnotherapists. She also teaches hypnotherapists how to help patients overcome addiction. For help to overcome your addiction: