In a previous article, "What is cocaine addiction" we wrote in length about what cocaine addiction is and common symptoms an addict displays. We discussed how over 35 million Americans aged 12 and older have used cocaine at least once in their lives and that from 2001 to 2013 there was a 29 percent increase in the number of cocaine-related deaths. All of this information will play a crucial role in helping you assist a friend or loved one.
In part one of our two-part series, we explore the first three steps you should take in helping an addict.
1. Understand what cocaine addiction is
Before treatment begins, you must understand what cocaine addiction consists of and the type of symptoms an addict typically displays. This will help you approach the situation properly because the last thing you want to do is make a mistake and push the person away.
Cocaine prevents are brain from properly regulating the amount of dopamine it releases, resulting in excessive build ups. This disrupts communications and causes the person to feel short-term euphoria, energy and talkativeness, among other symptoms.
2. Approach them
Before treatment can begin, an addict must come to terms with their addiction. To do so, they'll likely need to be approached. A couple of things to remember when talking to them is to ensure you don't come across judgmental. You don't want to make it appear as if you're accusing them of doing wrong. This could push them away. Instead, come across as supportive, understanding and reinforcing how you're on their side no matter what.
If you know a person who is struggling with cocaine addiction, call Fairwinds Treatment Center. Founded 25 years ago by Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef, our staff of full-time psychiatrist, nursing professionals and licensed therapists uses a Dual Diagnosis method to treat patients with alcoholism and other addictions.