Female Cocaine Addicts

Female Cocaine Addicts

Female cocaine abuse is has been proven to differ from the male counterpart. It is well known that the predisposed female addict will be genetically more prone to addiction. You must consider the different hormones in male and females. With the substance of cocaine, a lowered amount of dopamine will cause the addict to crave this otherwise, unattainable high. However, female addicts start off in a more vulnerable state. This is caused by the increased amount of estrogen levels in women, but when lowered, the effects of cocaine are more comparable to men. Not only will the cocaine have a more intense high, it will also last longer in duration. Females also have been shown to progress in the disease quicker than males as well as finding themselves facing harsher consequences. In treatment, women learn how to cope in healthy ways that won’t include harming the body in any form. The goal is to heal from the outside in. However, the addict must rid the body of any substances before any real healing can begin.  

Female addicts suffer from a sufficient damage to the brain. This can lead to psychiatric, medical, employment and relationship problems. While addicted to cocaine, women are more likely than men, to suffer from depression and anxiety. The differences in the cerebral blood flow have been shown to be a contributing factor as to why men and women have these varying effects. Addicts in our environment is helpful in understanding that they are not alone in this process. While in treatment, it’s imperative that the patient feels they are in a safe environment. This allows for patients to communicate their feelings, which gives way for improvements and breakthroughs. The more honest and open the addict can be, the stronger of a foundation can be built. In the long run, any treatment geared towards these issues will be more effective.

The euphoria produced by cocaine is often sought after for its communicative aim. A woman suffering from low self-esteem can become influenced to reach for cocaine in social settings. With an already lesser body image, it can become a habit that an addicted woman feeds her habit at any cost. Cocaine is the boost of confidence needed to feel apart of and happy. This only last until the inevitable come down that is preceded by depression. Strokes, heart attacks, heart arrhythmias and palpitations are all prevalent as well. The cycle can go on for years until something or someone intervenes. Furthermore, overdoses tragically continue to take the addict’s life every day. The addict disregards all health concerns because the power of the addiction overrides all else. What's most important to the addict in the disease, is how to continue anesthetizing themselves to fill an empty lingering void deep inside.

Enlightened Solutions safe and supportive detox will give the patient the ability to rid the body of it’s harmful toxins. The holistic, clinical and 12-step approach provides guidance and tools for success. This process is vital and we are qualified to help patients start their road to recovery. For more information call: 833-801-5483.

Female Self-Image and Cocaine

Female Self-Image and Cocaine

There are many reasons women become perfectionist in today’s society. The fashion industry has placed impracticable expectations on women and this has been a huge issue for the female body image crisis. In magazines models are photoshopped and praised as they walk down the runway clearly lacking body fat. Movie and tv show producers give roles to actresses who must attain eating disorders in order to comply with the weight limitations. The average women cannot realistically keep up with these weight standards. Although there has been much improvement over the years, there is still sexism that exists all over the world today. Woman with addictive qualities and who suffer from eating disorders will find cocaine to be a quick fix in suppressing the appetite. Rapid weight loss is typical and especially desired with an already skewed body image. In these cases, which are extremely common, self-love should be heavily promoted in treatment.

Often times, there is a stigma that comes with cocaine. The general conception is that only wild, party girls use drugs like cocaine. This isn’t a complete fabrication, but it’s not entirely true either. Women all around the world wear many different hats in life. Working mothers can find themselves over stressing about work, bills, and other factors. These have all lead to scores of helpless, burnt out women. A portion of these women will find that cocaine gives an extra energy boost that coffee just can’t compare. However, once the woman becomes addicted, it becomes harder to practice productivity when the overwhelming unattractive side effects kick in. Impulsivity, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and restlessness are all side effects that will at some point outweigh the positives. Unfortunately, at this point, women will be unable to see any way out. Once accepting help, treatment can help with learning how to balance life’s stressors in a healthy manner.

Cocaine has the ability to come off as fun, stimulating, and sometimes even glamorous. Movies glorify the substance and that tends to make it even more acceptable to the public. A long time ago, it became acceptable for men to treat women as objects. This is a generalization, but true to some extent still. Somewhere along the line, young girls are given this preconceived notion that being authentic, will never be good enough. Body dysmorphia and eating disorders are rampant and as a result, women are drawn to stimulants like cocaine. Only when women addicts begin to practice self-love and heal, there will be no need to seek out the alternative. Neglecting pain by abusing substances will no longer be the norm. However, it's important to remember that just because it’s apart of the addict’s history, it doesn’t make them any less than, but stronger for overcoming it.  

Enlightened Solutions will work with women coming from all walks of life. Our strong belief in the importance of self-love will help with a transformation into happiness and health. Our program’s dual-diagnosis treatment will help guide women into bright, fulfilling futures that lay ahead. For more information call: 833-801-5483

Should Kratom Be Used for Treating Heroin Addiction?

Krater is a naturally occurring herb which has been used in areas like Southeast Asia for treatment for thousands of years. The medicinal herb has been gaining attention especially in the American recovery field as it acts like an opiate drug. Appearing in pill form, liquid drinks, or bought as powders, Kratom has the potential to be abused like an opiate drug. Krater’s symptoms are also similar to opiate drugs, enduring that hazy euphoric analgesic sensation. As a result, in light of the ongoing and threatening opioid epidemic, the DEA is going to list Kratom as a Schedule 1 substance, right alongside heroin and cocaine.

Though Kratom hasn’t caused any major trouble or significant damage, including overdose deaths, the DEA is making the move anyway because there is no medical use for the drug.

Here are some quick facts about Kratom:

  • Pharmacologists regard Kratom as an alkaloid rather than an opiate
  • Krater interacts with opioid receptors in the brain the same way opiate drugs like heroin do. However, many other legal and medicinal substance do as well, like wine and yoga
  • Krater is not habit forming to the extent that opioids are
  • Krater is a natural occurring herb used to help heroin and opioid addicts detox

Drugs like suboxone and methadone come under fire as drug replacement therapy medications because they can become equally as addicting as heroin or prescription painkillers. Though Kratom poses the potential for dependency, it is not as likely. Krater is also not known for causing cravings for more, which is a key indicator for addiction.

Researchers are concerned about the government’s move to classify Kratom as a schedule 1 because of it’s potential for pharmacology. Addiction aside, Krater’s analgesic effects, while being a relatively harmless natural drug, could hold revolutionary potential for treating pain. Government officials and medical professionals alike are searching for the solution to treating chronic pain without the use of opiates.

Professionals in the recovery field, however, are siding with the government’s move. Many treatment centers have began to ban the substance and test for it regularly in urinary analysis. The problem is that in stages after detox, Kratom does act like an opiate. Patients are seemingly under the influence therefore not participating as fully or presently during critical therapeutic sessions. This highlights an unresolved issue in the treatment field regarding abstinence. For many, the fact that a patient stays off of prescription pills or heroin for years on end is the miracle, even if replacement substances, such as Kratom, are used. For most others, however, the ongoing use of substances indicates a mental, physical, and spiritual reliance. That reliance demonstrates a lack of healing an ability to live without the presence of substances.