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13 Apr 08 Getting Sobriety Against Anxiety

In animals, anxiety can be triggered by exposing them to situations that they find naturally threatening, such as a strange environment or physical peril. Both animals and people find it their instinct to avoid those circumstances that give rise to it, and hence the threat itself.

Other bodily changes can also occur like the endocrine activation, particularly increasing secretion of the adrenal hormones like adrenaline and cortisol (the “stress” hormone). For instance, when a drug-dependent person is experiencing withdrawal, anxiety becomes magnified because it could lead to diarrhea, coughing and hyperventilation (breathing too quickly and deeply).

Thus, “fear” and  “anxiety” can be arbitrary in many contexts such as in the Alcohol Rehab Program. This is why, in cases of drug addicts, physical dependence resulting from drug abuse can strongly reinforce further drug use. People who self-administer drugs to produce pleasure or reduce distress and anxiety find that avoiding the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal provides a powerful motivation to keep using drugs. They fear to experience the undesirable withdrawal symptoms, so they become anxious if there are no more drugs available.

13 Apr 08 Cocaine Addiction

When you get addicted to cocaine, it is often very difficult to break the habit. Efforts to cocaine withdrawal would often lead to restlessness, irritability, anxiety, and even sleeplessness. Physical symptoms often worsen as you get preoccupied in your own thoughts; you develop general suspiciousness; and eventually a toxic syndrome, consisting of tremors, agitation, hostility, panic, headache, flushed skin, chest pain, excessive perspiration, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

They also experience wakefulness, talkativeness, increased heart rate, tremors, heightened blood pressure, dilation of the pupils of eye, rise in body temperature, constriction of blood vessels, and a reduction of appetite. Other responses include a reduction of fatigue (masked by stimulation of the central nervous system), enhanced mental alertness, and increased sociability.

If there is no medical intervention or drug rehabilitation, one could experience high fever, convulsions, and heart and blood vessel collapse that may even lead to death. Thus, it cannot be denied that engaging yourself to the use of cocaine is deadly. Treatments for cocaine addiction are costly and there is also difficulty in the attempt to develop alternatives to its usage. Former cocaine abusers should not only be instilled with the skills needed to maintain abstinence, but also with the ability needed to initiate and lead a drug-free life.