Cocaine Addiction and Treatment

October 4, 2021
Solace Asia

Cocaine is a white powdery substance. It's a powerful stimulant extracted from the "Coca" plant. There are two types of cocaine: First, Cocaine hydrochloride. It's made from white crystalline cocaine powder and sugar, cornstarch, and baking soda. This type of cocaine is either ingested, injected, or snorted. The second type is Crack Cocaine. Processed with ammonia or baking soda to form a rock-like substance, is smoked by addicts.

Cocaine's effect on the brain is damaging. Upon intake, it causes immediate pleasure. This is because it floods the brain with dopamine. Though, with regular use, dopamine receptors in the brain shutdown. With that, cocaine users become dopamine deficient. When this happens, the addict becomes cocaine tolerant. It's at this point, that they need a higher and more intense dose of cocaine to replicate the original high.

In seeking that "high", cocaine use develops into an addiction due to tolerance. The damage results when cocaine replaces everything in life. At this point, the addict will need treatment to recover from cocaine addiction.

Cocaine Addiction - a Middle Eastern Problem

According to an online news agency, Vanguard, a 57 year old grandmother was arrested at Lagos airport. She was en route to Mecca for pilgrimage. She had in her possession, 1.595 kilos of cocaine powder. According to the authorities at Lagos, she was very lucky to have been put in custody there. It's because they managed to save her from execution in Saudi Arabia. Also, they managed to save Nigeria from international disrepute. What this says is that the Middle-East is a primary consumer of cocaine. When there is no demand, there is no supply.

Other key news into cocaine consumption in the Middle East concerns a bust over a Saudi prince. According to the New York Post, a Saudi prince had drugs seized at Beirut airport. 40 suitcases were seized containing 4,000 pounds worth of drugs. Ranging from cocaine, captagon, and amphetamines. The New York post was unable to give more details as the case is still under investigation.

Drug addiction is an ongoing problem in the Middle East. It’s a dangerous and helpless dilemma in this region. If caught, you could be executed. How many beheadings have occurred resultant of addiction? Yet,in spite of severe measures at restriction, addiction carries on unabated.

It's because the real solution is not in crime prevention or executions. The solution is around proper treatment for addiction. Something that those living in the Middle-East under the influence of drugs need the most.

Solace Sabah in Malaysian Borneo has the perfect antidote to this problem. That antidote is residential treatment for cocaine addiction. Here, you can be assured of safety, anonymity, and the space to grow from this dangerous illness.

Treatment For Cocaine Addiction at Solace Sabah

At Solace Sabah, we treat addiction as a holistic illness. We target all aspects of the addict. This is why we adopt a "Biopsychosocial Spiritual" model of treatment. Biologically, we address the body and health concerns. Psychologically, we treat the thinking processes that have come to create the addiction. We call this the addictive personality. Read up on what that is by clicking here. Socially, we have a community of recovering addicts to support the healing process. Spiritually, addicts will come to terms with their addiction by working on recovery. We have found that this model has helped our patients at an immense level. It's because addiction affects all areas of life.

Our program includes various therapies. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT addresses problem thinking and core beliefs. DBT or Dialectical Behavioural Therapy helps addicts to accept themselves. Whereas, Interpersonal Group Therapy or IPGT integrates the addict into the recovering community.

Besides therapies, we  provide activities. These activities show our addicts that there is life beyond addiction. We will take you on outings to beautiful and exciting places. You'll also take part in sports, fitness, creative arts therapies, alternative therapies, and massages. All these activities will help in the healing process from addiction.

After your initial treatment, you are most welcomed to join the transitions at Solace. This is a program designed to help our clients to make the necessary leap from treatment to real life.

Why Solace Sabah?

Solace Sabah is a suitable choice for addicts coming from the Middle East. We are located in Malaysia, a muslim country. Hence, we are a muslim-friendly rehab. We serve only halal food and provide transport to the mosque for Friday prayers.

Besides being a muslim-friendly rehab, we have a host of international clinicians. Our counsellors and recovery coaches come from the U.K., U.S., The Netherlands, and South Africa. They are trained in the latest therapies for addiction treatment.

With world-class standards, but only half the rate of rehabs elsewhere, why not? Solace Sabah is here for you. Give us a call for more information. We're always here to help.

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