Cocaine Addiction, like the other drug addictions has devastating consequences. Unconventional methods of dealing with this beast are called for considering the still growing use of this drug in various forms. Cocaine Addiction presents a vicious means of self destruction. Always leaving one to wonder "how can this stuff be so powerful?"
The most commonly asked question is How? How could my son, daughter, father, sister, or brother become a liar, a thief, someone who cannot be trusted? How could this happen? And why won’t they stop?
A massive release of dopamine (“the pleasure/reward” hormone, also known as “the molecule of addiction” ) leads to overdoses of intense pleasure. This might leave one to think of cocaine addiction as "not so bad".
However, these "pleasure bursts" are harmful.
With the help of cocaine abuse treatment, anyone hooked on the drug has a chance to break free of its bonds.
Orgasms and mood-altering drugs activate the same basic pathways in the brain. I have personally know people to experience orgasms while "doing" cocaine.
The problem is that with both cocaine addiction and "wanton orgasm"... dopamine "highs" in both cases, is that they are followed by lows.
Our nerve cell receptors apparently “down regulate” to defend against further excess and promote equilibrium. These lows can be excruciating.
The symptoms of cocaine addiction and their timing vary, of course. Yet there are certain patterns that can frequently be observed during the hangover/recovery period: fear that there won’t be enough, mood swings, a need for space, reckless spending, insensitivity, feeling drained/ exhausted, emotional overreactions, and intense malaise/depression.
We desperately begin looking outside ourselves for comfort—which fuels substance abuse and other disorders in many of us (not only cocaine addiction but overeating, for example). These results may, of course, follow any blast of dopamine to the “pleasure/reward” portion of the brain.
It is important to get a crack addict into a crack rehab facility the soonest possible time, given the really dangerous nature of said drug.
At a neurochemical level, the sensation of orgasm occurs primarily in the brain. Mankind has made the connection between a drug or alcohol high and a hangover, but we seldom consciously make the connection between conventional orgasm and a hangover.
When we aren’t sexually active, we’re often coping with the absence of the powerful benefits of intimacy. In fact, if I had to name the “primary cause” behind all addiction (especially cocaine addiction), I would say it is our toxic sense of isolation.
The point is however, that when we follow the usual path to heal that sense of isolation — by entering into an intimate relationship — we unwittingly set off dopamine “bombs” that, over time, often close our hearts and drive us right back into defensive isolation.
The “too-much-dopamine” theory may seem farfetched, but if you consider the widespread chaos in intimate relationships, and the rapid increase in cocaine addiction of all kinds (including "crack"), it is apparent that something pretty universal is at work. And sure enough, nearly everyone has sex, or was conditioned by folks plagued by these hangovers, or is suffering from the longing for wholeness that motivates intimate union in the first place.
The neurochemical changes that accompany orgasm—combined with the radical perception shift they cause — erode our relationships…and feed our addictions. They are particularly treacherous when they interfere with our perception of our partner because harmonious intimacy is so beneficial to our well-being. We would be far better off if we learned to make love without engaging the addictive dopamine cycle of highs and lows.
Intention isn’t enough to learn this, however. It takes at least a month of consistent “baby steps” and nightly nurturing to lay down a new neural response to sexual arousal. Otherwise you will swiftly find yourselves swept away in pursuit of another “dopamine overdose.”
Orgasm so often engenders mysterious bouts of emotional upset, fatigue and escapes into cocaine addiction (and any other) that it may hide clues to a powerful antidote to all addictions. One of the chief perils of pleasure bursts of excess dopamine is that the subsequent hangovers demand relief. Usually we reach for a drink, some smoke, a pill or another orgasm. This ensures another hangover, causing our body to down regulate again. Bingo—addiction. When, instead, we base our sense of well-being on non-addictive oxytocin which results from non-orgasmic intimacy, we reverse that downward spiral. This way of making love quiets cravings naturally. We begin to relish equilibrium instead of drama.
For a full document of this method, pick up the book that tells all - Peace Between the Sheets.
Or visit Marnia Robinson at her site: http://www.reuniting.info.