Drug Spotlight FAQ: Kratom

kratomKratom and kava bars became a hot topic in August 2016 when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it intended on listing kratom as a Schedule 1 drug. The question of whether it fits under this definition—having “high potential for abuse” while also having no existing research to prove acceptable medical use—sent the DEA under fire by kratom users and pain-relief advocates.

As a result of the pushback, the DEA withdrew its initial intent to make kratom a Schedule 1 drug and opened a public comment period in October to last until December 2016. The response garnered 23,000 comments and a petition to keep it legal signed by more than 140,000 people, reports PBS NewsHour.

The issue has many people asking: Should kratom be banned? While it is in the early stages of medical research, a lot more still needs to be learned about the drug. Even though kratom addiction does not cause enough alarm as the opioid epidemic, the recreational use of kratom is not harmless to recovering opioid addicts either.

For those wanting to learn more about kratom: here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical tree from the coffee family, Rubiacaeae, indigenous to Southeast Asia, particularly from countries Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Once used by Thai and Malaysian laborers, who chewed “ketum” (another name for the drug) leaves as a muscle pain reliever, as well as chronic opioid users, kratom was banned in Thailand mid-20th century via the 1943 Kratom Act 2486 and the 1979 Narcotics Act B.E. 2522, which placed kratom in the same classification of narcotics.

It was introduced to the United States within the past 20 years and can be bought in powder and pill form or brewed in a tea, such as kava. It is currently being evaluated by the DEA.

What is the Difference Between Kava and Kratom?

kavaBoth kava and kratom produced sedative and euphoric effects, which is why people tend to confuse the two. This isn’t helped by the fact that kava and kratom are frequently sold together in powder form or tea combos at kava bars across the United States.

Unlike kratom, kava does not have any addictive qualities and is derived from a separate plant altogether. Kava is a plant of the pepper family, Piper Methysticum, which is indigenous to the Western Pacific Island region such as Fiji, where kava tea is the national drink used before religious rituals and ceremonies.

Kratom contains alkaloids (mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) that act as opiate receptor agonists, which is why it has similar effects to opioids in the brain. The main active ingredients in kava, however, are kavalactones, which interact with the limbic system and produces effects in the neural region that controls emotional behavior. As such, kava advocates promote its benefits in treating anxiety as an alternative to benzodiazepine medications. And though kratom is being put under legal scrutiny by the DEA, research in the pharmacological benefits of kava continue today in the United States and Europe.

Can You Have an Addiction to Kratom?

Kratom has addictive qualities to it that can lead a person to develop both a tolerance and a dependence on the drug. While there is no medical research to determine whether it is a life-threatening addiction in the long-term, having a kratom addiction can have a financial strain on the user and potentially lead to relapse if in recovery.

What Are Some Side Effects of Kratom Use?

According to the DEA, kratom can act as both a stimulant and a sedative, depending on the dosage. In the DEA’s drug and chemical evaluation of kratom, they write:

“At low doses, it produces stimulant effects, with users reporting increased alertness, physical energy, talkativeness and sociable behavior. At high doses, opiate effects are produced, in addition to sedative and euphoric effects. Effects occur within 5 to 10 minutes after ingestion and last for 2 to 5 hours. Acute side effects include nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, and loss of appetite.”

Can You Get Kratom Withdrawal?

Kratom withdrawal can occur once a person develops a dependence on the drug, but its symptoms are mild in comparison to most drug withdrawals. Most users experience a runny nose and some irritability. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other withdrawal symptoms include: muscle aches, emotional changes, jerky movements, aggression, and insomnia.

Can You Use Kratom to Get Off Opiates?

kratom researchKratom acts like an opiate in that they both target the same receptor in the brain, yet the benefit that attracts people is that kratom withdrawal is virtually painless and typically doesn’t include dangerous side effects. However, there have been cases where it has been linked to seizures and respiratory depression, but rarely death.

People who use kratom as a means of tapering off opiates or enduring opiate withdrawal will find themselves forming a substitute addiction. Because the drug is unregulated, there is no medical evidence that it is a viable solution to opiate addiction, and with kratom having addictive qualities itself, it should not be regarded as a self-treatment option. Other mental and physical side effects that resulted from an opioid addiction will not be able to be treated by a kratom-kava tea routine but will require professional, medical supervision at a drug detox center.

Can Kratom Addiction Trigger a Relapse?

In the recovery world, kratom is regarded as a relapse drug. Because it emulates opiates, it could trigger someone in recovery to want to go back to heroin, especially when buying drugs can be cheaper than a twice or thrice daily kratom tea tab. The same reserve that people have in smoking marijuana in recovery should be held toward kratom. Any substance that influences addictive behavior can lead a person to relapse, so it is best to stay away.

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At the Palm Beach Institute, you’re more than just a client. You’re family. We take the time to address every person’s addiction and needs so that when they leave, they can feel ready to tackle sobriety in life after treatment. If you or a loved one are looking for change, but still have questions about drug treatment, feel free to call our 24-hour helpline at (855) 534-3574, and one of our call agents will assist you. Start recovery today.

Cocaine: When the Party Drug Goes to Work

Cocaine, once a hip designer drug of the ’70s and ’80s party scenes, may look a little like the senior citizen among today’s trendy drugs. But recent news reports show it has staying power because there are folks who can’t resist its pull, even in the workplace.

Coke is still turning up at job sites with varied outcomes for those who sell it or use it, or both.

Just recently, a Rockland County Highway Department foreman in New York was accused of trafficking powder and crack-cocaine via his company’s vehicle during work hours. In California, two employees of the Sacramento Department of Utilities resigned after it was discovered they were using cocaine and drinking alcohol while on the clock. And earlier this year, a New Jersey surgeon’s medical license was suspended indefinitely because of his alleged recent cocaine use.

Data also suggest cocaine use is up again, a reversal of a two-year trend that showed a decrease in cocaine showing up positive in employer-issued drug tests. According to Quest Diagnostics’ 2015 analysis, there have been “steady increases in workplace positivity for cocaine in the general US workforce during the past two years, reversing a prolonged period of decline.”

So, though years have passed since its heyday, cocaine’s still got it, but why?

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Under Pressure

Failure to stay away from drug use on the job has its consequences, and it’s likely people are aware of the risks of using and getting caught are, but what makes some workers use cocaine at work or use enough of it to the point where it could affect their work anyway?

man-feeling-pressured-at-workThe pressure to stay on top in demanding professions, such as attorneys, doctors, Wall Street investment bankers, among others, motivates many cocaine users to keep the substance in supply so they can enhance their performance and stay on top of things–or just look like they’re on top of things.

The addictive powder stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America has been inhaled, snorted, or smoked throughout the ages to speed people up, making them feel highly charged and energetic. Its potent effects raise the brain’s levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and the brain’s reward center.

“Cocaine just numbs you and makes you do things at super speed,” said Phillipe (not his real name), a junior portfolio manager at a top-tier European bank, told Vice writer Terrance Cainer, who also detailed his drug use on the job in his commentary, “LSD, Coke and Edibles: How Various Drugs Affect You at Work.” “It’s like you start realizing all the stuff you need to do, and it just starts getting done.”

An Albuquerque, NM,-based drug dealer named Shorts told writer Erin Rose for her Salon article, “The True Lives of Low-Level Drug Dealers”, that he likes to deal with professionals, and professionals do cocaine.

“I like to sell to the lawyers, the doctors, you know, people who have something to lose,” he said.

Rose wrote, “The doctors and lawyers come into the bar where I’ve met Shorts, and I watch them from a distance. I hear them talking about the lines they’re doing or have done, about waking up still f****d up, about 36-hour shifts at the hospital. The drugs ease the stress of lost cases and long shifts. The drugs help them keep up or wind down, make them feel pepped up, ready to go.

“Or the drugs make them feel adventurous, post-paperwork. Get a few drinks in ’em, and these Whole Foods shoppers and REI members, these anesthesiologists, marketers, and engineers, start swapping stories about their exploits. Hearing them talk, you might even think the drugs were legal.”

An Upper Just to Get Through the Workday

Cainer wrote that he and others who worked in customer service at a hectic banking call center used cocaine at work “to get through the day.” For him, doing cocaine was more about boredom in a job he hated and a desire to experiment than it was about trying to keep up with a demanding job, he said.

He recalled how using the substance affected his work. “Concentration is improved, and fatigue is fought. Talking is effortless and obnoxiously enthusiastic,” he wrote while describing how the substance affected his work day.

But there are downsides to nursing a cocaine habit at work, too. Cainer wrote that he “found it much harder to hold my temper with difficult customers.” He also said, “The re-dose time is way too frequent if you’re tied to your phone with strict time logs and persistent line managers. The signs are obvious. The price is high. The health risks are higher.”

Then there’s the matter of having your focus hijacked by thoughts of getting your next hit when you should be thinking about work. Going to work after a coke binge can be disastrous for your work ethic.

Cainer shared, “… There’s the niggling, insatiable desire in the back of your mind that you could probably just do with a little bit more right now. And now. And now.”

That’s likely because cocaine’s high doesn’t last long. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), if snorting it, it can last 15 to 30 minutes. If smoking it, it may last between five and 10 minutes.

Users posting to a Bluelight.org forum about doing cocaine at work shared their experiences, and a person named “Venrak” wrote about having one that is similar to Cainer’s. Venrak also warned that if a worker’s performance improves while on cocaine, that person may be setting a standard that he or she cannot meet when sober. Cocaine gives users an inflated sense of confidence, just one of several side effects of the drug.

“Your work may suffer, which is bad, but it could also be positively affected. I used to work in a kitchen and I used to dose coke/amphetamines; My performance skyrocketed and after a while, it became expected of me to perform at that level all the time. This was hard when sober.”

Not Always Just a Bump (or Two) in the Night

bump-cocaineThere are some people who do their coke on a recreational level away from work, possibly with the intention of never having their occasional use affect where they earn their income. But even such habits have a way of blurring those boundaries.

Occasional use can lead to a full addiction to cocaine, and while bumps, which are small amounts of a powdered drug, may sound harmless and help users keep their cocaine use at work low-key, their behavior after they do a bump or two may blow their cover.

A 2015 study published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology that explored how cocaine use affects users’ short-term emotions in social situations found one small dose of cocaine could decrease their ability to pick up on negative emotions in others.

Researchers gave 24 recreational cocaine users one 300 milligram dose of cocaine orally each and then tested them an hour to two hours later to measure their response to several emotions, such as fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and happiness.

According to the study’s abstract, “Findings show that cocaine impaired recognition of negative emotions; this was mediated by the intensity of the presented emotions.” Users were able to better pick up on high-intensity expressions of anger and disgust, researchers said. But sadness was more difficult for them to detect.

A 2016 study of regular cocaine and methamphetamine users in prison also found that both substances could impair users’ basic ability to distinguish right from wrong because of damage to the part of the brain that is responsible for processing and evaluating emotions.

An inability to recognize negative emotions while high on cocaine may clue fellow employees or a manager that something is amiss.

Physical Signs of Cocaine Addiction – What Happens When You Do Coke

Signs of abuse of cocaine use at work or use that’s affecting one’s work can include:

  • Agitation
  • Leaving and returning to the room in multiple short intervals
  • Noticeable mood changes upon short absence from room
  • Short-lived euphoria
  • Excitability, talking or exhibiting rapid rate of speech
  • Nervousness
  • Shallow breathing

Here’s what happens when you do coke. Cocaine use damages the brain, heart, blood vessels, lungs, and has been known to cause sudden death. Cocaine is responsible for more emergency room visits in the United States than any other illegal drug. Cocaine causes stress to the heart. It increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries supplying blood to the heart, and can lead to a sudden heart attack in otherwise healthy individuals. Cocaine can also trigger arrhythmia, which are irregular heart rhythms that can be deadly.

Cocaine can cause a stroke in people of all ages by constricting blood vessels in the brain. Cocaine can also cause seizures and lead to bizarre or violent behavior. Snorting cocaine damages the nose and sinus cavities, and can cause nasal perforation. Smoking crack cocaine irritates the lungs and can cause permanent lung damage. Cocaine constricts blood vessels supplying the gut, which causes oxygen starvation of these organs and can lead to ulcers, or perforation of the stomach or intestines. Cocaine can cause rhabdomyolysis, which is sudden, overwhelming kidney failure. Regular cocaine use can accelerate the long-term kidney damage caused by high blood pressure. Chronic cocaine use can also impair sexual function in both genders.

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When Drug Use Ends the Party… and the Job

There are users who may enjoy cocaine away from work, but the consequences end up hitting them hardest in their pockets and in the places where they make their money.

In one of this year’s most high-profile cases involving cocaine in the US, married TV reporters Som and Krystin Lisaius of Tucson, Ariz., partook in cocaine during an at-home birthday celebration, which resulted in them losing their jobs and facing jail time. The pair were indicted on drug and child abuse charges earlier this year after cocaine was found in their then 4-month-old daughter’s system.

According to reports, Krystin breastfed the baby reportedly 12 hours after allegedly using cocaine on the night of the party. The couple took the baby to a hospital after she became lethargic and unresponsive after she was fed. The child was later tested, and cocaine was found in her system and a search at the couple’s home turned up cocaine.

First Recreational Cocaine Use, Then Addiction

Cocaine drug is still viewed as a status symbol in some circles (the purer the cocaine, the classier a person can appear to his or her friends, says one article) and is used at get-togethers, even dinner parties where use has been “normalized.”

Not everyone who casually uses cocaine is going to develop an addiction, but chances are many will.

“Addiction doesn’t always look the way people assume,” Dr. Richard Bowskill, Priory Hospital’s medical director, said in The Guardian article, “My secret life as a high-functioning drug user,” which was written anonymously by a writer who shares experiences they’ve had with cocaine.

“Maybe people aren’t taking the drug every day or every weekend, but when they do take it, they find it harder to control themselves,” Bowskill said.

Cocaine’s short-lived highs keep people coming back for more, which spirals into other things, including addiction.

Get Help For Cocaine Addiction Today

Any addiction can be debilitating, but a cocaine addiction will easily affect your work, your relationships, and your health. Don’t believe the lies on television and in the movies that cocaine will benefit you in any way at work. Do yourself a favor and seek help at an established drug treatment center. By going through rehab the right way, you can not only kick a coke habit, but you can also have the mental tools to avoid relapse in the future.

If you are struggling with cocaine addiction, you are not alone. The Palm Beach Institute is here to helpCall us 24/7 at 855-960-5456. Our intake counselors can help you learn more about cocaine addiction, and how to get help through a free consultation and assessment. We can also help you through the insurance process. If you are uninsured we can help you develop an affordable self-pay plan.

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Crackland Olympics: Gang Run Brazil and the Crack Plague

As the 2016 Olympics continues to proceed, pregnant women are smoking crack in Rio de Janeiro. Children are drug dealing, trafficking, and holding assault rifles in the favela—a Brazilian shantytown or slum. Gangs are running the streets and the city with police control having little to no effect on bringing order. This is a day in the life in the drug hubs of places like São Paulo and Rio, ashutterstock_283692584lso known as Cracolândia—Crackland.

When it comes to the drug culture, Brazil wins the gold medal.
Rio’s Crackland has citizens relentlessly smoking a crack rock on the side of the street in broad daylight and in the dark of the night, where most addicts have no home besides the road, pavements, and a tent—if they’re lucky.

With drug dealers selling bags of cocaine rocking the Rio 2016 Olympics symbol, the world games should bring more constructive light to the decaying society that is the citizens of Rio and other parts of Brazil. Instead, it has brought Brazil in debt to fund the Olympics as well as forcibly carry drug users and “street children” off the street in the wake of the world event.

The Crack Plague

According to the Daily Mail, Brazil is the No. 1 crack consumer in the world with an estimated count of 1 shutterstock_9106855million users. Crackland gets its name from the drug that is cocaine in its most potent state—a cooked form of the white powder—and its abuse does not discriminate against the children of Rio.

Due to its addictive quality, short-lived high, and cheap costs, Crackland Brazilians like Tatiana, according to CNN, turn to tricking—prostitution—in exchange for a rock. The using community prostitute, steal, and/or trade recycled goods to use, and they abuse this drug to cope with living. In a place where child prostitution is prevalent as well as low employment opportunities, it is a wonder how this problem will be resolved.

In Crackland, drug-addicted children as young as age seven “sleep by the roadside and beg for change” in some of Rio’s richest neighborhoods, according to the International Business Times(IBT).

It is also not out of the norm for pregnant women to abuse crack in this drug-ridden place. From 22-year-old Patricia Sebastiao expecting her third child to people like Bobo, who collects recyclables to sell for just one more rock, it is clear the efforts made by the government have not worked as of yet.

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Brazil’s attempt to hide the violent, homeless, and shanty truth of the streets of Rio has led police officials to execute a sweep of drug addicts out of plain view. There have been many sweeps in Crackland in an attempt to get addicts into rehabilitation, but most return to smoking this toxic drug.

“The government will make a plan—a huge plan for the Olympic games—with the police, with the army, to clean the area, to let no poor person come in, to make sure no child is on the streets, to make everything beautiful,” said Daniel Medeiros, a Happy Child International volunteer, which grants and operates a shelter for girls in Recife, to IBT.shutterstock_430546273

Unfortunately, sweeping the drug and homeless problem out of the public eye does not get rid of the problem that is Crackland.

With 43 police officers killed, 238 civilians killed by police, and the state being deeply bankrupt while pulling a loan of $860 million for the 2016 Olympics—according to the New York Times—it’s a wonder how Brazil will put everything in order so that fewer people will die.

Crackland Gang Takeover

The favelas of Brazil are not only run by gang leaders and members, but they also take advantage of this privilege and sell their drugs in plain view. At various drug points in Brazil—bocas as they call them, or “mouths”—crack, cocaine, and marijuana are openly sold. Dealers sell their toxic goods on street corners or even on a train’s platform where middle-class drug abusers arrive to buy their drug of choice from near and far.

shutterstock_239555281Many Crackland children and teenage drug traffickers join a gang because they find no other way to survive or be protected. “Nearly all [traffickers] would get out tomorrow if they could,” said Nanko van Buuren, an IBISS advocate, to The Guardian.

IBISS—“Instituto Brasileiro de Inovações em Saúde Social” or “Brazilian Institute for Innovation and Social Health Care”—is an organization in Brazil whose effort is to enact “empowerment of the socially excluded people in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, so they can participate in society as full citizens.”

Organizations like this aim to get Brazilians trapped in the endless cycle characterized by drug abuse, trafficking, and dealing for a safer, healthier, and happier way of life.

Nonetheless, the crack epidemic is still predominantly in the Cracklands of Brazil, and it would take a lot of police, government, and economic reform to make this country a safer and more progressive place.

Here at Palm Beach Institute, we have professionals that have studied addiction in all its forms. We understand how hard it can be to not only stop abusing crack, but other substance(s) as well. Asking for help can be hard, but we are waiting 24-7 for your call to guide you or a loved one to freedom from active addiction. For help now, call us at (855) 534-3574 today.

The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

There are many things to which an individual can become dependent and addicted. We oftentimes associate addiction with alcohol and drugs such as marijuana and heroin, but there are even many behaviors that can be addictive and detrimental to one’s health and life. However, over the years we’ve found that some things, especially mind-altering substances, can be especially addictive, which means that they have a significantly higher-than-average addictive potential.

With these highly addictive substances, dependency tends to occur much faster after a shorter period of experimental abuse. Moreover, the addiction is stronger as well, causing an individual to have extremely severe withdrawal in the absence of their drug of choice.

Oftentimes individuals identify alcohol and heroin as the most highly addictive substances, and while it’s true that alcohol and opioids pose a major threat to society today, cocaine is another substance that has proven to be highly addictive and difficult to overcome without treatment. Therefore, the following will be a concise discussion of cocaine, including its effects, why it’s addictive, and what makes it especially dangerous.

Why is Cocaine So Addictive?

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine is defined as a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that acts on the brain and central nervous system and is derived from coca leaves. Sources have found that coca leaves have been chewed and ingested for thousands of years, making cocaine one of the oldest known drugs in the world.

In its purified and powdered form that’s more technically referred to as cocaine hydrochloride, cocaine abuse has become much more widespread for the past century, beginning in the early 1900s when cocaine was a primary ingredient in the elixirs and tonics that sold as treatments for a variety of common ailments. However, cocaine is only very rarely used for medicinal purposes today as a local anesthetic for minor ear, nose, and throat procedures. According to a 2008 survey, there were almost two million regular cocaine users, a number that has remained relatively steady in the years since.

Cocaine comes in two main forms: powdered and freebase. These two forms of cocaine allow individuals to insufflate (snort), smoke, or inject the substance in order to experience its intoxicating effects, although it can occasionally be consumed orally as well. One of the reasons that cocaine is so addictive is because it has very strong and rapid effects that begin only moments after an individual has ingested the substance. After consuming cocaine, an individual experiences a spike in a particular neurochemical called dopamine, which is associated with feelings of pleasure.

Additionally, the dopamine appears to be highly active in regions of the brain that are part of the brain’s reward pathway, which serves to reinforce the cocaine use as it’s perceived by the user as a behavior that results in feelings of immense, euphoric pleasure. Although cocaine produces a very intense spike in dopamine, an individual’s dopamine levels quickly and dramatically decline as the effects of the cocaine begin to wane after as little as a half hour, causing the individual to experience strong cravings for more cocaine in order to replenish the greatly depleted dopamine supply in the brain. With repeated use of cocaine over time, an individual’s brain will produce less and less dopamine and other neurochemicals naturally, relying on an individual’s cocaine use in order to maintain adequate levels.

What are the Effects & Risks of Cocaine Use?

The habitual abuse of cocaine is associated with numerous short- and long-term effects and risks. As mentioned above, one of the most severe consequences of cocaine addiction is the body’s steady decline in natural dopamine production as well as the production of other important neurochemicals, including serotonin.

Cocaine renders the brain unable to reabsorb dopamine, which is why levels of dopamine spike after cocaine use and then are depleted once the effects of cocaine wear off. The imbalance of these neurochemicals has major implications for an individual’s mood and, consequently, behavior. For instance, individuals who experience extremely low levels of dopamine and serotonin will often suffer from symptoms of depression, exhibit aggression or agitation, and have difficulty with their cognitive functioning on a day-to-day basis.

While under the influence of cocaine, individuals experience dilated pupils, constricted blood vessels with an increase in blood pressure, sweating, elevated heart rate, and a marked increase in overall body temperature. In instances when an individual takes a large amount of cocaine, he or she could be at high risk of having a stroke, heart attack, respiratory failure or even death as the body’s energy level continues to rise with no relief or expenditure, which is attributed to the drug’s stimulating effects.

Moreover, the stimulating attributes of cocaine can trigger bizarre behavior in cocaine users with sudden outbursts of anger and aggression or erratic violence being common. Individuals under the influence of cocaine often report feeling paranoid and may experience tremors, twitching, vertigo and loss of balance, and a number of other effects. To others, individuals under the influence of cocaine often seem irritable, restless, erratic and often talk quickly with their speak notable for rapid changes of subject.

Cocaine Withdrawal & Treatment

After a cocaine addict ceasing consumption, one of the first and most noticeable effects will be the changes in mood. Such individuals will have lost their primary source of dopamine and other neurochemicals, resulting in severe depressive symptoms and possibly agitation. Individuals in cocaine withdrawal often report an inability to feel pleasure, extreme fatigue, and anxiety with symptoms like shaking or trembling, nausea and vomiting, and muscular or skeletal pain being typical. 

However, many of the effects of cocaine withdrawal can be alleviated or mitigated in a medical detox program, which affords individuals the benefit of continuous medical care in order to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal while ensuring one’s safety during the detox process. Cocaine might be an incredibly dangerous drug with numerous risks, but recovery can be made much safer and less painful by taking advantage of the available recovery options.

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Cocaine is just one of the many dangerous, mind-altering substances to which many individuals have become addicted. However, there are many resources available to help such individuals to regain their health and sobriety. If you or someone you love is experiencing cocaine addiction or some other form of dependency and would benefit from learning more about recovery, the Palm Beach Institute is here to help. Call us today at 1-855-960-5456 to speak with one of our experienced recovery specialists who can help you or your loved one begin the recovery process. Don’t wait to start the journey back to a fulfilling, sober life.