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Demi Lovato reveals extreme past addiction to cocaine: I used to ‘bring it on airplanes’ 

Demi Lovato reveals extreme past addiction to cocaine: I used to ‘bring it on airplanes’  | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Demi Lovato has been vocal about her struggle with bipolar and eating disorders, but the 21-year-old former Disney darling revealed for the first time that she had an addiction to cocaine that was so intense, she couldn't go without it up to "30 minutes to an hour."
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This is another article about Demi Lovato and her Cocaine Use Disorder. She talks about her sneaking around with the drug, until she realized she was actually addicted to cocaine and alcohol. She was just 19 when all of this happened. She also has bipolar disorder, which may play a role. 

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Cocaine Addiction Blog | cocainedrugaddiction.com

Cocaine Addiction Blog | cocainedrugaddiction.com | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
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This website has a lot of good blog entries about cocaine and Cocaine Use Disorder. It both has news about cocaine and the law, as well as personal stories about people who have Cocaine Use Disorder. 

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Demi Lovato Opens Up About Past Cocaine Addiction: 'I Would Bring It On Airplanes' | MTV.com

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Past Cocaine Addiction: 'I Would Bring It On Airplanes'  | MTV.com | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Singer says 'I couldn't go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine' in a new interview.
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This story is about Demi Lovato, who is a pop singer and idol for many young girls. She came out with a documentary about her eating disorder, but later exposed that she was also addicted to cocaine as well as an alcoholic. She exposes what happened to her, and encourages people that it does get better if you get the right help. 

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Shining a Bright Light on Cocaine Addiction

Shining a Bright Light on Cocaine Addiction | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Wow—there is a lot of exciting brain research in progress, and this week is no exception. A team here at NIH, collaborating with scientists at the University of California in San Francisco, deliver...
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This article is an interesting study on rats and looking at the prefrontal cortex associated with cocaine addiction. In rats that were addicted to cocaine, and therefore had less prefrontal activity, they would crave cocaine so badly that they would endure electric shocks just to get their dose of cocaine. However, if the scientists stimulated their PFC, the rats feared the shock and did not go for the cocaine. This suggest that if we can do something like transcranial magnetic stimulation in the PFC in humans, it could possibly help with drug cravings. 

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How I Got Clean At 22

How I Got Clean At 22 | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Remember that. It may hurt terribly but you will be fine.
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This article talks about the reason behind Christina's Cocaine Use Disorder. She talks about how she always looked for escapes from reality. Even when she was a child and tried to escape from her parent's divorce, she used food as an outlet. When she found cocaine, this was the best escape she found yet. She explains how you don't have to be the "typical" drug addict to be addicted to cocaine. She was presentable and talks about how most people didn't suspect anything because "good girls are not cocaine addicts." 

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Cocaine Widow

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The Other Side Of Addiction
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This entire website is all about a wife's perspective with her husband's Cocaine Use Disorder. She writes extremely honestly and exposes all of her feelings. It would be hard, but it would be good for other loved ones of Cocaine Use Disorder patients to read her blog so they can relate to her. Also, if people with Cocaine Use Disorder read it, they would see how much their disease effects the ones they love. 

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Cocaine Addiction Recovery Statistics

Cocaine Addiction Recovery Statistics | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it

TRehabs.com is the comprehensive guide to addiction treatment and information.

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This webpage talks about the statistics of Cocaine Use Disorder recoveries. It talks about how people with Cocaine Use Disorder that try to recover on their own have an extremely high relapse rate. It talks about the other options instead of just trying to recover on your own, specifically rehab. 

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Is Miley Responsible for Drug OD's?

Is Miley Responsible for Drug OD's? | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it

ThisThe connection between Miley Cyrus and the recent spate of drug OD's is dubious.

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This article first begins talking about the different songs that have referenced cocaine, and how this advertising for the drug may be promoting kids to use it. Then, she goes into talking about how she did something she thought was cocaine, when it really wasn't. Which brings up the possible dangers of using any drugs. People never know if it is laced with something else. She then goes to talk about how Miley and the other artists really are not causing these over doses of kids. I do think, though, with so many adolescents looking up to her, Miley Cyrus should not reference these drugs. 

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How Treatment Is Different For Women

How Treatment Is Different For Women | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
The role hormones play in addiction recovery has been drastically underrated.
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I found this article extremely interesting. Anna David talks about how addiction treatment when men and women are separated is much more effective. Women relapse less frequently if they attend a rehabilitation center that is separated from the men. Women have different needs than men. They need to talk about their menstrual cycles as well as possible eating disorders. They also metabolize drugs and alcohol differently than men. Also, it talks about how they have a lot more of psychological factors behind the reasons they started abusing in the first place. 

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Cocaine Shrinks the Brain

Cocaine Shrinks the Brain | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Brain atrophy from cocaine dependence.
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This article talks about how cocaine actually effects the amount of gray matter in the brain. It is normal to see a loss of gray matter as people age, however this study found that cocaine users lost gray matter two times faster than non-cocaine users. 

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Emory seeks to patent cocaine addiction treatment - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory seeks to patent cocaine addiction treatment - Atlanta Business Chronicle | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Emory University is seeking to patent a new treatment for cocaine addiction.
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As of now, there is no FDA approved medication to treat Cocaine Use Disorder. However, this article talks about how Yale and Emory University are trying to patent a drug they made. They made a drug called a "dopamine beta-hydrolase inhibitor" that decreases the rewarding effects of the drug and increases the bad effects of the drug. This seems like a similar idea to the drug taken for Alcohol Use Disorder that makes users feel awful if they have any alcohol. 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT COCAINE VIDEO, Real Life Stories – Effects of Cocaine Addiction

THE TRUTH ABOUT COCAINE VIDEO, Real Life Stories – Effects of Cocaine Addiction | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Watch video and find out facts of cocaine use, abuse and addiction from Drug Free World, including the effects of chronic coke snorting, smoking or injection such as risk of deadly overdose and withdrawal. Learn more about substance abuse prevention and education based on personal experience of illegal street narcotics users.
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This is a video with stories from people with Cocaine Use Disorder. They talk about how  cocaine can be laced with things from glass to diesel in order to get a burning sensation for users. Cocaine users range from teenagers to people in the workforce. The people in the video all talk about their first time using and how much they became dependent on cocaine. They talk about withdrawal symptoms and how they couldn’t sleep because their nose hurt so bad and they had lines set up by their bed. They have chills, body aches, and hallucinations. A man talks about how cocaine went from a party drug to a him being scared of his own shadow. One man spent about 700,000 dollars on cocaine. A girl missed her vein and hit it in her nerve and it completely destroyed her arm. A man had to be resuscitated and as soon as he got out of the hospital, he went back to doing cocaine. They talk about how cocaine causes a loss of memory and happiness. This is an extremely powerful video. 

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Crack cocaine and the death of Eva Rausing: why this 'street drug' attracts the super-rich – Telegraph Blogs

Crack cocaine and the death of Eva Rausing: why this 'street drug' attracts the super-rich – Telegraph Blogs | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it

TIn popular mythology, crack cocaine is smoked by poor black people on South London estates or the projects of New York, while braying hedge fund managers and ditzy fashion journalists snort meticulously chopped lines of powder from glass-topped tables (or, a new favourite, their unused iPads). It's not as simple as that, as the death [...]

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This article talks about how crack cocaine is not just the "street" form of the drug, but it is really the strong form of it. Many wealthy individuals use crack cocaine, it is not just the stereotypical inner-city users on the streets. This article also explains the feelings of individuals when they are high, and how it is a full body experience. It mentions how people are chasing their first line the entire rest of the night, because they don't get the same rush as the night goes on. It talks about how the 12-step groups do not want to admit it, but people with Cocaine Use Disorder often go back and forth between supportive drug users and supportive recovering users. 

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Are your neighbours middle-class cocaine addicts like me? It's more likely than you think, as this startling confession reveals

Are your neighbours middle-class cocaine addicts like me? It's more likely than you think, as this startling confession reveals | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it

ThThere was no question about where I’d spend the day of the Royal Wedding, my invitation came from a successful friend in a smart garden square in London.

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This was an interesting article about a woman in her late thirties that talks about how cocaine use is very common among middle-class adults. She talks about how at social gatherings in England, it is normal for her friends to use cocaine in order to have a "good time." It is surprising to hear how common she makes it seem. Although this isn't a scientific article or peer reviewed, so we don't know precise statistics. 

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Cocaine’s Kid

Cocaine’s Kid | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it

ThMy father, the addict.

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This article talks about a man and his experience of growing up with a father who was an addict. It talks about from the beginning of his father's addiction, to when his father almost dies of an overdoes when David is in college. It talks about the horrible times watching his mother suffer through his father with Cocaine Use Disorder. It talks about how he had to grow up so much faster than normal, taking care of his dad when he was high. 

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Trinny Woodall: how I became a cocaine addict — and how I beat it - Spectator Blogs

Trinny Woodall: how I became a cocaine addict — and how I beat it - Spectator Blogs | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
I’m Trinny, I’m an alcoholic and I’m an addict. When asked whether addiction is a disease, I didn’t have to think twice. Knowing that I have a disease is how…
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This article is a short memoir of how Trinny Woodall became an addict. It talks about how she started and tried cocaine one night just "to be cool." It helped her with her self-confidence and it became part of her life. Just like most Cocaine Use Disorder stories, she talks about the unfathomable cravings. She also talks about how much the 12 step program helped her, and she needs to continue it for the rest of her life so she doesn't relapse. Addiction does not just "go away," it is just like a disease. 

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Welcome to Cocaine Anonymous

Welcome to Cocaine Anonymous | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
The members of Cocaine Anonymous seek to help others to recover from their addiction. We use the 12 Step Recovery program, and welcome any person who desires to stop using cocaine and any other mind-altering substance.
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This website is a very good reference for those who have Cocaine Use Disorder of family members with the disorder. This is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, and it is a resource for those with Cocaine Use Disorder to go and share their experiences and use the 12 step recovery method. 

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Cocaine

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Definition of Cocaine: Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Pure cocaine was first extracted from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush in the mid-19th century....
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This is just a very good overview of cocaine use disorder. It talks about the history of the drug, the ways of administration, and the effects of the drug. It not only talks about the effects of when the person is high, but also the potential damaging effects from continual use. 

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Vaccine Blocks Cocaine High in Mice: Approach Could Also Stop Addiction to Other Drugs, Including Heroin and Nicotine

Vaccine Blocks Cocaine High in Mice: Approach Could Also Stop Addiction to Other Drugs, Including Heroin and Nicotine | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it

TCould a vaccine end addiction?

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This article is very interesting. It talks about a possible vaccine that could stop cocaine addiction and potentially others like nicotine, heroine, and opiates. This vaccine was effective in preventing the cocaine high from working for about 13 weeks. 

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Molecule may be able to block cocaine addiction - CBS News

Molecule may be able to block cocaine addiction - CBS News | Cocaine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
CBS News Molecule may be able to block cocaine addiction CBS News "Not only did CGP3466B help confirm the details of cocaine's action, but it also may become the first drug approved to treat cocaine addiction." Cocaine use has been falling in the...
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Scientists recently found a molecule called CGP3466B that may be able to stop cocaine addiction. It has been found to stop cocaine addiction in mice. This may eventually become the first approved drug to treat cocaine addiciton. 

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