New research suggests that cocaine causes the brain to age faster in chronic users than the normal aging process for non-users of cocaine. A study by scientists at the University of Cambridge, and published in Molecular Psychiatry, focused on the grey matter of the brain in chronic cocaine users versus the grey matter of those who didn’t use cocaine. The study pointed out that while everyone loses grey matter every year, those who were chronic cocaine users lost grey matter at double the rate of non-users. Grey matter in the brain is responsible for decision-making, self-regulation, attention and memory, and the increased loss of it causes the brain to age more rapidly.
“It’s rather ironic,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “Individuals who use cocaine many times state that their reasons for use include having greater energy and a feeling of youthfulness. In reality, cocaine is, quite literally, draining the youth right out of their bodies. Cocaine is very highly addictive substance and is quite prevalent on the nightclub scene with younger individuals. That’s why it’s so imperative that we quickly get the word out and educate the public, particularly young people, about the potential, increased aging effects of this truly life-altering drug.”
The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime estimates that cocaine is the second most problematic drug, with nearly 21 million cocaine users worldwide. The signs of cocaine use are bloodshot eyes, nosebleeds, runny nose, weight loss, increased need for money and manic episodes. If you notice any of these signs and suspect that a young adult is experimenting with cocaine or is addicted to cocaine, Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center can help you effectively and gently assist them to confront their drug use issues through professional intervention services. The team at Mountainside can make it easier for an addict and his or her family to make the entry into substance abuse treatment and into a comprehensive family care program. Mountainside specializes in giving families the tools necessary to rebuild the bonds that have been broken through addiction. Their treatment recovery program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and individualized in the treatment field.
Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center is a modern drug rehab facility that is skilled in serving a variety of clients with various addictions and in varying stages of addiction. The caring, compassionate team is made up of licensed and certified social workers and counselors who have extensive experience and specialty in the addiction treatment field. In addition, the staff includes a Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Registered Nurse, both of whom also have specializations and experience within the field of addiction treatment and alcohol rehab.
Mountainside also provides services for those individuals who come to them with dual diagnoses and require the services of a Psychiatrist to help conquer the unique challenges that dual diagnosis brings.
For the past 13 years, Mountainside has established itself as an innovator within the addiction treatment field, and the treatment modalities Mountainside utilizes are regarded as among the most cutting-edge approaches in helping individuals to get, and to remain, sober. As a result of their unique, innovative approaches to addiction treatment, Mountainside has become the model for the addiction treatment field.
The program, along with its professional addiction treatment team, have earned national recognition and resulted in Mountainside being invited to Washington by the White House to meet with the White House Drug Czar, John P. Walters, for an in-depth meeting on what makes its program so successful. These accolades did not go unnoticed within the addiction treatment field and resulted in the adoption by many throughout the country of a more holistic approach to drug addiction treatment.
If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, or if you have any questions, please contact Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center for a confidential inquiry at 800-762-5433.