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UNDERSTANDING

Cocaine Addiction

Powder cocaine has a stereotyped reputation as the ‘recreational’ drug of choice for rich high-flyers in pressured jobs. But recreation can quickly become a destructive dependency – and when you’re surrounded by people who use cocaine and seem to be doing well, the temptation to join them can be overwhelming.

‘Weekend snorting’ can quickly descend into a constant pre-occupation. As one participant in a large Home Office study into cocaine use said, “It’s like when it’s in your head you can’t shift it. You’re even thinking about tomorrow’s use before you’ve got through today.”

Understanding

COCAINE ADDICTION

Cocaine in The City
Article

Powder cocaine has a stereotyped reputation as the ‘recreational’ drug of choice for rich high-flyers in pressured jobs, but recreation can quickly become a destructive dependency. What are the reasons for this, and how can problematic use be alleviated with treatment?

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Bruce Parry – how cocaine is made in the Amazon
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Bruce Parry spends time with workers of an illegal cocaine-making factory located deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Remarkable footage from BBC documentary Amazon with Bruce Parry.

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The High Functioning Addict
Article

The pleasure derived from success is borne of the very same brain pathways that make substance use so irresistible to some. Traits that make a good CEO are exactly those that make a ‘good’ addict.

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The long term effects of cocaine
Article

The detrimental physical effects of cocaine are well documented, but lesser known is its neurological impact on brain functioning, in areas such as attention span, decision-making and memory.

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Stephen Fry on Cocaine
Video

Fry never took cocaine while he was working, on a stage or in a television studio. He would call it, rather creepily, the ‘pudding’ that would give him an extra 'reward' afterwards.

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Sticky molecules and the 'cocaine proof' mouse
Article

Researchers in Germany dubbed a certain variant of the CAMK4 gene the ‘cocaine gene' after discovering that cocaine addicts were 25% more likely to carry this variant than non-users.

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PRIVATE 1-2-1 TREATMENT

The Alternative To Rehab

As a high functioning addict, you may not be willing take a month out of work and life for rehab, or reveal all within a 12 step group. While rehab is entirely appropriate in some cases, we provide an alternative approach to help individuals overcome addiction within the context of their everyday lives.

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EVIDENCE BASED

CBT For Addictions

We treat individuals using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is proven to work for addictions. CBT assumes that learned behaviour and habitual thinking patterns play an important role in the development and persistence of addiction, and changing these patterns can help individuals break their addiction and move forward.

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Logical & Pragmatic

Psychological Formulation

Central to the way we work is the ‘psychological formulation’ – a diagnostic and analytical tool which explores in detail each individual’s situation, and what’s really going on. It reveals the triggers, drivers and contributing factors that led to and sustain the addiction, and helps us understand how to treat it most effectively.

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EFFECTIVE & PROVEN

Relapse Prevention Strategies

There are two effective approaches to relapse prevention, and we employ a combination of the two. The first is a practical, CBT-based approach. The second applies the practice of mindfulness to develop a calm awareness of urges and the ability to experience discomfort without giving in to them.

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