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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Addicted To Cocaine And Want To Be Drug-Free? How A Drug Treatment Center Can Help

by Francisco Arnold

Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs, and it can be difficult to get off it. You can do it, however, but you should never try to do this on your own. Instead, seek help from a drug treatment center as there are professionals that can help you along the way. Below is more information about this so you can be free from this horrible drug.

Go Through Detox

When you first arrive at the treatment center, you will be tested for how much cocaine you have in your system. Once this is determined, the center will set up your detox program. Detox is getting all cocaine out of your system so you can get started on your treatment.

Depending on how much cocaine is found, you will go through many withdrawal symptoms as the cocaine is leaving your body. Some of these withdrawal systems include:

  • Insomnia
  • Frightening and lucid dreams
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling of things crawling on your skin
  • Racing heart
  • Muscle twitches, shakes, or tremors
  • Profuse sweating

More dangerous withdrawal symptoms are heart attacks, strokes, and grand mal seizures.

Going through detox can be very difficult, depending on how badly you are addicted to cocaine. This is why it can be dangerous to try to do this on your own at home. A drug treatment center can give you drugs while going through detox to make things go easier for you. The drugs they give you are not addictive in any way.

Once you are finished with detox, you can then get started on the rest of your treatment.

Have Addiction Treatment

First, it will be determined if you should seek inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. If you are severely addicted to cocaine, the treatment center will suggest inpatient treatment. This is staying at the center 24/7 for a certain period. Outpatient involves setting up appointments to seek counseling from a qualified professional. This may be going every day or a few times per week.

You will likely see a psychologist or other trained therapist to help you get through the psychological problems of quitting cocaine. This person can help you determine why you started using the drug in the first place. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used, which can teach you how to cope with this addiction once you leave treatment, as well as teach you strategies to help you stay off cocaine.

The treatment center can also give you information about support groups in your area that will help you.

Talk with an addiction detox treatment center in your area to learn much more about how they can help you.