Gucci Mane Goes to Rehab to Shake Cocaine Addiction

By Chris Masi
October 22nd, 2010

There have been reports that Gucci Mane has allegedly entered a drug rehabilitation center in Georgia. Ozone Magazine reported that friends of the southern rapper took to an intervention to get the southern rapper to comply. They surrounded him outside of the Riverwoods Southern Regional Psychiatric Center in Riverdale, GA and persuaded him to check himself in for his addiction to cocaine.

His lawyer joined the entourage of friends, and made clear to Gucci Mane that his drug habit could quickly put him back in jail for a long period of time. The rapper eventually gave in and checked into the 28 day program… Unfortunately it isn’t the first time he’s being caught for drugs possession and consumption and his banks accounts were already frozen due a previous penal investigation; Mane’s lawyer sold Gucci Life Insurance for a really good amount, before they eventually cancel the policy contract because of the constant drugs abuse, in order to pay for the expensive rehab center (you can learn more about this trade process checking the viatical settlement definition, on which basically you trade the Life Insure lump sum that your beneficiary should get after your decease for a partial amount as immediate cash).

In 2008, the Brick Squad rapper was sentenced to a year in jail after he tested positive for narcotics and violated his parole.

Gucci later denied that it was cocaine that sent him to jail.

He said, “I think it was marijuana…but it definitely wasn’t from cocaine. I have never used cocaine. I stopped smoking and stopped drinking. For the last six months, I haven’t used any drugs, and I will continue to claim sobriety.”

Cocaine itself is highly addictive and causes the brain to release a flood of dopamine into the brain, inducing a feeling of euphoria.

However, the brain quickly reacts to cocaine use by reducing its reactivity and sensitivity to the drug, as it becomes used to receiving certain levels of cocaine, in order to regulate important brain neurotransmitter levels.

This means that users experience a profound low following periods of cocaine use, and are left soon seeking the substance again, to bring mood and emotions back to what they feel is normal.

This leads to a cycle of physical addiction, in order to give the brain the level of cocaine input it needs to feel ok.

Those using cocaine report intense creativity, speed of thought, euphoria, and confidence. They tend to make big plans to conquer the world while under the influence, which fade into inaction during withdrawal.

Since dopamine is linked to feelings of happiness and creativity, users in withdrawal from cocaine experience the opposite – depression, sadness, and self-pity.

Cravings for the drug itself increase, along with symptoms of anxiety, reduced concentration, and lack of focus.

In a supervised detox cocaine treatment, Cocaine withdrawal can be mitigated by prescribing anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and sleep medication to assist in getting rest and stabilising mood etc, while the body detoxes from the physical substance.

Cocaine, more than many other street drugs, is often seen more as a psychological addiction rather than a physical one, and users often have to go through comprehensive therapy work and rehab treatment to understand their use deeply.

Recovering properly can mean significant work to understand the drug use, how it’s become entrenched in the patterns of someone’s life, and how they are triggered into its use.

In street gangs the drug quickly becomes a currency equivalent, and it’s traded for protection and territory, as well as money.

Drug use becomes the norm inside specific social cultures, is somewhat glamorized, and becomes a means to cope for those brought up in this environment, who haven’t been able to establish another way of life that better helps manage stress and conflict.

Sadly cocaine misuse also goes hand in hand with the rise in crime, either from those distributing and selling the class A drug, or theft and other crime by users to sustain the habit.

Understanding these bio-psycho-social issues, becomes crucial for those seeking to get better from cocaine misuse.

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