How Does Cocaine Affect The Brain

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Beating the buzz | Cocaine in the workplace

Ruth was forced to leave her high-paying job in the Sydney finance industry because she wanted to stop snorting coke. Her entire department was powered by “rocket fuel” and, by declaring to get her life back in order, she was effectively leaving the club

The 30-year-old approached SMART Recovery Australia, which offers an alternative to the Alcoholics Anonymous approach in helping people with substance abuse. “Her drug and alcohol use has escalated over the years,” says SMART Recovery National Program Coordinator Josette Freeman.

“She was scared to go back to work because of the environment she was going to go back into,” she says.

Drug use in the department she worked in was a 24-hour habit, with people heading off to the bathrooms during the day to get the buzz back. It would be nice to think that this sort of experience is highly unusual.

“I didn't think it is unusual [in that kind of industry], not the way she was talking about it,” says Freeman.

She says addiction and substance abuse are a “huge” problem in business – and the stresses of the recent financial downturn, high pressure, increased workloads and lack of resources have taken their toll.

There are a lot of workplaces where they don't care too much about the workers if they are producing.”

Part of the problem is that organisations can reward the behaviours that rely on “rocket fuel”: high energy, speedy performance, long hours and snappy decisions.

At first, cocaine can be beneficial in decision-making, says Freeman, but as the habit starts to take hold and more drugs are required, people become irrational.

SMART’s approach differs from AA. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their own recovery rather than rely on the group network and sponsors to support them. Freeman says while AA treats addiction as a disease, SMART treats it as a “maladaptive behaviour” and uses cognitive behavioural therapy.

SMART, which has been in Australia for over 10 years (in the US for 22 years), has more than 140 recovery groups in this country, all run by trained facilitators.

Around 1000 people access its help on a weekly basis.

What is SMART Recovery?
SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques."


"I put my family through hell, stole money from home, ignored their concerns, disregarded their opinions and I did not care about my own life or others'."


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