Cocaine: Its History, Use, and Effects
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As I am sure is the case in many other Senior Individualized Project's, what I originally intended to write about and what I have actually written are quite different. Last summer I made arrangements with Eastwood Clinics at Huntington Woods (a private psychology clinic located just outside Detroit) to observe their cocaine addiction recovery program for women. The program, called Choosing Healthy Options Investing in Cocaine Elimination (C.H.O.I.C.E.), was designed by Rosalie Schwartz, program director for the Royal Oak branch of Eastwood Clinics. I intended to study the program as a participant observer. I had also hoped to determine the success of the program by conducting a survey of former clients. Unfortunately, after meeting with one of the CHOICE therapists, I learned that I would not be able to observe the group therapy sessions as a matter of confidentiality. The therapist was, however, able to offer me access to the CHOICE files, allowing me insight by reading the case histories of former clients. Thus, the thrust of my paper has moved from focusing on the CHOICE program to a more generalized study of cocaine addiction. I can not offer the reader a magic formula guaranteed to help anyone and everyone overcome cocaine dependence. What I can offer is an informative and realistic image of cocaine and its devastating effects on those who are seduced into its web of glamor, power, and ultimate destruction.