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Sensation and Perception: The effects of massage on incidence of relapse on cocaine addicts  One cause of incidents of relapse for cocaine addicts is acute stress, according to Duncan,    Boshoven, Harenski, Fiallo[et al] (2007). This particular cause, mechanizes relapse by the activation of craving-related neural circuitry.  These data presents the assumption that stress may induce relapse in cocaine addicts. Acute stress precipitates these relapses by activating brains areas that are responsible for mediating signals from brain to neurons which localize reminders of reward [compensation] feelings associated with cocaine use, the processing of  attentional bias and biases pertaining to drug [cocaine] use biases that are defined by mnemonic synapses.  Knowing this, we now have to ask if massages[a method of therapeutic healing for various ailments, illnesses, diseases and afflictions]have a negative or positive contribution to qualitative data that records both empirical and non-empirical findings about the factors that lead to relapse incidence in the case of recovering cocaine addicts. Do massages activate drug[cocaine] cravings amongst recovering addicts or not? Does the reported therapeutic merit of massages [touch therapy] lend itself to proper recovery amongst former cocaine abusers? If massages contribute positively to the recovery process of rehabilitating cocaine addicts, is this because of these: sensation  and perception?         Rohsenow, Martin,and Monti (2005) present that there have been research studies which  investigated specific coping techniques for effectiveness, in reducing cocaine use after treatments.

These studies list: thinking about negative or positive consequences, alternative behaviors, distraction, relaxation/meditation, escape, offer refusal, spiritual methods, behavior chains, mastery messages, problem-solving, meeting or sponsor, or seeking social support, as some factors which aid former drug dependents to avoid falling into the pattern of relapses. There have also been  lifestyle change strategies which these aforementioned studies—indicated to be equally beneficial for rehabilitation programs—and these are: thinking about consequences, working toward goals, thinking of oneself as sober, clean recreation, regular relaxation, avoiding temptations, not carrying much money, living with clean people, seeking social support, spiritual involvement, keeping busy, and health activities. Vaughan (1995) conducted a research study about how therapeutic touch, as a kind of complementary therapy, changes health perception for the individual. This study also examined thehypothesis: therapeutic touch is a misnomer because because physical touch is not necessary — it is the energy field that is touched. Based on the review of related literature that has been gathered and included above about the factors to be considered when evaluating the various strategies and methods available for use in the rehabilitation process of recovering drug-abuse patients, we can conclude that there is a large amount of verifiable truth in how relaxation/meditation, seeking social support, spiritual   involvement, and, regular health activities, do  mediate reciprocity between  the attainment of  proper healing and the individual who has used drugs before to the point of excess/abuse.

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 Massages, is a kind of relaxation for many an individual. But is it true that a person does not really need to be cognizant of the material act of going for a massage [therefore, making it a healthy habit because ] it is the body’s energy field, after all, that needs the contact attention and not one’s muscles. By definition, sensation  derives its meaning from when two or more bodily senses are coupled; this is a neurological condition. Perception, on the other hand, is the act of perceiving what is presented to man, by his bodily organs.

  Therefore, massage is a physical act that combines sensation and perception in order to activated the regenerative functions of the human body. Knowing this, we cannot only just be certain that massages do not trigger relapse incidence for recovering drug[cocaine] addicts, and massages are still the imperative source of contact activation for a person’s body and its energy field.;SourcesDamaris, Rosenhow, Martin, R. and Monti, Peter. Urge-specific and lifestyle coping strategies of  cocaine abusers: Relationships to treatment in “ Drug and Alcohol Dependence”. 2005. Brown University  Press: RI.Duncan, Erica, Boshoven, William, Hasenski, Keith and Frailos, Ana.

Acute Streess and relapse for Cocaine Addicts.  In “ American Journal of Addiction”. 2007. Berkeley Publications: USA.;;Vaughan, Sian.

“ The Gentle Touch”. 1995. Sciences Publications :OH.;;;;;;