Cocaine for Alcoholism
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant made from the coco plant leaves in South America. It’s one of the more dangerous drugs out there. So it is odd that it’s been used in medicine. Well-noted psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud, helped to make cocaine a popular treatment for alcoholism in the 1880s by calling it a magical drug. It had a variety of uses back then, including treatment for morphine addiction, depression, fatigue, migraines, and even anxiety. Cocaine was once an ingredient in one of our most beloved soft drinks like Coca-Cola! Doctors had it readily available as an over-the-counter tonic, wine, soft drink, and powder. Doctors believed the cocaine would energize patients, making their symptoms lessen as time went on.