Cocaine is a stimulant that comes in a powdered form that is snorted, or a crystal (crack) form that is smoked or injected. In 2012, there were 1.6 million current cocaine users in America, comprising 0.6 percent of the population, according to SAMHSA. This addicting drug has played a role in many drug complications and overdoses, and is one of the most trafficked illicit drugs in America. My Recovery Helper understands the difficulty families experience when a loved one is using cocaine, and we offer effective treatment solutions for cocaine addiction.
639,000 persons aged 12 or older used cocaine for the first time within the past 12 monthsIn 2012, there were 639,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used cocaine for the first time within the past 12 months, according to SAMHSA‘s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This dangerous drug is made from the leaves of the coca plant, which is grown in South America, and then distributed throughout the world. Cocaine is sold on the black market, and is fueling much of the drug war that has ravaged so many Central and South American countries.
Effects of Cocaine Use
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug. Users feel an intense, but short-lived high that gives them a feeling of euphoria and increased energy. Shortly after the high, the person feels an immense let down and a feeling of fatigue and sometimes depression. This leads users to want to get high again, putting the person in a continuous drug-seeking cycle.
Risks of Cocaine Abuse
Like all stimulants, cocaine carries with it a risk for increased heart rate, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Cardiac arrest is relatively common for cocaine users, but there is no correlation between this and the amount of cocaine used or whether or not there is a history of cocaine addiction. Cardiac arrest and death can happen even on the first time someone uses cocaine.
- Cardiac arrest
- Increased body temperature
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Dilated pupils
- Alcohol abuse
- Other drug abuse
Cocaine affects the brain by increasing the levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that regulates pleasure and movement. Over time, cocaine can impair the brain’s reward system, which forces the user to rely on cocaine for its high, with the result being addiction.
Physical effects of cocaine addiction are dilated pupils, increased heart rate, increased body temperature, headaches, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Snorting cocaine over time can lead to trouble with the sense of smell, nosebleeds, hoarseness, and runny nose.
Poly Drug Abuse
One of the main concerns with cocaine users is their tendency to use other substances along with cocaine. Poly drug abuse occurs more often with cocaine than with other substances. Alcohol in particular often goes along with cocaine use, leading to complications, higher risk of fatal overdose, and challenges for the treatment of this type of addiction. In order to treat the cocaine addiction, it is necessary to simultaneously treat the other types of drug and alcohol abuse as well.
Cocaine Addiction Recovery
Treatment for cocaine involves detox, rehab, and extended care. There are no physical symptoms associated with withdrawing from cocaine. However, an individual coming off of cocaine will feel an intense urge to get high, and will experience many emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, poor concentration, and moodiness. As the individual acclimates to functioning without getting high, it is important that they receive support and counseling to keep them from giving up and turning back to drugs.
Because of the high rate of poly drug abuse among cocaine users, treatment for this kind of addiction is often more difficult. Treatment staff must first of all identify all the substances that are being used, and then modify the treatment plan to address the different types of drug use. Complications can arise as the person withdraws from multiple substances, and as they try to function without any drugs or alcohol.
We Can Help
Just call us at 844.867.6835. My Recovery Helper is here to provide individuals and families with treatment options that will meet their particular needs. We partner with treatment providers that are experienced in recovery techniques that can help with a variety of addiction types. Our facilities use a range of therapy methods, each designed to address different challenges that arise during recovery. We offer cocaine recovery treatment, and support that is needed to help individuals recover from not only cocaine addiction, but other types of drug and alcohol abuse that go along with it.
Recovery from cocaine addiction is possible. There is fear that many face when it comes to giving up their drug, especially one as addicting as cocaine. But with the right kind of treatment, it is possible to overcome addiction and get on with life. Our staff connects clients with the treatment that is right for them and that can help them regain control of their life.