Cocaine Addiction

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant, often used as a recreational drug. This drug can be insufflated (snorting), ingested orally, inhaled (smoked), or injected intravenously. Because it interacts with the brain’s reward system, Cocaine is highly addictive. A rush of dopamine is triggered when cocaine crosses the blood-brain barrier. Thus incentivizing an individual to continue using and making it difficult to find pleasure in other things.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Appetite 
  • False Confidence
  • Over-Excitement 
  • Paranoia 
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Runny Nose 
  • Deteriorating Physical Appearance
  • Irritability 
  • Mood Swings
  • Missing or Being Late to Work
  • Weight Loss
  • Financial & Legal Problems
  • Headaches
  • Relationship Issues
  • Risk-Taking Behavior
  • Nose Bleeds

Another sign of Cocaine use is withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on the individual, however some common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Slowed Thinking
  • Slowed Activity or Physical Fatigue After Activity
  • Exhaustion
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to Experience Sexual Arousal
  • Anhedonia, or the Inability to Feel Pleasure
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Vivid dreams or nightmares
  • Chills,
  • Tremors
  • Muscle aches & nerve pain
  • Increased appetite
  • Severe Headaches

Long-Term Side-Effects Of Cocaine Use:

  • Heart Attack
  • Arrhythmia 
  • Permanently Increased Blood Pressure
  • Septal Perforations
  • Respiratory Damage  
  • Brain Damage 

Cocaine addiction is life-threatening. If you suspect you or a loved one are at risk, please fill out the form below for a free assessment. We recommend that at-risk individuals participate in our 30-90 day program to help achieve long term sobriety.