Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug. Once someone has used cocaine, they cannot reliably predict or control the extent to which they will continue to use the drug.
The drug creates a strong sense of exhilaration. Users generally feel invincible, carefree, alert, euphoric and energetic. This is usually followed by agitation, depression, anxiety, paranoia and decreased appetite. The effects of cocaine generally last about two hours.
Dangers of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine is a potent and dangerous stimulant. The short-term and long-term effects of cocaine are equally dangerous. The dangers of experiencing cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory failure is equal in both short and long term abuse.
Signs and symptoms of cocaine use can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Blurred vision
- High anxiety
- Constricted blood vessels
- Dilated pupils
- Nasal infections
- Nose bleeds
- Rapid breathing
- Violent behavior
- Chest pain
Effects of Cocaine Addiction
The long-term effects of using cocaine can include extreme agitation, violent mood swings and depression. Prolonged use of cocaine via nasal ingestion causes ulcerations in the mucous membrane of the nose and in the barrier separating the nostrils.
It can also result in a loss of appetite, extreme insomnia and sexual problems. Heart disease, heart attack, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, and gastrointestinal problems are not uncommon among long-term users of cocaine and crack.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment with CBT
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven to be an effective approach for preventing relapse. CBT is focused on helping cocaine-addicted individuals achieve and sustain abstinence from cocaine and other substances.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment & Concurrent Mental Health Issues
Our substance abuse treatment team digs deeper than many drug rehab centers into the underlying causes and conditions of the entire addictive disease process, focusing on treating the client as a whole. As a result, they often identify concurrent mental health issues that, left unaddressed, often lie at the root of cocaine relapses. We can assure you that our cocaine rehabilitation program will help you overcome your addiction and move you towards healthy, sober living.