Cocaine addiction happens because the body develops a tolerance after prolonged use. In the beginning, it creates feelings of joy, excitability, euphoria, and increased energy. However once the addiction takes hold, using cocaine no longer creates feelings of euphoria. Instead, one starts to feel irritable, restless, have panic attacks, and in some cases full blown mental breakdown can happen.
Effects of Cocaine Use
Whether a person snorts, injects or inhales cocaine, the drug triggers a number of unhealthy reactions. It constricts blood vessels, dilates pupils, and also increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. The drug also causes headaches, abdominal pain and nausea. Studies have shown that it also increases the risk for suicide, violence and contracting HIV/AIDS as a result of dangerous sexual interactions. Strokes and heart attacks can also happen after extended use.
Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms
Although not life threatening, the withdrawal symptoms can include suppressed appetite, insomnia, irritability and intense cravings. Cravings can be so intense that less than 5% of those who attempt to quit on their own are successful. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to quit without professional counseling in a safe and supportive setting.
Treatment You Can Trust
New Dawn offers Medically Supervised Detox and 30 – 90 day Residential Treatment for those who are ready to stop using and start working on getting their life back. We have over 30 years of experience helping people to get and stay sober. Our licensed therapists and addiction counselors will work with you on putting a treatment plan together. We focus on diagnosing the root causes that are driving your addiction. And our relapse prevention counseling and lifetime aftercare support groups have helped thousands of individuals stay clean and sober.