What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a synthetic stimulant derived from the Coca plant. Even though this plant has been used in South America for its properties for thousands of years, in the last century the components of this plant have been turned into the illicit drug we today call cocaine.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Below you will find some of the signs that you or a loved one might suffer from cocaine use disorder:
- A strong need to use the drug.
- Failure to cut down or completely stop cocaine use.
- Avoiding or neglecting obligations and responsibilities as a result of the drug use.
- Using the drug despite being in a situation where it could be dangerous to do it.
- Becoming isolated from others because of cocaine use.
- Giving up important activities to use the drug.
- Continue to use the drug even after it has caused problems in your life.
- Increased tolerance to the drug – you need to consume more to get a similar effect.
- Experience of withdrawal symptoms.
- Showing periods euphoria, hyperactivity, and insomnia followed by periods of somnolence, irritability or depression.
- Experiencing paranoia or psychosis outbursts.
Physical symptoms include nosebleeds or a runny nose without a logical explanation, sores around the person’s mouth, needle marks on the person’s body.
Cocaine Abuse treatment
Like all substance abuse disorders, for treatment to be effective, change has to come from the person suffering from it. The decision to make this change can be challenging, but with the help of medical and psychological professionals, it can be achieved.
Treatment for cocaine use disorder includes detox and rehabilitation. These processes need to be supervised by professionals because cocaine withdrawals symptoms can be unbearable if a person tries to go through the detox process by themselves.
Withdrawal management supervised by medical professionals can help the ease the patient’s experience and lower the risk of him or her relapsing to seek release.
Cocaine Abuse treatment includes pharmaceutical and behavioral components that help the person overcome their addiction and give them tools to deal with the causes that lead to it and to continue on the path to living a full life.
Am I addicted to cocaine?
Below you will find some questions that might help you figure out if you need to seek help in dealing with your cocaine use disorder.
- Do you often use cocaine for longer times than you intended to?
- Do you often use cocaine in larger amounts than you intended to?
- Have you tried and failed to reduce your use of cocaine?
- Do you experience strong need or to use cocaine?
- Do you spend a lot of time looking for and using cocaine, or recovering from its effects?
- Have you failed to fulfill your responsibilities and obligations at home, work, or school because of it?
- Have you had to reduce or give up your social or recreational activities because of cocaine use?
- Have you continued using cocaine even though you feel it’s affecting your physical or mental health?
- Have you continued taking cocaine or similar drugs to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms or to seek relief from them?
- Have you knowingly used cocaine when it was risky for you to do so?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you should seek the help and advice of our substance use disorder professionals to determine if you need treatment for cocaine abuse.