Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is one of the most common and dangerous illicit substances.

It is a powerful and addictive stimulant made from the coca plant in South America.

Adults aged 18 to 25 show the highest rates of cocaine use.

But this does not mean that other demographics are safe; cocaine use occurs across a wide range of ages and circumstances.

While cocaine comes with serious short and long-term side effects, it becomes even more dangerous when mixed with other substances.

Components of Cocaine

While cocaine comes, in part, from plants, its other components are not so natural.

The extracts from the leaves of the coca plant are mixed with dangerous additional substances like gasoline and solvents.

After the components are mixed, it is manipulated and dried in bricks.

The final product has a high potential for abuse and addiction, coupled with troubling side effects.

 

Common Methods of Cocaine Abuse

There is a belief among many drug users that you have to be addicted for a long time or abusing large amounts of a substance for it to do damage. This is not true. Any amount of cocaine use can harm your physical or mental health. This is true of any ingestion method, although certain practices do make it more dangerous. Cocaine is often snorted, but it can also be smoked, swallowed, inhaled, or injected.

 

Symptoms of Cocaine Use

Chest pain is one common symptom of cocaine use and it is one that often leads to hospitalization. Cocaine is the most commonly reported illicit drug in the emergency department setting. It accounts for more than half of all illicit drug-related emergency department visits in some years. And in 2017, 19.8% of all drug-related fatal overdoses involved cocaine. In addition to chest pains, some of the most common symptoms related to cocaine use include dilated pupils, long periods of wakefulness, overconfidence, over-excitement, and paranoia. If you are looking for signs of cocaine use in someone you love, these symptoms are clear indicators.

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Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Recovery is about more than simply finding new strength and putting your drug abuse behind you. Recovery is a process that is aided by accepting help, guidance, and support from others. What many people do not know is that addiction is a disease. It alters your brain chemistry and effectively changes the ways that we think and behave over time. We have spent years developing the tools, resources, and knowledge necessary to overcome addictions like this one.

We offer our patients research-based and proven methods, flexible and customizable care programs, and incredible amenities. All of this takes place in our conveniently located, comfortable, and safe facility. Whether you are coming to us from around the corner or you are looking to escape the noise and distractions of New York City, we are here to help. If you are looking for signs of your cocaine addiction, that is a sign in itself. Compulsive or uncharacteristic behaviors, drug-seeking activities, avoiding loved ones or responsibilities, and mood changes are a few others.

Cocaine and Mental Health

There is a powerful, troubling link between cocaine use and mental health impairments. Cocaine abuse symptoms and withdrawal symptoms can mimic the symptoms of certain mental health disorders. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common. This may lead you to continue to abuse cocaine to cope with these symptoms. Cocaine and mental health disorders are linked in both directions: you may start with substance abuse that leads to a mental health disorder, or you may start with mental health symptoms that lead you to abuse substances. In either order, the combination can be hard to overcome.

Many cocaine users also abuse alcohol, sedatives, or anxiety medications. Attempting to bury your cocaine abuse or withdrawal symptoms is not sustainable. It is a temporary and ineffective bandage. Addiction treatments and dedicated efforts are long-term fixes. Combining other substances with cocaine or using it as a coping technique increases your risk of developing long-term health issues. It also increases your risk for suicidal thoughts, tendencies, and accidental overdoses. Our dual diagnosis program was developed for those facing both addiction and a mental health disorder.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Options

We offer full-time addiction treatment programs, part-time, and others that land in between. Our inpatient programs provide 24-hour access to support, care, and guidance for the duration of your stay. Programs like these are ideal for those with severe or multiple addictions, underlying physical or mental health problems, a history of relapse, and other concerns.

Alternatively, outpatient programs are ideal for those with milder addictions, fewer complications, and work or family obligations that make a full-time commitment difficult. Supplemental programs like our intensive outpatient option combine the benefits of more structured programs with the flexibility you need to remain at home while you recover. You will attend therapy sessions, support group meetings, and have access to other proven care methods during your time in our facility each week.

Cocaine Withdrawals

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms often lead users to relapse. These symptoms can be overwhelming and difficult to overcome when you try to quit on your own. And they can vary from person to person depending on several individual factors. Many people report experiencing feelings of discomfort, slowing of activity, fatigue, and restlessness. Many also experience increases in feelings of agitation, anxiety, irritability, and depression. Vivid and unpleasant dreams and paranoia are common. But intense drug cravings and depressive episodes are two of the most troubling.

Over time, the more serious symptoms become more likely. These include heart attacks, brain damage, and strokes, among others. Detoxing may be a scary process when you are trying to quit cold turkey on your couch, but under the safety, comfort, and guidance of our facility, it becomes easier. Many of our programs start with a medically-assisted detox. If you have severe cravings or withdrawal symptoms, we will use certain approved medications to ease them. We will help restore your confidence and strength to set you up for success. A strong start will help plant you firmly on the road to recovery.

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Paying for Addiction Treatments

Paying for addiction treatments becomes easier when you have health insurance to take advantage of. Many people do not know that most health insurance providers offer coverage for addiction health care. Depending on the extent of your program, needs, and health insurance plan, your treatments may be partially or fully covered. If you are unsure of what your plan covers, please call our admissions specialist. They will perform a fast and free insurance verification for you. They will also outline alternative payment options if you do not have insurance. Your health, sobriety, and happiness should be your first priority. Why wait another day to make a change?

North Jersey Recovery Center

North Jersey Recovery Center was built on the foundations of evidence-based addiction treatments and proven and personalized approaches.

Our dedicated teams provide high-level, compassionate care in comfortable settings that feel like home.

A complete recovery plan and a dedicated approach as you seek a life of sobriety and stability are crucial.

Use our tools, knowledge, resources, and amenities to work toward your full potential. Call us today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Laura-Riley-Cropped-Profile-150x150Laura Riley, MA, LCADC, CCS is an Administrator with North Jersey Recovery Center.