Cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the leaves of the South American Coca plant. It is highly addictive and gives users feelings of euphoria, well-being, energy and alertness. The pleasant high of cocaine is short-lived and followed by a crash that is very unpleasant and leaves the user feeling tired, depressed, hopeless and anxious. This feeling is alleviated by doing more cocaine, and the vicious cycle begins.
Initially, there may be no outward signs of a serious problem, but you may notice these signs when a person is under the influence:
When the drug wears off, it is followed by a “crash” and the following symptoms may be present:
Cocaine can be snorted, smoked or injected. Tolerance for the drug builds quickly, and the person finds themselves needing more and more of the drug to get the desired effect. Addiction, once it takes hold, causes real changes in the brain that impact how a person feels happiness, pleasure and contentment.
It “rewires” the brain so that the only way to get that feeling of “reward” or satisfaction is by doing more cocaine. This is why people who are addicted are no longer interested in hobbies or activities that they used to enjoy. The drug has effectively hijacked their brain to only respond to cocaine.
When a person becomes addicted to cocaine, there are often clear signs that there is a problem. Cocaine addiction causes changes in appearance, mood, behavior and thinking. These may be subtle at first, but as the addiction progresses, they become more dramatic. Here are some common signs of cocaine or other drug addiction:
Each person is different in the way that addiction affects them. Some people come to a severe and rapid “bottom” where things get extremely bad. Sometimes a person manages to “get by” for long periods of time without major consequences. In some ways, this can be worse, because it can take these people longer to get help.
The longer a person stays in cocaine addiction, the more damage is done to their physical, mental and emotional health. There is an increased risk of criminal behavior that could lead to a record, there is an increased risk of permanent health problems, trauma and other issues. Getting help as soon as possible is the best outcome.
The most effective method of treatment for cocaine addiction is an inpatient drug rehab. Rehab provides intensive, round the clock treatment for cocaine addiction in a welcoming, supportive setting where your loved one can heal and get the help that they need.
Denial is a huge part of addiction, and it keeps people from realizing fully the impact their disease is having, not only on themselves, but also on their loved ones. When family tries to intervene the addict generally responds by pushing them further away. There is something about having a detached, third party come in to confront the problem that just works.
An intervention performed by an experienced, trained individual or team can help break this denial so that the addicted person can finally see their problem for what it is. Once this happens, there is an opportunity for for the person to accept and receive help.
Not only does the addicted person get help, but so does the family. The cocaine addiction intervention team can help loved ones to cope, to heal and to learn how to set boundaries with the addicted family member.
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