Cocaine Addictioncocaine abuse

Cocaine, “coke” is a white powdery substance usually ingested by snorting or smoking and in later stages of dependency it is often injected intravenously (IV). The drug is a very powerful nervous system stimulant that brings about an almost immediate euphoric “rush” to the user along with a “speedy” and energetic feeling. Most will find themselves needing to use cocaine frequently as the effects last only minutes and leaves a person feeling as if they need to do more to reach the original euphoria they experienced from the first dose. The feeling between doses is called “coming down” and it feels just as it sounds, so a user will do more to satisfy the body’s demand to pick it back up again. A person will continue to use until there is no more left or there are no more ways to get ahold of it. From there the they are left to completely come down experiencing a horrible feeling of anxiousness, depression, extreme paranoia and insomnia. But as horrible as it is to come down, which is inevitable, cocaine calls to a person to use it again. Once a person finally sleeps it off, even those who say they won’t do it again, find themselves so intrigued by the effects that they’re back at it for one more run. Occasional use turns to frequent use which gets costly and riskier. Total personality changes occur over time when a person gets dependent or addicted to coke. The urge to have the euphoria and release that the drug gives, becomes a priority not only physically but mentally as well. The cocaine addiction begins and life rapidly falls apart at the seams. The drug becomes more important than going to work or school, more entertaining than being with family and good friends who don’t do cocaine, and eventually it becomes the controlling decision maker for the person. All else that is important gets left behind.
Cocaine started out in the 1800’s as a anesthetic as well as a mass produced cure for many ailments. Once the addictive attributes became more obvious as well as the destructive trails it left, cocaine was largely outlawed and is today internationally. In the 70’s and 80’s cocaine was the drug to do in the partying atmospheres and skyrocketed as an epidemic. Although today it is not the mainstream drug of choice for the majorities, it is still a huge problem in our country, used by millions every year.

Signs of Cocaine Abuse

  • Jaw Clenching
  • Nosebleeds
  • Persistent Runny Nose
  • Extreme Mood Swings
  • Irritability/Agitated
  • Severe Paranoia
  • Pupils Dilated
  • Insomnia
  • Weight Loss
  • Rapid Pulse Rate
  • Hallucinations

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

  • Cravings
  • Exhaustion-Sleeping for Long Time Periods
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Extreme Depression
  • Irregular Appetite-Gorging
  • Heavy Anxiety
  • Body Pains
  • Illness
  • Clogged Sinuses-Constantly Blowing the Nose
  • Hallucinations

Side Effects of Cocaine Abuse

  • Sudden Death
  • Kidney Problems
  • Seizures
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Chest Pains
  • Deviated Septum
  • Chest pains
  • Psychosis
  • Above Normal Heart Rate
  • Irregular Heartbeat

Looking above at the signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction and abuse, it isn’t a difficult decision to seek help for someone you know who is experiencing these effects. Rehabilitation programs throughout our country specialize in this addiction and can bring about life changing experiences for a person in need. Too many people become addicted and ruin their lives with this drug, along with so many families and friends destroyed because of it.

Intervention For Cocaine Addiction

Why would someone consider conducting an intervention for a cocaine user? A cocaine abuse intervention is unique as any other intervention is. Handling the cocaine abuser is a delicate and strategic process with expectations of erratic behaviors and constant denial. Most who abuse the drug will compare their use to others who “have needles stuck in their arms” or sell themselves for the drug. Minimization, also a form of denial, is a tactic often used by a cocaine addict to bring a sense of rationality and acceptance to this problem. Too many families and friends stand back without intervening and watch someone they love slowly destroy their lives with cocaine abuse thinking the same rationalities. Many families and friends rationalize it until a person is dead. There is nothing rational about it.

We bring a level of education to families to properly prepare them for what will happen in the intervention. We have delivered many successful cocaine interventions and have the experience to help families establish and hold healthy boundaries while communicating with the cocaine user constructively and effectively, meanwhile avoiding the traps of manipulation. Call us today and find out about our approach to your needs and let us help you get your loved one safely into treatment and onto a new life of recovery and happiness. If they’re still breathing in air, it’s not too late to help them.