How to Stop Cocaine Addiction?


How to Stop Cocaine Addiction?

08:10 14 October in Faq, Treatment Choices

How to Stop Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine, commonly known as “ Coke” is a highly addictive drug. It is extracted from a Coca plant which is available in South America. Cocaine is very powerful and addictive and hence it is difficult for you to stop cocaine addiction.


It is a stimulant drug and illegal substance, it’s usually sold on the street in the form of white powder. It can be smoked (freebase), snorted or injected.


It has many names in United States:


  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Crack
  • Snow
  • Rock



Effects of Cocaine:


The following are the effects of cocaine abuse on the body of people who take it. Cocaine intake involves lot of health risks which are as follows:


As there are people who take it for long time or short period of time so according to consumption the risks on health varies:


Short Term Effects:


Cocaine releases dopamine in the brain, dopamine causes positive feelings which ultimately makes a person “high” and it is an addictive power and energy.


Short Term effects includes:


  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Panoria
  • Loss in appetite
  • Intense happiness
  • The person becomes sensitive in sound and touch.
  • High Mood
  • Euphoria
  • High Energy


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Long Term Effects:


The following are the long lasting health Effects includes:


  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Problems
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Noticeable Weight Loss
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Loss of memory
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Shrinking brain
  • Nose Collapse
  • Addiction
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Decrease in sexual function
  • HIV Infection and Hepatitis B and C infection (Unsafe Injections)
  • Death


Signs of Addiction:


Following are the  signs of knowing someone with cocaine addiction:


  • Mental Health Symptoms:

People with their ongoing abuse of cocaine usually develop mental health symptoms. They are suffering from depression and anxiety which leads to a disorder in their mental health and they require a treatment which is dual diagnosis.


  • Physical Changes:

There can be a considerable weight loss in a person with long term use of cocaine and there is a visible change to the family members or friends that one is addicted to the drug. Physical issues occur which include nosebleeds, lost sense of smell etc.


  • Money Problems:

As cocaine is a very costly drug and if a person develops an addiction to it, he tends to spend a lot of money in that and there is substantial loss in money.


  •  High Level of Mood Swings:

Mood swings i.e. at the initial period of time when one starts consuming cocaine, he is very positive and happy. But as the addiction starts the drug shows its true colors and the person becomes dull, and depressive.


There are few behavioural symptoms:


  • There is a lack of motivation to do the daily things in life and people need cocaine to feel motivated.
  • Person avoids himself/herself from his close loved ones family and friends and tends to socialise with other cocaine addicts.
  • Ignorance of all responsibilities.
  • Running away from all relationships.
  • Loss of interest in social events, games and hobbies which the person was earlier used to.
  • Habit-formation of getting money for buying cocaine.


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Why is it difficult to stop cocaine addiction?


Thinking of quitting cocaine, the drug due to addictive substances in it creates the rush in people’s bodies and makes people high. Yes, it is quite a difficult task for one to overcome the addiction of any drug. 


Cocaine releases dopamine in the brain which brings out feelings for happiness and positivity. This amount of dopamine is not naturally possible for the brain to release and hence if a person once starts to take cocaine it develops such feelings and its body gets addicted to such feelings and hence the entire cycle creates a need for cocaine ultimately leading to addiction.


How to Stop Cocaine Addiction?


How much period of time is required to stop cocaine addiction is the greatest concern for addicts. As the addiction is too high and the effects of cocaine are very long so it takes time to overcome the addiction. Ill-effects on mental health makes it quite tough for a person to quit cocaine. Recovery from addiction of cocaine is a very inspiring decision.


Treatment of Cocaine Addiction at Fight Addiction:


In the USA, as stated by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the use of cocaine has been relatively stable since 2009. There is treatment to every addiction.


Fight Addiction provides different treatment choices for cocaine addicts. Detox is the next step after you have decided to stop cocaine consumption. 


These professional treatments will definitely help you in achieving the goal of quitting use of Cocaine. It will ensure you a healthy lifestyle, ignoring high risks of deadly diseases and living a happy life.


Do You Need Help?


We hope we have addressed your question of “How to stop cocaine addiction?”  If you require any other help or advice or guidance. Do reach us Call: (888) 820-7985.

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