Cocaine Addiction and Private Coke Treatment
How To Tell If Someone Is On Coke
Cocaine use has remained relatively consistent since 2009. In 2014, there were over 1.5 million self-reported cocaine users in the United States age 12 or older. That represents 0.6% of the population. However, adults age 18-25 have the highest rate of cocaine use among any population, with 1 in 10 young adults using cocaine monthly.1
Cocaine is the drug of choice for many users because of the intense feelings of pleasure they get from using the drug. After injecting, ingesting or smoking the drug, the high comes on almost immediately.
When the drug is snorted, it may take 5 to 10 minutes for the person to get high. The high lasts about 5 to 20 minutes, after which the user starts to get irritated and depressed. In order to feel better, they use the drug again and again. Cocaine use can turn into a vicious cycle very quickly.
There are several physical and mental adverse effects of cocaine use. Additionally, because it’s so highly addictive, cocaine addicts run the risk of destroying their lives.
Physical Effects of Cocaine Use
Cocaine creates a strong physical addiction. It’s one of the most dangerous drugs because it’s associated with severe physical side effects. Not only does it profoundly affect the heart, but it can also cause sudden death.2
It can cause high blood pressure and heart palpitations. It can even cause a heart attack in young people with no prior history of heart problems.3
People who use cocaine omay experience recurring health issues including convulsions, seizures, and headaches.
Cocaine can also cause lung and breathing problems. Those who snort cocaine may have a constant runny or stuffy nose, which may cause damage to the nose and sinuses. Smoking the drug can cause permanent lung damage.
Psychological Effects of Cocaine Use
The more frequently cocaine is used, the more a person will crave it. However, the more it’s used, the less the brain can naturally produce dopamine, a chemical that is partially responsible for feelings of wellbeing and contentment. When the body and mind begin to rely on the drug, it becomes more difficult to sleep, recall things, and function in everyday life. Reaction times might be slower as well.
Cocaine users might also experience anxiety, depression, and a lack of pleasure. This all relates to how the drug alters brain chemistry and its effect on the central nervous system.
If a person has had a long-standing addiction to cocaine, stopping for a short time might produce withdrawal effects. Withdrawal can occur when the person’s body has become dependent on the drug. When the person stops using the drug, the body does not get the drug that it is craving. The person’s body then experiences physical symptoms such as chills, aches and pains.4
Signs of Mental Illness in Coke Users
Cocaine produces a variety of psychiatric conditions, syndromes, and disorders. These include agitation, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, and suicidal, or homicidal thoughts . If a person already has a mental health condition, using cocaine can worsen the condition.4
If you suspect that a loved one is abusing cocaine, there are certain warning signs to look for. By paying careful attention to behavior patterns, you might be able to prevent a serious addiction from taking hold. Early warning signs include:
- A change in behavior.
- A change in eating or sleeping patterns.
- A change in groups of friends.
- A runny nose or frequent sniffing.
- Acting withdrawn, depressed, tired, or careless about personal appearance.
- Frequently needing money.
- Losing interest in school, family, or activities previously enjoyed.
- Red, bloodshot eyes.
Cocaine addiction is a complex, multi-faceted disorder that involves both biological and psychological factors. The treatment of cocaine abuse can be challenging. Because cocaine affects so many parts of the body, it’s imperative that treatment begin in a controlled medical facility to allow for a safe detox. Treatment needs to address the psychological, social, and biological aspects of addiction. There are various treatment facilities that can help your loved one learn cognitive behavior approaches to managing this harmful addiction.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Cocaine: What is the scope of cocaine use in the United States?
- Cregler LL. (1989). Adverse health consequences of cocaine abuse. J Natl Med Assoc. 81(1), 27–38.
- Nestler, E.J. (2005). The neurobiology of cocaine addiction. Sci Pract Perspect. 3(1), 4–10.
- Morton, W.A. (1999). Cocaine and Psychiatric Symptoms. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 1(4), 109–113.