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Cocaine has always been one of the more popular illicit drugs. A National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014 noted that 1.5 million people reported trying cocaine within the past month on various surveys. Cocaine use seems to be most popular with individuals who are 18 to 25, and around 1 percent of high school students surveyed also reported trying cocaine in the past month in a 2015 poll. The 2015 Monitoring the Future survey noted that cocaine use among high school was down from its peak in the 1990s, but that it was still a very real problem for some young people.

If you start using cocaine and it becomes a habit, then your body can become physically dependent on it. That means that in addition to whatever mental or emotional addiction you might have, your body physically craves cocaine and withdrawal symptoms occur if you stop taking the drug or substantially reduce your doses suddenly.

It can be impossible for many people to break the cycle of cocaine use without professional intervention. That intervention often comes in the form of a detox program. During such a program, you work with medical professionals who help you wean off of drug use gradually to combat withdrawal symptoms while learning about triggers and coping mechanisms to prevent relapse.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant that causes the dopamine levels in the brain to increase. Dopamine is partially responsible for controlling how your brain receives and responds to nerve messages about pleasure and movement. Thus, cocaine can increase your sense of pleasure temporarily during a high, but it also disrupts the normal functionality of your brain. In the short-term, cocaine provides you with:

  • Mental alertness
  • Increased feelings of happiness or joy
  • High energy
  • Extra sensitivity to touch, sound and sight

Even during a high, though, cocaine can make you irritable or paranoid about the actions of others. Some people discover that cocaine use in limited amounts helps them perform better at a specific function, such as a job task or test. Taking cocaine for such reasons is often a door to long-term abuse and addiction.

One reason many people talk themselves or others into using cocaine for the first time is because cocaine itself is a natural substance. It's a powder that comes from the coca plant, and some health care providers use the substance in anesthesia or other legal medical treatments. Cocaine the street drug is highly illegal, though, and if you are using something bought off the street, it's doubtful that it's all natural and pure –dealers often cut cocaine with other white powders so they can increase profits.

Signs of Cocaine Use or Addiction

Drug seeking behavior – including stealing money to pay for drugs or taking prescription medication from friends and family – can be a sign of cocaine abuse. Cocaine use can also lead to a number of behavioral changes. While a single change in someone's behavior doesn't necessarily indicate a drug addiction, if you notice several of the following changes in a short period of time, you might want to talk to your loved one or reach out to a professional for advice about how to approach the situation.

  • Depression
  • Nervousness or agitation, especially if it comes and goes
  • A lack of attention to basic care tasks, such as hygiene
  • Apathy about hobbies or people that used to interest the person
  • Sleeping more than normal or engaging in long periods of sleep at a time
  • Sudden struggles with school work, lower grades or failure to complete work responsibly when someone has always done so
  • Missing more work than normal
  • Uncharacteristic mistakes at work
  • Engaging in riskier-than-normal behavior

In addition to changes in behavior, cocaine use can cause numerous physical symptoms. Some symptoms that might indicate a person is abusing cocaine include:

  • Constantly runny nose
  • Track marks
  • Nosebleeds
  • Burned fingers or lips from smoking crack cocaine
  • Dilated pupils

The type of physical symptoms depends on whether someone is snorting, smoking or injecting cocaine. You might also notice some mental and emotional signs of cocaine use:

  • They might exhibit poor judgment or problems concentrating
  • Memory might be reduced
  • Paranoia and anxiety is usually increased
  • Someone using cocaine can see hallucinations or experience delusions
  • Aggressive behavior might come out as they seek drugs
  • During a high, they might exude over-confidence, euphoria or unexplained excitement.

If someone you love is exhibiting some of these symptoms and you believe they might be abusing cocaine or another drug, call (844)211-7944 today. Our admissions counselors are always available, and every call is completely confidential. We can help you understand the situation and risks and provide some advice for next steps that might help your loved one.pt

Long Term Effects of Cocaine

Like any drug that interacts with the functionality in your body, cocaine can have some serious health effects. It can cause constricted blood vessels that can lead to higher blood pressure and cardiac issues. A constantly raised body temperature associated with cocaine can increase general wear and tear on your entire body or cause issues with various organs, and a faster heartbeat and higher overall anxiety levels also contribute to the development of chronic illnesses.

Specific long-term effects of using cocaine are related to how you use the drug. Cocaine can be snorted, taken by mouth, injected or smoked, and each ingestion method comes with its own health risks.

Understanding Cocaine's Addictive Properties

In the past, cocaine was not seen as an especially addicting substance when compared with drugs such as heroin and other opiates. This was mainly because the outward signs of cocaine addiction and withdrawal weren't as dramatic as those associated with opiates. Today, medical science has a much better understanding of what goes on in the body when cocaine is being abused, and we also understand that addiction is not just a physical notion.

Cocaine is very addictive and does come with serious withdrawal symptoms that can make it very hard for users to quLike any drug that interacts with the functionality in your body, cocaine can have some serious health effects. It can cause constricted blood vessels that can lead to higher blood pressure and cardiac issues. A constantly raised body temperature associated with cocaine can increase general wear and tear on your entire body or cause issues with various organs, and a faster heartbeat and higher overall anxiety levels also contribute to the development of chronic illnesses.

Specific long-term effects of using cocaine are related to how you use the drug. Cocaine can be snorted, taken by mouth, injected or smoked, and each ingestion method comes with its own health risks.

it on their own. Cocaine detox is a critical step to recovery because it lets you free your body of the physical hold cocaine might have over it. After that, you can concentrate on behavioral therapy, education on coping mechanism and triggers and learning new habits that you can use to maintain sobriety.

The Danger of Overdosing on Cocaine

Another danger associated with using cocaine is the risk of overdose. Repeated use of a drug that creates an addiction usually leads to the need to use more and more of the substance to get the same high. When too much cocaine enters your system at one time, you can move beyond the high and into immediate danger of overdose. Overdose can cause failure of various systems or organs in your body and even death.

Cocaine is generally associated with a high incidence of overdose. In fact, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2011, over 40 percent of emergency room cases that were related to drug overdose or abuse involved cocaine. To treat such cases, medical staff often has to:

  • Restore oxygen to the brain after a stroke
  • Restore blood flow after a heart attack
  • Stop someone from seizures

While medical professionals can often treat the issue related to the overdose, serious and long-term medical consequences can occur if you are without oxygen or proper blood flow for even a short period of time.

Don't wait until you find yourself in an emergency room after a cocaine overdose. Instead, take action today to being working toward a drug-free life. We're available right now online and via phone at (844)211-7944 to talk to you about outpatient treatment options.

Preventing Cocaine Relapse

According to NIDA, a simple reminder of past cocaine use can lead to a relapse. Studies have shown that cues that remind someone of their cocaine use can cause a trigger in the brain. That response might lead to powerful impulses to seek and use cocaine again, and it can occur even after months or years of sobriety. Cocaine relapse is a very real possibility for anyone who is addicted to the drug. Through therapy and relapse prevention programs, our cocaine treatment program helps you build a strong foundation for sobriety.

Seek Professional Treatment Today

There is no "bad" time to seek help for drug abuse or addiction – and there will never be a better time for you to reach out for help than right now. Call (844)211-7944 to talk to someone today about your addiction. Whether you're scared, angry, sick or simply confused, we can help. You'll find compassionate professionals and helpful advice for how you can start your journey to a cocaine-free life.

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