Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant derived from the coca plant grown primarily in South America. Cocaine addiction first began to reach epidemic proportions in the late 1970s. Crack cocaine increased the addictive properties and lethality of cocaine in the 1980s. This disproportionately impacted communities of color and the poor and disadvantaged. Today there is virtually no segment of society which is not affected by cocaine addiction.
Cocaine addiction destroys families. It devastates finances and shatters dreams. Riverwalk Recovery offers comprehensive evidence-based treatment for cocaine addiction. We will prepare you for a life in recovery you can be proud of. You can stop the cycle of self-destruction. You can heal and recovery and repair. We won’t tell you it’s easy. But it is absolutely a goal you can reach if you have willingness. Being willing to change and grow is all you need to start a life in recovery.
The Effects of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction involves the brains mesolimbic dopamine system, also known as the “reward pathway”. This part of the brain also controls emotion and motivation. This is why help for cocaine addiction is so important. Most cocaine users are unable to stop on their own.
Cocaine addiction has signs and symptoms, just like most substance use disorders. Here are some of the behaviors and symptoms to watch for if you think someone may have a problem with cocaine.
- Mood swings
- Social isolation
- Risky behaviors
- Dilated pupils
- Weight loss
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- High blood pressure
Someone who is addicted to cocaine will often run into financial problems. Cocaine is highly addictive. A cocaine habit can get expensive quickly. Someone who is in trouble with cocaine will usually have a hard time concealing the financial consequences of the addiction for long. Even wealthy people with vast resources find the extravagant lifestyle and poor choices do real damage to more than just their bank account.
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Cocaine Overdose Can Be Deadly
Cocaine is hard on the body. This is especially true when smoking or injecting it, but there is no safe way to use cocaine. Heart attacks and crippling strokes are not uncommon among heavy cocaine users.
Here are some signs of a possible cocaine overdose:
- Very high blood pressure.
- Irregular heart rate.
- Very high body temperature.
- Extreme anxiety or disorientation.
- Agitation or tremors.
If you have any reason to suspect someone is experiencing a cocaine overdose, call 911 immediately.
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Getting Help for Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction has a way of creeping into a person’s life and taking root. A problem with cocaine often begins with occasional use. Maybe using only with a certain friend and only when drinking. Most people “dabble” before it becomes a habit. People mistakenly think it’s “safe” because cocaine doesn’t have the same intense physical withdrawal sickness as alcohol or opioids. The truth is cocaine addiction can be incredibly hard to overcome on your own. It does not matter how much willpower you think you have. If you or someone you love is hooked on cocaine, their best chance of getting free of it before tragedy strikes is addiction treatment. Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for help.
Recover at Riverwalk
At Riverwalk, we understand addiction intimately and have a personal connection to recovery. We are ready to help, or just listen if that’s what you want. If you are watching someone you love struggle with cocaine addiction we can help there too. We will provide guidance and insight into interventions and other methods to help “raise the bottom” to compel someone to accept the help they need. The road to a solution begins with a conversation. You will begin to feel better the moment you start to talk to us. This is not a burden you need to bear all on your own. Treatment for cocaine addiction is available at Riverwalk Recovery. We work with most private health insurance providers and have reasonable self-pay rates. Recovery begins the moment you decide to change.
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