Cocaine Addiction

Drug Abuse and Addiction

There Is Help For Beating An Addiction To Cocaine.

There is great treatment out there for cocaine and crack cocaine addiction. A program with solid inpatient or outpatient treatment services is imperative to prevent cocaine relapse. At Addiction Campuses, we work closely with our patients to determine the right cognitive therapies to treat their addiction.The goal of cognitive behavior therapy for cocaine addiction is to help individuals reduce drug use and successfully prevent relapse. This approach attempts to help patients recognize, avoid, and cope. They are taught to recognize the situations in which they are most likely to use cocaine and avoid these situations when appropriate. Users are also taught how to use coping skills to more effectively manage a range of problems and problematic behaviors associated with cocaine abuse.If you or someone you love is struggling with a cocaine addiction, Addiction Campuses is poised to help – today.  Within one hour of your call you can be on your way to learning how to lead a new life, free of addiction.

24/7 Cocaine Addiction Support Hotline: 1-888-614-2251

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Addiction Campuses provides all levels of addiction recovery care in a comfortable and safe environment. Our campuses offer the perfect place to reflect, learn, change, and thrive. Our cocaine treatment programs are tailored to each client, and overseen by dedicated addiction recovery professionals – from our admissions specialists to licensed counselors and medical staff.

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How Is Cocaine Consumed?

The powdered form of cocaine is either inhaled through the nose (snorted), where it is absorbed through the nasal tissue, or dissolved in water and injected into the bloodstream.

Street names for cocaine include basa, base, blow, coke, crack, and toot.

Why Is Cocaine So Addictive?

Cocaine increases ldopamine levels and stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain, causing an extremely heightened euphoria. A tolerance to cocaine develops quickly as users soon become unable to achieve the same highs experienced previously from the same amount of cocaine. Repeated cocaine use alters the user’s brain chemistry and results in long-term changes in the brain’s reward systems.

Cocaine is highly addictive and creates the greatest psychological dependence of any drug next to methamphetamine.

What Are The Effects Withdrawal?

When cocaine use is discontinued immediately, the user will experience withdrawal symptoms including paranoia, depression, exhaustion, anxiety, itching, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, an intense craving for more cocaine, and in some cases nausea and vomiting.

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Cocaine Use.

Always be on the lookout for the general signs of drug addiction like job loss, excuses to borrow money, stories about whereabouts not adding up and aggressive responses to confrontation.

Other signs of cocaine abuse can appear during the withdrawal period. This period happens immediately after a person stops using cocaine.

These symptoms include :

  • Irritability
  • Odd sleep patterns
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frustration

Other effects of cocaine abuse include can lead to loss of sense of smell; nosebleeds; problems with swallowing; hoarseness; and an overall irritation of the nasal septum, which could result in a chronically inflamed, runny nose. Ingested cocaine can cause severe bowel gangrene, due to reduced blood flow. Persons who inject cocaine have puncture marks called “tracks,” most commonly in their forearms, and may experience allergic reactions, either to the drug or to some additive in street cocaine, which in severe cases can result in death. Many chronic cocaine users lose their appetite and experience significant weight loss and malnourishment.

How Did Cocaine Become Such A Problem?

Pure cocaine is extracted from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush found mostly in South America. Historically, chewing the coca leaf was the primary mode of cocaine ingestion. In the 1880s it the drug was isolated and was used in eye, nose, and throat surgeries as an anesthetic and to constrict blood vessels and limit bleeding. Coca leaves have also been used in teas and at one time were incorporated in beverages such as Coke.

As cocaine’s popularity increased in the 1880s and 1890s, reports of addiction emerged, and the potential harm from the drug was soon recognized. As a result, the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914 was passed to prohibit the importation of cocaine and coca leaves, with the exception of pharmaceutical uses. Then, shortly after the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 strictly regulated the manufacture of pharmaceutical amphetamines the use of cocaine began increasing.

Widely popular in the 1980s, cocaine was a party drug that gave users intense feelings of euphoria, awakeness and superiority. Famous actors and athletes used the drug and increased its reputation and popularity. Cocaine addiction became a household name when these high profile personalities overdosed on cocaine and died. Celebrities like John Belushi, college basketball player Len Bias and River Phoenix all died due to complications using cocaine.

24/7 Cocaine Addiction Support Hotline: 1-888-614-2251

One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN!

—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate

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