Taking cocaine may seem enjoyable at first – it can make you feel on top of the world, as if you can do or achieve anything you want. However, since cocaine is highly addictive, if you keep taking cocaine over the long-term, you will eventually become addicted. Most people are not aware of just how severe the consequences can be. Stopping with cocaine can be difficult and requires professional cocaine addiction treatment to help overcome the withdrawal symptoms.
What are the main signs of cocaine addiction?
“He told me: You have to stop, you're using too much. You're losing control, you really should stop... but I couldn't... I started using again. I wanted more...” Wijntje
The main signs of cocaine addiction symptoms include changes in mood and behaviour, physical symptoms and social withdrawal.
- You want to stop taking cocaine but cannot.
- You take cocaine in larger quantities or more often than intended.
- You spend a lot of time getting, taking or recovering from taking cocaine.
- You have cravings and urges for cocaine.
- You can no longer manage at work, home or with studies because of cocaine.
- You take cocaine again and again, even when it puts you or others in danger.
- You develop physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop.
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What are the main effects of taking cocaine?
Coke, or cocaine is an “upper”– it stimulates the central nervous system, leading to an initial “high”. It can make you feel:
- Active and with increased energy
- Wide awake, alert and clear-headed
However, it can also lead to:
- Erratic, bizarre behaviour
- Reckless and risky behaviour
- Violent behaviour
What are the main side effects of cocaine addiction?
The initial intense feeling of euphoria is followed by edginess, depression and a craving for more. People who use cocaine often do not sleep or eat well. Short-term physical effects of cocaine use are:
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
- Increased rate of breathing
- Dilated pupils
- Erratic behaviour
- Anxiety and paranoia
Long-term physical and mental side effects of cocaine abuse include:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Increased risk of stroke
- High blood pressure and heart problems
- Liver, kidney and lung damage
- Destruction of nasal cavity tissues leading to a loss of the sense of smell
- Weight loss and malnourishment resulting from a loss of appetite, or an increase in weight as a result of huger and overeating, depending on the pattern of use
- Anxiety, panic attacks and paranoia even leading to psychosis.
How does cocaine addiction affect families?
“At some point I was even so degenerate that, at the same time as breaking into my parents’house and stealing things, I saw the car keys and thought, ’Wow, I am actually a nice guy as I could have stolen the car, as well!’ If you are thinking in that way, you are really messed up.” Michel Odufré, co-creator Triora Model.
Cocaine addiction causes emotional trauma, financial distress and has a range of long-term effects for families and loved ones. The financial consequences can be extreme. An average income cannot pay for a cocaine habit. Continuing to abuse cocaine results in impossible costs to finance the habit. Eventually cocaine addicts may lose everything they own, with many going on to commit crimes.
How can I overcome cocaine addiction symptoms?
If you or a lovely one are suffering from the symptoms and effects of cocaine addiction, contact Triora today. Find out more about our professional cocaine addiction treatment.