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Cocaine Rehabilitation - Are you Addicted to Cocaine?

Published 18/03/2008

Are you addicted to cocaine?

 Do you keep trying to cut down on how much you are using but keep failing?

 Do other people express concerns about your use and your behaviour when using?

 Do you feel depressed, anxious or paranoid as a result of your use?

 Do you really want to stop?

Cocaine is a strong but short acting stimulant drug.  It tends to make users feel more alert and energetic.  Users report that they feel very confident and physically strong and feel that they have great mental capacity.  Common physical effects include dry mouth, sweating, loss of appetite and increased heart and pulse rate.  Users can become very anxious.  The effects from snorting cocaine start gradually but only last for up to 30 minutes without the repeating dose. 

Large doses or quickly repeated doses over a period of hours can lead to extremes of anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations.  These effects usually disappear as the drug is eliminated from the body. Excessive doses can cause death from respiratory or heart failure although this is rare.

How does a person become addicted to cocaine?

The effects of the drug are instant, very pleasurable and short lived.  Cocaine creates an intense but brief euphoria and makes users feel highly energetic.  It induces feelings of well-being, confidence and power mixed with restlessness and anxiety.  As the drug wears off the positive aspects diminish and can turn into deep depression, loss of energy and the need to sleep for long periods. 

Addiction can develop very quickly and can be extremely difficult to overcome.  Research has shown that animals will work incredibly hard e.g.  press a button over 10.000 times for one dose, choose cocaine over food and water and will even continue to take in spite of the behaviour being punished.  Addicts behave in a similar way.  Addicts will do many things they might not normally do in order to obtain the drug and continue to take it even when it hurts their relationships with loved ones and their job or school performance.

Other problems that can occur from cocaine addiction.  Cocaine can cause depression and anxiety.  Ceasing its use can be very difficult because the subsequent depression can be debilitating causing the addict to relapse in an attempt to deal with the depression.  Prolonged use can result in numerous mental health problems including paranoia, delusions and psychotic episodes including hallucinations.

 

 

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