For those wondering if cocaine is physically addictive, the answer is yes — and then some. Cocaine can be highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. Cocaine influences the central nervous system and boosts levels of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters that naturally occur in the brain like norepinephrine and dopamine, resulting in euphoria, alertness and increased energy.
Though cocaine use peaked in the mid-1980s, it is still prevalent in today’s society. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 855,000 people are addicted to cocaine in the U.S. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported a 29% increase in the number of cocaine-related deaths from 2001 to 2013.
Cocaine addiction treatment is most effective when it addresses the problem from all angles — physical, mental, and emotional — to heal the physical dependence and health deficiencies seen in those suffering from cocaine addiction. Cocaine rehab is also designed to identify and work through the underlying issues that propel drug use and the psychological disorders that may contribute to it. Learn more about The Ranch drug rehab program or call 888-503-0205.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
Indicators of cocaine/stimulant addiction include the need for larger amounts to achieve the same desired result. This dangerous cycle makes cutting back or discontinuing use very difficult, and possibly dangerous, without the help of medical professionals.
Here are some of the signs that a person is addicted to cocaine:
- Intense preoccupation with cocaine
- Requiring more and more cocaine to get the same desired effect
- Neglecting relationships or activities or socializing with a completely new group of people
- Experiencing physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms during periods without cocaine, or using cocaine to prevent withdrawal symptoms
- Decreased interest in usual enjoyable activities
- Frequent runny nose or sniffing
- Failed attempts to quit using cocaine on one’s own
- Poor self-care habits
- Depression or anxiety
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Continued cocaine use despite the financial, legal, career or relationship problems it creates
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
When a person stops using cocaine, their body must begin to produce the neurotransmitters, or feel-good chemicals, that were depleted due to abuse of the drug. This is most effectively done with the help of addiction professionals who can guide the process through the use of carefully monitored prescription drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The underlying issues that led to cocaine addiction should be addressed, and individuals must learn healthy coping skills to sustain recovery.
Cocaine Detox and Cocaine Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms from stimulants may begin within a few hours of the last use and can continue for up to two weeks or more depending on the person, duration, and amount of drug use. Medically monitored cocaine detox eases withdrawal symptoms and allows for quick response to any life-threatening emergencies.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Vivid/unpleasant dreams
- Aches and pains
- Tremors, chills and night sweats