Cocaine is one of the MOST addictive drugs out there, second only to Heroin. Therefore, abuse can quickly spiral out of control into a fullblown cocaine addiction. Not only is cocaine is highly addictive, it is also very dangerous. It’s responsible for the most illicit-substance related visits to the emergency room every year. This is why we recommend you seek treatment ASAP if you or someone you love is developing a problem with cocaine. Before cocaine has a chance to wreak havoc on your life, treat it!
When it comes to cocaine addiction, you have a lot to lose, but you also have a lot to gain from treatment. We’ll go over the risks of leaving a problem to develop, then discuss the benefits of cocaine addiction treatment.
What can go wrong when cocaine addiction goes untreated?
Using cocaine is dangerous for our health, reputation, and our relationships. People often lose friends and opportunities to cocaine. If you haven’t experienced any of these adverse effects yet, they will become more and more likely the longer you keep using cocaine.
1. Heart Damage
Cocaine is really hard on our cardiovascular system. Any type of cocaine use leads to cardiomyopathy, which means that our heart muscle cells start dying. Injecting dissolved cocaine causes inflammation in the entire circulatory system, increasing our risk for heart disease.
Death from overdose happens when our circulatory system is overwhelmed by too much cocaine. Blood pressure and heart rate spike drastically which leads to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and other deadly conditions.
2. Gradual changes in brain chemistry
Over time, cocaine use changes the way our brain works. The pathways for the neurotransmitters related to feeling good, Dopamine and Seratonin, get damaged. So what does this mean practically? Our personality changes, and we start to lose control of our behavior! Cocaine causes the following changes:
- Failing to meet obligations: for example, missing work or school, skipping assignments, neglecting family and pets, etc.
- Psychotic symptoms: losing touch with reality
- Erratic and reckless decision making
- Inability to concentrate
- Extreme irritability
3. Loss of important relationships
Family, lovers, children, as well as professional relationships: these can all be lost to a cocaine addiction. Sometimes, just finding out about your cocaine use is enough to damage a relationship. You can lose your job if your supervisors find out you’re using cocaine, through a drug test or even just rumors. Over time, personality changes and bad behavior can strain relationships to the point of rupture.
What is there to gain from receiving treatment?
1. Assisted detox
Cocaine is one of the drugs that can cause some pretty uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. If you enter treatment for your cocaine addiction, you can get help with detox. Since going it alone means you’re more at risk for relapse and discomfort, it’s best to detox with professional assistance. Symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Aches, tremors, chills, and nerve pain
- Intense cravings for cocaine
- Unpleasant dreams
- Suicidal thoughts as well as actions, like self-harm.
At intervention.com, we specialize in helping people detox from drugs and alcohol safely. Our providers all stand by the Fair Care Promise and deliver services with integrity and honesty. Detox can be a difficult process, so it’s critical it be done right.
Cocaine addiction is a bit like being in chains. The drug starts to burn up all your time and money, and quickly takes over your life. Pretty soon your typical days starts to revolve around acquiring and using more and more cocaine. Addiction takes away your ability to live freely because you DEPEND on a substance just to get by.
When you enter treatment, you will start to learn a new way of living without cocaine. You’ll learn new ways to have fun, meet people, and cope with the underlying depression and anxiety related to addiction. Once you break your dependence on cocaine, a whole new world of possibilities will open up for you.
3. Safety and Health
Using cocaine means that we have to also BUY cocaine, which is illegal. Getting involved with the cocain industry puts us at risk for arrest, jail time, and street violence as well. The average prison sentance for crack-cocaine related crimes is 115 months, and for normal cocain the average sentance is about 87 months. Avoid jail and violence by kicking your cocaine addiction in a treatment program.
The physical effects of cocaine use destroy our health over time. Besides the ever-present risk for overdose, we are also putting ourselves at risk for damage to our brains, circulatory systems, lungs, livers, kidneys, and sexual functioning. Many of the physical effects of cocaine are irreversible. For example, cocaine use can cause a permanent septal perforation, which refers to a hole in the bridge between our nostrils. Surgery is the only way to improve this issue, and the nose never regains full functioning.
If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine addiction, please reach out to us at intervention.com. We have experience with thousands of substance related interventions, and can help you break free from your addiction.