Cocaine is a powerful stimulant often used in social settings such as college parties, post-grad ‘get-togethers’, and nightclubs. It’s also often glamorized in the media as being a drug used by celebrities because it has a reputation for being expensive. On the drug spectrum, cocaine is probably one of the more approachable drugs, which is why some people don’t think of it as being addictive. This is definitely not the case.
While heroin is portrayed in movies and books as a harmful, life-ruining drug, cocaine is usually portrayed as something to be ‘fun’. Unfortunately like any other drug, cocaine is extremely addictive and can also ruin someone’s life. If you’ve found yourself here and are addicted to cocaine, or think you know someone who is, keep on reading to find out more information about cocaine abuse and how you can get help.
Establishing What a Cocaine Addiction Is
If you’re addicted to cocaine, you’re addicted to a drug made from coca leaves. Cocaine use dates back to the early 1900s, although it wasn’t used the way it’s used now. Pure cocaine was used in tonics and elixirs to cure illness and was also used in medicine to reduce pain before local anesthetics existed. If you ever found yourself wondering if the drink Coca-Cola has anything to do with cocaine, it actually does. It used to be an ingredient in the beverage. Although cocaine is a classified schedule II drug (meaning it can still legally be used for medical use), today we’ll be talking about the street drug.
There are two main forms of street cocaine: cocaine, also known as coke, and crack. Coke is a white powder often diluted with talcum powder or cornstarch and is snorted through the nose. Crack is coke mixed with baking powder and it’s inhaled by smoking it. Both forms are extremely addictive. It’s common for someone who starts using coke socially to become addicted.
When someone uses coke excessively and becomes addicted, their brain now believes it needs the coke to stay alive. If someone uses a drug enough it actually rewires the brain.
Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
Below are common signs of cocaine addiction. Please note this isn’t a comprehensive list. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms below, please reach out for help as you may be addicted to cocaine.
- Frequent dilated, black, pupils
- Excessive energy
- Not being able to sleep / insomnia
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Trouble breathing through your nose
The short term effects of cocaine use can seem relatively mild compared to other drugs but the long term effects can be detrimental to your health. Loss of smell, frequent nosebleeds, and paranoia, are all common in long term cocaine use.
How to Get Help
If you or someone you love is suffering from a cocaine addiction, don’t wait to get professional help. We at STAR Recovery Center are experts in addiction and are dedicated to help anyone who is struggling. The first step to getting help will be calling our admissions line to tell us what’s going on. Our admissions team will then work with you to verify your insurance, pick a day for you to start treatment, and make arrangements for your arrival. During this time we’ll also determine whether or not you will need detoxification.
Detoxification, also known as detox, is the safest way to stop using drugs. You will be monitored 24 hours a day by our staff to ensure your safety as your body gets rid of all the toxins. We also strive to make you as comfortable as possible during this process.
Our admissions process makes getting the help you need simple and easy. Don’t wait to overcome your cocaine addiction.
Star Recovery Center Is Here to help
At Star Recovery Center, we are proud to be a state-of-the-art addiction treatment and drug rehab program located in the gorgeous area of Costa Mesa, CA in Orange County. We offer luxurious amenities as well as the latest in substance abuse programming at our residential inpatient and detoxification program. We have worked hard to procure these resources for the benefit of our clients. Our top priority is to not only help our patients get clean but help them remain sober. We would be honored to do the same for you. If you would like to learn more about our addiction recovery options in Costa Mesa and Orange County, CA, feel free to contact us today!