Cocaine is a drug derived from the coca plant that increases the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Cocaine is usually snorted but can be smoked or injected when it is processed into crack. The brain rapidly releases dopamine, which causes pleasurable effects or a high and is associated with the potential for dependence and abuse. When levels of dopamine drop, withdrawal symptoms start. The unpleasant withdrawal symptoms can lead a person to use again and more frequently.

Cocaine is an addictive drug that is related to an increased risk of mental health disorders, disease, and death. A person can become addicted after one use, but as with any drug, each person’s experience is unique. The first time using cocaine will produce the most intense euphoric sensation.Tolerance builds up almost immediately, which leads a person to use more, in higher doses. The development of addiction occurs as a person takes more doses in larger amounts. A wide range of health problems is caused by cocaine use, including heart failure, respiratory issues, stroke, and seizures. Some of the physical symptoms of cocaine use include nosebleeds, insomnia, nasal damage, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, and nausea just to name a few.

In an article on cocaine addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “The majority of individuals (68 percent in 2013) who seek treatment for cocaine use smoke crack and are likely to be polydrug users, meaning they use more than one substance.” Cocaine also contributes to psychological problems. Some common symptoms are restlessness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and psychosis.

Genetics play a huge role in drug addiction. Other factors to consider are physical or emotional trauma, peer pressure, family dynamics, stress, and personality traits. These characteristics contribute individually or in combination with other factors. Addiction to cocaine puts a person at risk for relationship problems, job loss, financial troubles, and incarceration. Other risks from cocaine abuse include blood borne infectious conditions, such as HIV or hepatitis C, which are related to the injection of cocaine and non-sterile needle use.

Withdrawal from cocaine is very challenging but manageable with the right treatment for addiction. Nexus Recovery Services offers treatment modalities such as individual and group therapy, psychiatric care, psychoeducation, and spiritual counseling, which allow clients to receive tools and support to achieve and maintain sobriety.

Do not let addiction destroy your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151

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