Cocaine is one of the most powerful stimulants that is commonly abused and is extremely addictive. It is near the top of the list when it comes to illicit drugs. Cocaine is typically snorted in powder form by users but they may also turn it into a liquid and inject it or turn it into a rock for the purpose of smoking. A rush of euphoria is normally experienced immediately after cocaine users consume the drug and this feeling of bliss is what turns users into addicts, making them want to use cocaine again and again.
There are no physical withdrawal symptoms when users stop using cocaine because cocaine is not physically addictive and this is the case with many illicit drugs is. However, this fact is often one of the most misleading cocaine abuse facts because a lot of people think they will not become addicted to cocaine because of this. This is definitely not the case because many people become addicted to the feeling of euphoria. A recent study done by the Substance Abuse and Health Service Administration reported that around half of all drug related visits to the emergency rooms in the United States were related to some form of cocaine abuse.
One of the most apparent signs of cocaine abuse is an overwhelming desire to continue using the drug. People addicted to cocaine will often find themselves regularly taking cocaine, going out of their way to get it and also thinking about cocaine every day. When using cocaine starts to have a negative impact on someone’s life then that may be the most obvious sign that they have an addiction. This includes the cocaine use interfering with their relationships and having a negative impact on their schooling or job. Suffering mild withdrawal symptoms when the high wears off or having difficulty stopping the use of cocaine is among additional symptoms.
Cocaine addiction treatment generally focuses on changing the thought process of the cocaine addict since cocaine addiction is more psychological than it is physical. Inpatient addiction treatment centers and counseling are usually the most effective ways to help cocaine addicts overcome addiction. Various emotional problems can appear when addicts stop taking cocaine such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks but severe physical symptoms are uncommon. Changing thoughts and interrupting thought patterns can both lead to a halt of using cocaine. Once addicts admit their addiction and examine the root cause of their problem it will be much easier to take further steps toward recovery.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.