Cocaine Addiction and Treatment

Cocaine is a Class A substance that can be smoked, snorted, ingested or injected. A powerful short acting stimulant, it comes in powder or crystal form.  Freebase and Crack are also forms of Cocaine and vary in their intensity of high and longevity in their effect. All forms of Cocaine are extremely addictive, not so much in the physical sense but more so in the psychological sense. Cocaine is an illegal substance and intent to supply can carry heavy prison sentences. Mostly Cocaine is used as a recreation drug, a party drug; the user is stimulated and feels a rush of euphoria as the brains reward mechanisms go into over drive.  This feeling is what makes it so powerful and addictive.  The come down effects of Cocaine are very unpleasant and this can trigger the individual to carry on using in order to delay the come down.  Cocaine addiction can come in the form of everyday use or in binges; sometimes it is used with another drug to increase the intensity or to assist in alleviating the come down and withdrawal symptoms.  Cocaine and Crack Cocaine is quite expensive to buy in comparison to other illegal drugs and can be sourced easily from street dealers.  Those with an addiction can end up draining their financial resources and resorting to criminal activity to fund their habit.

The History of Cocaine

Cocaine is derived from Coca leaves, which were originally chewed for their stimulant properties during religious ceremonies by Native Peruvians in the early 15th Century.  It was in the 1880s when it began to be touted for as a cure for sexual dysfunction by the famous Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, that it grew in popularity. Freud, who used Cocaine himself, promoted the drug through media as a cure for depression and impotence.  In 1886, the Coca leaves were used in a popular soft drink, Coca-Cola.  Sales of the soft drink went through the roof, consumers enjoyed its euphoric and stimulating effects. Pro Cocaine continued to grow in popularity in the film industry and high-class society in the early 1990’s. As the dangers of Cocaine became more apparent, Coca Cola were forced to remove the drug from their drinks due to media pressure.

As the Cocaine related death toll in the United States grew, the government finally banned the drug in 1992. However this didn’t stop its popularity with users. As drug traffickers from Columbia imported more and more; it became available to all.  By the 1980’s it had a reputation as very addictive and dangerous; crime rates relating to the drug were on the rise, as was the death toll.  Today it is still one of the most popular and widely used drugs recreationally. For those with addictive tendencies the drug causes all kinds of financial, social and health implications. It’s no longer seen as harmless and there is far more awareness of its dangers.

Am I a Cocaine Addict?

You may be wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction to Cocaine/Crack/Freebase, and at what point you should seek help. Below are some indicators that you or a loved one has a problem that requires professional intervention and help:

  • Telling yourself you will only have a few lines but end up on a day/week long binge
  • Unable to stop using, despite feeling heart palpitations and thoughts of paranoia
  • Putting Cocaine above food, self-care and family
  • Cocaine is affecting your work and personal relationships
  • You have suffered physical and/or mental health problems from using, but still continue to use
  • Family and loved ones have begged you to stop but you cant
  • After a binge you swear you will never use again, but you do
  • You have debts mounting and money owing as a direct result of buying Cocaine
  • You have resorted to criminal or immoral activity to fund your Cocaine
  • You have progressed from snorting, to smoking Crack or injecting for a bigger high
  • You use Cocaine just to be able to function in society
  • You have become a liar, thief or cheat
  • You feel guilt and remorse after using

If you can say yes to any of these indicators, then you DO have a problem with Cocaine and should seek help straight away.  Please do not delay in calling Liberty House for advice and information on our treatment program. Addiction is progressive and over any given length of time, it always gets worse, never better.

Health Risks of Cocaine Addiction

Even if you are using frequently and haven’t suffered any ill effects as a result, there are still health risks that are very much a real danger to anyone that uses Cocaine, including the most fit and healthy. Those who mix Cocaine with Alcohol are at even greater risk of health problems and addiction, as the two combined produce a different chemical known as Cocaethylene. This chemical is more dangerous than either Alcohol or Cocaine on its own, and more addictive.  The chemical can build up in the body over time and put the user at very high risk of heart disease and heart failure, without warning.  Crack Cocaine and Heroin are also commonly mixed together by addicts, injected together they are know as “Speedballing” taking the user on a rollercoaster of highs, it is extremely dangerous. Many addicts will eventually end up using another substance to help combat the come down effects from Cocaine as their addiction increases.  Heroin and Valium are the most popular choice, and both are extremely addictive and dangerous in their own right. Cocaine/Crack and Freebase all carry great health risks, anyone who uses this drug should be aware of the following dangers:

  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Highly increased risk of heart disease, arrhythmia and heart attack
  • Increased body temperature
  • Loss of appetite and malnutrition
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Respiratory problems
  • Chest pains
  • Seizures
  • Violent and erratic behaviour
  • Sexual promiscuity and increased risk taking

Liberty House Cocaine Treatment Program

Liberty house provides a safe and nurturing environment for anyone seeking treatment from a Cocaine addiction.  Our treatment programs are specifically tailored to meet each individual’s treatment needs. We also treat those that have a dual addiction. Full in house detoxes and medical services are available.  Staff stay on site to assist and support at all times of the day and night.  With the expertise of our clinical and counselling team, we can help anyone with a Cocaine addiction to recover once and for all.

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