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Cocaine

What causes Cocaine addiction?

Cocaine is a highly addictive and powerful drug which users can easily become dependent on. Cocaine affects key pleasure centres within the brain, causing extreme levels of heightened euphoria. Cocaine blocks the brain’s natural production of dopamine, which is associated with reward and pleasure. A Cocaine addiction can develop very rapidly, as the Cocaine addict fails to reach the same ‘high’ experienced previously from the same amount of cocaine. Once dopamine production falls below a certain level, the brain begins to crave cocaine as its replacement, and that is how a cocaine addiction begins.

Cocaine effects & symptoms of Cocaine abuse

Cocaine side effects include noticeable behavioural or personality changes in a person. The following are potential indicators that someone may have increased the amount or frequency of their cocaine abuse:

  • Anxiety.
  • Irritability.
  • Restlessness.
  • Severe paranoia.
  • Erratic outbursts.
  • Variable energy.
  • Insomnia.

What does cocaine addiction feel like?

A personality change that lurches between mania and depression may indicate that someone has become a Cocaine addict. Under the influence of Cocaine, a Cocaine addict may be very energetic and euphoric. But the resulting ‘come down’ of the Cocaine addict is often psychologically devastating and can create a deep depression. Cocaine abuse may then result in experiencing a loss of appetite, faster breathing, sweating and dilated pupils. Cocaine is also an expensive drug and financial unmanageability will often be present if someone if abusing Cocaine regularly.

How do I know if I am addicted to cocaine?

If you are concerned about your Cocaine use – or that of a friend, colleague or family member – and you answer yes to any of the following statements, then you might benefit from discussing your Cocaine abuse problem for free, and in complete confidence, with one of our advisers on 0800 002 9010.

  • I / they regularly use more cocaine than I / they planned to.
  • I / they experience financial difficulties due to cocaine abuse.
  • I / they feel depressed or remorseful after abusing cocaine.
  • I / they have an obsession towards cocaine abuse.
  • I / they use their entire cocaine supply until it is exhausted.
  • I / they have experienced chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, when abusing cocaine.
  • I / they wish I / they had never taken that first cocaine hit.
  •  My / their cocaine use causes conflict with loved ones.
  • I / they have experienced nasal problems due to cocaine use.
  • I / they have difficulty sleeping after abusing cocaine.
  • I / they feel high just knowing that I/they are about to use cocaine.
  • My / their ability to work has been affected by abusing cocaine.
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How Cocaine addiction is treated

Cocaine addiction treatment can take various different forms. Unlike heroin, there are no medicines that act as a substitute for cocaine. However, medication may be offered as part of the Cocaine addiction treatment for other related symptoms like sleep problems. Residential rehabilitation programmes are recommended in particularly severe or complicated cases of Cocaine addiction. However, rehab is often considered the most effective method of Cocaine addiction treatment.

Although some people manage to quit cocaine on their own, evidence shows that a combined approach of social support and specialist drugs counselling often produces the best results.

How to beat Cocaine addiction – the right help at the right time

Are you, or your loved one, addicted to Cocaine? There are many ways of beating Cocaine addiction and Port of Call is here to give you the right help at the right time. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you to find the most appropriate course of treatment and support.

Please call our free phone line on 0800 002 9010, we are ready, willing and able to help you through cocaine addiction today.

Read our useful factsheets for more information on Cocaine effects and Cocaine addiction treatment options

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