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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is highly addictive. Every long-term cocaine user will sooner or later become addicted. Cocaine addiction is a serious disease requiring addiction help, without which it can even be fatal.

Are you asking yourself how to stop taking cocaine? Are you experiencing cocaine withdrawal symptoms? Or are you concerned that a loved one may be suffering from cocaine addiction? Most sufferers cannot stop taking cocaine without assistance.

About Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a stimulant drug produced from a chemical compound which is found in the leaves of the coca plant. Cocaine speeds up the messages that travel between the brain and the body, and releases a huge amount of dopamine which controls pleasure. Users then take more to experience this rush and crave that pleasurable experience again. Cocaine is often referred to as coke, blow and crack. It is most commonly snorted however, can be rubbed into the gums, or injected. Cocaine is one of the more expensive illicit drugs and for this reason is more commonly used by more affluent people.

A user is addicted to cocaine when they lose the ability to control their cocaine use. They will often have uncontrollable urges to use and have incredible difficulty stopping themselves from using.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

There are certain signs you can look for that will help you identify a case of a cocaine addict. We have divided them into two categories: those to look for in yourself and those to look for in a loved one.

If you are concerned about your own situation, consider the following symptoms of cocaine addiction:

  • Thoughts of cocaine consume a good portion of your day
  • You find yourself looking for new ways of procuring cocaine
  • You frequently worry you won’t have access to cocaine during your day
  • Cocaine is affecting your job, finances or relationship
  • You get upset when others question you about your cocaine use
  • You are willing to go to great lengths to get cocaine
  • You must regularly increase your cocaine intake to achieve the same feeling.
  • You find yourself concealing cocaine or your use

If you are concerned about a loved one rather than yourself, signs to look for include:

  • Unreasonable sensitivity when the topic of cocaine is discussed
  • White powder on items in the house
  • Bags of cocaine lying around the house for their next hit
  • Unexplained withdrawal from family relationships or positive friendships
  • Increased isolation and episodes of social withdrawal
  • Lack of concern for employment
  • Unexplained financial problems
  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain

Any combination of signs or symptoms suggest a potential cocaine addiction and should not be ignored. As already mentioned, even minor cocaine abuse problem can quickly become an addiction if left untreated. The good news is that proper treatment is very effective at helping cocaine addicts completely recover. Success is achieved through a combination of physical, emotional, social and psychological treatments that address every aspect of addiction.

Withdrawl Symptoms

If you regularly use cocaine, your body needs to learn to work without the drug which causes withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are the various physical and psychological effects of detox and can occur after reducing or stopping cocaine use.

Minor Withdrawl Symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Increased appetite
  • Cravings
  • Aches and pains
  • Restless sleep and nightmares
  • Mood swings
  • Tremors
Severe Withdrawl Symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Angry

Facts

  • Heavy use can cause cocaine psychosis in which they have paranoid delusions, hallucinations and aggressive behaviour.
  • At least 8% of Australians have used cocaine
  • Cocaine is first tried by Young Australians at an average age of 19 years

Treatment

The first step toward recovering from cocaine addiction is a cocaine detox which involves cleansing the body of the substance. Detox without medical attention is possible for some individuals but it is hard and a medically reviewed detox is always recommended.

At the Hader Clinic, we provide a safe and calm environment for people in need of cocaine treatment and a holistic recovery program. As detox from cocaine is difficult, on admission a detailed assessment and medical examination is undertaken to ensure that a safe and effective detox process is established immediately.

The Hader Clinic has a long and successful history treating cocaine addicts with proven cocaine treatment programs. In Queensland, our cocaine rehab clinic and retreat is located just north of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Remember it can be difficult to convince a loved one that they need treatment for their cocaine addiction, if you’ve tried to talk to a friend or family member about their drug taking habits and they’ve been resistant, you should consider a family intervention. Contact us for advice on this process as we have useful resources and can support you through to conducting the intervention.

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