We treat Cocaine addiction
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant which can be extremely dangerous. Long-term use can create health problems related to heart, brain, kidneys, and stomach, and cause depression and suicidal thoughts.
Understanding Cocaine addiction
- Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that looks like a loose, white powder.
- It is usually either ingested by being snorted up the nose after it has been sectioned into thin lines or smoked (Crack). Cocaine takes three main forms – ‘Coke’, ‘Crack’, and ‘Freebase’. Coke is a fine loose powder, while Crack forms small lumpy rock-like crystals. Freebase is a crystallised powder.
- Other street names for Cocaine include Sniff, White, Charlie, Pinch, Dust, Snow and Powder.
- Cocaine has a very chemical-like and bitter taste and smell.
- Crack Cocaine tends to have a burnt smell, like burning rubber or plastic.
- The most common way to ingest Cocaine is up the nose via snorting. The drug can damage the nose if it hasn’t been finely cut. It is common for users to wash out their nostrils after snorting Cocaine, or to switch between nostrils when using it.
- Crack Cocaine or Freebase is smoked via either a tube or glass pipe. It is uncommon, but some people do inject Cocaine by mixing it up with water to make a solution – a much more dangerous method of ingestion.
What are the warning signs of Cocaine addiction?
When Cocaine is taken, it takes effect in the body fairly quickly. If large amounts of the drug are ingested, it can be dangerous.
Users displaying the following warning signs which are common in addicts:
- Heart attacks
- Violent behaviour
- High blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Sweats and chills
- Confusion and disorientation
How to support someone with Cocaine addiction
If either you or a loved one has a Cocaine addiction, it can be a worrying time and it may be difficult to know who to turn to for help.
Some people manage to quit Cocaine on their own, but for others, it can be a more complex journey to getting clean, especially if Cocaine abuse has taken over relationships with friends and loved ones, a person’s financial situation, and their ability to go to work and hold down a job. If you know someone who may have a Cocaine addiction, the first step is to encourage them to seek help. Many people with drug problems refuse to accept they have an issue or seek help. Plan what you will say to them carefully and be prepared for any kind of reaction, including one that may be aggressive or confrontational.
What is the treatment of Cocaine addiction?
Those who want to give up Cocaine typically won’t need a medically-supervised detox programme unless other drugs such as Heroin are being used alongside the Cocaine. Detoxing from Cocaine isn’t generally life-threatening, but can cause a user to experience very low moods, depression and suicidal thoughts. This is why in-patient rehabilitation is a good option so that the user can be monitored carefully to ensure that they are not at risk to themselves.
If you choose East Coast Recovery as your rehabilitation clinic for Cocaine addiction, you will receive a tailored plan that is bespoke to your needs and health. You will be able to discuss the way Cocaine makes you feel with our health professionals and will be able to share how drug use has impacted your life, relationships, and career. We understand that there is usually a story behind every addiction, and we want to know yours so that we can treat the underlying causes of your Cocaine abuse.
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Just in case any concerns about staying with us still remain, we offer every client – and their family members – the opportunity to visit our recovery centre and residences with no obligation, free of charge.
Book an appointment with us and we will happily welcome you to the centre and give a guided viewing with a member of staff, which can help put to rest any remaining fears or anxieties surrounding the rehab experience. Contact our assessment and admissions team to book your visitation slot today.
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