Addictive drugs affect brain chemistry in ways that can make it difficult to quit, even when the person using the drugs suffers detrimental consequences. There are many factors that play into the likelihood of developing an addiction to a specific substance, including variables with the drug itself and the person who uses it. Potency and availability of a drug contribute to likelihood of addiction, as well as a person’s genetic make-up, environment, and personal development. If you or a loved one are using cocaine, it is important to be aware of the risks and signs of addiction.
How Addictive is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug. Because the cocaine high is intense but short-lived, many cocaine users take it in “binges,” meaning they repeatedly take doses of the drug in a short period of time to maintain and increase their high.
Signs of Cocaine Addiction
When an individual uses cocaine repeatedly, the substance begins to alter the “reward circuit” in the brain. As the brain begins to adapt to the amount of dopamine released by cocaine, users will begin to need more and more cocaine to experience the high they are used to. As this tolerance grows, so does their dependence on cocaine, and addiction develops.
Common indicators of cocaine addiction include:
- Obsessive thinking about cocaine
- Lying or defensiveness about cocaine use habits
- Neglecting responsibilities, such as work and family
- Spending excessive amounts of money on cocaine
- Loss of motivation and interest in hobbies
- Intense cravings or withdrawal symptoms
- Unsuccessful attempts to quit using cocaine
Dangers of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine abuse and addiction can have a number of physical and psychological repercussions, including severe weight loss, malnourishment, cardiovascular complications, paranoia, irritability, sinus problems, nasal collapse, and more.
According to the CDC, “The rate of drug overdose deaths involving cocaine was stable between 2009 and 2013, then nearly tripled from 1.6 per 100,000 in 2013 to 4.5 in 2018.” Recently, a higher prevalence of fentanyl-laced cocaine has contributed to an uptick in fatal overdoses. As cocaine is an illicit substance in a highly adulterated market, using any amount is risky.
We Can Help
Cocaine addiction can lead to severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences. Fortunately, help is available for those battling this addiction. Depending on the stage of an individual’s addiction, they may require detox, an intensive treatment program, or both. Fortunately, Knoxville Recovery Center offers various services to those struggling with this addiction.
Detox – Our on-site detox clinic accommodates and supports clients as the body sheds all residual traces of cocaine. Clients are under medical supervision during the detox process to ensure that they remain safe and comfortable.
Addiction Treatment – During our addiction treatment program, clients will engage in introductory therapies and exercises that work to prepare them for continued, more intensive treatment outside of our facility. The goal of our addiction treatment track is to stabilize clients so that they are treatment-ready.
Mental Health Treatment – Our mental health treatment program introduces behavioral therapies rooted in self-expression and holistic exercise. Art therapy, music therapy, and yoga are just a few forms of therapy we offer at the center. Our goal is to help the client reclaim their voice and expose them to treatment within a professional facility.
Aftercare Planning – Aftercare is designed for individuals who have benefitted from our introductory addiction services and are transitioning into a more intensive addiction treatment program. Once a client is stabilized, they will be encouraged to pursue continued addiction treatment. Our experienced case managers will then work with our clients to place them in a program that addresses their specific wants and needs. Addiction is difficult to overcome alone.
If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine abuse, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call Knoxville Recovery Center and speak with an addiction expert today.