COCAINE REHAB

Victory Bay Drug Guide

Although health care providers can use cocaine for medical purposes, it’s considered an illegal drug that is highly addicting. Cocaine goes by several street names, including “blow,” “coke,” “rock,” and “snow,” and the drug can be snorted, rubbed into the gums, or dissolved in water and injected.

Cocaine addiction is a serious issue. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were an estimated 1.5 million cocaine users aged 12 or older in 2014; adults aged 18-25 have a higher rate of cocaine use than any other age group.

Cocaine Abuse

SYMPTOMS

Cocaine increases levels of dopamine in brain – a natural chemical that controls pleasure and movement. When this happens, users have a positive experience and often want more of the drug soon after their high has worn down. Symptoms that can lead to a need for cocaine addiction treatment include:

  • Extreme happiness
  • Increased energy
  • Hypersensitivity to sound, touch, and/or sight
  • Metal alertness
  • A euphoric state
  • Increased self-confidence

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Dangers & Effects

As a street drug, cocaine looks like a fine, white, powder and can be mixed with things like cornstarch, talcum powder, flour, or even more dangerous substances like amphetamines. Regular use of this drug can cause users to seek cocaine treatment due to negative short-term effects like:

  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • High body temperature and/or blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle twitches

And negative long-term effects like:

  • Loss of smell (due to snorting)
  • Increased risk of contracting blood diseases (due to injections)
  • Tears and/or ulcerations in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Significant weight loss
  • Increased risk of heart complications
  • Panic attacks
  • Tooth decay
  • Mental health issues (like anxiety or depression)

Withdrawal

People who use cocaine often take it in binges – they’ll increase their doses in a short amount of time in order to maintain their high and once they’re addicted, it can be difficult to stop using. When a person does stop using (such as during cocaine rehabilitation), their withdrawal symptoms are often less physical than withdrawal symptoms associated with other drugs. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure)
  • Muscle aches
  • Slowed thinking
  • Low energy

Treatment Option

If you or a loved one is suffering from cocaine addiction, we provide treatment for cocaine addiction that can help restore your health and get your life back on track. Our state-of-the-art facility and professional staff members have the proper support, counseling, medication, and more to help you recover successfully. And with a variety of care levels, we can customize a program to your individual needs and help develop the right regimen.

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