Cocaine Abuse, Signs & Symptoms
It’s no secret that drug abuse is a major issue in society today. Even though there are many different drugs to choose from, cocaine is one of the most common. Therefore, it’s important to know how cocaine can affect your body and mind so you can stop it before it’s too late.
Cocaine affects the brain by releasing neurotransmitters, which increases our dopamine levels. This increased level of dopamine leads to feelings of euphoria or happiness and an increase in sexual desire and self-confidence. However, these effects are short-lived because they are followed by a crash when dopamine levels drop again after repeated use of the drug over time.
What is Cocaine Abuse and What Are The Signs
Cocaine abuse refers to using cocaine.
Those abusing cocaine are either consuming it, inhaling it, injecting it, or smoking the drug. People tend to behave differently on this drug, and there can be serious consequences of use such as:
- Blotchy skin
- Pale skin
- Unusual talking patterns (rapid and frequent)
- Restlessness or hyperactivity
There can also be long-term consequences such as:
- Problems with lung function
- Mental health issues such as psychosis
Those who have used cocaine for some time often develop a dependence on the substance.
A person abusing cocaine may show these changes in behavior: More talkative Hyperactive energy Expansive mood (euphoria) Increased confidence Increased sexual drive.
Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse
If you suspect that a loved one or friend is abusing cocaine, look for signs of withdrawal and severe changes in mood/behavior. The following symptoms may indicate abuse:
- Runny nose
- Lifestyle crash (financial situation)
- Changes in weight
Just as it’s important to be aware of the negative side effects of prescription medications, it’s just as important to know the health risks associated with abusing narcotics such as cocaine. For example, professionals often report noticing markedly strange behavior and changes in the level of activity and those around them during periods of prolonged drug use, which can be both alarming and indicative of underlying issues. Other symptoms may include:
- dilated pupils
- loss of coordination
Drugs such as cocaine can be very harmful because they affect the central nervous system, which controls all bodily functions. Moreover, because these drugs are usually smuggled into the country from other countries that don’t have strict laws or safety standards for manufacturing drugs, abusers run a very high risk of becoming addicted to harmful chemicals such as amphetamines, and other ingredients that may be used in the manufacturing process.
How Can You Help Someone Who is Abusing Cocaine?
If you have a loved one or friend abusing cocaine, you must try to get them into a treatment program. Talk to a doctor about their symptoms and discuss what you can do to help them with their addiction.
How to Confront a Loved One for Treatment
When approaching someone using cocaine about getting treatment, you must do it in a caring and loving manner. It would help to speak to them when they seem calm and avoid excessive confrontation or hostility. Offer them the resources available to them, such as information on how to find a treatment program. If possible, offer to accompany them to an appointment with a doctor or a rehab facility, so they know you care about what happens to them.
You can also help redirect their focus by doing things together that they enjoy but don’t involve using drugs, such as going for walks or taking up an interest. Avoid being judgmental or critical of them when talking about their drug use – instead, you want to encourage them to talk about their drug problem and what you can do to help.
Treatment Options for a Person With a Cocaine Addiction
Detox is the first step in cocaine addiction treatment. It helps prepare a person with an addiction to quit using cocaine by clearing their system of any drug trace. Inpatient rehab is another step in the treatment of cocaine addiction. Outpatient rehab is also an option. Outpatient rehab involves one or more therapy sessions with a therapist, group therapy, or individual counseling per week.
Detox treatment centers for cocaine addiction are used to help a person stop using cocaine. The centers are very effective for those who would like to stop using cocaine. Especially for those who have been abusing the drug for a prolonged period, the centers can help them recover from their addiction and get back to living everyday life.
The typical length of time that a person will be at a detox treatment center is 7 days. During the initial few weeks, the focus is on providing comfort and helping a person avoid withdrawal symptoms by gradually decreasing their use of cocaine. Staff members will also monitor them 24 hours a day to ensure they don’t start using drugs again or lash out due to mental stress or physical.
Inpatient Residential Treatment
An inpatient treatment center is a unique facility where those struggling with dependency on cocaine can stay during treatment. Inpatient programs are often more effective because they offer addicts a place to stay, and it allows them to give 100% focus to recovery.
Inpatient treatments promote a ‘homelike’ environment. Many centers provide family therapy and intervention services, relapse education and prevention skills classes, specialty electives like yoga and meditation, educational lectures by addiction specialists, 12 step meetings, art therapy sessions–even spiritual retreats. On average, a patient will stay at an inpatient facility for 30 days.
Outpatient Rehab at North Star Treatment Services
Our outpatient rehab at North Star Treatment Services is a less intensive option than an inpatient program. Here, patients prepare for work or school while attending intensive treatment onsite or offsite from home based on the severity of their condition.
How long a person stays in our outpatient rehab program depends on their individual needs. For example, some people might only need to attend for 30 days, while others may stay for 90 days, depending on the severity of their addiction and situation.
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