Unlike physically addictive drugs like alcohol and heroin, cocaine is psychologically addictive. In fact, aside from methamphetamine, cocaine is considered to create the most significant psychological dependence of any drug. CESAR (the Center for Substance Abuse Research) classifies cocaine as “highly addictive” and states, “A person can become addicted after his or her first time trying crack cocaine.”
The high you get from consuming cocaine only lasts about 15-30 minutes. That’s why so many people take it in binges. And the more you use cocaine, the stronger and faster the addiction becomes.
Cocaine Addiction Symptoms
When you use cocaine, it affects the brain almost immediately. You’ll have feelings of intense well-being and be very talkative, energetic, and confident (hence, it is often referred to as a party drug). And it doesn’t take long for your brain to become dependent.
If you’re wondering if you’re addicted to cocaine, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I suffer from anxiety and depression because of my cocaine use?
- Do I ask for money to buy cocaine without any intention (or ability) to repay it?
- Do I regret the decisions I make when I’m under the influence of cocaine?
- Do I plan my day around cocaine use?
- Do I steal, lie or break the law to get cocaine?
- Do I choose to use cocaine over my other interests?
It’s also important to look for the following symptoms associated with cocaine addiction:
Cocaine Symptoms & Warning Signs
- Dilated pupils
- Restlessness and hyperactivity
- Sleeping for long periods of time
- Muscle twitches and tremors
- Increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature
If you answered yes to any of the questions above and/or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to seek treatment.
What to Expect During Cocaine Detox
The longer you use cocaine, the more severe your withdrawal symptoms are likely to be during detox. While unassisted cocaine withdrawal is not typically life-threatening, it can increase your chances of relapse or overdose. If you’re wondering what to expect from cocaine withdrawal syndrome, some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Agitation and restless behavior
- Depressed mood
- A general feeling of discomfort
- Increased appetite
- Vivid and unpleasant dreams
- Slowing of activity
Medical Detox versus Sub-Acute Detox
Before the cocaine detox process begins, users should see a medical doctor to determine what detox level is needed. In severe cases, people struggling with cocaine addiction may be referred to a medically-supervised detoxification process. In less severe cases, it could be possible to detox from cocaine at a rehab center like Cycles of Change, licensed by the state of California to provide sub-acute detoxification services.
Detoxing from Cocaine at Cycles of Change
Detoxing from cocaine or any other drugs is not a fun process. There’s just no getting around it. However, detox is the critical first step you must take before beginning your journey to recovery. At Cycles of Change, we do everything in our power to reduce the feelings of pain and discomfort you may experience during cocaine detox.
“Cycles of Change recovery services gave me a new lease on life. Before Cycles, I was just an empty person who found comfort through addiction. My addiction was the one thing that I felt I could count on, and it ultimately became my best friend and worse enemy. Cycles changed all of that. With the help of Joe and the people at cycles of change, not only did I find myself again, but I managed to do so while gaining lifelong friends in the process.”
Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Cycles of Change
If you’re ready to regain control of your life and overcome your cocaine addiction, you’re probably going to need some help. That’s why we’re here.
Cycles of Change Recovery Services is California’s premier cocaine addiction treatment center, equipped with the staff and tools needed to help you overcome your cocaine addiction. Located in Palmdale, our individualized treatment programs are designed to help you gain the knowledge, courage, and determination needed to live a happy and productive life.
Cocaine addiction recovery is not easy, but at Cycles of Change, you can recover in comfort and leave our cocaine addiction program more vital than ever. Call us today at (661) 630-4176.