Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine

How much cocaine does it take to become an addict? How much cocaine can you take before it kills you? Is it really worth the risk?

Cocaine use can become a compulsive habit for some individuals, making it almost impossible for them to complete even their routine daily tasks. Compulsive use can lead to debt, poverty, loss of a job, depletion of physical health and damaged relationships among family and friends. By participating in our recovery program at Casa Palmera, our goal is to heal you from the inside out – healing your physical body, your mind and your spirit.

We call this our holistic approach to recovery. Through this technique, we address all aspects of your life. This treatment will restore balance to your life and will start to free your mind from negative thoughts and impulsive habits.

Every aspect of the Casa Palmera treatment facility, located near San Diego, emphasizes our goal of creating a peaceful and healing environment. Our facility was designed by feng shui experts and includes a meditation garden, organic vegetable and herb gardens, koi pond and relaxing rooms for our residents. This welcoming facility and vast assortment of classes are taliored to help you focus on healing your soul, and discovering your true place in the world.

What You Need to Know about Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant. It is the most widely abused stimulant in the U.S. today. This potent drug affects the central nervous system by stopping the re-absorption of the chemical messenger dopamine. The high can last from 20 minutes up to several hours. Lasting effects depend on the dosage, purity and method of administration.

Cocaine, also known as “crack” in its freebase form, is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. Originally, this drug was found in the countries of Peru and Bolivia, where its coca leaves were chewed to achieve cocaine’s various effects. This drug can be injected, snorted or smoked. When cocaine is used, a person often feels an increased energy boost and a temporary feeling of euphoria.

The Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Although at first a user may only see positive effects of cocaine use ~ more energy, increased talkativeness and mentally alterness ~ the physical body is being decimated. Negative consequences of cocaine use include increased blood pressure, raised temperature and elevated heart rate, just to name a few. If one becomes addicted to cocaine, or takes enough, devastating side effects set in, such as paranoia, tremors, respiratory arrest and vertigo. A large enough dose can cause cardiac arrest and even death. Some signs of heavy cocaine use are:

  • Decrease in appetite
  • Euphoria
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rise in temperature
  • Blood shot eyes and redness
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Constricting of blood vessels
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities and relationships
  • Need to consume more and more of the drug to experience the same “feeling”

Do you struggle with cocaine addiction? Casa Palmera understands the seriousness of this disease and we are here to help. By incorporating our four core elements, medical/psychotherapy, lifestyle, complementary medicine and environmental, we believe we can help restore your overall health and spiritual well-being.

What Causes Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction can be caused for many reasons. The impact of each variable depends on each person.

A Few Common Causes of Cocaine Addiction

  • Your personality contributes to the onset of cocaine use. Someone with a psychological disorder, someone who is easily angered or has a lack of self-control, is generally at a greater risk for drug addiction. Also, anyone with anxiety, loneliness or other similar emotional struggles tends to have a greater risk for developing an addiction. In these cases cocaine is usually used to help alleviate the pressures of stress.
  • The biological makeup of a person affects how prone to drug addiction they may be. Also, some people may be more susceptible to drug abuse because they have an immediate relative that is an addict.
  • The natural addictive nature of cocaine is also a reason so many people abuse this stimulant. For many people, cocaine use becomes a compulsive habit. When cocaine is taken, the person typically receives a euphoric high, but when the substance wears off, an extreme craving is immediately felt, causing the person to use more cocaine. This vicious cycle is difficult to stop. In most cases the situation gets so bad that more and more cocaine is needed to achieve that same euphoric effect.

Unfortunately, for many people caught in this vicious cycle of cocaine use, help is not offered soon enough. Their finances are in ruins, their relationships have been traumatized, and physical health has deteriorated. At this point, even when there seems to be no hope left, the addiction rages on. Here at Casa Palmera we believe there is hope. Our professional and caring staff has been witness to many cases of recovery from addictions as bad as this, so we know that it is possible.

What are the effects of Cocaine Addiction?

Chronic cocaine use causes brain cells to misfire because of the imbalances in neurotransmitter levels. This is done to compensate for fluctuating extremes. Receptors disappear from the cell surface and then reappear, causing an erratic “on” and “off” working mode. Chronic cocaine use often leads to increased states of depression and anxiety. The longer cocaine is used, the more dangerous the health consequences may be – the most formidable being lifetime risk of heart attacks, and possibly even death.

Some consequences of cocaine use include:

Physical Effects

  • Heart attacks
  • Restlessness
  • Headache
  • Sinus Diseases, Hoarseness, nasal irritation, depletion of septum, collapse of nasal passage
  • Bronchitis
  • Birth defects when used by pregnant women, miscarriage
  • HIV, Hepatitis A and B (caused by sharing IV needles)
  • Nausea

Emotional Effects

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood disturbances

Effects of Cocaine Withdrawal

  • Fatigue, insomnia
  • Increase in appetite
  • Anxious
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Painful cravings
  • Depression

Cocaine withdrawal typically does not have physical symptoms, unlike alcohol and other drugs. However, a very intense level of craving and depression is present, and these feelings can last for months, which often leads to using cocaine again, to alleviate those feelings. It is often too hard to recover from cocaine addiction alone. It is strongly recommended that you receive professional cocaine treatment at a qualified treatment facility. Call us today and let us help you.