Cocaine Addiction


Cocaine is known as the “caviar of street drugs” and can result in a long-term, negative impact on the whole body. A person suffering from cocaine addiction may not be able to complete even the most 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.

Have you failed to do something expected of you because of cocaine?

Do you need cocaine to get yourself going?

Has your cocaine use affected your personal relationships?

Casa Palmera offers a comprehensive treatment program to address the cocaine addiction recovery process. Our cocaine treatment program has a holistic component that supports and enhances the 12 step recovery program. The goal is to help you recover from a wide variety of treatment options to incorporate the mind, body, and spirit. We address all aspects of your life to restore balance and to free your mind from negative thoughts and impulsive habits through a peaceful and healing environment.

What You Need to Know about Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant and was originally found in countries like Peru and Bolivia. People would chew the leaves to achieve the stimulant drug effect. A person often feels an increased energy boost and a temporary feeling of euphoria after the drug is administered whether injected, snorted or inhaled.

Cocaine is highly addictive and can easily become a compulsive habit for a person experimenting with the drug. It is commonly known as “crack” in its freebase form and is one of the most widely abused stimulants in the U.S. today. This potent drug majorly impacts the central nervous system by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain which leads to increased feelings of pleasure or “Cocaine in the brain”. The high can last from 20 minutes up to several hours depending on the dosage, purity, and method of administration.

The Signs of Cocaine Addiction

The negative, short-term physiological effects of cocaine use include increased blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate. A person who becomes addicted to cocaine may experience devastating side effects such as paranoia, tremors, respiratory arrest, and vertigo. A large enough dose can result in death due to cardiac arrest or overdose.

Some signs of heavy cocaine use are:

  • Decrease in appetite
  • Euphoria
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rise in temperature
  • Bloodshot 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”

Casa Palmera understands the seriousness of cocaine recovery and we are here to help if you are struggling with the disease. We offer individualized treatment plans for each of our patients to make your stay as beneficial as possible and guide you through the recovery process.

A Few Common Causes of Cocaine Addiction

  • A person’s personality is a major contributor to the onset of cocaine use. Traits that may pose the greatest risk include psychological disorders, easily angered, lack of self-control, anxiety, high-stress level or loneliness. Cocaine is often used to help alleviate the pressures that result from these traits.
  • The biological makeup of a person or a person who has an immediate relative that is an addict may be more susceptible to drug abuse.
  • Cocaine is naturally addictive and can quickly turn into a compulsive habit. The vicious cycle starts with a euphoric high which leads to extreme craving when the substance wears off. The person is faced with the immediate need for more cocaine and the cycle is difficult to stop as more and more cocaine is needed to achieve that same euphoric effect.

For many people suffering from cocaine addiction, help is not received soon enough. At Casa Palmera, we offer hope no matter what stage of addiction the person is suffering from. Our compassionate team of qualified professionals works with you to develop and implement a treatment plan that meets the individual patient’s needs.

What are the effects of Cocaine Addiction?

Chronic cocaine use causes brain cells to misfire because of the imbalances in neurotransmitter levels. Receptors disappear then reappear from the cell’s surface causing an erratic “on” and “off” pattern. Chronic cocaine use often leads to increased states of depression and anxiety. The long-term use of cocaine may also result in more dangerous health consequences such as a lifetime risk of heart attacks and possibly 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

Unlike alcohol and other drugs, cocaine withdrawal typically does not have physical symptoms such as vomiting or shaking. However, a person will experience a crash that may result in a very intense level of cravings, irritability, and depression. The feelings can last for months which often leads a person back to using cocaine to alleviate those feelings. There is a higher risk of suicide and overdose without proper medical supervision. Symptoms usually disappear over time when the patient receives professional support at a qualified cocaine treatment center. Casa Palmera offers a continuum of care that includes residential treatment, partial hospitalization with and without board, intensive outpatient program and weekly continuing care to support the patient during their cocaine addiction treatment program. Call us today and let us help you.