Cocaine Dependence2018-09-27T16:08:11+00:00

Cocaine Dependence

Cocaine Dependence

Cocaine Dependence

Despite popular opinion to the contrary, yes, cocaine is highly addictive. While it may not cause the same kind of physical withdrawl symptoms as other drugs, it has powerful psychological addictive qualities. Cocaine is a type of drug that functions to increase the availability of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Producing a relatively short-term high usually leaves Cocaine users cravinging for more. Regular users of cocaine may find they quickly become tolerant to the euphoric effects of the drug. This means it will take more and more cocaine to produce the same feelings.

An increased use of the drug is usually a solid indication that a person is suffering from cocaine dependence. Physical dependence occurs when a person begins to rely on the drug to properly function. This type of dependence is also characterized by an intense craving for cocaine, fatigue and an increase in appetite. Initiating use at a younger age is one way to increase one’s risk of cocaine dependency. It is also thought to be related to increased risks of legal and psychiatric problems in later life, and is associated with reduced responses to treatment.

The symptoms of psychological dependence are usually illustrated by a major change in a person’s personality. Cocaine also becomes their top priority and they may let other activities they have enjoyed in the past take a back seat. The person may also become obsessed with making sure they always have enough cocaine.

Cocaine abuse related risks:

Cocaine abuse is related to an increased risk of:

  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Disease
  • Heart Muscle Damage (Cardiomyopathy)
  • New-onset Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Cocaine Withdrawal:

If a person addicted to cocaine suddenly stops taking it, they will almost certainly begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. The most common symptoms suffered by people during their withdrawal from cocaine are:

  • Severe Cravings
  • Lack of Energy
  • Anxiety
  • Unexplained Outbursts of Anger

Treatment for Cocaine Dependence:

A person looking for cocaine abuse treatment will find they have a number of options available to them. Some of these options focus on helping a person maintain a drug-free lifestyle, while others follow a 12-step program using abstinence to effectively treat the person. Drug counseling, residential and supervised rehabilitation centers, group therapy and supervised home withdrawal programs are all on offer.

Motivational and cognitive therapy has both proven to be successful in the treatment of people suffering from cocaine addiction. Teaching people, a new way of thinking, as well as helping them form coping strategies is an important part of recovery. Professionals will also work on the person’s cocaine triggers, helping them understand how certain people, places or things are more likely to make them use cocaine. This helps the person understand what they need to avoid in order staying clean.

Cocaine abuse related risks:

Cocaine abuse is related to an increased risk of:

  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Disease
  • Heart Muscle Damage (Cardiomyopathy)
  • New-onset Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Cocaine Withdrawal:

If a person addicted to cocaine suddenly stops taking it, they will almost certainly begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. The most common symptoms suffered by people during their withdrawal from cocaine are:

  • Severe Cravings
  • Lack of Energy
  • Anxiety
  • Unexplained Outbursts of Anger

Treatment for Cocaine Dependence:

A person looking for cocaine abuse treatment will find they have a number of options available to them. Some of these options focus on helping a person maintain a drug-free lifestyle, while others follow a 12-step program using abstinence to effectively treat the person. Drug counseling, residential and supervised rehabilitation centers, group therapy and supervised home withdrawal programs are all on offer.

Motivational and cognitive therapy has both proven to be successful in the treatment of people suffering from cocaine addiction. Teaching people, a new way of thinking, as well as helping them form coping strategies is an important part of recovery. Professionals will also work on the person’s cocaine triggers, helping them understand how certain people, places or things are more likely to make them use cocaine. This helps the person understand what they need to avoid in order staying clean.

Source SAMHSA