Cocaine Addiction By The Numbers
According to data from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
- 5.5 million people in the U.S. report having used cocaine at least once in the past year.
- Roughly 1,800 people use cocaine for the first time each day.
- An estimated 1 million people in the U.S. met the clinical requirement for cocaine use disorder in 2019.
- Cocaine contributes to more than 14,000 overdose-related fatalities each year.
Identifying Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction can develop very quickly. The short experience leads many to binge the substance to continue their high for as long as possible. The body, in turn, develops the physical and psychological changes that create an addiction at a faster rate. An abuser might also take large doses of cocaine at once, which can similarly affect the mind and body.
Symptoms of cocaine abuse include:
- Weight loss
- Violent outbursts
- Hallucinations (typically seen in long-time abusers)
- Mood swings
- Burn marks on the hands or lips
- Light sensitivity
- Risk-taking behavior
- Increased sex drive
- Development of a heart condition, such as high blood pressure or arrhythmias
Because of the way cocaine affects the mind, it can be extremely hard to realize you are becoming addicted. If you even suspect an addiction is forming, you should consult with a doctor immediately. Your doctor is bound by confidentiality and cannot disclose your drug use to anyone without your permission.
If you or a loved one suffers from cocaine addiction, call (678) 737-4430 today. Our supportive team is here to help.
Treating Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction creates a dependency on the drug, and simply trying to stop using is not an effective strategy. Once you’ve decided to address addiction, you should check into a detoxification center. Here, you will receive help managing withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
When detox has concluded, it is critical that you seek help from a rehabilitation center. Many people make the mistake of going through detox without rehab, which usually results in relapse not long after. The mental effects of cocaine abuse are long-term, and cannot be fully reversed through detox alone. Patients need to examine the factors that led them to develop an addiction.
Treatment for cocaine addiction should include:
- Behavioral Therapy – These are psychosocial treatments (talk therapies) where patients learn more about themselves and why they developed an addiction. There are many types of behavioral therapies, but some of the most effective for treating cocaine addiction include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and contingency management.
- Inpatient Rehabilitation – Inpatient rehab provides patients with a chance to get away from the world and the temptations to use. Most rehab centers, including The Carter Treatment Center, create full schedules to keep patients busy throughout the day. Most of their time will be spent going to therapy and participating in relaxing, alternative therapies.
- Outpatient Rehabilitation – Inpatient rehab typically lasts between 30 to 90 days. After rehab, patients will have to return to their normal lives and face some of the stresses that might tempt them to use. This is why continuing treatment through outpatient rehab is strongly encouraged. This provides patients a chance to discuss their recovery and day-to-day life with counselors and others going through similar struggles several times a week.
As a comprehensive rehab center, we offer our patients a distinct advantage with their recovery. We target treatment on the mental, physical, and emotional effects of drug use. Cocaine has a measurable long-term effect on the mind and body. Through therapy, counseling, stress relief, and other treatments, it is possible to set you on the path to recovery and achieve long-lasting sobriety without fear of relapse.
We provide cocaine addiction treatment for the communities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Gainesville, Milton, Canton, Dawsonville, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Suwanee, and Cumming, GA. Contact us today or call (678) 737-4430 to learn more.
Cocaine causes the body’s dopamine levels to spike, creating a euphoric “high” sensation. It does not take long to develop a tolerance to cocaine, which can push an abuser to use it more frequently and in greater amounts.
Cocaine disrupts the ways that the brain and body normally interact. It halts the transmission of dopamine and serotonin to the nerve cells to create a euphoric sensation, and it can suppress a person’s need for food and sleep. Some people have claimed that cocaine helps them think and figure things out more quickly and start to rely on the drug to help them solve problems or accomplish tasks.
Short-term cocaine use can result in:
- Increased energy
- Sensitivity to sight, sound, and/or touch
- General sense of wellbeing
- Increased alertness
- Increased body temperature
- Fast heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Constricted blood vessels
- Dilated pupils
- Muscle spasms
Long-term cocaine use can result in:
- Changes in brain processes
- Intense feelings of paranoia
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Heart attack
- Respiratory disease
- Weakened immune system
- Mood swings
- Loss of smell
- Nasal tissue damage
- Gastrointestinal problems
These serious, potentially life-threatening side-effects are why cocaine abuse and addiction need to be treated as soon as possible. Don’t be discouraged if you have been using cocaine for several years—you can make a positive change today.