Cocaine is a stimulant. Users of cocaine are at high-risk of becoming addicted/dependent. As a stimulant, cocaine heightens the awareness and the energy of the individual when used. There are three main methods of cocaine use: injecting, smoking and snorting.
Why is cocaine addictive? The addictive quality of cocaine is explained by the brain’s response to cocaine:
- Dopamine is the receptor in the brain chiefly responsible for the experience of pleasure in the body.
- In the brain’s normal communication process, dopamine is released into the synapse, where it binds with dopamine receptors, and then is recycled back.
- When cocaine is present, the normal dopamine recycling process is blocked.
- The buildup of dopamine results in feelings of intense pleasure and power.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF COCAINE ABUSE
Symptoms that someone is using cocaine may include:
- Quickness to agitation
- Loss of inhibition
- Unrestrained enthusiasm
- Increased nose bleeds or runny nose
- Uncontrolled muscle tics
- Noticeable personality changes from anxiety and paranoia to irritability
Cocaine addiction occurs as a result of continuous use. As more it is used tolerance to the drug increases. For the addict this means to get the same high more and more cocaine must be used.
Cocaine addiction can be difficult to overcome without professional help. Proper treatment and continuing care can be life saving measures when dealing with the long-term effects of cocaine addiction.
COCAINE ADDICTION TREATMENT
Affordable and effective continuing care is as important as primary care and treatment. Addiction doesn’t occur in a few weeks and the addict needs to keep working on their program of recovery to keep their disease in remission.
The focus of treatment at Recovery Works is on the group process with therapy and programs that address personal struggles. This approach is then coupled with a strong emphasis on Continuing Care through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We encourage you to call today for more information or a free assessment at +1 778-430-1212.