Cocaine Addiction


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.



Symptoms that someone is using cocaine may include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • 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.



The most effective approach for cocaine addiction is holistic. While the client lives in a therapeutic community, we use a range of diverse group and individual interventions. The group recovers together with the support of experienced clinicians creating real change and the basis to stay clean and sober for the long-term. 

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.

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