What is Cocaine?
Known as one of the most powerful drugs, cocaine is a stimulant that continues to be glamorized as a popular party drug. In reality, it is dangerous and incredibly addictive. The effects are euphoric but short-lived, and the comedown is so crippling that users desperately seek another high. Users can inject, snort, or smoke the drug. Additionally, intravenous users are at a higher risk of contracting blood-borne infectious diseases like HIV from sharing needles.
Cocaine comes in a white, powder form or rock form known as crack cocaine. Most street-bought cocaine is “cut” or diluted with other chemicals to maximize profit while saving the product. Consequently, users are usually unaware of what they are ingesting and are more likely to suffer an overdose. In any case, the spiral into cocaine addiction is all too easy to fall into, but difficult to climb out of. Thankfully, Royal Life Centers at Sound is here to help.
Our professional, medication-assisted detox safely and effectively detox a person from cocaine. Medical monitoring 24/7 and comfortable arrangements make the withdrawal process as smooth as possible.
Short-term effects of cocaine (National Institute of Drug Abuse):
- Restricted blood vessels
- Pupil dilation
- Increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature
- Violent behavior
Long-term effects of cocaine (NIDA):
- Irritation to the nose
- Damage to the lungs
- Increased risk of HIV/Hepatitis C
- Inflammation of the heart
- Dysfunctional cognition
How do I know if I need help?
Possible warning signs of a cocaine addiction:
- Planning things around cocaine use or prioritizing cocaine use
- Engaging in high-risk behaviors
- Disinterest in other activities
- Using cocaine in spite of negative effects
- Symptoms of withdrawal and/or drug cravings
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or someone close to you, please consider contacting us at 928-910-8708 and enrolling in our detox facility.
Cocaine withdrawal is mostly a psychological process, characterized by volatile emotions and mood. Symptoms of withdrawal may be seen as soon as 90 minutes after the last dose and felt for up to ten days. Length of cocaine withdrawal is generally contingent on the length of drug use and the dosage.
Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal:
- Anhedonia (the inability to experience pleasure)
- Muscle pains and tremors
- Increased appetite
- Strange dreams
- Drug cravings
What is the next step after detox?
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