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Cocaine is derived from the coca plant, indigenous to South America. As a stimulant, cocaine causes users to feel hyper, talkative, and euphoric. It is most often inhaled through the nose, rubbed into the gums, or diluted in water and injected.

The NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) found that about 1.9 million people in the U.S. used cocaine in 2008. 1.4 million of those users met the criteria for addiction or abuse. About 359,000 of those used crack, a rock crystal form of cocaine.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Cocaine Use

Cocaine increases energy and alertness and creates an elevated mood and sense of supremacy. This can also lead to paranoia, irritability, and general anxiety and restlessness. Physically, cocaine can cause the following.

Note that these effects wear off after 30 minutes to two hours. Smoking or injecting cocaine causes faster highs that last a shorter amount of time.

  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased body temperature and blood pressure
  • Higher heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach

Complications of Cocaine Abuse

As an addictive substance, cocaine can cause highly reckless behavior, forcing you to act or behave in violently uncharacteristic ways. This can range from making bad personal choices to hurting loved ones.

Common diseases associated with cocaine abuse include:

  • HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C from shared needles
  • Rhabdomyolysis leading to kidney failure
  • Bowel gangrene when cocaine is ingested by mouth
  • Nasal perforation

Dangers of Cocaine Use

Using cocaine is extremely dangerous to your physical, mental, and emotional health. The dangers of cocaine addiction or abuse include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Lung damage
  • Stroke
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Ulcers
  • Perforation of the stomach and intestines
  • Paranoia

Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Addiction is a chemical dependence, not a personal choice. Cocaine acts directly on the levels of dopamine in your brain, a chemical involved in reward, motivation, and pleasure. Using cocaine causes a rush of dopamine, and thus a rush of good feelings. After time, using cocaine becomes the only means of creating those feel-good chemicals.

Some common symptoms of cocaine addiction include:

  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Decreased appetite, malnourishment, sudden weight loss
  • Clothing to cover injection marks on arms, legs, or other parts of the body


  • Fatigue
  • General aches and pains
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Shaking

Medical Intervention for Cocaine Use

Medication is an invaluable tool to addiction recovery. Medicine may help ease withdrawals or make a drug seem unpalatable. Some medications can help rebalance the chemicals in your body. Others can be used as a substitute for the drug without the negative side effects. Some medications used for recovering from cocaine abuse or addiction include:

  • N-acetylcysteine
  • Neurontin
  • Antabuse
  • Sabril

Cocaine Detox Process

Detox is the first step to sobriety. It generally involves stopping or tapering off the use of the drug. This can be difficult when attempted alone, which is where inpatient care comes in. Through inpatient treatment, you are admitted to a facility during the entirety of the detox process.

Staying in an inpatient detox facility allows you to focus on your cocaine addiction treatment without distractions or negative influences. Inpatient care also gives you access to a counselor for motivation and emotional support. Best of all, inpatient facilities offer easy access to a trained medical staff, ensuring you get any medications you need during your treatment and providing extra peace of mind in the event of any emergencies.

Freedom from Cocaine Addiction

Detox is a necessary step to getting clean and healthy. Most rehab programs require or even include detox. Detox works the harmful chemicals out of your system. Rehab gives you the knowledge, tools, and confidence to maintain your sobriety and stay healthy for the rest of your life. If you have questions or need to get help for cocaine addiction, contact HARP at (877) 806-5022 and take the first steps towards recovering from cocaine addiction at the premier cocaine rehabilitation center in South Florida.

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