Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that remains popular throughout time. Abusers of this drug experience short-term euphoria, excessive chattiness, and an increased level of energy. Physically, cocaine raises heart rate and blood pressure, increases body temperature, and constricts blood vessels. While the highs are relatively short in duration, the addictive nature makes it all the more dangerous. Detoxing from cocaine is not without physical withdrawal symptoms. Depression, restlessness, nightmares, insomnia, increased appetite, and impaired movement and cognition are common.
To meet the growing need for individuals struggling with an addiction to cocaine, Q Health offers customized evidence-based recovery programs that facilitate a healthy journey to a substance-free life. Individuals detoxing from cocaine require expert guidance and compassion. The physical and emotional upheavals experienced are challenging, and the Q Health program is designed to support our clients throughout the detox and recovery process.
Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant that directly affects pleasure center of the brain. This is the primary reason that cocaine is considered an extremely addictive substance, and why the Drug Enforcement Agency classifies it as a Schedule II drug. The more cocaine is inhaled or injected, the greater the quantity and frequency cocaine is needed to sustain a high. This often results in binging type behavior where this drug is repeatedly used, in a short period, as tolerance quickly develops.
Physical side effects of cocaine vary dramatically between individuals. However, there are several common side effects including impotence, erectile dysfunction, nosebleeds, infection and death of bowel tissue, poor nutrition, depression, an increased risk for HIV, heart attack, premature delivery in pregnant women, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. The possibility of overdose, and sudden death, dramatically increases when cocaine and alcohol are used together.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to cocaine or cocaine in combination with other drugs, contact us today for a confidential assessment. Our team is ready to help you. The journey to recovery can start today; our innovative, research-based programs can help you get on the path to wellness. We focus on helping our clients transition to a life that is satisfying, productive, and healthy.