Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is currently the most abused stimulant in the United States. Atlantic Shores Hospital has been successfully treating people with cocaine addiction through our extensive knowledge and medically supervised staff.

What you need to know about Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that is highly addictive. Cocaine increases levels of dopamine in the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and mental alertness. It is typically administered in three ways: intranasally (snorted), injected, and smoked.

Today, approximately one in six people has tried cocaine by the age of 30, and seven percent have tried it by their senior year of high school. Cocaine/Crack is the drug most frequently involved in emergency department visits. Abusing cocaine has a variety of adverse effects on the body. For example, cocaine constricts the blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Regardless of the route or frequency of use, cocaine abusers can experience acute cardiovascular or cerebrovascular emergencies, such as heart attack or stroke, which may cause sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizure followed by respiratory arrest.

Street names for cocaine are flake, snow, toot, blow, nose candy, her, she, lady flake, liquid lady [a mixture of cocaine and alcohol], speedball [cocaine and heroin], crack, rock, girl, and booger sugar. It is most notably recognized by it’s common street name.

A common myth is that cocaine is not addictive because it lacks the physical withdrawal symptoms seen in alcohol or heroin addiction. Cocaine has powerful psychologically addictive properties. As more than one user has reflected, “If it is not addictive, then why can’t I stop?” The trend in drug abuse in the United States is presently multiple or polysubstance abuse, and cocaine is no exception. Cocaine is often used with alcohol, sedatives such as Valium and Ativan, or with heroin in an upper/downer combination.

What are the signs of Cocaine Addiction

  • Red, bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose or frequent sniffing
  • Weight loss
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Nosebleeds
  • Altered motor activities (tremors, hyperactivity)
  • Stealing, lying, financial problems
  • Selling possessions to buy cocaine
  • Loss of interest in friends, family, school, work, and normal activities
  • Unusual energy followed by excessive sleeping
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Withdrawn, depressed, tired
  • Careless about personal appearance
  • Erratic behavior, mood swings, irritability
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Demonstrate overall loss of control or obsessive-compulsive drug seeking behavior
  • Continued use of cocaine in spite of clearly adverse consequences

 

What are the signs of Cocaine overdose

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory Arrest
  • Stroke

 

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Coaine:

  • Agitation and restless behavior
  • Depressed mood
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Generalized malaise
  • Intense cravings for cocaine

 

Atlantic Shores Hospital is licensed and accredited by the following:
  • “The Joint Commission” or TJC
  • State of Florida
  • Department of Children & Families
  • 12-Step Licensed Chemical Dependency Program

 


 

If you or someone you know struggles with cocaine addiction, please call us for more information about our treatment programs at  954-771-2711 or
toll free 888-771-2711 or click here.

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