When you snorted or injected cocaine for the first time, you had no idea that you would quickly develop a cocaine addiction. The drug made you feel excited and happy. You had a lot of energy and felt like you could take on the world. You talked and moved quickly and even had trouble keeping up with your own thoughts. When your body started to twitch, shake, and feel too hot, you realized cocaine might not be such a harmless thing to use after all.
When the High of Cocaine Wears Off
One thing that everyone with cocaine addiction deals with eventually is their unusual behavior once the effects of the drug start to fade. You will likely find that you have trouble sleeping. Your mood shifts from feeling elated to one of anger and suspicion. You lash out at your loved ones for no apparent reason and make strange decision as well.
Despite these consequences, you develop an intense physical and mental craving to use cocaine again as soon as possible. Although you probably don’t realize it yet, you have made the transition from casual use of cocaine to addiction. Even so, the thought of entering a cocaine rehab center is probably the furthest thing from your mind right now.
Common Signs of Cocaine Use and Addiction
Besides an obvious change in mood and energy level, the following are some of the most common indications of cocaine use and abuse:
- Lack of normal appetite
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Frequent appearance of white powder around the nose
- Dilated pupils
- Oversensitivity to light
- Needle marks on arms, hands, legs, feet, or the neck
- Runny nose
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Burned fingers or lips
- Increased heart rate
- Constriction of blood vessels
- Heart enlargement
- Heart attack or cardiac arrest
- Aggressive behavior
- Paranoid thinking
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Tolerance leading to the need to consume more of the drug for the same effect
- Physical and mental exhaustion
- Long periods of sleep once use has crossed over into addiction
It’s important to note that using crack cocaine produces many of the same symptoms. However, you’re more likely to experience intense aggression, anti-social behavior, delusions, disorientation, and paranoia when consuming this form of the drug.
The longer you use cocaine, the greater the likelihood your life will become completely unmanageable. You will be unable to hold a job, may lose the love and support of your family, engage in criminal behavior, and even find yourself homeless. However, it isn’t necessary for any or all of these things to happen to you for you to seek help at a cocaine rehabilitation center such as Elevate Addiction Services.
Detoxification is the First Step in Overcoming Addiction to Cocaine
At our cocaine addiction center in Northern California, we recognize that you can’t start to work on the underlying issues that drove you to cocaine in the first place until you detox from the drug. We are willing to support you through this first phase no matter how long it takes. Because of the strong physically addictive properties of cocaine, detoxification can be a challenge. However, we’re here to help you through it with support and many types of comforting care such as aroma therapy and massage.
One positive thing about detoxing from cocaine is that it doesn’t produce the strong physical symptoms of withdrawal such as shaking and vomiting that is common with alcohol and other drugs. You can expect to experience at least some of the following symptoms as you detox at our holistic cocaine rehab center:
- Restless behavior
- Depressed and/or agitated mood
- Increased appetite
- Slowed physical motions
- Vivid and potentially frightening dreams
- Intense cravings for more cocaine
Of all withdrawal symptoms, the last is often the most challenging for patients at our cocaine rehab center to manage. Our staff will be there to support you through it all, and you can expect the intensity of your cravings to gradually reduce over the next several months.
Complete Your Cocaine Rehabilitation in a Safe and Structured Holistic Environment
You may dread the thought of inpatient or outpatient cocaine rehab because you have tried it before with limited success. One reason for this is that most drug treatment facilities in the United States use a 12-step model for addiction recovery that first became popular nearly 80 years ago. While it has high rates of success, it’s not the only way to overcome addiction as so many insist that it is.
We use a holistic treatment approach at Elevate Addiction Services. That means we treat the whole person, not just the symptoms that brought him or her to our facility. In practice, this means addressing the physical symptoms of the body, the emotional symptoms of the mind, and helping the addict to find meaningful spirituality as well. Our proven results show that recovering from chronic cocaine use is not only possible, it’s the most likely outcome when a program addresses every part of a suffering addict.