Cocaine Addiction Recovery

Cocaine is an alkaloid derived from the coca plant. It is used as a stimulant, and, while not as physically addictive as other illicit drugs, cocaine is extremely psychologically addictive. Cocaine provides users with intoxicating feelings of confidence, energy and joy that can make living while not “high” lose its appeal. Cocaine addiction almost always requires professional help to overcome.

Cocaine Side Effects, Withdrawal Symptoms, and Overdose

Some risks associated with cocaine use include the following:

  • Abscesses
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Convulsions
  • Bacterial sclerosis

While common use comes with these serious side effects, cocaine overdose is even more hazardous. Cocaine overdose may involve:

  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death

If you or someone you know may have overdosed on cocaine, please seek immediate medical attention immediately. Have as much of the following information ready as possible:

  • Patient’s age and weight
  • What was taken
  • How it was taken
  • How much was taken
  • When it was taken

The Cocaine Recovery Process

Cocaine recovery begins with detox, which allows the body to become free of toxins related to cocaine use. Patients may experience withdrawal symptoms during detox, although cocaine’s lack of strong physical addiction makes cocaine withdrawal relatively simple. The most important, and most challenging, aspect of recovery follows detox. Recovering cocaine users begin therapy and counseling to overcome the psychological addiction to cocaine. This process is ongoing, and, even after primary treatment has ended, patients should continue with weekly therapy sessions or attend group recovery meetings for years to come. Cocaine addiction recovery is difficult but is worth the work.

Need Help with Cocaine Addiction Recovery?

If you or someone you know is addicted to cocaine, we are here to help. You can call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, and we will provide you with information about recovery and treatment options. Please call us today.

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