How Do I Know if I Need Immediate Treatment for Cocaine Abuse?

Although cocaine causes few physical withdrawal symptoms, it can profoundly affect physical health. Cocaine abuse may deteriorate health due to loss of appetite, poor nutrition or extended periods of sleeplessness. Health may also take an abrupt turn for the worse if cocaine induces a potentially fatal heart attack, strokes or seizure. No one can predict whether the effects of cocaine abuse will extend over time or if they will cause an immediate medical emergency; even long-time users with high tolerance levels can experience health emergencies from using the drug. No matter how long someone has been using cocaine, treatment is always a priority, and should be sought as soon as possible. However, some factors make getting treatment an even higher priority.

Who Needs Immediate Treatment for Cocaine Abuse?

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services states that the following people are prioritized when seeking state-funded treatment (they are listed in order of their priority status):

  • Pregnant women who use IV drugs
  • Pregnant women
  • Other women who use IV drugs
  • Postpartum women (up to one year)
  • Parents/legal guardians involved with Child Protective Services
  • Parenting adults
  • Youth

People who are not seeking state funding for addiction help should look at similar factors when deciding if they need immediate or emergency cocaine addiction treatment.

Parents and Immediate Cocaine Abuse Help

Pregnant women should seek immediate treatment, as their unborn children do not have weeks or months before irreversible damage could occur. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that women who use cocaine during pregnancy typically deliver prematurely, and their babies will probably have low birth weights and smaller heads. Additionally, the NIDA shares that “exposure to cocaine during fetal development may lead to subtle, yet significant, later deficits in some children, including deficits in some aspects of cognitive performance, information processing, and attention to tasks—abilities that are important for the realization of a child’s full potential” (“What Are the Effects of Maternal Cocaine Use?” September 2010). If mothers want healthy babies and to give their children the best chances at normal lives, then they should seek immediate treatment.

Even after children are born, a parent’s addiction can profoundly affect her children, so parents are prioritized when receiving state-funded treatment. Furthermore, parents who use their own insurance or savings to pay for treatment should get help immediately. National Public Radio explains that, “even if the young person doesn’t follow their parents into addiction, they still bear the scars of that addiction” (“When Parents Are Addicts, What Happens to Kids?” February 21, 2012). These scars can include learning difficulties, feelings of shame or embarrassment, lack of trust and increased risk for mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety. People who need immediate cocaine rehab are those who put their health and happiness at risk, particularly the health and happiness of their children.

Immediate Help for Cocaine Addiction

When you are ready to end your cocaine addiction, we are here to help. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline, and they will direct you to proven recovery resources. All calls are confidential, so do not hesitate to begin your journey to a healthy, happy life.

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