Insomnia and Cocaine Abuse

Individuals looking for an illicit high will find it in any of the various forms of cocaine, whether they smoke it, snort it, inject it or chew coca leaves. Someone with pre-existing insomnia is not likely to seek cocaine use as a remedy; cocaine is a well-known stimulant. Insomnia is more likely to develop from prolonged use of cocaine.

Why People Use Cocaine

The sought-after effects of cocaine include the following:

  • Euphoria
  • Energy
  • Sharpened awareness
  • Faster heart rate
  • Loss of appetite, which is appealing to users who want to lose weight as well as have more energy
  • Self-confidence
  • Increased sex drive

These pleasurable sensations make cocaine a highly valued commodity among drug users. Unfortunately for cocaine addicts, long-term abuse also causes severe insomnia. While the addict may have initially used cocaine to get up and moving, now that addiction has set in, the addict cannot relax without the drug. In addition to insomnia, other detrimental side effects of cocaine include the following:

  • Paranoia
  • Inability to sit still
  • Pupil dilation, making the eyes overly sensitive to light
  • Mood swings
  • Short temper
  • Severe withdrawals
  • Hallucinations of insects beneath one’s skin, which may be accompanied by harsh scratching
  • Vertigo
  • Chest pain
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Heart attack
  • Blood poisoning
  • Fatal aneurysm

Insomnia is one of the most subtly detrimental of cocaine’s ill effects, paling in comparison to overt or violent signs of addiction, yet it can make the user’s life a living nightmare. Sleep is vital to the body’s restorative processes. If an individual’s sleep time is diminished, the individual’s immune system is greatly weakened, making his or her body more vulnerable to disease and allowing minor diseases to do great damage. Inadequate rest slows one’s reflexes and makes driving a car a dangerous endeavor. Impaired judgment and poor job performance are also direct consequences of insomnia and the exhaustion it causes. Individuals who are sleep deprived are dull in company, short-tempered with their loved ones and miserable wherever they are. The only answer seems to be more cocaine, but even that solution eventually turns against the user, making the user increasingly miserable but unable to stop.

How to Find Recovery from Cocaine Addiction

If you or your loved one wants to quit cocaine but needs help to get started, please call us today. Our toll-free helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by experienced counselors ready to point you to treatment that is both nonjudgmental and effective. Don’t let cocaine induced insomnia and the accompanying torments of addiction hold you back from a healthy life any longer; give us a call.

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