Secret Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine can initially seem to provide pleasure and relief but quickly becomes dangerous. Cocaine abuse is a  problem that affects people of all ages. A 2008 study by the National Institute for Drug Abuse found that 4.4% of 12th graders had abused cocaine. In the same year, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, there were more than 118,000 hospital emergency room visits related to drug use by adults over age 50, and cocaine was the most common drug involved.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

When cocaine abuse first begins, it may be possible to keep it a secret, but as the addiction grows it becomes harder to hide. There are a number of reasons for this. Cocaine changes a user’s body and brain. Cocaine causes the neurotransmitter dopamine to build up beyond normal levels, and the body adapts by producing less. The user then needs to take the drug in increasing amounts to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Even if the user has gone through withdrawal and detox, the lower dopamine levels make it difficult to find pleasure. Cocaine can cause other physical problems including the following:

  • Cocaine constricts blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack or stroke
  • Cocaine is associated with respiratory failure
  • Cocaine can cause seizures
  • Combining with alcohol or other drugs increases the risks of serious harmful physical effects

The effects of cocaine abuse often manifest as emotional behaviors. Paranoia, anger, hostility and anxiety are all common behavioral effects of cocaine addiction and are hard to hide. As addiction takes over a user’s life and the drug becomes more important, interest in other activities tends to decrease. This may lead to problems with school or work or may strain relationships. Important responsibilities may be neglected.

Confidential Cocaine Addiction Treatment

People may fear pursuing addiction treatment, because they don’t want their secret addiction to become known. There are privacy laws, however, that protect the confidentiality of those receiving substance abuse treatment. It may be more difficult but not impossible to maintain secrecy when a residential treatment program is chosen, but these offer the best recovery results. Outpatient programs, which often allow users to continue with jobs and other responsibilities, can also be good options.

Make a Call and Let Us Help with Cocaine Addiction

As cocaine addiction grows, it becomes more and more difficult to hide. Seeking treatment before legal, financial or physical consequences make the addiction public is a wise course of action. Make a confidential call to our toll-free helpline and let us answer your questions about treatment and check your insurance coverage. Our helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by counselors who understand your situation and know how to help. Call today.

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