Unintentional Cocaine Dependence

The initial use of cocaine makes people feel euphoric and energetic, but even the first use can yield a wide range of side effects including the following:

  • Runny nose, nose bleed and sniffing
  • Tremors and chills
  • Perspiration
  • Hyper activity
  • Elevated speech pattern
  • A suppressed appetite
  • Difficulty falling asleep or suffering from disruptive, inconsistent sleep patterns
  • Disregard for personal hygiene
  • Isolation
  • Changes in friends
  • Change in work or school performance
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Withdrawing from normal activities

Because cocaine affects people physically, emotionally and behaviorally, you may not realize that you may be creating a dependency with first time use.

Cocaine Dependence

The two primary types of dependence are physical and psychological. A physical dependence on cocaine occurs when a user needs the drug to function. If a person quits using cocaine, she experiences intense cravings, fatigue and an increased appetite. Because these physical demands are so extensive, users have difficulty managing them, and often resort to using the drug.

Psychological dependence is characterized by a person’s change in personality and focus. When cocaine becomes a user’s top priority, she no longer will enjoy activities she formerly did, will have difficulty focusing at work and may ignore relationships with friends and family. The obsession to acquire and use cocaine is so powerful that users may lie, steal and commit other illegal acts to get cocaine.

The NIDA reports that even with the first use of cocaine you increase the risk of heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, abdominal pain and nausea. In rare cases, sudden death can occur on the first use of cocaine. However, when a person becomes dependent, he will often ignore these damaging facts.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Treatment for cocaine addiction has to include strategies to respond to physical and psychological dependencies. Starting with medically supervised detox to minimize withdrawals, an effective treatment plan needs to be designed, monitored, evaluated and adjusted to meet the changing needs of recovering addicts.

Cocaine Addiction Help

If you need help finding the right treatment program for your cocaine addiction, call our toll-free helpline now. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about cocaine addiction treatment.

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