What Is Cocaine Psychosis?

Cocaine psychosis is a psychotic episode that seriously damages brain functioning. While it frequently stems from either high levels of cocaine use or long-term abuse, it is possible for a first time cocaine user to experience this dangerous condition. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, as many as half of regular cocaine users have experienced some form of resulting psychosis. Many of these people will experience tragic results.

Symptoms of Cocaine Psychosis

Stimulant-induced psychosis is symptomatically similar to organic psychosis. Though the disorder varies in intensity, it often carries the following symptoms:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations (sound and sight)
  • Delusions
  • Disordered thoughts
  • Catatonia

Extended stimulant abuse creates certain symptoms that do not appear in cases of organic psychosis, including the following:

  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated blood pressure and body temperature
  • Hyperventilation
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Nausea and vomiting

The symptoms are similar to schizophrenia and can lead to self-destructive or otherwise dangerous behavior. Visual hallucinations are common, including those that reinforce the paranoia the user is experiencing. They may believe that they are being watched or followed, or that invisible bugs are burrowing under their skin. In some cases the hallucinations and other mental distress can lead to violence to self or others.

Understanding Cocaine Tolerance and Addiction

The body develops a tolerance to cocaine very quickly. This means that users need increasing doses to feel the desired effects. Cocaine also creates a powerful psychological addiction in users. The brain senses an immediate boost of self-esteem, confidence, optimism and mood, and then craves that boost as soon as it fades. As the psychological addiction grows and the tolerance to cocaine increases, users must take more and more of the drug. This deepens their addiction and greatly increases their chances of overdose, cocaine psychosis and death.

Successful Cocaine Addiction Recovery

The only true defense against cocaine psychosis is to quit using the drug altogether. However, the psychological power of the disease affects behavior more strongly than conscious thought. The majority of addicts cannot quit using cocaine without focused, professional help. The most effective recovery programs use the following therapeutic tools:

  • Personal, private counseling of various types
  • Intensive education that empowers recovery through understanding
  • Various exercises that develop new coping skills
  • Group counseling experiences
  • Strong aftercare programs that reinforce ongoing growth and healing

If you have experienced cocaine psychosis symptoms and are ready to take this disease seriously, please call our toll-free helpline right away. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to help you take the first steps toward freedom from cocaine addiction. Don’t risk your physical or mental health for another day. Call now and reclaim your life from this terrible disease.

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