When Cocaine Use Becomes a Habit

Millions of people have become addicted to cocaine after what may seem like moderate, recreational use. This powerful stimulant creates a strong psychological addiction that can be extremely difficult – if not impossible – to conquer without professional help.

What Is Cocaine and How Does It Work?

Cocaine is created from the leaves of the coca bush. It stimulates heart rate and respiratory function and gives the user a sensation of extreme confidence, enthusiasm and energy. The physiological effects present a risk of brain or heart injury, and the emotional effects create an immediate risk of psychological dependency. The psychological addiction from cocaine can be extremely powerful.

How Cocaine Dependency Develops

Many cocaine addicts say that the first time they tried the drug their addiction began. The sensation of confidence, well-being and invulnerability that the drug provides all stem from the same part of the brain that manages a variety of psychological functions:

  • Impulse control
  • Emotional stability
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • The formation and recollection of memories
  • The formation of behaviors and habits

As cocaine races through the brain all feelings of insecurity, emotional pain, distress or anxiety are blocked. Neither rational thought nor choice can override how much the brain will crave this relief. This is why addicts can’t stay clean even when they choose to. Once the brain experiences the rush of pleasurable feelings associated with cocaine, it will use any emotional or psychological tool at its disposal to keep the drug coming.

Do I Need Help with My Cocaine Habit?

A single use of cocaine may not lead to full-blown addiction for most people, but many are born with a biological predisposition toward dependency and the first experience is all it takes. Individuals struggling with other psychological or emotional issues such as depression or anxiety disorders are also at a higher risk for succumbing to the drug. The relief cocaine provides the brain for these conditions is immediate, but short lived. The drug may help a person feel more comfortable in social situations, or more confident in relationships.

If you are concerned about your use of cocaine and wonder whether you should explore treatment options, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you find yourself thinking about cocaine regularly during work, school or other activities?
  • Have you told yourself that you are done with the drug, but then found yourself using it anyway?
  • Do certain situations cause you great anxiety if you do not have cocaine in your system?
  • Have you lied to friends or loved ones about your cocaine use?
  • Are you noticing good, healthy relationships being replaced by relationships with other drug users?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need help.

How to Get Clean from Cocaine

Our toll-free helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call any time to speak with one of our specially trained addiction experts about your cocaine use and what treatment options may help you the most. You may be able to quit taking the drug for a time, but without thorough rehab from the psychological effects of the drug you are not likely to stay clean for long. Don’t risk your health or your life with another dose of this deadly chemical. Call today.

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