Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Cocaine on Their Own?

Cocaine can cause an almost immediate high upon use. This high can last from thirty minutes to two hours, depending on the dosage and the user’s tolerance to the drug. Because of this, users are often trying to chase the high by increasing their doses, mixing drugs or engaging in other dangerous practices. In return, addicts find that without cocaine they no longer enjoy the same activities, have the same amount of energy and lose most sense of pleasure. Cocaine addiction can occur just after a few times of use. After an individual becomes addicted to cocaine, she will more than likely need professional help to conquer her addiction. Your child may not quit cocaine, because she does not know how.

Why Do People Use Cocaine Despite the Consequences?

Cocaine can create an unrealistic world for addicts of incredible pleasure and cravings. While in this unrealistic world, addicts may feel in control of other people and dangerous circumstances. This is what addicts will continue to chase, the high that puts them in control. Cocaine causes the following feelings, which is why an addict will continue to use cocaine despite the consequences:

  • Elevated mood
  • Escape from troubling emotions
  • Feelings of worthiness and supremacy

Addicts often describe a cocaine high as a euphoria that elevates mood, increases energy and alertness and creates feelings of supremacy. Cocaine use also allows users to escape reality, albeit temporarily. Because the high can be so intense, addicts will continuously chase it. This can cause addiction to worsen with increased use. An addict may attempt to quit cocaine use on his own, and he may be successful. However, the majority of addicts who try to quit on their own will resort back to cocaine use, because the withdrawal symptoms can cause immense amounts of pain. To escape this and with their inexperience with these problems, they can easily relapse.

How Can Intervention Help Cocaine Addicts?

Addicts may feel stuck or unable to find treatment on their own. Interventions can help addicts in the following ways:

  • Help the addict understand she is loved and valued
  • Opportunity to seek treatment
  • Full support of family and close friends

Addicts often feel as though they are worthless and that their families have turned their backs on helping. By seeking professional treatment from either a family mediator or interventionist, addicts will understand that they are loved and that their families want only the best. Through interventions and frank discussion, families can give addicted loved ones the opportunity to seek treatment. Addicts will also understand that, by seeking treatment, they will have the full support of their families and friends.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know struggle with cocaine addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are here 24 hours a day to help you by explaining your addiction and finding the best treatment available. You can do this with assistance, so call us today for instant support.

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