Unlike most drugs, cocaine is not seen as a drug that creates a huge problem for many because of its identification as a ‘party drug’ or a performance enhancer for day to day tasks. This could lead to a misunderstanding about the drug itself and the dangerous realities that surround it. Prolonged use of cocaine have adverse physical reactions that manifest in the heart. Many people who are exposed to too much cocaine or prolonged use are at increased risk of stroke or cardiac arrest.
At Turning Point, Inc., our New Jersey addiction specialists have been helping patients overcome cocaine addiction since 1975. With multiple locations throughout the state, our team can provide the support you need to get on the road to long-term sobriety.
If you or someone you know is battling cocaine addiction, give us a call today at (973) 380-0905.
Cocaine is one of the most widely used stimulants in the country and the world. Although cocaine can be prescribed to treat certain medical conditions, most cocaine is created, distributed, and used unlawfully. The likelihood of becoming addicted to “street-level” cocaine is higher than prescription because you cannot control the dose of the narcotic when it is unlawfully obtained. You will also not know what else is in the cocaine, which could include other addictive substances.
As a stimulant, cocaine “speeds up” some of your bodily processes and might even make it feel as if you are thinking “faster.” This feeling can be euphoric and is often paired with a lessened perception of pain. For these reasons, people with worsening cocaine addictions often do not realize it until the addiction has become severe and damaging to their physical and mental health.
Early signs of cocaine addiction include:
Short-term effects of cocaine use include:
Long-term effects of cocaine use may include:
While cocaine does create a physical dependency, it is the mental dependency of cocaine that is the most dangerous when considering withdrawing from the drug. In addition, cocaine is difficult to measure in the sense of time and amount consumed because of its nature the amount consumed depends on the person’s tolerance and the drug’s purity. Purity is the most important factor as it does range because many who sell the illegal substance mix it with other substances such as baking soda to increase the physical volume.
Unlike many drugs that take more than half a day to begin withdrawing from, withdrawals from cocaine begin after the first 90 minutes. In total the withdrawal process takes 7 to 10 days and can include:
We think the choice to come to Turning Point is clear once you know a little more about us. We are one of New Jersey’s most trusted addiction recovery centers because our staff is attentive, our programs are customizable, and our services are affordable due to our insurance and financing options. We are also a top detoxification center in the state because we use state-of-the-art equipment and tested methods to safely allow people to detox and reduce the risk of severe withdrawals. When you need to fight cocaine addiction safely and confidently, you will want to come to our doors first.
Contact Turning Point, Inc. today to receive a consultation about cocaine addiction.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug because of its effects on our central nervous system and the feeling of euphoria it creates. However, the effects of cocaine do not last very long (about 30 minutes if snorted and 5 to 10 minutes if smoked/injected) and this is why so many people tend to abuse it like one would alcohol, frequently. While cocaine does create a sense of euphoria or productivity, like any drug, a tolerance begins to build up. This tolerance makes it necessary for the abuser to take more cocaine to feel its affects, creating a higher chance of mental dependency and physical damage.
Symptoms associated with cocaine addiction include: