What is cocaine?
Cocaine comes in a few different forms. The most common being a white, fine powder. It can also be made into a solid rock crystal. Cocaine is most commonly used by snorting it, whilst others may rub it on their gums.
Using cocaine is normally a short-lived, intense high that is immediately followed by the opposite, depression, anxiety and cravings. Cocaine has a euphoric rush that ends quickly. You may also find it difficult to eat or sleep properly.
The effects of cocaine :
- Sleep deprivation
- Loss of appetite
- Increased rate of breathing
- Intense euphoria
- Bursts of energy
Many cocaine users ‘binge’ or take more of the substance over a short period of time, but cocaine is known to be highly addictive. Some may even struggle to think they have an addiction to it, but if the user is finding it hard to stop, ignoring those signs that come with it is a definitive sign of addiction.
Cocaine is a stimulant, which affects the brain by stimulating high levels of dopamine which builds you up and causes intense feelings of energy and alertness.
Those who become addicted to cocaine sometimes believe that that the drug isn’t that harmful. But in reality, abusing cocaine can cause short term and long term effects on your physical and mental health.
Mental health problems may include:
- Poor decision making
- Mood swings
The treatment we offer at Steps Together begins with a detox process, which allows the drug to leave your body. During this period you may experience some withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms are not usually life-threatening, there may be some discomfort experienced during this time.
How Steps Together can help you or a loved one
Addiction is not a moral failure, but a disease which Steps Together can help you with one step at a time. We offer a range of treatment and support services that can be tailored to your needs and ensure you gain the help you need. Please click on the links below if you’d like further information about these services.
First Phase Primary Residential
Second Phase Residential