What is cocaine addiction?
The effects of cocaine
Treating cocaine addiction

What is cocaine addiction?

If you’ve become addicted to cocaine, it can be extremely hard to stop. Many cocaine users ‘binge’ or take more of the substance over a short period of time, but cocaine is highly addictive, and some may even struggle to think they have an addiction to it. Having cravings for cocaine and ignoring the signs that come with it is a definitive sign of addiction.

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

The effects of cocaine

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.

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.

  • Paranoia
  • Anger
  • Anxiousness
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Intense euphoria
  • Seizures

If you find yourself continuously using cocaine overtime, it will increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke, seizure or breathing failure. When suffering with a cocaine addiction, you may also struggle with dependence of other substances, such as cannabis or alcohol.

This is known as poly-drug use and is especially dangerous, as it increases the risk of fatal overdose.

Treating cocaine addiction

Our expert recovery team at Steps Together, use a detox and therapy programme designed to provide all the support and care to help you overcome your cocaine addiction.

We understand that admitting your own dependency is difficult. However, at Steps Together, we believe that is never too late to seek help.

Through our detox and therapy programme, we will help stop your cocaine addiction. While this may seem like a daunting prospect, our highly experienced recovery team are well equipped to guide you through the whole process.


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. Symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Agitation
  • Fatigues
  • Increased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling restless
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression