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With repeated exposure to cocaine, the brain starts to adapt so that the reward pathway becomes less sensitive to natural reinforcers.

Cocaine Addiction & Abuse: Signs of Cocaine Dependency 

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that derives from the coca leaf.

One of the oldest natural drugs, it creates an incredibly potent but short-lasting high.

Most cocaine originates from Columbia, with over 300 known active drug cartels operating in Columbia today.

Crack cocaine is the freebase form of cocaine, created by inhaling the vapours of the drug in its natural state.

Unlike regular cocaine, crack cocaine comes in the form of rocks.

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Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction has many symptoms, spanning the psychological, behavioural and physical.

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Psychosis
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

There are also a number of physical symptoms, such as:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Bursts of energy
  • Liver damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Trouble breathing

In addition, there are several behavioural symptoms, including:

  • Attempting to borrow or steal money
  • Engaging in reckless or risky behaviour
  • Being unable to curb your cocaine use

Taking crack cocaine leads to an increased risk of tolerance, dependency and addiction due to the fast-acting high.

This means that crack cocaine is often taken more frequently than regular cocaine.

As cocaine use continues, the side-effects will worsen.

These include damage to the mind and body which, if unaddressed, can lead to anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

Crack cocaine also brings with it the extremely high risk of overdosing.

This is because the substance enters the bloodstream and lungs within 10-15 seconds.

The instant high as well as its short duration can easily lead to abusers to take too much, with sometimes fatal outcomes.

Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Despite some controversy as to the legitimacy of sex addiction as a condition, it is increasingly becoming recognised as a dangerous affliction with similar symptoms and repercussions as drug addiction.As with any addiction, it is good practise to visit a GP first to assess your symptoms.

A GP will be able to actively diagnose your condition and even recommend practical steps that you can take straight away.

From there, there are several options when tackling cocaine addiction.

If you decide that inpatient treatment is right for you or your loved one, there are many clinics available.

However, long waiting times and poor facilities can often be a barrier to recovery. See: The differences between NHS rehab and private rehab

Castle Craig Hospital, the UK’s leading addiction clinic, offers state-of-the-art addiction care and recovery route for those considering private inpatient treatment programmes. See the benefits here.

Specialising in addiction and with over 30 years’ experience, Castle Craig employs proven recovery methods for overcoming cocaine addiction.

Based in the idyllic Scotland border region, it is also the perfect retreat for working professionals.

For more information, visit Castle Craig’s website.

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