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Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, Drug Rehabs & Treatments

If you or someone you know and love has become addicted to cocaine, please know that you are not alone and you are right to feel scared and concerned.

Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, it is our role to connect those suffering from addiction to the right treatments and drug rehabs across the UK and beyond.

We provide free help and advice to help people access the most effective rehabs to treat their cocaine addiction.

For advice, you can talk to us on Live Chat here. For 24/7 confidential help please call 0808 1150 446.

How do you tell if someone is on or using cocaine?

From our experience and research, we have listed the most obvious signs to be aware of that have been medically identified as reliable indicators of a cocaine use disorder.

Signs include:

  • Nose bleeds
  • Heavy drinking
  • Can’t eat/suppressed appetite
  • Numb mouth
  • Jaw grinding
  • Sweating
  • Jumpy

Are they really addicted? Cocaine usage

Cocaine, ‘blow’, ‘snow’, ‘Charlie’ or crack can be extremely addictive and we have found that common usage often quickly develops into an addiction or reliance on the drug to cope with trauma, grief, depression or anxiety.

However, with all drug addictions, there are different levels of severity and cycles to be aware of.

Only medical professionals will be able to truly identify a cocaine addiction because it goes beyond the intake or amount used. However, someone taking cocaine on a daily basis could possibly point to an addiction, as it would appear that they are physically addicted or need the drug to cope. However, the same can also be said for someone who uses it every few days. Addiction is defined by how someone acts on drugs and how they use them to cope with daily life. 

Stages of cocaine addiction:

  1. Casual use: A casual user of cocaine may think “It’s the weekend, time to party and have a little coke.”
  2. Cyclical use pattern: From here, initial casual use would have progressed and shifted to heavier use, sometimes at lunch at the pub with co-workers or a bit here and there to uplift their mood. Users may find that their control over their usage has been relaxed; the user trusts themselves high and believes they can manage their physical symptoms. The binges become more frequent and the vow to never use again are often met during the post-cocaine crash. The user may make promises to not use cocaine next week, and stick to this decision until next Friday rolls around and their paycheck is in their hands.
  3. Cocaine consumption/binging: As the user progresses further into their addiction, they might begin to rationalise their use. Remembering their previous their last cocaine episode, they may set out with the intention to only consume a small quantity. However, once this has been consumed, they experience immediate cravings for more.
  4. The early crash: Experiencing intense feelings of anxiety, the craving for the drug will increase and increase until the user finds themselves coming up with ways to attain more money and more cocaine. A cocaine addict might find themselves searching the floor for white flecks of dust or think of many ways of where they can obtain cocaine. Hunger for food is low, body temperature is high and the user will sweat profusely.
  5. Utter dependency: At this point, the user will find it difficult to resist the urge of exposing themselves to cocaine and the addiction cycle continues. They will begin to experience environmental and internal triggers for drug cravings such as music or certain locations.

“Not all cocaine users consume cocaine in the addiction cycle described above. If a person does not use in a cyclic pattern, it may indicate that he has biochemical differences from other cocaine addicts. If an addict believes that his use of cocaine is different, he should discuss this with a therapist or doctor.” The Cocaine Addiction Cycle, Paul Earley

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Cocaine can quickly train the mind into self-destructive patterns. The longer you or a loved one progresses in their cocaine addiction cycle, the more difficult it will be to deprogram the mind from its effects.

Pinpointing a cocaine addiction can be very difficult, this could also be due to the fact that drug users or those suffering from addiction are likely to be in denial of their usage and what they are going through.

Trust the experts and schedule a free drug addiction assessment today, because if there’s one thing we know; it’s that the longer you ignore an addiction, the harder it is to help somebody recover effectively.

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How much is cocaine costing you?

The price of cocaine will vary, depending on where you are in the country, the amount you buy and the way in which you acquire the drug. For example, in London, it will likely cost anywhere from £80-£100 for a gram, which means that a user over a period of a weekend can spend anywhere from £300-£500.

However, cocaine will cost you more than money, it can ruin your relationships, destroy your family, cause you to be fired and break down your mental health and awareness.

But more than this, users of cocaine often find themselves affected by impulsivity causing them to make irrational and unsafe decisions like driving under the influence, which has caused hundreds of accidents, deaths and car crashes in the UK.

Why do people use and turn to cocaine to cope?

There are many reasons someone may choose to do cocaine. 

Our research and experience have shown us that repeat users and of cocaine are often battling much deeper issues and therefore, cocaine use provides them with a short escape out of their unbearable realities.

However, cocaine is a very powerfully addictive drug, and as users will know, the “invincible” sentiment is very short-lived and replaced often with more intense feelings of shame, guilt and self-loathing.

Long-term effects

What is often not overly spoken about are the long-term effects of cocaine usage and how it can negatively impact recovery.

Long-term cocaine use can be very difficult to come back from, users become somewhat of a recluse, become excessively paranoid and experience a complete change in personality.

When you arrive at a certain point in your addiction, we have found that there is very little that can be done to turn things around and achieve long-lasting recovery.

On top of losing yourself mentally to the drug, long-term usage can also have detrimental effects on physical health, such as:

  • A collapse of the nasal structure
  • Problems swallowing
  • No sense of smell
  • Blood clots and heart attacks
  • Respiratory problems
  • Aneurysms and brain damage
  • The risk of overdose

Treatment for cocaine addiction

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Substance abuse disorders are complex issues.

The best and most effective approach to treating a cocaine addiction will be one that’s entirely focused on the individual’s needs.

For example, addiction is hardly ever-present on its own.

Co-occurring issues like depression or anxiety may be the driving force for those to use drugs to escape from the realities of everyday life.

Therefore, specific treatment plans are often devised when entering drug rehabs so that therapists and doctors are able to provide the best chance of recovery.

The average treatment will often begin with a detox, which might typically last a week. The next stage will be to rehabilitate the user in order to teach them skills and coping mechanisms to fight triggers and manage their mental health issues better.

One of the most important aspects of a successful treatment programme will ensure that the patient has enough time to not only overcome their addiction but learn how to cope with triggers. The timing for this can be anywhere from 30 to 90 days, although this can also sometimes be longer.

“Recovery is not about training oneself not to use. Recovery is a shift or transformation completely out of the Cocaine Addiction Cycle. This transformation does not delay or repress the Cocaine Addiction Cycle. Instead, recovery pulls the addict out of the cycle altogether. Once out f the cycle, the possibility of a life with enriching growth is opened up.”  The Cocaine Addiction Cycle, Paul Earley

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The Executive Rehab Guide’s staff is made up of those who have personal experiences with drug addiction and cocaine use.

We carry out studies on a daily basis, keep up with scientific journals and are in constant contact with rehabs and treatment centres in the UK and internationally to provide our visitors with accurate and helpful advice.

We have helped so many people attain long-lasting recovery by connecting them to the right treatments, therapies and nearest rehabs that are able to boast strong success rates.

That’s why we have found cocaine rehab facilities to be the best in helping people turn their lives around.

What happens if you do nothing?

There will be many long-term life consequences, with the user’s quality of life being majorly impacted, not to mention the social and physical health issues that can also follow.

Someone who may have a serious cocaine addiction may ignore or trivialise any negative outcomes in order to favour their habits and continue to use.

Unfortunately, those who continue to ignore their problem will find themselves in really bad and difficult situations that may not be able to be reversed or rectified.

This might mean that sometimes you may not be able to come back from this drug addiction, causing the user to become a recluse, paranoid and physically as well as mentally unwell.

This might mean that any type of treatment or therapy might be ineffective, causing the addiction to become untreatable or beyond medical help.

Don’t let this happen. Get help now – call 0808 1150 446.