Cocaine is one of the most common “party” drugs, but one with the potential to bring users to the depths of despair. How do you know when the party’s over and it’s time for cocaine rehab?
Cocaine is a powerful chemical that floods the brain with pleasure-inducing dopamine to create feelings of euphoria. It’s no secret cocaine can destroy lives, but it’s not so easy to determine exactly when a habit has turned into a full-blown addiction. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you may have a problem.
Are you using more cocaine than ever but not reaching the same high?
The body quickly builds up a tolerance to cocaine, so the amount that once got you high may no longer have any effect after a while. Unfortunately, the more you do to chase coke’s fleeting feeling could lead to an accidental overdose and death.
Are you having trouble thinking straight?
Cocaine use changes the brain’s chemistry over time. This can cause heavy users to develop problems with their memory and ability to concentrate.
Are you suffering physical or psychological issues because of your cocaine use?
The drug can cause serious problems with the heart, stomach and lungs, though more obvious signs of a problem can include frequent nosebleeds, weight loss and a change in sleeping patterns. Moodiness, excitability, self-isolating and paying less attention to hygiene are also common issues with cocaine addicts.
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when not using cocaine?
Addicts who try to quit coke or decrease their use on their own may experience some withdrawal symptoms. Depression, anxiety, fatigue, strong cravings, and dreams or nightmares about the drug are just some of the most common signs that your body is having trouble with withdrawal. Professional medical detox can make that process more comfortable.
If you’re ready to discuss the possibility of fighting a cocaine addiction with detox and rehab, contact one of The Mend’s care coordinators.
And if you’re still not sure whether you have a problem or the time is right for you to quit cocaine, try our 10-question quiz HERE.