Cocaine, produced from the dried leaves of the coca plant, has been used recreationally – often to the user’s detriment – for decades. Some estimates place cocaine as the world’s second most popular illicit drug. It’s no wonder cocaine’s so popular; when used, cocaine creates feelings of intense pleasure, happiness and energy. Until it doesn’t. It is at this point that help from a cocaine treatment center should be sought.

Like most drugs, it’s possible to build up a tolerance to cocaine. Users find they need more of the drug to feel the same effects, a path which leads to cocaine addiction. Addiction is a powerful and often deadly disease with mental and physical symptoms, both of which need addressing for lasting recovery. Sovereign Health offers women seeing cocaine addiction treatment a safe, welcoming place for treatment at our Chandler, Arizona, treatment facility.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine’s best-known form is a white, flaky powder, which users snort – inhaling the drug allows it to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the nasal passages. It can also be injected, smoked in crystalized form, rubbed into the gums and swallowed. Cocaine still plays a legitimate role in medicine as an anesthetic for some surgeries.

The effects of cocaine are the chief reason it’s been an enduring recreational drug for over a century – cocaine makes its users feel very good very quickly. However, cocaine’s also very addictive; many users begin to experience a compulsion to use cocaine in a short period of time after their first dose. Additionally, long-term abuse of cocaine can damage users physically and mentally – whether it’s from lung damage from smoking crack or a damaged nasal septum from snorting, cocaine eventually takes a toll on every user.

Since it’s a party drug – and somewhat expensive – it can be easy to forget that cocaine’s harmful. Someone who only takes cocaine during parties is still playing a risky game with addiction. Additionally, many of the same risks of party drugs apply to cocaine – the drug is often cut with other drugs and substances like starch and sugar, making cocaine use even riskier.

Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse

  • Constant runny nose
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Agitation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sudden emotional changes

Red Flags of Cocaine Addiction

  • Signs of white powder on a person’s nose, lips or belongings
  • Needle marks for intravenous users
  • Signs of drug paraphernalia and use – these can differ depending on how a user takes cocaine
  • Unnaturally happy or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom or someplace away from others for short periods of time

Cocaine Inside the Body

Cocaine works by affecting the brain’s reward system. Many behaviors – including drug use – trigger the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine. Normally, dopamine is removed from the system and recycled for further use. Cocaine interferes with this system, causing dopamine to stay in the system for far longer than it should, creating the euphoric effects which drive use of the drug.

Long-term cocaine use fundamentally rewires the brain. Essentially, the natural behaviors which normally cause dopamine release aren’t strong enough to compete with cocaine. At the same time, cocaine makes areas of the brain which govern stress become much more sensitive. This combination results in users becoming irritable and depressed when they’re not taking the drug. It’s why some addicts will neglect work, friendships and even food in pursuit of cocaine.

Tolerance increases health risks, too. Like most drugs, prolonged use of cocaine will result in the user requiring more and more of the drug to feel the same euphoric effects, creating a danger of overdose. Cocaine can also create sensitization in some users, meaning they become much more susceptible to cocaine’s more toxic side effects – seizures, anxiety and even hallucinations.

Finally, because cocaine is often used a party drug, many users tend to binge on it, taking high doses in short periods of time. This can cause users to become irritable, anxious and in extreme cases, to lose touch with reality.

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Getting Help Through Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Finances, relationships, physical and mental health – there’s not one aspect of life addiction can’t ruin. Sovereign Health understands just how damaging addiction can be – particularly if it comes as a result of self-medication from trauma. Our comfortable and safe treatment center in Chandler, Arizona provides women the ideal place for recovery from cocaine addiction.

Consisting of apartments and houses in pleasant residential neighborhoods, our residential treatment center allows women dealing with mental health and substance addiction to work on their challenges free from distractions and other triggers. Sovereign makes use of traditional and alternative treatment methods to treat our patients holistically in both mind and body.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

We’re one of the leading treatment providers in the U.S. Why?

  • Our facility is fully accredited by the Joint Commission
  • We specialize in treating women – particularly with trauma in their backgrounds
  • We use the latest evidence-based treatment modalities

A healthier life can start today. Please call our 24/7 helpline to learn more about our cocaine addiction treatment programs.

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