Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction is much more a mental addiction then say heroin which has the physical aspect of addiction included. Cocaine addiction can result in schizophrenia, lethargy, depression physiological damage and a potentially fatal overdose.

Cocaine addiction happens quickly because when taken it makes the person feel like “king of the world”. They can accomplish anything they set their mind to. However the feeling is a short-lived high that usually subsides within an hour leaving the person wanting more. This can lead to a prolonged binge of cocaine, continually using the drug once the high is gone until there is no more cocaine left.

While high on the cocaine the habitual users may develop symptoms close to amphetamine psychosis and schizophrenia which include acts of aggression, severe paranoia and feel like they have insects under the skin (coke bugs).

After the high of cocaine and no more to be taken comes the “crash” (also known as the “come down”. After the last use the person becomes dissatisfied, anxious, restless and fidgety and completely exhausted. The person needs sleep and something to take the edge away. Many accomplish this by taking sleeping pills or sedatives, a popular one is Seroquel. Some drink alcohol or smoke marijuana or a combination of the two. Beginning the cycle of using cocaine again may occur upon awakening or may not occur for several days, but the intense euphoria to use can, as it has in many users, produce intense craving and drive the person to obtain more cocaine leading to the addiction of it.

If a person has developed a cocaine addiction there are different types of therapy to handle it and get the person off of cocaine. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with Motivational Therapy has been proven effective to treat cocaine addiction.  There are also cocaine vaccines on trial that will stop desirable effects for the drug like Antabuse does for alcohol. Twelve-step programs such as Cocaine Anonymous (modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous) are claimed by participants to be helpful in achieving long-term abstinence.  

There is always drug rehabilitation. Drug rehabilitation will help the persons’ chance to overcome a cocaine addiction especially if they go to an inpatient drug rehab. The reason for this is they will be in a structured environment with other people also trying to get off of cocaine. There will be trained staff members who have experience in getting people off of drugs to help guide them through the rough patches. The big factor is they will not be able to get any cocaine if a craving hits. The staff and others will be able to help them work through the craving and find ways to handle them when cravings might occur once they are done with treatment.