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Cocaine is known as a high-end drug, often made out to be the drug of choice for the wealthy and famous. Its high price tag and glamorized clientele make it seem attractive when, in reality, it is anything but. In fact, cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance that, over time, can ruin the lives of those who use it.

If you or someone you love is struggling with cocaine abuse or addiction, know that heling is possible. With professional cocaine addiction treatment, you can get on the path to healing and long-term sobriety. At SOBA New Jersey, we offer customizable cocaine addiction treatments in New Jersey for adults 18 and older who are struggling with serious substance use disorders. Our clients and their families receive direct access to some of the state’s top clinicians at every stage of the recovery process.

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What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a purified extract from the coca bush. It is a powerful narcotic that often leads to a life-long struggle with addiction, along with negative effects on the heart, brain, and mental/emotional health of users.

The two major forms available on the street are the powdered form of cocaine and crack, a crystallized version. Powdered coke is snorted or injected, and crack is smoked through a crack pipe.

Cocaine Addiction

Of the 2% of Americans who used cocaine in the past year, how many of them were addicts? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 0.7% (250,000) of people aged 18 to 25 had a cocaine use disorder. In the 26 and older bracket, this number stood at 0.3% (756,000 people).

The statistics above suggest that about half of those who use cocaine end up addicted.

How Long Does It Take to Get Addicted to Cocaine?

According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, it’s possible for someone to become addicted after their very first time using crack cocaine. It’s much less likely that someone will become addicted as quickly when snorting cocaine, but it is still very dangerous. After methamphetamine, cocaine is the most psychologically addictive illegal substance.

If you’re in a position where you feel you might be addicted to cocaine or crack, it’s time to ask yourself the hard questions. Is it affecting your daily life? Has it driven you to unusual behaviors? Is cocaine addiction getting in the way of your relationships?

Here are some signs that you might have a cocaine addiction. If you find yourself identifying with any of these, it might be time to find help:

  • Your day revolves around cocaine—getting it, using it, planning the next use, etc.
  • You’ve tried and failed to quit
  • You have given up things you love for cocaine
  • You’ve neglected responsibilities because of cocaine
  • You notice that you require more and more cocaine to get high
  • You notice that as you continue to use cocaine, the drug withdrawal symptoms worsen
  • Your loved ones have expressed worry that you are addicted

Signs of Cocaine Abuse

While the above common signs of cocaine abuse mainly included information on those who snort cocaine, there are other ways to use the drug. Some may choose to smoke or inject cocaine into their system. If so, they may show other observable signs of use.

Some of these symptoms to look for are:

  • Needle Marks – These can be seen on various parts of the body but are most prevalent on the arms, legs, hands, feet, and neck. These are often called track marks.
  • Burn Marks on Hands or Lips – These burns happen when one smokes crack cocaine.
  • Collapsed Veins – This occurs when a vein becomes completely blocked by blood clots that have formed into scar tissue. This is caused by using the same injection site repeatedly.
  • Abscesses – Sores filled with pus and fluid from injection sites.
  • Hepatitis C or HIV – These can be contracted through shared needle use.
  • Endocarditis – An infection of the heart’s inner lining, often caused by mixing acid with cocaine to make it soluble before injecting.

Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

You can often easily tell if someone has used cocaine immediately after they snort, smoke, or inject it. However, a full-out addiction has another set of symptoms to look out for.

The symptoms seen from cocaine addiction vary by the length the addiction has been going on, how much is used, how frequently it is used, and the individual’s dependence on cocaine. To understand how far your or your loved one’s cocaine abuse has gone, it’s important to honestly look at how cocaine has affected your or your loved one’s physical, emotional, and social health.

Some of the signs of cocaine addiction include:

  • Euphoric mood followed by depressed moods
  • Irritability
  • Elevated feelings of well-being or supremacy
  • Restlessness
  • Lying about use
  • Hiding use from friends, family, loved ones
  • Strained relationships
  • Failure to maintain work (job, school, etc.)
  • Always wearing long-sleeves (covering track marks)
  • Break from reality or psychosis
  • Sudden money problems or legal problems
  • Excited, fast speech
  • Recurring nasal issues
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Impaired sexual function
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia or anxiety
  • Violent behavior

Even when attempting to detox from cocaine, an addict may experience some of the above symptoms. It is very dangerous to attempt to withdraw from cocaine without help from a detox center led by medical professionals.

While this is an extensive list of addiction signs, not all symptoms must be present in order for someone to have a problem. Sometimes, people can be functionally addicted, meaning they seem to still maintain relationships, work, and a seemingly normal life. This does not mean that you or a loved one is any less deserving of receiving help.

What Is Involved in Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

After recognizing the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse, the next step is to know your options for intervention and treatment for cocaine addiction.

At SOBA New Jersey, we offer a range of cocaine addiction treatments in New Jersey, all of which can be customized to fit each individual’s needs. Our programs include:

We provide comfortable housing and a stigma-free environment for those working toward recovery. Our emphasis on whole-person healing includes nutrition education, alternative therapies, social healing, and more. Our goal is to provide you with the tools, resources, and support you need to succeed in achieving lasting sobriety and freedom from cocaine dependence.

Seeking Help for Cocaine Addiction

Seeking help doesn’t have to be as daunting as it may seem. There are resources, treatment centers, and people available to help.

Some of the most common treatment options for cocaine addiction include:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a therapy model that helps practice coping mechanisms that will help prepare the user to resist the future temptation to relapse.
  • Contingency management, also known as motivational rewards, incentivizes good behavior/sobriety maintenance.
  • The Matrix Model is an intense form of therapy that has shown to be particularly effective for those addicted to stimulants. It uses family therapy, group therapy, education on addiction, prevention of relapse, and support groups. It also uses regular drug tests to ensure sobriety.

Cocaine detox is best carried out in a supervised and supportive environment. Although withdrawal from cocaine is not as medically dangerous as alcohol or heroin, the temptation to relieve symptoms with the drug is just as strong. It is best, therefore, to undergo professional, supervised detox before entering a cocaine addiction treatment program.

Overcoming Cocaine Addiction

The facts about cocaine can make you feel like you’re stuck, but you don’t have to feel that way forever. While it is a dangerous drug that is highly addictive, it’s also one that you can put into your past if you’re determined enough.

Here at SOBA New Jersey, we offer a unique approach that follows the pace of each client as they plan for and create their new life after sobriety. Clients earn their way through the three phases of the program and attend a graduation ceremony once they’ve fulfilled the program goal.

If you’re ready to find the freedom beyond drugs that you’ve been waiting for, call us today at (888) 229-7989 or contact us online.

Cocaine Abuse Symptoms

What does cocaine do to your body? The major symptoms associated with cocaine abuse (no matter the form of the drug used) include:

  • Anxiety
  • High energy
  • Talking fast
  • Euphoria
  • Panic
  • Increased mental alertness

Cocaine also causes sexual arousal and often results in risky encounters. The effects on the body of this powerful stimulant can cause users to put themselves at risk of HIV, hepatitis C, and other dangerous STIs, especially when needle sharing occurs.

If you’re worried that someone you know may be suffering from cocaine addiction, you need to know what to look for. Drug addictions can be easy to hide from loved ones, but not if those loved ones are educated about the signs of cocaine abuse.

Here are some other common signs that might give away a cocaine user:

  • White powder around the mouth or nose
  • Constant sniffling
  • Risky behaviors
  • Dilated pupils
  • Runny nose
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Erratic Sleep
  • Curled-up dollar bills
  • Excessive amounts of cash
  • Frequent disappearing

While the user may be extremely talkative and sociable while high, they are likely to experience mood swings. As the drug becomes more enjoyable than anything else, parts of their brain change, especially the dopamine “reward” mechanism. As a result, an addict needs increasing quantities of drugs to feel high and loses enjoyment in everything they once found rewarding.

Because cocaine becomes the center of their world, they may steal to afford their habit. They may also withdraw from work, school, or family life. Often, they will stop taking care of their basic needs and can quickly end up homeless.

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At times, you can feel lost and confused when struggling with addiction or mental health. Our team understands what you are going through and works with you to reclaim the life you deserve.

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