Besides opioids and crystal meth, cocaine might easily be one of the most complicated and dangerous substances Americans have ever faced. Ironically, much like opioids, this white powder was one an ingredient for natural medications and was even used to boost energy. Fortunately, as science advanced, more and more people started to drop this drug and recognize it for the addictive booster that it really is. Still, how can you tell if someone is addicted to the aptly nicknamed Bolivian marching powder? Let’s take a closer look at some signs of a deeply-rooted cocaine problem.
What Are the Risks?
In the most painfully ironic twist in the history of ironic twists, addiction is one of the most easily preventable diseases on the planet, if not the most. All it takes to stay safe is to put down a drink or toss out some pills. However, millions of people across our country still fall into the clutches of this degenerative mental illness.
Ultimately, only two risk factors for addiction exist:
- Genetics: Family history plays a major role in the onset of addiction. In the case of cocaine, genetics plays a huge role in the onset of problems associated with this stimulant.
- Consumption: Another obvious risk factor is the frequency of consumption. If people consumed this drug for a long period of time, chemicals in cocaine will rewire the circuitry of the brain.
You Have a Cocaine Problem
Although we’ve pretty much developed the concept of the classic cocaine addict (a person who snorts white powder through a dollar bill), many elements come into play to determine the severity of a cocaine problem. For many victims, they may not even be aware of this sickness until it’s too late, while others might notice immediately.
Typical symptoms of cocaine addiction include:
- Loss of sensitivity to pleasurable aspects of life, like eating good food or hanging out with friends
- Built-up tolerance to cocaine (consuming more and more to achieve a high)
- Symptoms of detox after cocaine supply runs out
- Severe outbreaks of anxiety and paranoia
- Loss of appetite and severe weight loss
- Increased irritability and anger while not using the drug
Seeking Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Over the course of many decades, cocaine has risen from the ranks of an over-the-counter stimulant to one of the most feared and destructive substances on the planet. Ultimately, this substance can destroy a person’s brain and body and trigger a severe form of addiction. However, as with any sickness, you can easily find a way to cope with your symptoms. Although addiction has no known cure, you can still stay strong and get clean, if you know where to find the right resources.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.