Cocaine Addiction


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Despite its strong association with partying, cocaine is a highly addictive substance that can quickly, negatively impact your daily life, work and relationships. It is often wrongly assumed that addiction only involves taking a substance on a daily basis, but trying to cut down or quit and finding yourself unable to, is also a sign of addiction.

Cocaine has a reputation for being a ‘social’ drug; many people who use cocaine struggle to give it up entirely because people within their close friend circles continue to use the substance or live that lifestyle. Those who try to quit without help often find they relapse for this reason. Individuals with a cocaine addiction may also find they are addicted to other substances, such as alcohol or cannabis, in which case it is even more crucial to seek expert help with detoxification and rehabilitation. Whatever the reason may be, if you are ready to leave cocaine behind, our team of non-judgemental experts can help you kick the habit for good.


Common signs of cocaine addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to cocaine, you may notice the following symptoms:
  • Regular colds, congestion or nosebleeds
  • Hyperactivity
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty with concentrating or focusing
  • Insomnia, trouble sleeping
  • Struggling with daily functions, such as going to work

Cocaine can also change brain chemistry over time, which means some people may show symptoms of psychosis.



Unlike some addictive substances, such as heroin and amphetamines, cocaine doesn’t have a medical substitute. Behavioural therapy is one of the most common ways to treat cocaine addiction. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches can help you to understand your addiction and change your way of thinking, and in turn, behaviour and decisions.

If you have other addictions in addition to cocaine, you may need a detoxification programme to safely remove them from your system and effectively manage the withdrawal symptoms. Everyone is different, which is why it is important to seek help for recovering from addiction, rather than going it alone.



  • How does cocaine cause addiction?
    As with other drugs, repeated use of cocaine can cause long-term changes in the brain’s reward circuit and other brain systems, which may lead to addiction. The reward circuit eventually adapts to the extra dopamine caused by the drug, becoming steadily less sensitive to it. As a result, people take stronger and more frequent doses to feel the same high they did initially and to obtain relief from withdrawal.
  • What does cocaine do to the body?
    Cocaine can have varied effects upon the body depending upon the amounts used, frequency of use and how the method of use such as smoking, snorting or injecting. All can have both short and long term effects. Short term effects may include extreme happiness and energy, mental alertness, hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch, irritability, paranoia—extreme and unreasonable distrust of others. Some people find that cocaine helps them perform simple physical and mental tasks more quickly, although others experience the opposite effect. Large amounts of cocaine can lead to bizarre, unpredictable, and violent behaviour. Some long term effects may include loss of smell, nosebleeds, frequent runny nose, malnourished, movement disorders. In addition cocaine can impact mental health such as irritability and restlessness, paranoia and psychosis.
  • What does cocaine do to the brain?
    Cocaine increases levels of the natural chemical messenger dopamine in brain circuits related to the control of movement and reward. This flood of dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit strongly reinforces drug-taking behaviors, because the reward circuit eventually adapts to the excess of dopamine caused by cocaine, and becomes less sensitive to it. As a result, people take stronger and more frequent doses in an attempt to feel the same high, and to obtain relief from withdrawal.
  • What are the symptoms of cocaine addiction?
    Strained interpersonal relationships, Legal problems,Sudden money problems,Exited speech,Fast speech and High levels of energy and excitement.
    Physical symptoms include Nosebleeds, Gastric, ulcers, Perforation of stomach or small bowel, Impaired sexual function, Inability to smell, Dilated pupils, Difficulties swallowing, runny nose and Hoarseness of the voice.
    Psychological symptoms can be Anxiety, Depression, Delusions, Hallucinations,Paranoia, Psychosis, violent behaviour.
  • Can cocaine addiction be treated?
    Yes. Treatment for cocaine addiction at Acquiesce begins with a free confidential consultation with a Recovery Practitioner in order to establish the individual needs and suitability for safe treatment with the service, this can be done either by phone call or by booking an appointment at the centre. Once the correct treatment pathway has been established all arrangements for a smooth and hassle free admission, including transportation would be made and agreed. Acquiesce then provides a safe and therapeutic environment which is conducive to the recovery from cocaine addiction. A combination programme of evidence based therapies are then delivered by a team of experienced professionals. The therapies address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of cocaine addiction. The programme also utilises holistic therapies, social activities and regular fitness sessions and exercise. Individuals will learn to understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery. Upon completion of rehab treatment individuals will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support that is provided as standard.
  • What are the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine?
    Though cocaine withdrawal may not be as physically intense as withdrawal from other drugs, it does come with its own set of challenges. Withdrawal from certain substances, like alcohol and benzodiazepines, can involve severe physical withdrawal symptoms; however, cocaine detox brings mostly psychological withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include: Difficulty concentrating, Slowed thinking, Slowed activity or physical fatigue after activity,Exhaustion, Restlessness, Inability to experience sexual arousal, Anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure,Depression or anxiety, Suicidal thoughts or actions, Vivid, unpleasant dreams or nightmares, Physical symptoms, such as chills, tremors, muscle aches, and nerve pain, Increased craving for cocaine,Increased appetite.

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