Addiction Helper receives many calls from individuals who themselves are suffering from, or know someone suffering from, an addiction to Cocaine. Cocaine is extremely addictive, it produces an intense euphoric high. Many users will start off recreationally, perhaps dabbling at parties or weekends; some will go on to binging on Cocaine, staying up for nights at a time snorting and smoking the drug. Others will reach the stage where they need a hit of Cocaine to enable them to get out of bed in the morning, to carry out the most basic of functions.
Addiction takes numerous forms from excessive use, to abuse, binging and constant top up. However, if Cocaine addiction is affecting you or your loved one, it’s important to understand that with the correct treatment recovery IS possible. As the leading authority on Cocaine rehabs in the UK and overseas, Addiction Helper can advise you of all of the options open to you, so that you or your loved one can access recovery. We are able to advise on free and private services for Cocaine addiction. Our friendly and professionally trained addiction experts will carry out a free of charge, assessment of your treatment needs, before advising on the best course of action. Cocaine addiction destroys families and takes lives, take action now!
What Are the Different Types of Cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant and hugely addictive drug. Derived from the leaves of the Cocoa plant in South America, It comes in powder form or rock form. The powder form is often referred to as “Coke”. Coke is a white powder that can be snorted, or in solid form heated on a metal spoon and inhaled “Freebase”.
It can also be made into a liquid and injected, or mixed with Heroin and injected “Snowballing”.
Crack Cocaine is the rock form of the drug and produces the most intense high; smoked on a pipe, the effects are quickly delivered to the brain. A gram of Coke in powder form costs £40-£45.
A Crack Cocaine rock costs between £5 and £20. The intense high the drug produces, quickly wears off and the comedown effects are very unpleasant. This is what makes the drug so expensive and addictive, users will stay high for as long as they can afford. It is no exaggeration when you hear of Cocaine addicts claiming they have lost houses, cars, businesses and thousands of pounds to Cocaine.
What Are the Statistics on Cocaine use?
What Is the UK Law on Cocaine?
Cocaine, Freebase and Crack Cocaine are all Class A drugs, as classified by the law. This means it is illegal to possess, sell or give away the drug. Convictions for possession or intent to supply carry hefty prison sentences.
Driving whilst high on Cocaine or with Cocaine still in your system can carry the same penalties as drink driving if you are deemed unfit to drive.
What Are the Effects of Cocaine on the Body?
The high Cocaine produces only lasts a short while, depending on how it is taken. Effects last from 10 to 60 minutes on average. Regular, binging or addictive use of Cocaine can cause the body the following problems, some of which are irreversible. Heart attack from overdosing tends to be the main cause of death in Cocaine users.
Snorting Cocaine regularly, damages the lining of the nasal tissue and can cause sores, bleeding and dissolve the septum of the nose, causing the nose bridge to collapse.
Inhaling Cocaine can damage the lungs, causing emphysema and reduced lung capacity
Injecting Cocaine can damage veins and arteries, causing blood loss and veins to collapse. Abscesses and gangrene can also develop leading to blood poisoning and loss of limbs.
Mixing Cocaine with alcohol or other drugs only increases the chances of these complications developing, overdosing and death
Sharing paraphernalia with other users puts the individual at risk of transmitting or contracting a blood-borne virus such as Hepatitis infections and HIV.
What Are the Effects of Cocaine on the Brain?
Cocaine is extremely addictive due to its effects on the brain, when it works well, the individual using Cocaine will experience: Increased sex drive, euphoria, alertness, heightened senses, sociability, feelings or power and confidence and reduced inhibitions. It also produces and insatiable appetite for more, which leads many recreational users into daily addictive use or binging for days at a time. The graphic above demonstrates exactly how powerfully damaging it is on the brain, even within a relatively short period of chronic use.
Is Cocaine Safe to Use during Pregnancy?
Absolutely not; using Cocaine whilst pregnant can lead to premature birth, and low birth weight. The more you use, the more damage caused to an unborn child, which can lead to developmental problems both physically and mentally for the child and a great deal of shame and regret in the mother. If you are addicted to Cocaine and pregnant it is essential to seek professional help immediately. We can help you with this, without judgement and with compassion. Call us now!
What Are the Negative Effects of Cocaine?
Everyone reacts differently to Cocaine, for some users, ingesting the drug can become their worst nightmare and that’s leaving aside the health risks (which all users are susceptible to suffering from) A bad experience on Cocaine will show some or all of the following negative effects; the longer you use Cocaine for, the more prone you are to developing them. In some cases irreversible damage can be caused to both the brain and the body with the individual developing long term chronic health problems both mentally and physically:
- Anxiety and Panic attacks
- Unable to self-calm
- Acting in an uninhibited/seedy or risk taking way that they regret when sober
- Anger and agitation
- Violent outbursts
- Paranoia (false beliefs that they are being watched or hunted)
- Hallucinations (auditory and visual)
And it gets worse, the longer you take Cocaine, the more you will need in order to gain the enjoyable effects of being a new user. Some will resort to Crack and injecting to get a more intense high, others will resort to mixing with prescription drugs and other drugs. Over time the user will become withdrawn, isolating in their own using, moody, non-communicative, depressed, lethargic, detached from reality and suicidal. Yet they will still be compelled to take the drug, they are unable to stop themselves and have lost all sense of reality and control. At this stage the Cocaine user is very sick and requires urgent intervention if they are to survive and overcome their addiction.
What Does the Comedown from Cocaine Feel Like and How Long Does It Last?
The comedown from Cocaine can last for days in some cases; whilst the user is coming down they will have strong cravings for more of the drug and will suffer flu like symptoms. The severity of the comedown will depend on how much Cocaine the user has taken. Some will stay up for days and nights, endlessly binging and not eating or hydrating properly. In cases such as this the comedown is very unpleasant; they may feel extremely anxious, agitated and paranoid or be completely exhausted and just want to sleep for a long period of time.
Am I Addicted to Cocaine?
Answer the following questions honestly to yourself, it may help you to identify if you have a problem with Cocaine that requires professional help and support:
- Do you use Cocaine so you can socialise, as feel unable to do so without it?
- Have you had health warnings about your Cocaine use but still continue?
- Is Cocaine affecting your relationships/ finances/ work?
- Has Cocaine stopped working for you?
- Have others expressed they feel you have a problem with Cocaine?
- Do you continue to take Cocaine despite it making you miserable?
- Has Cocaine affected your mental and emotional health?
- Do you find yourself using larger amounts of Cocaine to gain the same effect?
- Are you able to stop after just one or two lines of Cocaine or do you end up on a binge?
- Are you hiding your Cocaine use from others?
- Is Cocaine causing you to feel anxious, paranoid, lethargic, and run down?
- Have you committed a crime whilst under the influence of Cocaine?
- Have you done things you regret whilst high on Cocaine?
- Have you mixed Cocaine with alcohol or other drugs to get a better high?
- Are you unable to stop Cocaine once you start and carry on until the money runs out?
- Have you stolen or committed crime to feed your Cocaine habit?
- Are you unable to stay away from Cocaine, despite swearing off it time and time again?
- Do you use Cocaine on your own?
- Do you need Cocaine to function?
- Do you feel suicidal or like there is no hope or point with or without Cocaine in your life?
If you can answer honestly “yes” to one or more of these questions, then you do have a problem with Cocaine that requires professional help and you may also be suffering from addiction. Call us now! Don’t waste another day stuck in the misery and pain of Cocaine!
If you are feeling suicidal or contemplating taking your own life, call Addiction Helper or the Samaritans immediately; we can get you the urgent help you need.
How to Know If a Family Member or Loved One Is Using Cocaine?
Are you concerned a family member of loved one may be suffering from a Cocaine addiction? If so, the following signs and symptoms will help you to decide for yourself if they have a problem. If you are still unsure, call Addiction Helper and speak with one of our Addiction Experts for further advice and support:
- Do they disappear for long periods of time and come home looking worse for wear, agitated, anxious and exhausted?
- Do they seem to have a permanent cold, blocked nose, or scabs inside of their nose?
- Are their pupils dilated and they seem overly excited or aggressive?
- Are they restless and full of energy, unusually chatty and confident?
- Have you found any paraphernalia? E.g. small plastic bags, straws, hollowed out pens, needles, pipes, gauze, burnt spoons, white powder residue, razor blades, credit cards, needles?
- Do they owe large sums of money and never seem to have money of their own?
- Do they frequently disappear to the bathroom or their bedroom?
- Have you spotted a white residue around their nostrils or mouth?
- Do they isolate in their rooms for long periods of time at night awake and sleep all day?
- Has money or valuables gone missing?
- Do they have little or no appetite and have lost weight unexpectedly?
- Do they seem anxious and paranoid?
- Are they agitated and quick to anger?
- Have they lost interest in relationships, friends and family?
- Are you suspicious they may be sleeping with multiple partners or using escort services?
- Have they stopped doing the things they used to once enjoy?
- Do you recognise them from the person they once used to be?
- Are they depressed and unmotivated, only leaving the house to get Cocaine?
- Are they defensive when challenged?
- Do they seem to feel the whole world is against them and everything is someone else’s fault?
*Any marked change in your loved one’s appearance or behaviour should not be ignored, call us now to talk through the options of getting them some help for a Cocaine problem or addiction.
Can You Die from Using Cocaine?
Cocaine is a very dangerous drug and carries many risks to the user’s body and state of mind. Many have died from overdosing on Cocaine during a binge; it raises the body temperature, increases blood flow, speeds up the heart rate and can cause convulsions, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiac arrest. So in short, yes you can die from using Cocaine, even when young, fit and healthy.
Is It Safe to Mix Cocaine and Alcohol?
Many individuals will mix Cocaine with Alcohol, unaware of the additional dangers; it is very unsafe and hugely additive to mix the two together. Cocaine and Alcohol is potentially a very lethal mix and increases the chances of sudden death by 20%. Together Cocaine and Alcohol form a new chemical called Cocaethylene; a deadly drug in itself. Cocaethylene is produced in the liver when Alcohol and Cocaine are present together. This life threatening drug is very toxic to the body. It can result in immediate death, or the body shutting down over time. Most whom mix the two together find they can drink more without feeling drunk and the high of the Cocaine is intensified. They are also at the additional risk of organ damage and failure due to drinking for prolonged periods of time and binging, as the sedative effects of the alcohol are counteracted by the Cocaine. Mixing Cocaine with any drug will increase the risk of mortality, but many do not realise that by mixing it with Alcohol, they are putting their life immediately at risk. They are also at risk of developing an alcohol dependency if frequently using the two together. In this case, they will require a full medical detox in order to safely stop both the alcohol and the cocaine.
Is There Free Treatment for Cocaine Addiction?
Sadly there is little help available on the NHS for Cocaine addiction. Free rehab, means applying through your local Drug and Alcohol Services for funding from the government. Funding is scarce, takes a long time to secure and only reserved for exceptional cases. The quickest way to access rehab is through private funding. If you or your family have the means to finance this, we can arrange for an immediate admission today to one of our many exemplary rehabs throughout the UK and also overseas. Call us if you would like to know more about private rehab for Cocaine addiction.
Your local drug and Alcohol Team can provide groups and key worker one to one sessions. Many have also introduced SMART groups, which are aimed at abstinence and goal setting. Cocaine Anonymous also provides meetings and a programme of recovery which has proven to help many. They are a self-help organisation, so whilst not professionally run, 12 Step has been proven to be hugely successful in the treatment of addiction.
Professional Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Depending on the level of the addiction present will indicate the type and intensity of treatment needed to successfully establish recovery.
Addiction is an illness of the mind, the sufferer has lost the power of choice and are at the mercy of their warped thought patterns and overwhelming compulsions. They may have every good reason to stop, yet they cannot. It’s heart-breaking for the individual and for their loved ones to watch. All concerned feel helpless and hopeless.
Addiction requires professional specialist treatment, for an individual who has lost all control around their using, thought processes and compulsions, rehab is definitely the best treatment option. For others with a lesser problem, some free community services may be enough to get them back on track. Each area has a local drug and alcohol team; the individual can self-refer into this service and engage with the services on offer. Therapeutic measures are the most successful method of treating Cocaine addiction; this may include Counselling and holistic therapies, it is not the drug that is the problem in addiction, but the individuals mind that continues to drive them to use despite mounting consequences. Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease and so requires very specific professional treatment to unearth and address the underlying issues and maladaptive thinking and behaviours.
For the individual who has a Cocaine addiction that is beyond their control, private rehab on an inpatient basis is strongly recommended. Our Cocaine rehabs provide professional, specialist treatment programmes designed to treat the individual’s mind, body and spirit. Addiction Helper works with many established and very successful rehab clinics in the UK and overseas, providing effective and proven treatment for Cocaine addiction and abuse. All of the rehabs we work with are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission. You or your loved one will benefit from a comprehensive and intensive therapeutic treatment programme, tailored to your individual treatment requirements, physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and emotionally – tackling the root causes of the addiction to Cocaine. All treatment programmes are designed to bring about a huge shift in the individual’s thinking and outlook. We also provide each patient with the recovery needed, in order to maintain on going recovery once leaving the treatment environment.
Cocaine rehabs are very safe and caring places, a haven away from the madness of addiction; the individual will be nurtured back to full health. It is recommended a minimum of 4-8 weeks inpatient programme for a Cocaine addiction, secondary care and sober living options are also available. Once the treatment in the rehab has been completed, Addiction Helper will ensure there is a seamless return back home by arranging free aftercare with the rehab attended and if necessary arrange for private one to one counselling sessions locally. We will do all we can to ensure you remain healthy and well on returning back home.
Proven Cocaine Addiction Treatments
Addiction Helper’s rehabs only use proven methods of treating Cocaine Addiction. We don’t just provide a short term intervention, but look to provide a comprehensive bespoke programme that will equip the individual with the tools they need to maintain recovery from Cocaine on a permanent basis. We only work with experienced addiction professionals, as we understand the devastating and deadly effects of addiction. Our rehab staff are fully trained, experienced and qualified in their individual areas of expertise.
Typically our Cocaine rehab clinical team will consist of a team of experienced and qualified Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Addiction Counsellors, Holistic Therapists and Recovery Support Workers. Some of our rehabs also specialise in treating Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress and Eating Disorders. The vast majority of treatment centres we work with can treat Dual Diagnosis clients and clients with multiple addiction problems. For any individual with an alcohol or drug dependency, a full medical detox will be prescribed by our Doctor on completion of a comprehensive admission assessment.
Following a free and confidential comprehensive triage by one of our telephone addiction treatment specialists, a programme will be recommended that will be specific to the individual’s needs. There are various types of rehabs and prices differ hugely as do the range of treatments and facilities on offer. We will talk you through all of the options so that you are able to make an informed decision.
Our Cocaine Rehab programmes will consist of various proven and effective treatment methods, here are some of the commonly provided treatments that we deliver:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- One To One Counselling and Trauma therapy
- Process Therapy Groups
- 12 Step Therapy
- Educational Workshops and Relapse Prevention
- Holistic Therapies; such as Mindfulness and Meditation, Music, Art, Equine, Acupuncture, Yoga, Tai Chi and an individualised Fitness programme
There are many other therapies available also, we aim to reignite the individual’s passion for life, provide them with hope and inspiration to motivate them to get well and make the necessary changes. We also show our clients how to rebuild themselves and develop healthy and loving relationships with themselves and others.
Essentially there is no quick fix to any type of addiction and no magical pill to take it away. For an addict to recover they must make many changes and continue to maintain these changes upon leaving the treatment environment. Our comprehensive Cocaine rehab programmes will show them exactly what they need to do to recover and receive support and encouragement each and every step of the way. You can be assured of a professional service at all times. We will do our utmost to help you or your loved one make a full recovery from Cocaine addiction!
Our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week; we passionate about saving lives and helping families of addicted individuals also. You can turn your life around with just one call to us; we can take care of all the arrangements if you are looking for a private rehab and find you the best treatment possible.