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, independent assessment of your treatment needs, before advising on the best course of action. Cocaine addiction destroys families and takes lives, take action now!
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 approximately £40-£45.
A Crack Cocaine rock costs between £10 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’s no exaggeration when you hear of Cocaine addicts claiming they have lost houses, cars, businesses and thousands of pounds to Cocaine.
Cocaine, Freebase, Crack Cocaine are all Class A drugs, as classified by the law. This means it is illegal to to possess or sell 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
Cocaine – The Effects
The high Cocaine produces only lasts a short while, depending on how it is ingested. Effects last from 10 to 30 minutes on average. 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. So what is it about Cocaine that the user craves, when it is so expensive and the comedown so uncomfortable? Here is a list of the effects the drug produces for the user, when it produces the desired effect:
- Feeling of power and confidence
- Feeling of being able to do anything (leads to risk taking)
- Increased sex drive
- Senses heightened
- Appetite reduced
- Reduced inhibitions
- Psychological and emotional changes
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 effects, the longer you use Cocaine the more prone you are to developing them:
- 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 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 user is very sick and requires urgent intervention if they are to survive and overcome their addiction.
Are You Addicted to Cocaine?
Answer the following questions honestly to yourself, it may help you to identify if you have a problem that requires professional help and support:
Do you use Cocaine so you can socialise?
Have you had health warnings but still continue to use?
Is Cocaine affecting your relationships/ finances/ work?
Have others expressed they feel you have a problem?
Do you continue to take Cocaine despite it making you miserable?
Has it affected your mental and emotional health?
Do you find yourself using larger amounts to gain the same effect?
Are you able to stop after just one or two lines?
Are you hiding your drug use?
Is Cocaine causing you to feel anxious, paranoid, and lethargic, run down?
Have you committed a crime whilst intoxicated?
Have you done things you regret whilst high?
Have you mixed Cocaine with alcohol or other drugs to get a better high?
Are you unable to stop once you start unless the money runs out?
Have you stolen or committed crime to feed your habit?
Are you unable to stay stopped despite swearing off it time and time again?
Do you use on your own?
Do you need Cocaine to function?
Do you feel suicidal or like there is no hope or point?
If you can answer honestly “yes” to one or more of these questions, then you have a problem with Cocaine that requires professional help. Call us now!
If you are feeling suicidal or contemplating taking your own life, call us or the Samaritans immediately; we can get you the urgent help you need.
Spotting the Signs of Cocaine Addiction in a Family Member or Loved One
If you are concerned a family member of loved one may be suffering from a Cocaine addiction, the following signs and symptoms will help you to decide for yourself. If you are still unsure, call Addiction Helper and speak with one of our Addiction Experts for advice
Do they disappear for periods of time and come home looking worse for wear?
Do they seem to have a permanent cold of blocked nose?
Are their pupils dilated and they seem overly excited?
Are they restless and full of energy?
Have you found any paraphernalia? e.g. small plastic bags, straws, hollowed out pens, needles, pipes, gauze, burnt spoons, white powder residue, razor blades
Do they frequently disappear to the bathroom?
Do they isolate in their rooms for long periods of time at night and sleep all day?
Has money or valuables gone missing?
Do they have little or no appetite?
Do they seem anxious and paranoid?
Are the agitated and quick to anger?
Have they lost interest in relationships friends and family?
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 drugs?
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.
Cocaine – The Risks
Cocaine is a very dangerous drug and carries many risks to the users 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.
The Cocaine Addict’s Body
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
Sharing paraphernalia with other users puts the individual at risk of transmitting or contracting a bloodborne virus such as Hepatitis infections and HIV.
Using cocaine whilst pregnant can lead to premature birth, and low birth weight
The Cocaine Addict’s Mind
Using Cocaine will increase the risk of developing a mental health illness
There is a high risk of developing depression, anxiety, paranoia and psychosis
Frequent use can make the individual prone to uncharacteristic violent outbursts
The addict may feel the whole world is against them and as a result isolate completely from society and loved ones
The depression and anxiety can become so great that ending their life, seems the only way out
Cocaine and Alcohol
Many individuals will mix Cocaine with Alcohol, unaware of the additional dangers. 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 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.
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. Its heartbreaking 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 and thought processes and compulsion, rehab is 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 drug services on offer. There are also 12 Step meetings in the community for Cocaine addiction that the individual can attend and access support and help in stopping. Therapeutic measures are the most successful method of treating Cocaine addiction; this may include Counselling and holistic therapies.
For the individual who has a Cocaine addiction that is beyond their control, private rehab is recommended. Cocaine rehabs provide professional, specialist treatment programmes designed to treat the individual’s mind, body and spirit. Addiction Helper work 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, tackling the root causes of the addiction. All treatment programmes are tailored to the individual, taking into account their physical, mental, emotional and social needs.
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 aftercare and if necessary private one to one counselling sessions locally.
Proven Cocaine Addiction Treatments
Addiction Helper only use proven methods of treating Cocaine Addiction. We don’t just provide a short term intervention, but look to provide a programme that will equip the individual with the tools they need to maintain a long and happy recovery. We only work with professionals, as we understand the devastating and deadly effects of addiction. Our rehab staff are fully trained, experienced and qualified in their area of expertise.
Typically a Cocaine rehab clinical team will consist of 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 also.
Following a free and independent expert assessment by one of our telephone addiction treatment counsellors, 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.
Cocaine Rehab programmes will consist of various proven and effective treatment methods, here are some of the commonly provided treatments:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- One To One Counselling
- Psychosocial Interventions
- Group Therapies
- Process Groups
- 12 Step Therapy
- Educational Workshops
- Life Skills
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Relapse Prevention
- Holistic Therapies; Such As Music, Art, Equine, Reiki, Yoga, Tai Chi
- Fitness Programmes
There are many other therapies available also, we aim to reignite the individual’s passion for life, provide them with hope and show them 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 support and encourage 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.