Cocaine is a psychoactive stimulant drug derived from the coca plant native to South America. Cocaine is most commonly snorted and absorbed into the user's bloodstream through the nasal cavities. It can also be smoked or injected, and combined with other substances. The effects of cocaine vary depending on the route of administration, purity, and the amount used, along with the unique physiology and psychology of the user. Generally cocaine use creates a feeling of euphoric energy, talkativeness, and confidence that lasts from a few minutes to several hours. It is an illegal substance in most countries because it is known as a highly addictive substance that damages users' pleasure/reward pathway in the brain.
The myriad health affects from cocaine abuse can be severe. Immediate effects from using cocaine can produce psychosis, delusions, agitation and paranoia, while physical effects can include dangerously fast heart-rates, arrhythmias, and unregulated changes in blood pressure. Coming down from a cocaine high can also create intense anxiety, depression, lethargy, and anhedonia (lacking the ability to feel pleasure).
Users can become addicted to cocaine rapidly with increasing use or even slowly over a period of years. Generally, as cocaine abuse continues an individual develops a tolerance for the substance requiring increasing amounts of cocaine to experience the same euphoric effects. The user becomes more and more pre-occupied with finding ways and means to obtain and use more cocaine. This can be devastating to an individual's relationships, employment, and overall social functioning. Aside from he psychological and physical problems, cocaine dependence can create many other problems for an individual:
-withdrawal from meaningful relationships
-employment performance problems
-shame and guilt
If you or a loved one is dependent on cocaine, Sheridan Gardens can help by creating a custom detoxification plan to help you manage the depression and other symptoms associated with withdrawal from cocaine abuse. This plan may involve therapies that will aid in the temporary discomfort created by cocaine abuse. Sheridan will also ensure that an appropriate aftercare plan is developed and options for your continuing recovery are provided.