The use of cocaine can create addiction and dependence. This highly addictive and illicit drug causes mental, physical, and emotional damage impacting nearly every facet of a person’s life. Once dependence forms, a person may be unable to stop using cocaine on their own without help. Recognizing the signs of cocaine addiction early can help minimize that risk. At Red Oak Recovery, we proudly offer addiction treatment services for young adult men. To learn more about our services, please contact us today at 866.457.7590.
What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a white powdery illicit substance. Once used as a local anesthetic for medical procedures and used to treat depression, the highly addictive nature of cocaine and long-term risks of using led to it being outlawed in the U.S. Sometimes called blow or coke, this substance can be injected or snorted. Crack cocaine is another form of white or pink-colored crystals mixed with baking soda and heat to create a dangerous drug.
Signs of Cocaine Addiction
One of the most common signs of cocaine abuse and addiction is noticing drug paraphernalia such as needles or plastic bags around the home. White residue found on flat surfaces, including magazines or small mirrors, is another indication.
Physical Signs of Addiction
Physical signs of addiction include:
- Dilated pupils and sensitivity to light when using
- Constant runny nose or congestion
- Loss of appetite
- Sores in the nose
- Needle marks on the arms, legs, feet, or hands
- Puffy face called “coke bloat” that makes a person look older
Some people also have bloodshot eyes, headaches, shaking in their hands, and frequent sore throats. They may also have chronic nosebleeds due to the damage snorting cocaine causes.
Behavioral Signs of Addiction
Behavioral signs of cocaine addiction include:
- Excessive fidgeting and rapid speaking
- Panic attacks and paranoia
- Increased libido
- Mood swings
These typically worsen over time as a person continues to use cocaine. A person may also develop dependence, which means they struggle with withdrawal symptoms and cravings when they do not use cocaine.
What Can You Do About Cocaine Addiction?
Recognizing the cocaine side effects is the first step in coming to terms with needing help. A person with addiction and dependence may find it impossible to stop using the substance on their own. Yet, there are therapy programs that can help, including our team at Red Oak Recovery. Some of our programs include:
- Clinical rehabilitation services
- Addiction therapy programs
- Men’s rehab program
- 12 step addiction recovery
- Dual diagnosis treatment
The first step in care is breaking the dependence from driving continued use. Yet, from there, our team works closely with men and women (including adolescents) to provide a wide range of treatment therapies. This includes a hybrid approach that folds clinical treatment into a plan with adventure therapy and holistic healing. This combination of care allows a person to heal from addiction and the damages it causes entirely.
What Are the Complications Possible with Cocaine Addiction?
Treatment for cocaine addiction is effective and can restore a person’s quality of life. However, without treatment, a person may be unable to stop using. Continued drug use can cause sleep deprivation, loss of appetite leading to weight loss, and cognitive function decline. A person is also at a higher risk for developing depression and engaging in reckless behaviors leading to an increased risk of contracting HIV/Aids or being in a car accident.
That doesn’t have to happen. Treatment is effective and available through Red Oak Recovery.
Call Red Oak Recovery Now
Recognizing a loved one has the signs of cocaine addiction is the first step in getting them help. At Red Oak Recovery, we provide a range of therapy options to enable recovery. Learn more about our programs and therapies when you call 866.457.7590 or connect with us online.