Cocaine is a stimulant narcotic that was originally used as an analgesic for surgery in the 19th century. The euphoric, extreme “high” feeling that it induces is because of its action of an intensified, increased release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Essentially it causes the chemical to flood the brain, allowing you to feel like you’re on top of the world. Unfortunately, the body runs out of dopamine eventually and the “high” wears off, producing an extreme crash that is not counteracted by the body’s natural chemicals.
Withdrawal from cocaine, or the comedown, is often mentally and emotionally devastating rather than physically ravaging. Although the withdrawal symptoms are not the same as others such as with heroin, they are still severe including:
- The feeling of despair, internal shame, and hopelessness
- Irritability and frustration
- Headache, chills, body aches
- Irregular heartbeat
- Intense cravings for more cocaine
- Strong appetite and fatigue
Managing these withdrawals, making it past the intense emotion, and getting enough rest to rebalance the brain chemicals is often what is so hard for cocaine users thus turning abuse into addiction.
Cocaine Addiction and Abuse Symptoms
If you notice that cocaine use has become more of an everyday activity instead of a “sometimes” activity, there is a chance that addiction is taking hold.
Cocaine abuse exhibits the following physical symptoms:
- Intestinal issues
- Decreased sense of smell
- Sleep disturbances, troubling dreams, and interrupted sleep patterns
- Irregular heartbeat
- Impaired sexual function
- Chronic runny nose
Cocaine abuse and addiction may exhibit the following emotional and mental symptoms:
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Anxious tendencies when cocaine is not available
Find Your Support System at Pyramid Walden
You are not alone on this path. Defeating cocaine addiction is a community effort that our team at Pyramid Walden can help support, facilitate, and encourage. We understand that cocaine users must start from scratch, leaving behind “friends” who are still using. We can help you find an uplifting and goal-oriented support system that is rooted in sobriety. Our recovery specialists use a trauma-informed approach to guide those we help in recovery not just from addiction, but from its roots in trauma.
Contact our drug rehabilitation team at Pyramid Walden today at (301) 327-2555.