Cocaine is a “hard” drug that provides a sense of exhilaration, euphoria and energy almost immediately after it is taken. Cocaine is used in powder form (sniff coke) not only by the party crowd, but it has also found its way into the world of business and upper social classes for years. In the traditional hard drug scene, in processed form it is also called “base-coke” or crack and is mostly smoked. People with a cocaine addiction often use alcohol or opiates as well.
The stimulating and energy-boosting effect of cocaine, called a “rush” or “high” makes cocaine particularly attractive and popular with successful people who lead busy and hectic lives; for example employees at the hectic stock market, lawyers, and advertising and media people. The use of cocaine or coke makes you feel that you can conquer the world, and you will feel interminable very quickly but for a very short time. It can also increase sex drive and orgasms can be more intense.
Cocaine can cause heart and brain conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, stroke or cerebral infarctions. It can also cause restlessness, delusions, paranoia, reduced appetite, damage to the nasal cavity (spontaneous nosebleeds), weight loss and reduced levels of immunity.
How can you recognise someone who has a cocaine addiction?
Many cocaine users:
- are over-excited, energetic, over-confident and self-assured
- talk a lot but don’t listen, they are short-tempered and highly irritable
- fail to show up for appointments and show risk taking behaviour, cause problems, lie, cheat, manipulate and invent excuses for everything
- look “uptight” and pale, have dilated pupils, no longer have control over their jaws (unconsciously start pulling faces)
- need to “go to the toilet” frequently, and also drink a lot of alcohol
- have a sore nose with frequent nose bleeds
- hardly eat and keep losing weight
The excuse of having a “chronic cold” is often used. Cocaine often eradicates feelings of fatigue and can therefore lead to complete exhaustion after intensive abuse. Cocaine is not called “a white slayer” without good reason. The day after using cocaine, addicts are often tired and down. People with ADHD have an increased risk of cocaine addiction, because coke calms them down.
People often need forms of “escape”; this “escape” is often sought by using cocaine. Intense and frequent use, however, means that increasing doses of cocaine are required to continue to achieve the desired effects; this means the start of an expensive, painful, lonely and disastrous degenerative process when using coke becomes more important than anything else in the world.
Many natural inhibitions fade and less and less time and attention is spent on family, friends, health and the financial spending patterns.
Significant advantages of quitting are:
- having more energy, being more active and less cancellation of plans
- more money and less debts
- improved relationships or contact with family, friends and colleagues
- no more feeling down and anxious
- improved fitness and health, a return to “normal” eating and drinking
- better resistance and less health risks; increased sense of wanting to “live” again
- increased productivity at work or for study/home
It takes courage to admit that there is an addiction problem, but even more strength and perseverance to overcome a drug addiction. If you are suffering from a cocaine addiction, then grab any help you can get with both hands. I am ready to offer you the correct help. Is someone in your immediate environment addicted to cocaine or coke? Read how you can help them beat their cocaine addiction.