For many people, cocaine addiction can often feel like a never-ending cycle of extreme cravings, irritability, mood changes, and compulsive drug-seeking behaviors.

How Maui Recovery can help

Early intervention can help you avoid the long-term physical and psychological effects associated with prolonged cocaine abuse, giving you a much better chance at lasting recovery and avoiding relapse.

Suppose you are worried that you or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of cocaine addiction

In that case, our specialist team can help you get the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan you need to begin your journey to recovery.

Our holistic approach to cocaine addiction recovery

Our friendly, multidisciplinary team offers comprehensive support and treatment for those with cocaine addiction. 

We adopt a holistic approach to addiction recovery, addressing the physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of cocaine dependency, which in our experience, leads to much better treatment outcomes.

Our team of experienced counselors, trauma therapists, and nurses provide personalized addiction treatment programs to address any underlying issues that may have caused (or been contributing) to your cocaine addiction.

Moreover, our addiction treatment programs are tailored to your specific needs, goals, and requirements, integrating evidence-based and experiential therapies which focus on your ability to heal and recover. 

Our “whole-person” approach to recovery means that we go beyond mere symptom management; we also explore any underlying issues or traumatic experiences that may have led you to abuse cocaine in the first place.

Specific therapies, such as behavioral therapy, can help you develop a deeper understanding of your triggers and addiction patterns, allowing you to manage any cravings or urges that may make you want to continue using cocaine.

This approach allows you to become more resilient and empowered as you move through the different recovery phases.

Our personalized treatment programs

Our personalized cocaine addiction treatment program blends various therapeutic methods and approaches to help you sustain lasting healing and live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. 

These programs include:

What are the effects of cocaine?

Regular cocaine use can quickly lead to significant physical and psychological harm. Cocaine releases dopamine which causes a sense of pleasure and euphoria in the brain.

This constant cycle of “feel good” emotions promotes the individual to use the drug repeatedly and as they develop a tolerance for the drug.

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the coca plant leaves native to South America. As a street drug, cocaine looks like a fine, white crystal powder. 

Street dealers often mix it with cornstarch, talcum powder, or flour to increase sales and profits. They may also combine it with other stimulant amphetamines or synthetic opioids, including fentanyl

Adding synthetic opioids to cocaine is extremely risky, particularly when individuals using cocaine are unaware that it contains such a dangerous additive. Research shows that increasing numbers of overdose deaths among cocaine users might be related to tampered cocaine.

Symptoms of cocaine addiction

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one’s cocaine use, here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Anxious or paranoid behavior
  • Increased energy
  • Talkativeness
  • Frequent sniffing 
  • Dilated pupils
  • Depression
  • Irritability 
  • Changes in social habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • White powder residue around the mouth or nose
  • Social withdrawal and secretive behavior
  • Sudden financial difficulties
  • Extreme emotional highs or lows

What are the effects of cocaine?

Prolonged cocaine use can quickly lead to significant physical and psychological harm. 

Cocaine releases dopamine which causes a sense of pleasure and euphoria in your brain. 

This constant cycle of “feel good” emotions makes a person want to use cocaine repeatedly due to the euphoric feelings and sensations they experience when using the drug.

However, prolonged cocaine use often results in a person developing a tolerance for the drug, meaning they need to use it more frequently and in higher doses to experience any effects.

As well as developing a tolerance, you may experience other short or long-term effects from chronic cocaine abuse, including:

Short-term effects of cocaine abuse

  • Extreme energy
  • Mental alertness
  • Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch
  • Paranoia

Long-term effects of cocaine abuse

  • Loss of smell and nosebleeds due to snorting
  • Asthma due to smoking
  • Severe bowel decay due to consumption by mouth
  • Scarring or collapsed veins due to injecting the drug

The effects of cocaine abuse on your mental health

Various studies have shown the negative impact that chronic cocaine abuse can have on your mental health.

For instance, those who abuse cocaine regularly are at higher risk of developing the following mental health conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive and violent behaviors towards yourself and others
  • Paranoia and increased distrust, jealousy and anger towards friends, family and even strangers
  • Extreme mood changes, including severe agitation and irritability
  • Sleep issues
  • Cocaine addiction

The effects of cocaine on your physical health

Cocaine is a central nervous stimulant that produces various short-term pleasurable effects, such as increased energy and confidence.

However, there are many adverse health effects associated with cocaine.

For instance, studies show that individuals who frequently abuse cocaine are at significant risk of developing specific health issues, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Tremors and muscle twitches
  • Inflammation of the heart
  • An increased risk of stroke
  • Damage to your intestinal tract due to reduced blood flow from excessive cocaine use
  • Developing a cocaine use disorder or other stimulant use disorder

Cocaine’s impact on your brain

Research shows that cocaine can adversely affect your brain in various ways, leading to problems with cognitive functioning, such as:

  • Memory issues
  • Problems performing tasks or activities that require motor skills
  • Poor decision-making or problem-solving skills
  • Higher impulsivity

Altered brain function can also lead to diminished awareness regarding an individual’s cocaine use or addiction and its many consequences. 

With chronic cocaine use, the brain’s stress-regulating circuits become more responsive, causing heightened negative moods, particularly when a person abstains from using the drug.

Simultaneously, the brain’s reward pathways become less receptive to natural rewards like relationships and food, resulting in a lack of pleasure in things that once brought you joy.

Statistics on Cocaine Addiction

In the United States, the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 35.3 million Americans aged twelve and older report having used cocaine.

According to the 2006 Monitoring the Future Study by the National Institute for Drug Abuse, among high-school students, 8.5% of twelfth graders had used cocaine at some point in their young lives.

In the United States, cocaine continues to be the most frequently mentioned illegal drug reported to the Drug Abuse Warning Network by hospital emergency departments. 

At Maui Recovery, we are aware of this alarming trend and provide specialized programs designed to address the complexities of cocaine addiction.

Cocaine is more than just an addictive substance; prolonged abuse without seeking treatment can increase its dangers, potentially turning it into a lethal threat. 

Over time, the risk of overdose grows, and as a stimulant, long-term use can lead to severe health complications like heart attacks and strokes. 

Maui Recovery offers comprehensive treatment programs that treat your symptoms and get to the root of cocaine addiction.

Speak to a team member today to find out more.

The importance of maintaining hope in addiction recovery

Maintaining hope in recovery from cocaine addiction is an integral aspect of lasting wellness and healing. With proper treatment, support, and a commitment to change, you can overcome cocaine addiction.

There are some helpful things you can do to support yourself along the way, such as: 

  • Celebrating the small victories and milestones during and after treatment 
  • Staying connected to positive influences, including your family, friends and support groups
  • Keeping track of any progress made throughout your treatment 

It’s essential that you recognize that recovery can be a long and challenging road, but all your hard work and effort will pay off, provided you stay committed to the process.

Seeking professional help, engaging in support groups, and embracing a positive mindset can contribute to a hopeful and fulfilling recovery from cocaine addiction.

Cocaine addiction treatment at Maui Recovery

Maui Recovery provides personalized cocaine addiction treatment at our recovery center in Hawaii, all within a serene environment conducive to lasting healing. 

We provide tailored treatment plans, including counseling, trauma and behavioral therapy and medical support, delivered by an experienced, specialized team. 

Our treatment center offers clients tranquil surroundings that enhance relaxation, allowing them to focus on their recovery and distance themselves from familiar distractions or triggers.

We focus on your individual needs, providing an integrated, comprehensive approach to addiction recovery, which contributes to a higher likelihood of successful, long-lasting wellness and rehabilitation.

Contact our friendly team today who will happily provide additional support and information about our cocaine addiction treatment program.

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