Cocaine is a stimulant made from the Erythroxylum coca bush which is found in regions of South America. Cocaine can be snorted, smoked or injected. It can be combined with heroin in what’s known as a “speedball.” It results in an immediate, intense high that lasts for about 30 minutes. It works by inhibiting the reabsorption of “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain producing a euphoric effect. Crack cocaine is made by combining cocaine and baking soda and heating it up. Many describe being hooked from the first hit and quickly developing a mental obsession with the drug.
Chronic cocaine abuse can result in serious and life-threatening short-term and long-term health consequences. Individuals that are addicted to cocaine are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Depending on the severity of their addiction, the damage done to their heart may be irreversible and lead to heart problems even if they quit using. Even young people with no prior health issues or underlying genetic predisposition can suffer a cocaine induced heart attack or stroke. It can also cause rhabdomyolysis which will lead to kidney failure. Because cocaine restricts the blood vessels, it can cause gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers and perforations. Males who use cocaine may experience impotence. People on cocaine may experience extreme paranoia and behave impulsively and even violently. Overdosing on cocaine can lead to hyperthermia, or an overheating of the body, which can lead to death.
The withdrawal or comedown from cocaine involves extreme fatigue, depression, an inability to experience pleasure and, in some cases, suicidal thoughts. Without help, many will continue to chase the high at any cost. They will go into debt, pawn their valuables and commit illegal acts in order to get more cocaine. The drug will take precedence over their job and their loved ones. However, there is hope.
There is help for cocaine addiction in Florida. There is a Solution can work with you to find a treatment center that is most appropriate for your needs. We are a free referral service that works with a large network of detoxes, residential treatment centers, outpatient programs and sober living homes in Florida. We can place you or your loved one at an effective, affordable facility that provides around the clock, individualized care.
Cocaine addiction is a deadly disease. If you are concerned that you may have a problem, talk to a member of our professional treatment team today by calling 1-800-832-5250.