Everyone knows cocaine is bad for you, so why is cocaine addiction so pervasive? Cocaine produces an intense, short-lived euphoria that can make users feel more energetic. The effects of cocaine are immediate, extremely pleasurable and brief, making cocaine addiction seem a manageable prospect for some. However, cocaine addiction is serious and can be deadly.
In addition to other gratifying effects, such as wakefulness, reduced hunger and feelings of well-being and power, cocaine addiction can also cause negative effects, such as anxiety and restlessness. As the cocaine wears off, these temporary sensations are replaced with intense depression, causing the drug abuser to “crash” and become lethargic, often sleeping for several days. This behavior can, in turn, do irreparable damage to the user’s social, work and family life.
Cocaine addiction can be difficult to overcome. Attempts to stop using cocaine often fail simply because the resulting depression can be overwhelming, causing the addict to use more cocaine in an attempt to overcome his depression.
If cocaine addiction might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give us a call today to learn more about our intervention referral options.