Chemical dependence is a puzzling, baffling issue. It is important to understand that it is a disease issue, not a moral issue. And while it may be a critical issue for those who become addicted (and those around them), it is not a hopeless issue. The hope lies in acceptance and courage, in surrender and gratitude, and most of all in the ordinary people who are willing to share their stories with others who need to hear them.
The popularity of cocaine use comes and goes, but is always around. Its effects can be devastating to the addict and their loved ones. It can lead to mental health issues, psychosis, cardiovascular disease, strokes, heart attacks and many behavioral problems. It is inhaled as a powder, smoked as a rock (crack cocaine) and injected after melted down. But like any drug addiction the secret to treatment from the disease is early intervention. So here are some of the signs and symptoms of cocaine use/addiction.
A serious problem that cocaine users frequently run into is combining the drug with alcohol or other sedatives. Since cocaine is a stimulant the effects of alcohol and depressants are not felt as much. In fact cocaine and alcohol consumed together form a chemical called coca ethylene. This has been responsible for many overdoses.
The staff at Embrace Recovery are experienced in helping the cocaine user/addict move through these psychological changes that take place during the brain’s healing. The most common one we deal with is anhedonia, or lack of pleasure. We find that our family type atmosphere help them feel safe during this process of change. Again, the earlier the treatment happens the easier it is to heal.