Cocaine is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in existence. It’s classified as a stimulant and narcotic because it instills a sense of peacefulness, euphoria, and extreme hyper-attentiveness in anyone who uses it. Unfortunately, these desirable and seemingly positive effects are usually very short-lived, which means that addicts are constantly seeking out their next hit. Each time they use, their bodies build up more of a tolerance to the drug, which means they need increasingly larger doses in order to achieve the same high as the first time and this is where the addiction can render lethal results. Not only is cocaine an intensely addictive drug in and of itself, but the reality is that many addicts use it as a method of escaping from the realities of their everyday lives. Freedom From Addiction is one of the premier cocaine addiction treatment centers in Toronto. Through our comprehensive personalized treatment programs, we can help anyone who’s teetering on the brink of hopelessness to overcome their addiction and get to the root of their problem.
What Does a Cocaine Addiction Entail?
If you’re wondering what characteristics signify that someone might have a cocaine addiction, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does the person constantly put themselves or others in potential danger in order to obtain drugs?
- Do they neglect all or most of their responsibilities in the pursuit of getting high?
- Are they always in a state of emotional or physical distress when they’re not under the influence?
- Are they obsessed with getting their next fix and figuring out where it’s coming from?
- Have they lost a significant amount of weight due to a lack of an appetite?
- Have they stopped sleeping due to being over-stimulated or stressed out all the time?
- Do they regularly exhibit odd and irrational behaviour coupled with extreme mood swings?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, then either you or your loved one are showcasing significant signs of cocaine addiction and you should seek professional help as soon as possible.
Differences Between Crack and Cocaine
Crack and cocaine are essentially the same thing, with a few subtle differences. The former is typically referred to as “the poor person’s drug” and with good reason as it’s usually a much cheaper rendition of cocaine that’s oversaturated with filler ingredients. In fact, both cocaine and crack typically come at a very high price financially and in terms of the tremendously negative physical and emotional impacts they render on people’s lives. And in most cases, they’re rarely ever pure substances that are being smoked or injected. Oftentimes, manufacturers will add filler substances such as sugar, baking soda, or other more harmful ingredients to their batches to make it seem like they’re pushing larger quantities than they actually are in order to make more money. Crack is typically a lot cheaper to make and therefore, it costs less than cocaine but it’s also less potent, which means you need more of it in order to achieve the same high.
Telltale Signs of a Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction is very similar to other types of substance abuse problems in the sense that all of the external and physical signs are the same. The only thing that’s different is the substance of choice and it’s very common for addicts to use cocaine in conjunction with other substances to intensify the experience of getting high. Here are a few important indicators that can help you determine whether someone you know might be addicted to cocaine or any other destructive substance:
- Spending all of their money on drugs
- Increased anxiety, restlessness, depression, and other mental disorders or behavioural problems
- Increased and unwarranted physical or verbal aggression
- They’d do anything to get more drugs and continue using even though they’re aware of the negative physical, social, and emotional consequences
- Pupils are dilated
- They suffer from severe dry mouth or have problems producing sufficient amounts of saliva
- Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, chills, tremors, vomiting
- Legal and financial troubles from constantly trying to obtain more cocaine
Can Cocaine Treatments Be Administered at Home?
At Freedom From Addiction, we believe in taking on a holistic, cognitive, and behaviour therapy-based approach to cocaine addiction treatment. Overcoming a cocaine addiction is a tremendous undertaking that requires the utmost of discipline and precision. The risk of relapsing—in many cases, multiple times—is extremely high. For that reason, addicts should be aptly removed from any situations in which they’re most likely to use. When left to their own devices, most addicts won’t be able to handle the intense withdrawal symptoms that occur during detoxification or when trying to wean oneself off of hard drugs. As a result, they’ll most likely surrender to the easiest solution, which is to get more drugs and get high.
Enrolling in a comprehensive and effective treatment program is a much more viable and long-term solution that can help you gain the skills you need to curb your addiction once and for all. We’re not claiming that it’s going to be a walk in the park because it won’t be. A lot of hard work, time, and effort is required in order to make treatment effective. While or top priority is getting our patients away from the substances that are slowly ruining their lives, we’re also committed to uncovering the underlying issues that led them down the wrong path. There are a great deal of emotional, physical, psychological, and even social factors that can influence a person to try drugs for the first time. In most cases, it’s not necessarily the substances themselves that a person develops a taste or craving for; rather it’s the feelings of elation associated with those substances that they desire the most.
Freedom From Addiction is a renowned substance addiction treatment center located in Toronto, Ontario. We’re one of the few privately owned rehabilitation centers in all of Canada that are fully licensed and recognized by Accreditation Canada. Our all-encompassing inpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs are fully customized to meet the individual needs of our patients, help relieve them of their addictions, confront their emotional triggers, help them re-integrate into society, and learn to live productive lives without being under the influence of substances. Contact us today to discuss yours or your loved one’s potential drug addiction and how we can help.