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Cocaine is an extremely addictive drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. In powder form, it is snorted but can also be liquified and injected. Crack is a crystallized form of cocaine that is smoked. Crack is more potent and addictive than powder cocaine. Cocaine is a stimulant that impacts the central nervous system (CSN) by blocking norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin transporters, which causes a build-up of these neurotransmitters in the brain’s pleasure centers. This build-up produces feelings of euphoria that fuel the cycle of addiction, which is difficult to break without professional intervention. Next Wind Recovery provides substance abuse treatment in New Jersey for cocaine addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

If you or a loved one suffers from cocaine addiction, contact us at 201.331.6569 to learn about your many treatment options.

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As with many illicit drugs, cocaine has a long history. Cocaine was first introduced in the United States in the 1880s as an anesthetic for surgery. By the early 1900s, it was widely used for multiple medicinal treatments until its side effects, and addictive qualities came to light. Cocaine was classified as a Schedule II drug in 1970. Though illegal as a recreational drug, cocaine remains the second most used illicit drug in the United States, behind marijuana. America is the world’s largest consumer of cocaine.

The effects of cocaine begin almost immediately, making the user feel euphoric, mentally alert, energetic, and talkative. How cocaine is used impacts these effects. For example, snorting cocaine does not produce effects as strong as when smoked or injected, but the high lasts longer. Once the high has worn off, users experience a “crash” that can include depression and fatigue, creating the desire for more of the drug. This begins the cycle of dependence that leads to addiction.

The short-term and long-term physical effects of cocaine addiction are serious. The immediate risk is for overdose or sudden death caused by cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest. This is common when fentanyl is added to cocaine without the user’s knowledge. Other physical effects include:

  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Blood vessel constriction
  • Nosebleeds and nasal infections
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Chest pain and heart disease
  • Stroke

Cocaine use can make people feel invincible and greatly impairs judgment, putting users at higher risk of injury or illness caused by risk-taking behaviors such as sharing needles or driving while impaired. Further, people are more likely to use other substances, like alcohol, to “come down” from a cocaine high. Next Wind Recovery provides several options for substance abuse treatment to address cocaine abuse and addiction.

The Psychological Effects of Cocaine Addiction

In addition to the many physical effects of cocaine addiction, there are significant psychological effects. Continual activation and overstimulation of pleasure receptors in the brain change brain chemistry. The brain begins only to associate good feelings with the use of the drug, which creates a psychological dependency. The result is that individuals believe that the only way to feel good is to keep using cocaine.

Cocaine addiction impacts how a person processes information and manages interpersonal relationships. Extreme mood swings and irritability contribute to difficulties maintaining healthy relationships. Long-term use can affect daily functioning to the degree that individuals cannot handle their responsibilities, which contributes to the further breakdown of relationships. Other psychological effects can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggression and violent outbursts

Habitual cocaine abuse has been linked to personality changes equivalent to schizophrenia.

Reach Out to Next Wind Recovery for Cocaine Addiction Treatment in New Jersey

If cocaine abuse or addiction is causing problems in your life, the cocaine addiction treatment program at Next Wind Recovery is here to help. Here you will be able to uncover the roots of your substance use disorder with evidence-based, holistic addiction treatment and learn the healthy coping skills needed for long-term recovery. When you are ready to take back control of your life, contact us at 201.331.6569.