Understanding Cocaine Addiction
Addiction to cocaine is centred in the brain. However, it is not only a psychological issue but also a physical one. Cocaine addiction, or cocaine dependence, refers to how the brain is altered in its physical processing of cocaine, in addition to obvious behavioural symptoms. Essentially a cocaine addict has little or no control over the amount of cocaine used or they find they cannot stop entirely despite promises to do so.
Cocaine is made from the coca leaf found mainly in South America. First a crude coca paste is extracted from the coca leaves. The coca paste is then purified, creating ‘cocaine base’. This ‘base’ is then converted into a substance called ‘cocaine hydrochloride’, essentially street cocaine in its purest form.
How to find out if someone is addicted to cocaine can often be a frustrating and thankless task. This especially applies to partners and partners. Cocaine addicts deliberately hide the frequency and extent of their use. However, when a cocaine user comes out of a binge they can experience a period of excessive sleeping. Using can be followed by feelings of depression. Also, they may exhibit loss of appetite, faster breathing, sweating, dilated pupils and strange, erratic, sometimes violent behaviour.
How do I know if I am addicted to cocaine?
The diagnosis for cocaine addiction is centred on answering yes to 3 or more of the following symptoms. You might benefit from making an appointment to see one of our private counsellors:
Have you ever used more cocaine than you planned to?
Has the use of cocaine interfered with your ability to work?
Is your cocaine use causing conflict with your loved ones?
Have you ever felt depressed or remorseful after using cocaine?
Have you ever used all the cocaine you have, until the supply is exhausted?
Have you ever experienced problems with your nose or sinus due to cocaine use?
Have you ever wished you had never taken cocaine?
Have you ever experienced chest pains or unusual heartbeats when using cocaine?
Have you ever had an obsession to get cocaine?
Have you ever experienced financial difficulties due to your cocaine use?
Have you ever felt ‘high’ or more relaxed just knowing you are about to buy or use cocaine?
After using cocaine, have you ever had difficulty sleeping?
Help for cocaine addiction.
There are numerous options for help, from private rehab to specialist addiction counsellors. Our face to face sessions can help you decide. You can assess your situation with us. We can assist you to address the troubling circumstances that cocaine addiction brings. We are on standby ready to provide help for cocaine addiction.
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