Are You or a Loved One Dependent on Cocaine?
Cocaine Use Disorder is a condition characterized by the harmful consequences of repeated cocaine use, a pattern of compulsive cocaine use, and (sometimes) physiological dependence on cocaine (i.e., tolerance and/or symptoms of withdrawal). This disorder is only diagnosed when cocaine use becomes persistent and causes significant academic, occupational, social or medical impairment. Cocaine and amphetamine-like drugs have similar intoxication and withdrawal symptoms; hence are grouped together under the diagnosis of Stimulant Use Disorders.
People addicted to cocaine typically have a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, and place a higher priority on drug use than other activities and obligations.
Cocaine use is often intermittent, and when using, people often exhibit poor judgment and engage in other harmful or costly activities. After a prolonged period of use, stopping cocaine can lead to withdrawal symptoms including craving, fatigue depressed mood and suicidality.
Mechanisms Underlying Cocaine Use Disorders
People often start using cocaine in social settings, where it is commonly consumed along with alcohol. Initially it provides benefits, such as increased sociability, disinhibition, enhanced sexual enjoyment and more energy.
But with continued use cocaine frequently becomes problematic, leading to compulsive use, and a variety of adverse effects and life consequences.
Symptoms that often manifest in regular cocaine users often include some combination of:
Occupational and economic: Impaired academic or work functioning, economic problems caused by squandering money or drug-related unemployment, difficulty working with others.
Antagonism: Anger, grandiosity and paranoia.
Disinhibition: Impulsivity, excessive risk taking and risky behaviors, hyperactivity, distractability, and irresponsibility.
Cognitive Problems: Impaired reasoning and judgment, restricted repeated behaviors, confusion, and unusual beliefs.
Negative emotions: Depression and anxiety.
Physical problems: Insomnia, weight loss, chronic fatigue, seizures, heart failure, hemorrhagic stroke. Regular cocaine users often have a dramatically reduced life expectancy.
Integrative Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Home
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