Cocaine addiction is a problem for thousands of Colorado residents who may have started using cocaine to have a good time and ended up dependent on the powerful and sometimes deadly drug. Knowledge is power, so here are some things Coloradoans should know about cocaine addiction.
1. There may be a genetic component to cocaine addiction.
Studies with rats have shown the presence of certain genes in rats that became physically dependent on cocaine after using it repeatedly, which suggests that there may be a genetic predisposition to cocaine addiction for some in the human population as well.
2. Cocaine burns out pleasure receptors in the brain.
Using cocaine over an extended period of time can lead to depression and other mental health symptoms. It can become difficult to feel anything at all, even when using cocaine, once this occurs. These symptoms can make addicts less willing to enter rehab because they feel hopeless and do not see the possibility of things getting better.
3. Cocaine affects physical health in alarming ways.
Regular cocaine users’ brains seem to age faster than the brains of those not using cocaine, and the drug even changes the way calories are absorbed by the body so that healthy nutrients do not benefit users as much as they should. These changes to body and brain are compounded by poor health decisions made under the influence of the drug and accidents that may happen during use.
4. Cocaine can stay in the body for a long time.
While cocaine is initially eliminated from the body rather quickly, using lots of cocaine over a period of months or years can lead to its being stored in the body’s fatty tissues, which could lead to a lengthy period of detox to remove the drug from these tissues. The body’s ability to eliminate the drug also becomes impaired over time with regular use. Furthermore, the high users feel from cocaine fades before the drug actually leaves the body, which means that users may take more of the drug and risk an overdose.
5. Cocaine can be snorted, smoked, ingested, or injected.
Because there are so many different ways to take cocaine, it can be difficult to know how it will affect users during any particular episode of use. In general, cocaine is a stimulant and makes users appear more energetic or pumped up than usual. Other symptoms could be paranoia or hallucinations, hypersexuality, or extreme aggression. As users’ tolerance of one type of use increases, they may turn to another type of use that will (temporarily) give them a stronger high.
Intense and prolonged rehab is usually necessary to treat an addiction to cocaine. Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a Colorado drug rehab that offers treatment options including medically-assisted detox, inpatient treatment designed to help rewire the brain and help it recover from the addiction, and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that helps the whole person recover from use.
Contact us for help with a cocaine addiction that can restore your hope and lead to a new life in recovery.