In 2006, the annual death rate related to cocaine overdose in the US was nearly 6,000 for men. For women, cocaine overdose-related deaths reached almost 2,000. Fortunately, these numbers made steady declines from 2006 to 2010. For men, cocaine overdose-related deaths fell to approximately 3,000 by 2010. For women, this number fell to nearly 1,000. However, deaths related to cocaine overdose appear to be creeping back up once again. Cocaine has not become safer to use, and it’s imperative that everyone understands the risks associated with it.
What is Cocaine?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines cocaine as a stimulant that can have significant control over the brain. Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug, and it is often sold illegally in powder form. Common street names for include “coke,” “blow,” “white horse,” and “snow.” Pure cocaine is typically diluted with other substances, such as sugar, talcum powder, or corn starch, before it is distributed for sale.
What are the Symptoms of Cocaine Use and Addiction?
According to WebMD, a person is thought to be under the influence of cocaine if they exhibit certain types of behavior. For example, if a person has dilation in the pupils and exhibits hyperactivity/excitement with an elevated tone of speech, it’s not unlikely they are experiencing the effects of a cocaine high.
Cocaine addiction is apparent when a person begins exhibiting withdrawal symptoms after having been without the drug for an extended period of time. Common cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:
- fatigue, anxiety, or depression.
- concentration problems.
- feeling unable to experience pleasure.
- chills, aches, twitches, and pains.
- the overwhelming feeling that more cocaine is needed to feel “normal” again.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Cocaine?
There are a number of health complications to which cocaine usage can inevitably lead. Lung damage (from smoking the drug), seizures, ulcers, kidney damage, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, and heart attack. In essence, cocaine usage can ultimately end on a fatal note. This is certainly not the way you likely envision your life ending.
Your Next Steps
If you or someone you love is struggling with cocaine addiction, there is an alternative available. Every day, countless successfully recovered addicts attribute their victories to inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment provides a safe, relaxing way for people to gently “come down” from their addictions and ultimately target the psychological root of the problem.
One of the many reasons people turn to inpatient treatment to fight their addictions is because recovery can finally take place in a welcoming, tranquil place that is free of triggers and influence. A personalized course of treatment is designed for each patient to maximize recovery chances. The ultimate goal of inpatient treatment is to help guide patients to lives that are free from addiction once and for all.
Are you ready to experience the life-changing care that only inpatient treatment can provide? Say goodbye to your addiction to cocaine today by speaking with one of our experienced, trained, and friendly staff members.