Cocaine is a prime example of a drug that can and often does lead its users down a path of dependency. Drug addiction is not something that develops overnight though. Instead, it tends to happen so gradually that you don’t even notice the drug grabbing hold of your life.
Not only can cocaine use be taxing on mental and physical health, but it can also cost you your job, important relationships, and self-worth. Cocaine is the most abused stimulant in the U.S. and second only to marijuana on the list of most heavily trafficked illegal drugs.
In its powdered form, cocaine is generally snorted and enjoyed by users for its long-lasting high. Because cocaine gives off an intense euphoria, it’s easy to become addicted to this powerful stimulant. The high tends to last an hour or two, and before you know it you’re trying to find ways to score more “blow.”
Although long-term cocaine use can often create mood changes, depression and anxiety, as well as the flood of dopamine running through the bloodstream are enough to keep addicts using. Over time, cocaine addiction can be harmful to the brain and central nervous system, and can even lead to malnutrition, tooth decay, weight loss, sexual dysfunction, nosebleeds, perforated nasal septum, social isolation, and even overdose and death.
Kicking your cocaine dependency is no easy task, as this highly-addictive drug drives people to want to use again and again. Because cocaine leaves the body relatively quickly, a sudden decision to quit will bring on strong detox symptoms, like intense cravings, major anxiety, and insomnia.
When you decide to quit, you can expect your body to detox for about one to three weeks. But depending on the user, post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last for several months or even up to a year. For this reason, it’s best to seek refuge at a long-term drug treatment facility like Blueprints for Recovery.
In our close-knit community that only serves 24 clients at a time, you can finally escape your addiction in an environment that allows you to do so. You deserve individualized care to help you overcome your deepest struggles, and the compassionate team at Blueprints for Recovery offers a solid support system to help guide you through each step of the 12-step program.
While we utilize traditional therapies like individual, group and family counseling, what makes us unique is our adventure program that helps to stimulate teamwork and trust—essential elements in achieving long-term recovery. Through activities like hiking, surfing, camping, kayaking and rock climbing, we make it our mission to teach you ways to have fun in sobriety.
Breaking cocaine addiction is hard work, but we want you to know that you aren’t in it alone. Our trained staff and nurses are here to help you regain your life, health, relationships, and self-worth. Blueprints for Recovery proudly serve patients in Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Scottsdale and all of Arizona.
If you or a loved one needs help, please call us at
(888) 744-9969 and our team at Blueprints For Recovery in Arizona will help.