Cocaine is a prime example of a drug that can and often does lead its users
down a path of dependency. 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. While
it is legally used in the medical industry as a local anesthetic, 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, the flood of dopamine running through the bloodstream is
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.
Addressing Cocaine Addiction
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 make the decision 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 facility like Blueprints
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.
To learn more about Blueprints for Recovery or to schedule a confidential
consultation to help you or your loved one beat cocaine addiction, give
us a call at (888) 744-9969.