Cocaine Addiction: Help, Signs & Risks

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 19th December 2023 | All Sources


Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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Cassiobury Court offers cocaine addiction help to individuals looking for treatment and advice on the best action to take to best deal with the problem.

Cocaine addiction is classed as a psychological addiction. This means if you suffer from cocaine addiction, you will experience psychological withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking cocaine.

Addiction to the substance does not involve physical withdrawal symptoms when cocaine use ceases. However, cocaine is highly addictive, and cocaine overdose is a major cause of drug poisoning.

Statistics on cocaine deaths show that 2,996 people in England and Wales, and 296 people in London, died from drug use in 2020 alone, if figures continue to rise, there are going to be more deaths as a result.

An overdose from cocaine can  be fatal due to the overwhelming stress that cocaine puts on the human cardiovascular system. A Cocaine overdose causes the arteries in the heart to contract, causing a heart attack. Cocaine also damages the brain by constricting blood vessels located in the brain. This may lead to a stroke and even death.

When you consume cocaine, you will feel a powerful but short-lived sense of euphoria. This is because cocaine stimulates chemicals associated with pleasure located in the brain.

However, following these feelings of pleasure, you will then begin to feel a number of negative emotional states such as paranoia, mood swings, insomnia and even psychosis. These negative symptoms associated with cocaine withdrawal are known as a ‘come down’ or ‘crash’. If you are acutely addicted to cocaine, may experience the link between addiction and anxiety, depression, and dysphoria when your cocaine use is sufficiently cut back.


What are the signs of cocaine addiction?

Because cocaine is a stimulant, you will feel energetic when under its influence. You will feel confident, talkative and happy. When cocaine’s positive effects begin to wear off, this positive mood will be replaced by negative feelings outlined above.

If you abuse cocaine in sufficient quantities you will also put your physical health at risk. You will begin to experience a rapid and irregular heartbeat. Your blood pressure will increase to dangerous levels and you could suffer from a stroke or a heart attack.

This could lead to sudden death. Unlike an opiate or paracetamol overdose, there currently exists no antidote to a cocaine overdose. This means you are taking considerable health risks when you choose to consume cocaine.

Another sign of cocaine addiction is symptoms of a manic-like condition. Some medical experts have likened this condition to psychosis and schizophrenia. When this condition develops, you experience aggression, confusion, paranoia, hallucinations, and restlessness.

When you suffer from an acute addiction to cocaine, you may also begin to experience a feeling similar to small bugs running inside your skin. Other signs of cocaine addiction include depression, rapid weight loss, developing a pale appearance and relationship troubles.


What are Cocaine Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms?

If you are a regular cocaine user, you will likely begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug is suddenly withdrawn. These symptoms are termed ‘withdrawal symptoms’. Some people have described these feelings as a ‘cocaine crash’.

Below, we list a number of cocaine-related withdrawal symptoms:

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings to continue using cocaine
  • Nausea and vomiting


What are the Risks of Taking Cocaine?

A Cocaine addiction does have risks associated on both a physical and social level. People can spend all their money to keep feeding Cocaine habit. this brings its own difficulties like addiction and loneliness since the addiction itself can really damage relationships with friends and family.

Cocaine is also particularly bad for you heart, people who are addicted to Cocaine have an increased chance of cardiac arrest as the drug makes the heartbeat faster. This can be fatal for a user, especially if they overdose on the drug.

People who snort Cocaine also damage the inside of their noses and throat and mental issues such as depression are common in Cocaine addicts.

If you experiment with cocaine when you are 12 or 13, you are four times more likely to develop an addiction to cocaine compared to those of you who started to use cocaine at the age of 18-20.


Cocaine Addiction Help Available at Cassiobury Court

Cocaine Addiction Help Available in the UK

The most proven and effective cocaine addiction help in the UK if treatment is required is drug rehab. The treatment is provided by private clinics such as Cassiobury Court, offering cocaine addiction therapy that gets to the core of the addiction.

You will also be introduced to the 12-step cycle as practised by Cocaine Anonymous. Many cocaine rehab clinics like ourselves employ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Therapy because these therapies have been proven to effectively tackle cocaine addiction.


Get in touch today for Cocaine Addiction Help

If you suffer from cocaine addiction, perhaps your best course of action could be to consider spending a week or two at residential rehab clinics. Cassiobury Court offers cocaine addiction help which includes industry-leading cocaine rehab services in the South East of England, and across the United Kingdom through Step One Recovery. For more information and to finally turn your life around, contact our admissions team today on 01923 369 161.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 19th December 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 19th December 2023

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.