Blow, snow, and nose candy are all common terms for the infamous drug, cocaine. Parents warn their children about the instantly addictive, white, powdery substance that is equally “instantly rewarding.” Many users use the drug for the purpose of staying up late, fighting significant fatigue, studying, partying, and for giving those with less extroverted tendencies more of a voice. Because Cocaine seems like a miracle drug, it makes the substance dangerous. It’s not so much the high that people are addicted to, but the God-like feeling that one can do anything they set their mind to in those moments. On top of the world. Cocaine is snorted in a life, which appears commonly in Hollywood films. The affect takes place within only 15 minutes, giving users instant gratification.
Cocaine isn’t known for its long, drawn out highs. On the contrary, cocaine is a substance that’s acts quickly. Unfortunately, that’s a double-edged sword. The quick high leads to needing more and more to keep it going. It can bring edginess, depression, and skyrocket highs with the lowest of the lows. Cocaine is popular in the fashion scene, as it stops appetite, and keeps a person up. Some of the more negative side effects of Cocaine include muscle spasms, convulsions, high heart rate, and more. Cocaine, unlike any other drug, is hard on the heart. It speeds its rhythm significantly, allowing for more blood to flow to the body. However, that speed can also wear down the heart quickly leading to heart attacks, stroke, and even sudden death.
As mentioned, the more Cocaine a person does, the more they build a tolerance. The more a person builds up a tolerance, the more Cocaine they need. See the pattern? Those who use cocaine significantly can experience side effects such as:
Cocaine is an exciting drug, as it bring an air of excitement, confidence, and what seems to be unlimited amounts of energy. However, when the substance wears off, people call it a crash. The crash is very real, and can bring serious fatigue, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, and strong sessions of sadness. When a person experiences high on a daily basis, real life just doesn’t seem as compelling. This is the thing that leads to addiction when dealing with Cocaine. The crash from a single use of cocaine can last weeks, or even months. One has to wonder... is it worth it? When the withdrawal symptoms are occurring, thoughts of suicide are not uncommon. If a person is thinking of detoxing from Cocaine, it’s important that they do so in the company of a medical professional.
There are numerous approaches to treating a Cocaine addiction. Each individual is different, meaning that each person’s journey will be unique. That’s why it’s crucial though to match the treatment method to the needs of the patient. For example, therapy can include cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management. The idea behind cognitive therapy is to help patients pinpoint the root cause of their addiction. By working backwards in time, patients are able to be more aware of their motivations, triggers, and low moments. At Healing Properties, we strive to bring programs such as therapy, advanced wellness, Zen spaces, inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and so much more into our sober home. Forget “hope” and create “belief.” When your mind set is positively geared towards making a change, the fight becomes easier to win!