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Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Dangers of Cocaine

Cocaine has a high potential for abuse, physical and psychological dependence, and poses many serious health risks to users. Cocaine addiction is associated with the following potential health hazards:

  • Cocaine overdose and possible death.
  • Contraction of infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.
  • Increased mental illness symptoms, such as mood disorders.
  • Long-term health problems such as┬ácardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurovascular complications which can result in possible heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, organ failure, respiratory distress, stroke, disrupted sleep patterns, unhealthy weight loss, and seizures.
  • Cognitive defects. Memory, reaction time, and attention may be permanently impaired from cocaine addiction, and brain grey matter may shrink, thus causing premature aging.

Signs of Addiction

Appearance:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Runny nose (snorting)
  • Nosebleeds (snorting)
  • Track marks (injecting)
  • Burned lips or fingers (smoking)

Cardiovascular:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Enlarged heart
  • Heart attacks
  • Cardiac arrest

Mental state:

  • Euphoria
  • Overconfidence
  • Unusual excitement
  • Aggressiveness
  • Paranoia
  • Poor judgment
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

After long cocaine addiction or binges:

  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Intense cravings
  • Need for higher doses
  • Apathy
  • Exhaustion
  • Long periods of sleep

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