Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Marietta, GA
Break the Cycle at Metro Atlanta Treatment
Cocaine speeds up your entire body, which can make you feel good – at first. After the initial high, many people get nervous, angry, and/or paranoid. Once they are sober, people who use cocaine suffer from sadness and exhaustion for days. These feelings may lead them to return to the drug once again, which can quickly lead to a loss of control and cocaine addiction.
Breaking the cycle of addiction is difficult, but Metro Atlanta Treatment is here to help. Our proven programs can give you the tools you need to stop using cocaine and build yourself a positive future.
For more information about how we can help, please call us at (678) 379-3111 today.
How Cocaine Works
Cocaine is a white powder that people snort, mix with water and inject, or smoke in small white rocks called crack. It is made from the leaves of the South American coca plant. As a drug, cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that increases the levels of dopamine in the brain.
Short-term effects of cocaine include:
- Extreme happiness and energy
- Mental alertness
- Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch
- Minimized desire for sleep and food
- Paranoia (extreme and unreasonable distrust of others)
- Constricted blood vessels
- Dilated pupils
- Increased blood pressure and body temperature
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Tremors and muscle twitches
People continue to cocaine despite some of these negative effects because of the euphoric feelings it creates, but large amounts of cocaine can lead to “bizarre, unpredictable, and violent behavior,” and even overdoses.
Extended use can also lead to drug addiction and other long-term effects.
If you are struggling with cocaine addiction, Metro Atlanta Treatment is here to help.
Long-Term Health Effects of Cocaine
Over time, your brain and body can develop a tolerance to cocaine, which means you will need more and more of the drug to feel its effects. You may also experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the drug. Tolerance and withdrawal are 2 of the most obvious physical signs of drug addiction, but long-term cocaine use can lead to other physical and psychological effects as well.
The long-term effects of cocaine include:
- Unhealthy weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Heart arrhythmia
- Heart attack
- Respiratory disease
- Weakened immune system
- Gangrene of the bowels
- Anxiety and depression
- Impaired judgment
- Repetitive or abnormal behaviors
These consequences should be enough to make someone stop using cocaine, but drug addiction takes away your ability to quit or cut back on your own. People struggling with addiction may also want to keep doing cocaine, despite the negative effects the drug is having on their lives. If you notice yourself or someone you love using cocaine and recovering from its effects frequently, they may be suffering from drug addiction.
How to Get Help
Recovering from an addiction is difficult and asking for help is a brave and important step. At Metro Atlanta Treatment, our mission is to provide compassionate care, encouragement, and kindness to those seeking a life of recovery – without discernment.
That means that no matter where you are in your addiction journey, our doors are open to you. We work with you to start your new life and build a solid foundation for your future. Our drug-specific treatments are based on trust and your needs as an individual, and we make sure we’re addressing each and every aspect of your wellbeing. Whether you are retraining your brain with brain-mapping and trauma intervention or enjoying our adventure-based counseling or art and cultural programs, you’re working with our compassionate team to get better.
If you’re ready to start, simply call Metro Atlanta Treatment at (678) 379-3111 or contact us online to take the first step on your recovery journey.