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What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a Class A drug. It has become increasingly popular. Although historically cocaine was seen as a drug for the rich and famous, it has become a drug which affects all parts of society. It is usually supplied in the form of a white powder and referred to as ‘coke’ or ‘charlie’.

Cocaine is a stimulant. As a stimulant, cocaine gives the user a feeling of energy very often, and the ability to stay awake. The majority of users snort the drug which ensures a relatively quick effect.

Cocaine affects individuals in different ways, but it can cause people to become over-confident, aggressive and paranoid whilst others will isolate under the influence of cocaine, particularly if they have used for many years

Cocaine: What happens?

Cocaine has, in recent years, become an even bigger problem. The levels of cocaine purity have increased along with availability. In many circles, cocaine has become socially acceptable too.

Cocaine is one of the most highly addictive substances out there. However, due to the subtle nature of the addiction, the user is often convinced that they are in control and that they could stop if they wanted to.

Cocaine gives the user an intense high at first. High levels of dopamine are released, resulting in a high; a feeling of well-being. Many people spend years chasing this high, never able to achieve the same feeling. After a period of use, it is also very common for the user to experience a ‘comedown’. Similar to a hangover, a comedown describes the mood of a cocaine user the day after using. Most people will experience low mood and other symptoms can include anxiety, paranoia, insomnia and depression.

At this point, the user will experience subtle cravings for cocaine. Whether it be one day after or one week after, at some level the brain and / or the body will desire those increased dopamine levels again. As addiction progresses, the user slowly loses the ability to manage these cravings and the gaps between cocaine use often become shorter.

Cocaine and other drugs

Some people who develop a cocaine problem only use cocaine and rarely, if ever, use other drugs. It is however quite common for those who use cocaine regularly to drink alcohol, smoke cannabis or use other medication to counteract the effects of cocaine. Cocaine mixed with other drugs or alcohol results in a different effect which can be equally addictive.

The user’s relationship with cocaine will often change over time. Most commonly, people will first experience cocaine socially. They often find that it makes them outgoing, confident and talkative. As addiction progresses, these effects may change and often the user, due to paranoia, a low self-esteem or lack of confidence, will begin to use more at home, alone.

Of course this progression is just one example of what can happen and this will not be the experience of all cocaine users.

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Cocaine addiction

There are of course many people who use cocaine and do not develop addiction. For this group there are still many risks attached. Any cocaine use can result in a range of health consequences including overdose, heart attack, nose bleeds and depression.

However, when we talk about cocaine addiction as opposed to cocaine use, there are clear differences. Cocaine addiction does not mean that the individual has to use cocaine every day; far from it. There are those that do but most people with a cocaine addiction will use anything from once a week up to daily. Addiction does not describe the frequency of use but concentrates more on the preoccupation with using; the effect on the individual and their relationships; the loss of other interests or hobbies; the loss of friends; the poor performance at work. It is some of these symptoms which would demonstrate addiction.

Cocaine addiction for this very reason can be quite difficult to identify. The individual will often be in denial about their problem and believe that they are in control or could stop if they had to. They may be able to stop short term but if they are suffering from cocaine addiction, they will, unfortunately, relapse without the right help.

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Help for cocaine addiction

There are a range of options available depending on the type of service you are looking for. Many people will try 1-1 counselling or local self-help groups. On some occasions this support may be adequate but very often, a more comprehensive drug intervention is required.

There are a range of private cocaine rehab centres across the UK and The Providence Projects is widely accepted as the leading affordable private provider of cocaine rehabilitation. Established in 1996, and treating all forms of addiction, The Providence Projects has fantastic success rates in treating cocaine addiction.

The process really is very simple. The Providence Projects offer a free assessment for our cocaine rehab programmes and one of our addiction specialists are always available to take your call and run through the process.

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Cocaine rehab admission

We fully understand that when the individual and the family hit a crisis and wants help, it is essential that help is available immediately. We can arrange immediate admissions on to the drug rehab programme. On admission, you will be greeted buy one of our addiction therapists and a doctor to review your general health and medication.

The Providence Projects are able to arrange transport from all over the UK if you would like to be collected and chauffeured to treatment.

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After rehab: What next?

After successful completion of your cocaine rehab programme where you will cease using cocaine and start on your recovery journey, you may wonder what happens afterwards. This is a real and natural fear for residents and their families.

There are a range of bespoke aftercare options and you will work with your therapist during the programme here to put together a plan that work for you. Plans may include 1-1 counselling, group sessions, attendance at CA meetings, health and fitness, yoga, skype sessions or attendance at Providence groups depending on your location.

The Providence Projects also hold an annual reunion which is a fantastic event; pictures can be seen on our website and Facebook pages.

To find out more about cocaine addiction or our other drug treatment programmes, call The Providence Projects today on 0800 955 0945.

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