What is Coke Addiction?
Cocaine addiction is a dangerous and often deadly disease. The powerful high that comes from snorting or smoking coke is difficult to give up—that’s coke addiction. When cocaine is abused, the addiction symptoms can be both psychological and physical, making it very difficult for the addict to say no to additional cocaine.
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Heavy coke use results in changes to the chemical makeup of the brain. This means that when a cocaine user is addicted to coke, over time the following coke addiction symptoms may occur:
- More and more cocaine is needed to get the same physical “high”
- It is hard to “feel” good without having coke
- Impulse control is lost which means poor decisions are made (this includes doing more cocaine)
- It becomes difficult to resist temptation
For many months after a cocaine addict stops using cocaine there may be feelings of temptation and cravings for the drug. Coke addiction symptoms may even continue after years of abstinence despite being in recovery from this addiction. In some cases, the craving for the drug may just seem to “pop-up” out of nowhere, with no real understandable reason.
Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal
When cocaine is used for a prolonged period of time, cocaine withdrawal symptoms make quitting difficult to cope with both physically and mentally. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Suicidal thoughts
The symptoms of cocaine withdrawal will usually subside after a few days of not using the drug but in some cases, coke withdrawal symptoms may last weeks or months. The most common symptoms that tend to last a prolonged period of time after coke is no longer being used include depression, suicidal thoughts, tiredness and cravings. Even the worst withdrawal symptoms tend to let up in time making it easier to cope with the effects of coke addiction recovery over time.