The Signs and Stages of Cocaine Addiction

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Are you worried that you or someone you love is addicted to cocaine? So often, those struggling with addiction are the last to realize that they are, indeed, struggling with addiction. If you’ve tried to stop using cocaine and can’t (or, alternatively, haven’t even been able to cut down on your abuse) then you need help. That said, there are plenty of other signs that you or someone you love is dealing with cocaine addiction. Here at the Believe Detox Center, we can help. 

Some Signs of Cocaine Addiction 

If you’re using cocaine and find that you’re overly sensitive to sound, light, or touch, then you may be addicted. Indeed, many of these signs, in isolation, aren’t necessarily indicative of an addiction. However, if you or someone you love exhibits more than a couple of the behaviors listed, then you or someone you love is most likely addicted. If your personal hygiene has decreased or you just don’t care anymore, you find yourself withdrawing from sober people in your life, indeed, if you withdraw from loved ones entirely. Perhaps you’ve been late to work due to your cocaine abuse or just not going. Maybe you’re selling your private property for cocaine or even stealing property. If you have a problem, there is help. 

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What an Addiction to Cocaine Can Do to Your Mind and Life 

More than just affecting your life, cocaine can affect your physical body, too. For example, you may find that you’re unable to stop tapping, shaking, twitching, and similar behaviors. Perhaps your appetite has all but disappeared, yet your heartbeat feels faster than ever. Many addicted to cocaine exhibit excessive sweating, with an increase in blood pressure and body temperature. You may even experience impotence as well. If you’ve been using cocaine, stopping is paramount to your good health. 

The Four Stages of Addiction to Cocaine (or Any Drug) 

For so many, cocaine abuse (or really, abusing any drug) doesn’t start with the addiction. Rather, it starts with experimentation. All you’re doing is experimenting with a drug, just seeing if it feels good. Then, most tend to use it socially, around friends or others who abuse the drug. After that, maybe they end up using it themselves, alone, trying to get that same high. From there, it’s a slippery slope to risky use and abuse, developing an addiction and/or chemical dependency that can be essentially impossible to shake without the help of medical professionals. 

Drug Rehab Centers in Los Angeles that can Help 

When you’re trying to stop using cocaine, it may feel like there’s nothing you can do, that you’re always “swimming upstream” in terms of the drug. However, that’s not the case. Whether you’ve been dealing with addiction for a long time or it’s a recent development, we can help. When you arrive at Believe Detox Center, we’ll put together a comprehensive treatment plan to meet your exact, specific needs. To learn more about how we can help or to start the process, call our drug rehab centers in Los Angeles at (818) 308-3118. 

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