Is cocaine a thing of the past? Not quite.

It’s not uncommon for the drug to appear at parties or social functions and millions seek treatment for dependence upon the substance every year.

The risks of cocaine abuse cannot be overstated. Some users die the very first time they try cocaine, and even long-term users who think they know what they’re doing can overdose at any time. Furthermore, getting cocaine often requires a person to put himself or herself in dangerous situations and could also lead to trouble with the law, issues that could lead to loss of freedom or loss of life.

Perhaps the biggest risk of all is the risk of developing a cocaine dependence. Cocaine is highly addictive, especially when smoked in crack form, and anyone struggling with both cravings for the drug and a physical dependence will require treatment to stop using the drug. If someone you love is struggling with a cocaine addiction, it’s not an issue to ignore. Contact us at Black Bear Lodge to find out how we can help.

Does Someone You Love Have a Cocaine Addiction?

Many family members struggle with discerning when cocaine addiction has become a problem that requires addiction treatment. In general, while no use of the drug is safe, when a person is unable to stop getting high despite a slew of negative consequences directly caused by their cocaine use, it’s time to seek help.

Specifically, addiction is defined by a physical dependence on the drug of choice and cravings for more and more of the substance.

Signs that can signify that the time for treatment is now include:

  • Using cocaine more often or in larger amounts than intended
  • Problems at work or school due to cocaine use
  • Problems at home or with one’s spouse or family as a result of cocaine use
  • Expressing guilt or remorse over cocaine use but continuing to use the drug
  • Using cocaine continually until the supply of cocaine is gone
  • Sinus problems or nosebleeds as a result of cocaine use
  • Chest pain or increased or irregular heart rate when using cocaine
  • Obsessing over or continually planning ways to get more cocaine
  • Financial difficulties due to cocaine use
  • Sleep interferences or disturbances due to cocaine use
  • Using cocaine alone
  • Increased paranoia
  • Using larger and larger amounts of cocaine
  • Making attempts to stop cocaine use but being unable to do so
  • Lying about or minimizing cocaine use
  • Stealing in order to acquire cocaine

Remember that many people who struggle with cocaine abuse and addiction also struggle with other issues, including dependence upon or abuse of other substances, gambling addiction and sex addiction. No matter what other issues are present, it is important to address them all through a comprehensive treatment program.

Seeking Help for the Cocaine Addict

If your family member exhibits one or more of the signs above, the time is now to seek help. Comprehensive care that includes medical assistance and detox as well as long-term psychotherapeutic treatment and aftercare services is the key to a long and successful recovery. Here at Black Bear Lodge, our specialty is professional, intensive cocaine treatment personalized to meet the needs of challenges facing each individual as he or she begins to work toward balance in recovery. Contact us today to get the information you need to help your loved one take the first step toward a new life.