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Cocaine Overdose Symptoms

Cocaine is a powerful and addictive stimulant that people take to acquire a temporary euphoric high. However, this high is always short-lived. Not only is cocaine illegal, but it is extremely dangerous for your short and long-term health.

With each use comes a greater risk of addiction. The brain’s reward pathways adapt and grow accustomed to this hit of dopamine through prolonged exposure. As the brain enjoys these happy hormones, it begins to crave cocaine at all costs, causing addiction to gradually arise.

Sadly, addiction is a psychological disease that compels users to take drugs despite any adverse consequences to their health or well-being. It can be hard to admit you need help if you have an addiction, but no one can overcome addiction independently.

Unfortunately, the more you take cocaine and sink deeper into addiction, the greater the risk of overdose. A cocaine overdose can cause cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks, seizures, and even death. Overdose is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right treatment and ongoing support, recovery is possible. You are not alone, and we are here to help you every step of your recovery journey.

Whether you are struggling with cocaine addiction or are a worried friend or family member of an addicted loved one, recognizing cocaine overdose symptoms can prevent catastrophic consequences.

This blog outlines some of the most common cocaine overdose symptoms. However, if you want to talk to us directly, contact us today for confidential advice.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a drug deriving from coca plant leaves found in South America. Originally, cocaine was made as a local anesthetic for surgeries, but nowadays, it is mainly found on the streets and sold for recreational purposes.

Cocaine usually looks like a fine white powder and has a bitter chemical taste. However, color can vary depending on how cocaine is made and what it is ‘cut’ with. Sometimes cocaine presents as a crystal, which is known as crack cocaine.

Common substances that cocaine is cut with include caffeine, prescription painkillers, talc, boric acid, and even rat poisoning. It is impossible to determine what cocaine is cut with, so it should not be taken.

Usually, cocaine is administered via snorting, smoking, and injecting methods. All of these consumption methods can induce health problems such as chronic nosebleeds and blood infections.

What Are the Effects of Taking Cocaine?

A powerful stimulant, cocaine affects the central nervous system, speeding up messages between the brain and body. Using cocaine can cause a host of rapid-onset effects, which quickly wear off.

Common physical symptoms of cocaine use include:

  • Euphoria (a high)
  • A false sense of well-being
  • Increased confidence
  • A rush of energy
  • Reduced appetite
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Increased libido
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety, panic, and paranoia
  • Agitation and restlessness

If you take cocaine and experience any of the above symptoms, contact us today for professional support and advice. We are always here to offer confidential advice about your drug use.

What Are the Dangers of Drug Abuse?

Cocaine is a Schedule II illegal drug with a high potential for abuse and addiction. Using cocaine is dangerous for your health and comes hand-in-hand with short and long-term health problems, overdose, and substance addiction.

Common short-term health complications of cocaine use include:

  • Heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Strokes
  • Headaches
  • Hallucinations
  • Exacerbated existing mental health conditions
  • Seizures
  • Overdose
  • Death

Long-term health complications include:

  • Tolerance to cocaine, which can increase the risk of overdose
  • Panic attacks
  • Psychosis
  • Malnutrition
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Respiratory problems and lung damage (when cocaine is smoked)
  • Chronic nosebleeds and nasal damage (when cocaine is snorted)
  • HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, and blood infections (when cocaine is used intravenously)

Cocaine abuse is a significant problem worldwide. In fact, cocaine-related deaths have grown every year since 2013. This is because cocaine induces many of the health problems noted above and is highly addictive.

While you may think taking a small amount of cocaine is safe, this is not true. There is always a risk of complications, most of which can be life-threatening. The sooner you seek treatment for cocaine use, the greater your chance of a successful long-term recovery.

It is never too late to turn things around and break free from drug abuse. Talk to us today for advice and support.

What Does Cocaine Addiction Look Like?

No one intends to develop an addiction to cocaine or any other drugs. Addiction sneaks in through the back door when you aren’t looking. It is an insidious disease, medically known as substance use disorder (SUD).

It can be hard to admit to yourself that you have a problem with cocaine use. You may brush it off, and you may convince yourself that you could stop at any time. But the truth is substance use disorder is an illness that requires professional treatment and help.

You may be able to mask signs of drug abuse and addiction for some time, but your mask will eventually slip, and loved ones or employers will notice your behavior change as addiction begins to take over.

If you have an addiction, you might notice signs such as:

  • Poor performance at school or work
  • Unexplained financial problems
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Poor hygiene and self-care
  • Sleeping problems
  • An obsession with getting your next fix
  • Sudden and erratic mood swings

What Are the Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose?

There is always a risk of overdose when using cocaine. Overdose can happen to first-time users; however, the risk of overdose increases in those with cocaine addiction. This is because the body builds a tolerance to cocaine through prolonged use, meaning you need more to achieve the desired effect. No amount of cocaine is safe, but too much can be fatal.

Cocaine overdose symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Increased sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Dangerously high body temperature
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slow breathing
  • Tremors
  • Severe anxiety and panic
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Loss of consciousness

A suspected overdose requires immediate medical attention. Call 911 immediately if you experience any of the above cocaine overdose symptoms.

While cocaine overdoses are fatal, they can be overcome through medical intervention. If you witness a friend or family member experiencing an overdose, you must:

  • Call 911
  • Stay calm
  • Turn them on their side to avoid choking
  • Remain by their side and stay on the line until help arrives

Support is available for friends and family members concerned about a loved one’s cocaine use.

How Is Substance Abuse Treated?

Drug addiction, or substance use disorder, can only be treated with professional help. If you have an addiction, it is in your best interest to talk to a rehab center and discuss substance abuse treatment options. This can be overwhelming, but it is the first step to recovery.

Treatment begins with detoxification, which rids the body of cocaine and any other drug traces. This can be unpleasant due to withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings, but you will be made comfortable as you detox under the care of medical professionals.

Detoxing at home is never advised. This is because going cold turkey can be dangerous and even life-threatening. If you have any worries about detoxing in a facility, such as financial struggles, we can talk you through our options.

Take Back Control Today

For many, recovery is a long road. But it can be made easier with help from loved ones, treatment, and support programs. It takes a village, but successful long-term recovery is possible. With our help, you can break free from drugs and regain control of your life.

If you are worried about a loved one and would like to learn more about how you can support them, call us today. We can offer you advice and guidance.

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