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Frequently asked questions about cocaine

Here at Port of Call, we are frequently asked questions about cocaine and its effects. So we’ve compiled some of your burning questions about cocaine and have set out to answer your queries once and for all to arm you with all the information you will ever need. If you’re struggling with cocaine addiction, talk to us today about drug rehab.

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Cocaine is a powerful and addictive stimulant. This derivative of the South American coca plant was once the preserve of the wealthy. However, with falling street prices in recent years, cocaine has now become widespread across the UK. That said, there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding the party drug. Which is why we’ve set about answering some of your most Frequently Asked Questions about cocaine.

What are cocaine’s side effects?

Taking cocaine makes users feel wide-awake and euphoric. It is not without its risks though. Some of the more extreme side effects of cocaine that can manifest after taking high doses can include convulsions, a heart attack and heart failure. Over time, snorting cocaine will seriously damage the cartilage in your nose. It is also highly risky for anybody with high blood pressure or a heart condition and can lead to serious problems with anxiety, paranoia and panic attacks.

How do I know if I’m addicted to cocaine?

If you are concerned about your cocaine use and you answer yes to any of the following statements then you might benefit from discussing your problem for free, and in complete confidence, with a Port of Call adviser.

  • I regularly use more cocaine than I/they planned to.
  • I experience financial difficulties due to cocaine use.
  • I feel depressed or remorseful after using cocaine.
  •  I have an obsession to get cocaine.
  •  I use their entire cocaine supply until it is exhausted.
  •  I have experienced chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, when using cocaine.
  • I wish I/they had never taken that first cocaine hit.
  • My cocaine use causes conflict with loved ones.
  • I have experienced nasal problems due to cocaine use.
  • I have difficulty sleeping after using cocaine.
  •  I feel high just knowing that I/they are about to use cocaine.
  • My ability to work has been affected by using cocaine.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine?

Withdrawal from long-term cocaine use can lead to strong cravings, fatigue, anxiety, agitation and an inability to feel pleasure. Former cocaine users can also be depressed and restless. This withdrawal is the first phase of recovering from cocaine addiction.

How do I detox from cocaine?

Cocaine detox is the process that removes toxins from the body. The around the clock attention, and access to appropriate medication, of a residential treatment plan is often the best course of action. Home detox can also prove highly beneficial. The recommended gradual withdrawal process can be an intense, and sometimes painful, experience. Which is why such gradual detox programmes should always be carried out in a medically supervised environment.

How long does cocaine withdrawal last?

Protracted cocaine withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere between six months to two years. How long the symptoms last depends on the amount of time that cocaine was used, which subsequently determines the severity and length of the withdrawal period. Professional addiction treatment for persistent symptoms, which can be arranged through Port of Call, can help greatly to reduce the effects of protracted withdrawal.

Where can I find help for cocaine addiction?

We can help you find a rehab that suits you, so make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with cocaine addiction, Port of Call can help you to access appropriate cocaine addiction help. We can give you guidance, for example where to find your nearest support group. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free today on 08000029010

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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