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What you need to know about Cocaine Addiction:

Popular Street Names: Coke, blow, snow, 8balls

Cocaine is currently the most abused stimulant in the United States. It is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that is highly addictive. Cocaine increases levels of dopamine in the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria, increased energy and mental alertness. It is typically administered in three ways: through the nose, injected or smoked.

Cocaine addiction has a variety of adverse effects on the body. Cocaine constricts the blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Cocaine abusers often experience acute cardiovascular, or cerebrovascular emergencies, such as a heart attack.

Signs of cocaine addiction include:

  • Red, bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose or frequent sniffing
  • Weight loss
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Nosebleeds
  • Altered motor activities
  • Stealing, lying or financial problems
  • Loss of interest in family or friends
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Erratic behavior
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Continued cocaine abuse despite clearly adverse consequences

Cocaine withdrawal can be very intense including agitation, fatigue, generalized malaise and increased appetite. If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, please contact us. We accept Medicare and most other private insurances and have reasonable self-pay rates. For more information call 800-585-7527.


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