Cocaine Addiction – Costa Rica Treatment Center – International Rehab

What is Cocaine addiction?

Cocaine (Blow, Coke, Crack, Rock, Snow etc.) is an immensely addictive stimulant drug created from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It takes effect quickly and wears off quickly, giving the users a tendency to want to use more, often during the same period of time to achieve a usual euphoric “high”. The forms of usage are either snorted as a powder or smoked as crack. Cocaine is illegal for recreational use, therefor no institution regulates the contents. Street dealers often mix it with things like corn-starch, talcum powder or flour to increase profits. Also, it is being mixed with other drugs like amphetamine or synthetic opioids, including fentanyl. This creates an additional risk as people don’t realize it contains dangerous additives. Increased numbers of overdose deaths among cocaine users can be related to tampered cocaine.

What are the symptoms Cocaine addiction?

  • Dilated pupils
  • Signs of involuntary movements (i.e. muscle tics).
  • Changes in concentration and focus
  • Long periods of wakefulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overconfidence
  • Over-excitement
  • Paranoia
  • Runny nose or frequent sniffles

Are there any health complications associated with Cocaine addiction?

Beside its highly addictive potential, it also poses serious risks on a person’s overall health. There are both short and long-term dangers associated with cocaine use, ranging from overdose to organ failure. Large doses come with violent behaviour, strokes, heart attacks, nosebleed or even death.

Heart difficulties that begin during a cocaine binge can last a lifetime. A constantly stressed and taxed heart muscle might develop such extreme tissue damage that it fails at a later time. While the heart being the most-involved long-term danger, other parts of the body can be impacted as well.

  • Nasal passages
  • Digestive tissues
  • Intestines
  • Lungs

What are treatment options for Cocaine addiction?

Treating cocaine addiction can be challenging. For treatment to work, the addict must want to get clean. Like with every other addiction, the success depends on the person’s desire to be better and reach a positive change in life.


A usual initial treatment option for someone with a cocaine use problem is an inpatient rehabilitation program like ours. Tailor-made for every person. The inpatient program can last anywhere from 30 days to a year. It can help you handle withdrawal symptoms and emotional challenges.