Cocaine is one of the most costly drug addictions one could have, and not only financially. A gram of cocaine can cost the user anywhere from $60 – $120, depending on so-called purity, where there is no guarantee that what one is using has not been laced with cornstarch, sugar or even more dangerous substances. Highly addicted users can spend upwards of $300 per day to maintain the euphoric and energizing high they claim they get from cocaine, but many users will find that they rely on more amounts as they use as they chase the feeling of their first cocaine high.
The high that users are trying to achieve only lasts for about 30 minutes, yet short-term side effects, no matter how frequently cocaine is used, can include strange or violent behaviour, anxiety, paranoia, and physical changes such as high blood pressure, narrowing of the blood vessels and irregular heart beat. With each use, there is an increased risk of heart attack, respiratory failure, seizure or stroke.
In the long-term, cocaine use can lead to damage in the tissues, lungs and brain, and lead to sexual impotence and an increased risk of strokes, seizures and hemorrhaging. Anorexia and weight loss are common results of long-term cocaine use.
Due to its highly addictive nature, frequent cocaine use can also lead to cocaine binges, which has the user taking the drug several times in a short period of time in order to find the feeling of euphoria and energy they had once felt on the drug when they had lower tolerance. Cocaine binges can lead to devastating and often deadly consequences.
When you seek treatment for cocaine addiction at Toronto Addiction Rehab, you start your first step in living your life without the drug. You learn how to experience life – and all the joy it has to offer – without having to rely on the drug. Together, we will develop a customized plan that will allow you to work towards lifelong recovery.