5. The First High Is a One Time Experience
That first high is critical when it comes to cocaine addiction and tolerance. The first time a person uses cocaine, they often experience the most euphoric high that can be experienced using cocaine.
A lot of people say that they have never been able to recreate the pleasure of the first time that they used cocaine. Trying to recreate this high is part of being addicted to cocaine because it causes you to form a habit psychologically. This addiction grows the more that you use cocaine.
The euphoria that a person experiences when they take cocaine for the first time is what compels many people to become addicted to it. It changes not just the way you think and feel but it also causes physical changes in your body that compound this experience. The effect that cocaine has on your brain and your nervous system makes the experience more concrete because the physical effects can match the psychological ones.
This high is also compounded by personal feelings of danger or excitement that often accompany first-time cocaine use.
People who take cocaine for the first time experience euphoria, as previously mentioned. However, cocaine also works as a social buffer, which is why it is often done in small groups. Many people who are high on cocaine experience a greater level of self-confidence as well as sociability. Those who are trying to hide insecurities find that these things disappear, and they can participate in social situations that they would not have the ability to do when they are sober.
4. Cocaine Withdrawal Is Not Serious but It Isn’t Pleasant Either
When a cocaine addict decides to cut down or quit cocaine, the withdrawal symptoms won’t kill them. Unlike other drugs, such as heroin, there is not an inherent danger in quitting cocaine. However, there are a lot of withdrawal symptoms that often deter people from stopping.
You do not need to cut cocaine out completely to feel the withdrawal pinch. You just need to cut down substantially. This is because of the way that cocaine tolerance builds in people.
When someone stops cocaine, whether permanently or temporarily, the crash that follows can feel crippling. This is where the psychological addiction comes in because the addict just wants to get high again, whatever the cost.
There are not physical symptoms that are usually associated with cocaine use. Most of them are psychological. Most people feel tired, lethargic, anxious or unhappy. Some people are especially irritable, agitated or paranoid.
However, some people do experience physical symptoms. These symptoms do not usually come from cocaine itself. Because so many people combined cocaine use with alcohol or heroin, or because their cocaine is cut with other substances, physical symptoms can arise.
Chances are if someone tells you that they experienced vomiting, shaking or serious physical illness during a come down, they were not coming down from cocaine alone.
The symptoms that people experience when they are going through cocaine withdrawal will usually disappear over time without any need for intervention. When these symptoms do not disappear, it is often because those people are supplementing their former cocaine habit with alcohol, painkillers, anxiety medications or sedatives. This may seem like the addict is quitting cocaine, but it is more akin to transferring their addiction to another drug.
3. People Spend a Lot of Money to Stop Doing Cocaine
Rehab does not always come cheap. While there is an abundance of cheap and free programs for drug users to go to, these things still cost money.
People with cocaine addictions can seek private rehabilitation centers if they have the cash. These centers are luxurious and to the outside eye, look more like a resort that happens to often therapy. Some of the ultra-luxury centers offer massage therapists, personal trainers, nannies, private nurses and gourmet chefs. These centers can even offer personal assistants and secretarial services for the more affluent addict. These facilities can cost between $20,000 and $80,000 a month.
This cost reflects the luxury rather than the actual cost of drug treatment. Standard treatment facilities offer addicts treatment for $10,000 to $20,000 per month. These might be inpatient or outpatient centers and can help people over both the short and long term. Some of these facilities will accept private insurance plans.
For those with a cocaine habit and no cash, they can seek out organizations like nonprofits, charities and even churches. These groups may offer a sober living house that is often cost-free.
However, the state is often willing to eat the cost of drug rehab. This is because even though rehab is expensive, the cost of incarcerating a drug addict costs $24,000 per year. Also, conservative estimates suggest that for every dollar that the government invests in drug rehab, it makes back between $4 and $7 because of reductions in costs of crime, criminal justice and thefts. The way the government sees it, everything just works better when there are fewer people addicted to drugs.