My Son is Addicted to Cocaine
It can sometimes be difficult to admit that your child has succumbed to the pressures of drug abuse, but it is in the best interest of the parents and child if the issue is confronted and solved. Parents sometimes can’t recognize that their kids are doing drugs, but the tell tale signs of cocaine use are fairly obvious. The physical warning signs of cocaine abuse can vary, depending on the person. Quite often the eyes are a good indicator of cocaine use. A person will appear wide and or bloodshot eyes and the pupils are dilated. Stimulants, like cocaine, increase heart rate and blood pressure so heart irregularities can be a warning sign. Cocaine users often have an elevated speech pattern so speech irregularities are a warning sign. Cocaine is an appetite suppressant so people that use cocaine regularly often lose weight or are not hungry at meal time is a warning sign. And because cocaine is a powerful stimulant, people who use cocaine often have a difficult time falling asleep or suffer from disruptive, inconsistent sleep patterns. The consistent sniffing and fidgeting of the nose and an unusual amount of nose bleeds is also a red flag for someone snorting cocaine.
Abusing cocaine has a variety of adverse effects on the body. For example, cocaine constricts blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can also cause headaches and gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain and nausea. Because cocaine tends to decrease appetite, chronic users can become malnourished as well. If you notice any of the warning signs of cocaine use in your kid, it’s time to try and get some professional help before it gets too serious. Regardless of how or how frequently cocaine is used, a user can experience acute cardiovascular or cerebrovascular emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke, which may cause sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizure followed by respiratory arrest. The bottom line is that cocaine abuse is dangerous and if you care about your son you will seek additional help.
Behavioral interventions—particularly, cognitive-behavioral therapy—have been shown to be effective for decreasing cocaine use and preventing relapse. Treatment must be tailored to the individual patient’s needs in order to optimize outcomes—this often involves a combination of treatment, social supports, and other services. When choosing a rehab facility, it is important to make sure that the facility bodes well with the patient so they feel safe, comfortable, and committed to a recovery. At Seabrook House, we offer programs for cocaine addiction and abuse that are designed and tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Seabrook House is an internationally recognized private and exclusive inpatient drug rehab and alcoholism detox treatment center who has achieved an elite CARF accreditation status, which ensures that our rehab patients receive the highest quality treatment. Our main rehab facility is located in rural Bridgeton, New Jersey (NJ) so many east coast cities are nearby. When you and your son are ready to make a full commitment to recovery, contact Seabrook House!