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Signs of a Cocaine Overdose

a person looks pensively at the camera possibly after recognizing signs of a cocaine overdose

Cocaine has one of the highest abuse potentials among the major illicit drugs. Cocaine acquired illegally doesn’t just dominate the criminal drug market—it leaves the actual contents of the drug unchecked and extremely variable. This means the amount of cocaine required for an overdose can be wildly different depending on where it’s purchased from, and there’s virtually no way for the buyer to know the difference. Additionally, other substances may be cut into the drug, making the chances for harm even higher.

Considering its addictive and sometimes lethal properties, the fact that deaths by cocaine overdose continue to climb nationwide is both unsurprising and unfortunate. At California Centers for Recovery, each member of our staff has a personal understanding of what it means to battle addiction and an innate drive to help patients achieve sobriety. Our cocaine detox program in California constructs a customized treatment plan around every patient’s unique needs for the best shot at success. Get started by contacting us at 877.328.5682 or by visiting us online.

Identifying a Cocaine Addiction

Likely the most effective way to identify a cocaine addiction is to know whether or not somebody is using cocaine in any capacity. Unlike alcohol, which has social acceptance, any cocaine use may be a sign that someone has an addiction. While the drug may be used sparingly in the party scene, it can quickly cause addiction due to the euphoria it produces. 

Cocaine can have different effects depending on its chemical composition. In some cases, cocaine operating in tandem with other drugs can produce effects that may not explicitly align with the usual symptoms. Cocaine is one of the most common drugs found to include trace elements or entire fractions of other, often more dangerous drugs. Fortunately, the signs of a cocaine addiction tend to present similar symptoms between different individuals, regardless of its chemistry. These are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Easily irritable
  • Depression
  • Nasal blockage or runniness
  • Extreme confidence
  • Extreme paranoia

First Symptoms of a Cocaine Overdose

A cocaine overdose occurs when cocaine intake reaches a critical point, and a part of the body fails as a result. It’s possible for organ failure or dilapidation to occur after extensive use, but an overdose is usually relegated to a single instance. The symptoms of an overdose can be fatal to the user but often lead to unpredictable, erratic behavior that can harm others. Here’s what to look for when identifying a cocaine overdose:

  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Elevated heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • High body temperature
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

These symptoms may present differently based on the individual’s history of cocaine use. Years of cocaine abuse can manifest in the form of a damaged nasal cavity and damage to the brain, lungs, heart, and gastric tissue. Additionally, those with a history of cocaine use are more likely to suffer from the more critical health risks due to a propensity to take higher-grade or elevated quantities of the drug.

Cocaine Detox at California Centers for Recovery

The team at California Centers for Recovery understands that overcoming cocaine addiction is an uphill battle. We want to make the detox experience more than just serviceable—that’s why our focus is on personalized treatment and a luxury experience. Attending our cocaine detox program includes access to medically managed detox, upscale accommodations, and a private pool.

Our staff is committed to working with you on an individual level, accounting for the strengths and needs of each patient. Recovery can be comfortable. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today, either by going online or calling California Centers for Recovery at 877.328.5682.