You go out on a Saturday night and cocaine makes you feel on top of the world, you feel confident, sociable, and alert. The world is your oyster… or so it seems.
Cocaine is very addictive and before you know it, cocaine can become difficult to resist. Changes in the brain can bring about a strong psychological dependence, as the mind craves just one more line.
And then there’s the coming down… even after a single line, you can feel flat and restless. The very thing that made you feel good starts to make you feel restless. As the drug wears off, you are left wanting more.
After a binge, cocaine can affect your mood for days. You can be left with feelings of fatigue, a bunged-up nose, headaches, irritability, depression, lethargy and an inability to concentrate.
A person who uses cocaine regularly can eventually become addicted. And an ever-increasing dose is needed just to maintain the high.
What effects can this have on your relationships?
Cocaine affects your mood, and long-term use can lead to paranoia, irritability and depression which can make your relationships suffer badly.
As you start to feel depressed and withdraw, your sex life may be affected. The money that is spent may cause arguments and the side effects of the habit may threaten the very core of your relationship.
Cocaine often becomes a way of avoiding the realities of life and how you are feeling in the world right now. Drugs counselling and social support can offer a way forward and put you on a path that allows you to give up cocaine once and for all.