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Cocaine Abuse | Cocaine Dependency | Cocaine Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment South Africa

The name Cocaine originates from "coca" (after the plant which it is extracted from the Cocoa bush) and the alkaloid suffix "-ine", forming "cocaine".

Cocaine has many different street names such as:

  • Charley, 
  • Coke, 
  • Vim, 
  • Snow, 
  • Flake, 
  • Blow, 
  • Packet, 
  • Dandruff,
  • Candy, 
  • Harry,
  • Powder, 
  • or C 

Cocaine is commonly sold as a hydrochloride salt, meaning it dissolves into water and can be taken intravenously, eaten, snorted, or it can be rubbed onto the gums of the mouth, rectum, or vagina.

The Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine and other illegal substances affect the central nervous system and interfere with the way the brain processes chemicals; it heightens alertness and provides intense feelings of euphoria.

Its effects appear almost instantaneously and fade within a few minutes or hours, depending on the method of which hit is ingested.

Cocaine increases the amount of dopamine in the synapses and this provides the feelings of euphoria and gives rise to the desire to take the drug again. Use of the drug ranges from occasional to repeated use, with a number of different patterns.

Cocaine has potent adverse effects on the heart, brain, and emotions. Therefore the reality of the drug hits shortly after the high. 

Often individuals who fall prey to this drug find themselves stuck with its long-term effects and life threatening consequences. However, it should be known that even the occasional cocaine users run the risk of serious neurological damage and/or sudden death.

There are numerous medical complications linked with cocaine use and abuse. Ranging from heart attacks, to respiratory failure, strokes and seizures, headaches, abdominal pain and nausea and because cocaine has a tendency to reduce appetite, many users experience significant weight loss and often malnourishment.

Step Away Drug Rehabilitation Centre South Africa

Our cocaine addiction treatment centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa uses various successful methods and techniques to treat drug addiction.

As patients participate in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) programmes, different group therapies, yoga sessions, workshops and tasks, they begin to realise the positivity of the changes they have made in their lives and just how destructive the nature of cocaine addiction is to their lives and the people around them.

With the support and guidance of our staff and psychologists patients are able to confront their cocaine addiction/dependency without having to fear that they are alone in their battle.

As we approach the cocaine addiction disease holistically our patients learn to address their issues rather than avoid them.

Our staff members are all fully qualified and experienced in their professions, and upon entry will perform a full medical in order to assess the severity of the condition and accurately prescribe the correct form of treatment.

In cases where it is necessary, we are able to provide substance detoxification as well as substance rehab treatment.

Our aim to help provide the necessary skills needed to live a sober life, the road to cocaine addiction recovery is long and sometime rocky, but nevertheless the journey is worth it. Please contact us for help today.

Your life is the result of the choices you make, if you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.

Please click the link to contact us for more information on our cocaine rehab addiction treatment today.

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