Cocaine detox can prevent the unpleasant symptoms or fatal consequences that may result from the rapid cessation of use and can help the patient to remain abstinent from drugs. Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that is derived from the coca plant. It can be inhaled, snorted, or injected into a vein with a hypodermic needle. It presents as a white powder and is highly-addictive because of its immediate euphoric effects.
Regular cocaine users often binge, meaning they use the drug over and over again in a relatively short period in order to maintain a high. Users who are under the influence of cocaine can experience a wide variety of physical and psychological effects, included extreme joy and pleasure, hypersensitivity to the senses, increased alertness, irritability, and possibly, paranoia.
Once addicted, people who use cocaine soon incur many negative symptoms, which may be dangerous and even life-threatening, such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, as well as constricted blood vessels.
With prolonged use, other symptoms may incur depending on the usual method of consumption – for example, those who snort may have reduced sense of smell and regular nosebleeds. Those who inject may be exposed to diseases such as HIV or incur damage to tissue and blood vessels.