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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction is a widespread issue in the UK. Home Office figures in recent years estimate approximately 48 million people aged 16-59 as having taken powdered cocaine.

London has the largest amount of cocaine use in the UK at 23,000 grams per day. If you are struggling with cocaine use or know someone who is, Help Me Stop’s Dayhab programme can help with recovery.

Cocaine is a dangerous substance when used in connection with other substances or in excess.

It can cause a number of serious health problems. As a powerfully addictive substance, cocaine use can progress into the vicious and destructive cycle of addiction. Hospitals dealt with a record 15,423 cocaine abuse cases in 2018 and Home Office statistics showed deaths involving cocaine use have doubled in three years. As a drug addiction treatment centre, we understand the harm that cocaine can cause.

If you have concerns over your health due to use of cocaine or you are worried about the damage it is doing to your life and loved ones, please get in touch with the Help Me Stop team right now. Our unique drug rehab model allows us to offer flexible treatment options for you or your loved one. We offer cocaine rehab in the UK, face-to-face in our two London Dayhab centres, as well as online.

We can help you to beat cocaine addiction. We understand that it can feel overwhelming and like a long road ahead but our specialists and team have both therapeutic skills and lived experience. We will be able to help and guide you from a place of knowledge and our own recovery journeys. We are here to support you with addiction help and are committed to helping you get back on track.


Available at one-tenth of the cost of traditional residential rehab, Help Me Stop’s breakthrough ‘Dayhab’ model fits more easily around the demands of your life, such as work and taking care of family and loved ones. We also offer an online treatment option. This provides help with addiction for alcohol and drugs, including cocaine. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug addiction,  please contact us today. We can put together a treatment plan and guide you in the process of  understanding your drug use. We are here to help you take the first step in our clinically proven addiction treatment programme.

Cocaine Addiction

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cocaine addiction like?

Cocaine is an extremely addictive substance and stimulant. It affects the release and reuptake of dopamine in the brain, which is a neuro-transmitter primarily responsible for making us feel pleasure. Dopamine is released in measured amounts as a reward mechanism when we perform certain acts, such as exercising, eating, socialising or having sex.

Cocaine addiction mainly causes psychological dependence, but many users continue their heavy use of cocaine to avoid withdrawal symptoms after its effects wear off. This is why cocaine is often used in large binges, bringing with it health risks including cardiovascular disease, stroke, respiratory failure and mental ill health, as well as the increased likelihood of developing dependence.

Cocaine addiction is one of the main issues treated by our rehab clinic. We understand that addiction treatment can seem daunting. The idea of attending treatment at a rehab in London can make some people delay getting help. Please rest assured that our Dayhab centres are both welcoming and discreet. For people who can’t or don’t want to attend face-to-face, we also offer an online version of our service. We want your addiction treatment to fit your life and provide help in the way you need it most.

What is it like being on cocaine?

The key effect of cocaine is an intense burst of energy, alertness and often confidence. When snorting cocaine, the nose and face can feel numb. While many users do report a feeling of euphoria when taking cocaine, this is not a universal experience. Depending on the strength and amount of cocaine used, and if it’s mixed with other substances including alcohol, the effects can vary from mild to very intense.When high on the substance, particularly in social settings, it’s common for users to move, dance and talk excessively. Feelings of wellbeing and positive emotions are common, though this is often followed by unpredictable mood swings, anxiety, depression or paranoia in the withdrawal phase

Our London rehab has a team of counsellors in place  who have years of experience dealing with addiction. They know that treatment options for cocaine addiction can be limited. That is why we have made sure our service is affordable and fits around your life. Unlike a traditional rehab in London, Help Me Stop rehab clinic offers treatment around your working schedule. We also have an online option so you can handle your addiction treatment from the comfort of your own home.

How does someone develop an addiction to cocaine?

Beginning recreationally for many, cocaine addiction often occurs over time and repeated use. Initial sessions with cocaine don’t  typically lead to addiction straight away. New users of cocaine may feel completely in control of their use of the substance. Prolonged and heavy use is associated with increasing likelihood of addiction, as the psychological impacts of using cocaine increase.

Cocaine is often used in social settings, but this isn’t necessarily the case for all users. Many who heavily use cocaine do so in private by themselves. Social settings, however, often bring with them increased pressure to take the substance with peers and as part of binge sessions combined with other drugs and alcohol. Mixing cocaine and alcohol exacerbates the effects and increases the likelihood of significant harm to health.

At Help Me Stop drug rehab we understand that, while you chose to try cocaine, you did not choose to become addicted. Drug addiction can affect every aspect of your life but addiction treatment does not have to. Our drug rehab can be done around your work commitments. We offer an online rehab clinic so you can be with family or a loved one while you get treatment.

How can cocaine use affect the life of the user?

Over time, the urge to consume cocaine at the expense of other commitments in life can build. Occasional recreational use often increases to weekly and daily consumption, impacting on work, health and home life.

It is important to get cocaine addiction treatment as soon as possible, not just because of the psychological, financial, and social hazards associated with it, but also because of long-term physical harm caused by the drug.

If you are ready to get addiction treatment, our drug rehab in London offers some excellent choices. We treat drug and alcohol addiction, so even if you are struggling with multiple substances we can help. Start your journey of recovery today and take the first step with our addiction treatment programme.

What are the health risks of cocaine addiction and use?

Cocaine is demanding on the body, bringing with it a strong physical rush of energy that usually alters your heart rate and blood pressure significantly. This makes it risky for any person who has pre-existing or undiagnosed heart conditions or high blood pressure. Even perfectly healthy and younger users can experience heart attacks or fits due to taking too much of the drug.

As cocaine is so often used in party and social settings, it may be used alongside alcohol. Moderate or binge drinking of alcohol and consumption of cocaine together makes overdosing more likely and is very dangerous to users. Cocaine and alcohol are toxic substances that are particularly harmful to the bodily tissues. They are removed from the bloodstream and metabolised in the liver. When an individual uses alcohol and cocaine at the same time, cocaethylene develops in the liver as a result of the metabolic processing of both alcohol and cocaine. The effects of cocaethylene in the liver and bloodstream can lead to strokes, heart attacks and liver damage. Cocaethylene works to increase both dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain which increases the risk that an individual will engage in more impulsive behaviours, including potential violence.

Cocaine use can also be damaging to the nose. Snorting cocaine, the most common method of ingestion, can deteriorate and damage your nose and the cartilage inside it. Heavy cocaine snorters can see this cartilage deteriorate entirely, leaving them with a single, larger nostril and a change to the shape of their nose.

Cocaine is also very dangerous if used during pregnancy, as it can lead to premature labour, low birth weight and potential miscarriage.

If you have noticed your cocaine habit is taking a toll on your health, our day rehab in London could be the perfect option. We allow you to live at home so you can still be with your loved one. You can schedule your treatment around work and get daily help from professional drug rehab.

What are the dangers of injecting and smoking cocaine (crack)?

These methods of cocaine consumption bring with them very real and unique risks. Smoking cocaine, also known as doing ‘crack’, can lead to pains in the chest of the user and may cause breathing problems in addition to risks associated with overdosing.

Injecting cocaine is potentially very dangerous, sharing the same health risks as the injection of heroin. Injecting cocaine can lead to permanent damage to your veins and can cause life-threatening health complications such as ulcers and gangrene. The risk of infection is also present, particularly if needle use is unhygienic or if needles are shared with other users. In these cases, the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV are possible.

If you are ready to start addiction treatment, we can help. Our rehab in London offers drug and alcohol help for one-tenth the average price of residential rehab. Contact us today to discuss our treatment options.

Are there mental health risks from cocaine use and addiction?

Yes. Because cocaine heavily affects the release of dopamine in your brain, it can bring with it many mental health complications. Our brain’s release of dopamine naturally is a carefully measured act, with it rewarding us with the pleasure of small releases of dopamine in response to doing positive and healthy acts, such as exercise, eating, socialising or having sex.

Cocaine essentially releases a flood of dopamine on demand when used. This is dangerous for mental health, as the brain adjusts itself and its response to dopamine the more it is released. Excessive dopamine release, such as is experienced when using cocaine, essentially dulls the brain’s response to it. This leads to the user needing to take more of the drug to get the same high.

Worse still, is the fact that this excessive dopamine release and subsequent dulling of response affects the brain when the user is not high on cocaine. As the brain adjusts to experiencing such an excess of dopamine, the general mood of the user changes accordingly. Common mental symptoms of regular cocaine use include depression, paranoia and general feelings of anxiety and lethargy.

This makes cocaine particularly dangerous to any user who has pre-existing mental health issues such as depression or anxiety disorders. Cocaine use is also known to bring mental health issues to the surface that were not being experienced before.

At Help Me Stop we understand that cocaine can affect more than your body, it can harm your mind as well. That is why our rehab in London is staffed with experts ready to help. Call us today on 0208 191 9191 to start your treatment.

Can you overdose on cocaine?

Yes. Cocaine overdoses are very dangerous and can be fatal. Cocaine overdose is generally described medically as when cocaine intake causes the substance to reach toxic levels within the body, causing a serious reaction. In these cases, cocaine essentially acts as a poison in the body.

Cocaine overdose levels can vary; some users have reported overdose to toxic levels from as little as a few hundred milligrams, whereas other users (particularly heavy users) are able to consume several grams without overdosing. Due to this fact, it’s generally accepted that the limit at which overdosing occurs varies from user to user.

Symptoms of overdosing on cocaine include severe nausea and vomiting and an increase in your body’s temperature. The elevated heart rate common to general cocaine use can worsen, leading to physical tremors and strong pains in the chest and body. In many cases, overdoses bring strong psychological symptoms such as feelings of panic and anxiety, or delirium and paranoia.

What are the risks of overdosing?

Cocaine overdoses are sometimes fatal. Government statistics for 2018 show deaths related to cocaine use in the UK have doubled in three years. As cocaine potency varies significantly from dealer to dealer, it’s very difficult to ever know exactly how much cocaine would cause you to overdose.

As cocaine so heavily affects the heart, serious overdoses often cause heart attacks and strokes, which can be fatal. In such cases, cocaine overdoses can begin with sensations of chest pain and pressure. As the heart is starved of blood and access to oxygen due to the inadequate flow of blood to it, the heart has to pump faster and harder to compensate. Due to constricted arteries, however, this effort is futile and may lead to heart attacks and strokes.

How does Help Me Stop treat cocaine addiction?

Cocaine is a strongly addictive substance, making it challenging but possible to be free from addiction to it. A drug-free life without cocaine use is possible and Help Me Stop’s breakthrough Dayhab treatment model is effective in helping addicted users to understand their addiction and recover from it.

Most of our therapists at Help Me Stop have experienced addiction at some point in their own lives. This gives them a grounding in the reality of drug and alcohol addiction that makes for a more connected service to anyone going through our programme.

We combine a range of therapeutic methods alongside the 12-Step approach to deliver effective treatment, not only for the cocaine use but for underlying issues. We call this combined behavioural intervention, and it includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centred counselling and other forms of therapy. This combination has proved extremely effective in dealing with depression, anger, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship and assertiveness issues as well as negative thoughts and behaviours.

If you are looking for help with a cocaine addiction in the UK, please get in touch.

Does the Dayhab model work?

Yes. Available at one-tenth of the average price for traditional residential rehab, the Help Me Stop model matches or exceeds the success rate of traditional programmes. Unlike residential treatment and traditional day programmes, our 6-week programmes are available on a more accessible basis, working around the commitments of family and work. This includes an online drug and alcohol treatment programme which is ideal for those who work or can’t get to one of our centres in person. We offer confidential cocaine rehab in the UK in two London sites, as well as online. 

Upon enquiring and going through a pre-admission phase with Help Me Stop, a schedule is arranged and agreed with each individual. This is to ensure that the programme works for them and is able to be met alongside other commitments in their lives.

In this way, we support individuals with cocaine, ketamine, GHB problems or addiction to other drugs and alcohol. We are affordable, effective and transparent in all we do and in the details of our programme.

Cocaine overdoses are sometimes fatal. Government statistics for 2018 show deaths related to cocaine use in the UK have doubled in three years. As cocaine potency varies significantly from dealer to dealer, it’s very difficult to ever know exactly how much cocaine would cause you to overdose.

As cocaine so heavily affects the heart, serious overdoses often cause heart attacks and strokes, which can be fatal. In such cases, cocaine overdoses can begin with sensations of chest pain and pressure. As the heart is starved of blood and access to oxygen due to the inadequate flow of blood to it, the heart has to pump faster and harder to compensate. Due to constricted arteries, however, this effort is futile and may lead to heart attacks and strokes.