“Cocaine is an extremely addictive drug and this addiction harms not only the individual but also their family, close colleagues and employers.  Cocaine abuse is also likely to be closely linked to the increased rate of burnout, stress and anxiety that we are seeing in city professionals.”  – Dr Margaret Ann McCann, Medical Director, Castle Craig.

Recover from Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is becoming increasingly popular and is associated with an upwardly mobile, aspirational lifestyle. The image of cocaine is one of success, showbiz and high energy (the drug is a stimulant and gives the user a short burst of energy).

According to Dutch journal, Het Brein “Employers are not aware of the dangers of excessive cocaine use by their workers. By denying the problem … the business world will face considerable damage.”

Cocaine and the City Lifestyle

Cocaine is becoming more socially acceptable and a familiar pattern is emerging amongst young city professionals who work in the fast-moving and stressful financial sector. Some busy professionals use cocaine during the day to give them energy and maintain the “buzz” needed for maintaining the pace of work.

In order to relax in the evenings, they will consume alcohol. Some people maintain these addictions for years while seeming to function normally at work.

Side Effects of Cocaine

However, according to Castle Craig’s Cocaine Detoxification Programme:

“While cocaine’s stimulant effects increase alertness and energy, the opposite is now the case and the person experiences a cocaine “crash”. This causes:

  • Fatigue,
  • Energy loss,
  • Mood swings,
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness.

Intense cravings occur along with anxiety, paranoia, depression and occasionally suicidal thinking. There are also risks for those with a history of fits, high blood pressure or heart disease.”

But cocaine is extremely addictive and the effect on the body is to narrow and damage the blood vessels. Oxygen flow to the brain is also reduced and this can result in permanent brain damage.  Excessive use of cocaine can reduce concentration, damage memory and mental flexibility.

Cocaine Addiction Help

For information about cocaine, rehab call Castle Craig’s confidential, free 24-hour helpline: 0800 0322 880. From outside the UK, call+44 1721 722 763 or visit the Castle Craig rehab clinic website.


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