What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant that provokes feelings of euphoria and hyperactiveness. It does this through interactions with the body’s central nervous system.

Cocaine comes from the coca plant and is usually powdery. This stimulant is highly addictive and can cause mental and physical issues.

Cocaine is known as coke or powder on the streets. It can be consumed in various ways. This includes

What are the Effects of Abusing Cocaine?

Just using cocaine can have tremendous adverse effects on your health. Abusing cocaine has a direct impact on your heart.

It can lead to hypertension, cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease, and other cardiovascular problems.

Other health issues it causes include

Depending on how cocaine is taken, you can also be affected by hepatitis or HIV.

What are the Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction?

There are long and short-term symptoms associated with cocaine addiction or abuse.

Short-Term Symptoms

Long-Term Symptoms

What are the Dangers of Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs?

Taking cocaine with other drugs can cause a lot of complications and compound effects. For example, cocaine is a stimulant that makes its users feel high while heroin is a depressant that represses these feelings.

When both substances are taken together, it can lead to blurred vision and impaired or slower motor functions. In extreme situations, it can lead to seizures, heart attacks, or other problems.

This usually happens when there is an overdose. If you are mixing cocaine with other drugs, seek medical help immediately.

How is Cocaine Addiction Diagnosed?

Cocaine addiction is usually diagnosed by a doctor or mental health professional. The doctor might ask you questions about your health history and symptoms. Then, a physical examination might be conducted.

In addition, blood, saliva, and urine tests may be conducted to rule out other conditions. Diagnosis follows the guidelines meted out in DSM-5.

Detox Program

The process of removing all traces of cocaine from the body is called detoxing. Detox programs last for 3-7 days.

Patients will experience withdrawal symptoms after detoxing. These symptoms include

Withdrawal symptoms can last from some weeks to months. The exact length varies and depends on the length and severity of the addiction.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used by therapists to change the habits and thoughts of the patient.

People who go through therapy are better equipped in handling their addiction. This reduces the chances of relapse.

Support Groups

Support groups can give patients the strength and encouragement needed when recovering. Most rehab centers have support groups.

When Should You Contact a Doctor?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of cocaine addiction, see your doctor immediately. Also, seek medical help if you have abused cocaine.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.