Cocaine Addiction: How Women Can Take Back Their Lives

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Illicit drug use is skyrocketing around the country, and nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of women. Many women are in need of opioid and cocaine rehab to get rid of these terrible addictions, but not all seek the care that they need. Although men are more likely than women to use illicit drugs, research shows that women are just as likely as their male counterparts are to deal with addiction. Also, because women process drugs differently than men do, statistics show that they have far more problems with cravings and have trouble breaking unhealthy habits. Here’s more on women and cocaine addiction.

Research on Cocaine Addiction

Nowhere is this more true than in the case of stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Research shows that women are more prone to give in to the rewarding effects of stimulants than males. Researchers speculate that this could relate to the higher estrogen levels in a woman’s body. Women are generally more apt to take cocaine and to use large amounts of it than men. Additionally, women tend to suffer more physical effects from cocaine, including cardiovascular symptoms, than male counterparts.

As can be seen, women who have taken cocaine often struggle to get their lives back on track and to say “no” to continued drug use even if they want to give it up. Their cravings may simply be too strong and their physical and psychological need to continue using the drug is certainly apt to overpower them. Signs and Symptoms Of Cocaine Addiction commonly include large pupils, a runny nose, mood swings, talkativeness, changes in appetite, poor hygiene and a new interest in risky behaviors. Individuals who notice these signs in loved ones must find ways to intervene and help them. This is where rehab solutions can be the answer.

Pregnant Women and Opioid Use

The CDC recently reported that the amount of opioids used by pregnant women is particularly alarming. In fact, opioid use in this demographic has quadrupled since 2014. Not only can these drugs harm the woman and cause addictions, they can create equally dangerous addictions in babies. The infants may suffer from birth defects, developmental delays and withdrawal. The CDC insists that it is vital that states provide strong programs and healthy policies to curb this type of drug use. These programs can also stop the opioid epidemic from worsening, especially in this demographic.

Although opioids are generally known as depressants rather than as stimulants, of which cocaine is one, they can be incredibly destructive to live with and terribly addictive. The best way to get this problem under control is to attend rehab.

Women of all ages and stations in life have the opportunity to attend rehab. Rehab facilities are growing around the U.S. They are offering a growing number of programs and therapies proven to help women. Plus, most rehab centers offers different styles of treatment from inpatient to outpatient and from short-term to long-term stays.

While research shows that best results usually come from long-term inpatient rehab, women may choose a shorter outpatient option. As long as she commits to the process and surrounds herself with a strong support network, this option can work for women busy with work and who have kids to care for at home.

What Women Can Expect at Rehab

Rehab typically starts with detox. This stage deals with with withdrawal in individuals who are addicts of stimulants or opioids. This period generally lasts a week and may require medications to deal with very powerful withdrawal side effects. Once detox ends, women will learn ways to live happy, healthy lives without turning to illicit drugs for help.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a non-pharmacological approach typical in cocaine addiction recovery programs. Individuals may also attend group and/or individual therapy. Long-term rehab, which lasts more than 30 days, is the best option for getting on the right track. However, no matter which type of rehab a woman chooses, she will need to continue with follow-up therapy long after rehab ends.

Women from all walks of life can have major problems with drugs. However, addiction does not have to spell the end of one’s happiness and success. A myriad of pharmacological solutions and non-pharmacological treatments exist today to provide women with ways to take back their lives and enjoy their best years yet.


  1. Very promising recent studies about neuroplasticity and addiction indicate the brain works the same way for both addiction and recovery. So in addition to whatever medical, spiritual and psychological treatment one receives, it helps to know new habits can also be formed.

    • This is interesting, Mary Jo. I do believe in the resilience of the human spirit and to read your words about the brain gives me hope that more people will be able to pursue their best life. We all have our share of struggles… The form they take differs from person to person… I send love.

  2. Your article is pretty much on target and very well written! Thank you for bringing awareness to this frigate subject of women and cocaine addiction.

    I’m a recovering cocaine addict, clean for now almost 6 years. I got clean from cocaine on my own, with knowledge from previous AA groups I’d attended and by having supportive people on my side encouraging me.

    My active addiction was a horrific experience to say the least. I was an absolute hard core addict with a very expensive habit. I was on the streets during this time and the lifestyle itself was addicting as well, even though it’s very unappealing.

    I learned a lot while I was out there and this addiction cost me and I paid a very heavy price for it. Today I’m just grateful I’m clean from this horrible drug. I understand all to well the powerful hold it has on you.

    I love helping people that are struggling because I know how it feels to be a strung out addict wanting more. No one should have to go through what we have gone through.

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