I Only Do Cocaine On Weekends – Am I Addicted?

Cocaine has long been glamorized in media and popular culture. Because of this, we have a more casual attitude towards it than we do towards other drugs. Just a casual line or two after a few drinks on a Friday isn’t going to kill us, right?

As it turns out, perceptions of what classifies as “recreational” use are often quite skewed, and users are often more addicted to cocaine than they initially realize. Says Global Drugs Survey Dr. Adam Winstock, “Doing a gram of coke every weekend is not healthy, nor can it even really be called casual or average use.” That weekend use adds up to a whole lots more cocaine consumption than you may realize – and it tends to escalate to far more problematic levels.

 

Why Coke Use Always Becomes More Frequent Than You Planned

You know how the story goes: you head out on a Friday night to blow off some steam, telling yourself you’ll steer clear of cocaine this weekend, but after a few drinks the justifications start pouring in. “Just a line won’t hurt,” or “I deserve it after a long week” – the excuses are endless, but the behavior is the same. And that one line turns into many more, eventually forming a pattern. Before you know it, you may find yourself doing cocaine on weekdays, by yourself or without understanding why.

Addiction is progressive. With repeated cocaine use, your tolerance increases, meaning your body needs more of it to get high. And because of how profoundly cocaine affects your brain chemistry, the likelihood of becoming addicted to it is considerable.

A Hidden Danger: High-Functioning Cocaine Addiction

One of the dangers of high-functioning addiction is that it’s harder to see. We tell ourselves that if we’re going to work on time, paying our bills and living in a nice home, we can’t possibly be addicts. But the truth is that addiction lies not in how often you use, but in your relationship with the substance. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you done something unsafe, or something you regret, while on cocaine?
  • Have your cocaine purchases affected your budget?
  • Do you look forward to the next time you’ll do coke?
  • Has a partner, friend or family member expressed concern about your drug use?
  • Do you hide your cocaine use from non-using people in your life?

If so, you’ve already experienced some of the consequences of cocaine addiction.

Signs of Stimulant Use Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), someone who experiences at two or more of the following problems within a year is considered to have stimulant use disorder:

  • Using more than you intend to
  • Failing at your attempts to cut back or quit
  • Spending a significant amount of time doing drugs
  • Forgoing other activities in favor of doing coke
  • Craving cocaine
  • Failing to meet your responsibilities at home or at work due to your coke use
  • Continuing your drug use despite its negative impacts on your life
  • Using cocaine in a physically dangerous way
  • Using coke despite its toll on your mood or mental health
  • Developing a tolerance to cocaine
  • Withdrawing from coke when you don’t use it for a period of time

There’s no way around it – cocaine ruins lives. Even if you feel you’re in control of your use now, is using worth it knowing that one day you may not be?

Ready To Stop Using Cocaine Once And For All?

At The Sanctuary at Sedona, we understand how inescapable cocaine addiction can feel, even when it’s wreaking havoc on your mind, body, spirit, and the relationships you value most. Our integrative treatment program offers an entirely new paradigm in cocaine addiction treatment, using discoveries in epigenetics and neurogenesis along with deeply transformative holistic techniques to enable you to fully recover and be well.

For more on our one-of-a-kind approach, see our article on Treating Substance Abuse Holistically.

To learn more about The Sanctuary and our integrative addiction treatment program, contact us online, call us at (877) 710-3385 or email us at info@sanctuary.net.