Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a hugely addictive stimulant drug, which produces a powerful and pleasurable high, causing the user to become more alert and energetic. It is when the user begins to use cocaine on a regular basis, in order to re-experience this pleasurable high, that people are at risk of becoming addicted.

Signs of Cocaine Usage

Immediate Effects

The immediate effects observed after taking cocaine include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased temperature
  • Extremely talkative
  • Runny or congested nose

Large Quantities

When large quantities of cocaine have been ingested, users may show;

  • Erratic, violent behaviour
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Tremors

Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

When cocaine is continually taken over a long period of time, it can lead to an addiction. These are some of the symptoms that can be observed when a user is addicted:

  • Increased displeasure and negative moods
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Weight loss
  • Sexual dysfunction

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Conventional treatment options available

  • Talking therapies
  • Group Therapy
  • CBT
  • Motivational therapy

rTMS Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

rTMS is an increasingly recognised treatment for cocaine addiction.

rTMS is a brain stimulation technique that can modulate the neural networks in the brain’s reward system, causing a break in the craving, bingeing and withdrawal cycle.  Addicts treated with rTMS report that the cravings are completely eliminated – this is not something that can be achieved by other rehab treatments.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment for depression is available at Smart TMS Ireland, based at our clinic in Dublin.