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 is available at Smart TMS Ireland, based at our clinic in Dublin.