Cocaine Addiction


Cocaine is an illegal drug which can give a powerful ‘high’ that can leave you feeling really down.

All types of cocaine are extremely addictive and the addiction can take hold very quickly indeed.

Taking cocaine is a very dangerous activity with a series of risks both in the short and long term.

Signs of Cocaine Usage

Short Term

Physical symptoms/risks:

  • Dilated pupils, fast heart rate, constricted blood vessels, heart attack
  • Runny nose, nosebleeds, track marks, burns

Dangerous behaviour under the influence, resulting from:

  • Euphoria, exuberance, overconfidence
  • Aggressiveness, paranoia
  • Delusions, hallucinations

Longer Term

  • Poor judgment
  • Depression
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Agitation, nervousness
  • Intense craving
  • Need for increasing amounts/frequency
  • Apathy, exhaustion, sleeping a lot
  • Tiredness but difficulty sleeping
  • Financial concerns

Conventional Treatments

Unlike heroin, there is no ‘substitute’ medication to treat cocaine addiction.

However, medication may be of assistance with related symptoms such as sleeping pills.

Cocaine addiction can be treated with a combination of psychological therapies, talking therapies and specialist drugs counselling. Social support can also be considered depending on the individual.

rTMS Treatment Clinics

On the basis of research, Smart TMS believe that rTMS – Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation could offer an alternative treatment option for cocaine addiction.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation works directly on the associated areas of the brain and has shown excellent results in a variety of treatment areas.

rTMS Treatment Clinics

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment for cocaine addiction is available at all our Smart TMS clinic locations. We use the same treatment protocols as Psychiatrist Dr Luigi Gallimberti – see National Geographic: TMS Treatment for Addiction for more information.

Smart TMS was the first UK clinic to offer treatments for anything other than depression. We now additionally offer treatment programmes for addiction as well as other mental health conditions.

To discuss this further, please contact us.

Testimonial – Our Patient’s Story:

Treatment for Crack Cocaine Addiction with rTMS at Smart TMS, London

“I attended the rTMS clinic at Brompton Cross in London, South Kensington, in November 2016”

“When my marriage broke down 5 years ago I began having panic attacks and was on the edge of a breakdown. Over time, I began drinking heavily and snorting cocaine. I then moved on to smoking crack cocaine.”

“My life spiralled out of control and towards the end of the 5 years I was truly addicted to crack cocaine.”

“I had kept my activities as secret from my family somehow. My Mum constantly bailed me out with money. She thought that I was just struggling with bills. I sunk into a clinical depression and had been on two different types of anti-depressants. With the alcohol and drugs that I was putting into my system I’m not surprised they didn’t work.”

“I began to miss days at work and this became a regular pattern. I felt like I didn’t care any more. I had no enthusiasm for anything, for life itself. After being a skilled mechanic for 20 years it was only a matter of time before I lost my job.”

“Ridiculous as it sounds, I was really happy about this. I now had no job and a one and a half thousand pounds a week crack habit that doesn’t include the drinking.”

Read what happened next at the full Cocaine Addiction Treatment Testimonial.

Cocaine Addiction and TMS Treatment

Research and Studies

Research Studies

Recent animal studies have demonstrated that compulsive cocaine seeking strongly reduces pre-limbic frontal cortex activity, while stimulation of this brain area significantly inhibits compulsive cocaine seeking, providing a strong rationale for applying brain stimulation to reduce cocaine consumption (Terraneo et al, 2015).

In a case series daily sessions of rTMS produced a significant reduction in craving for cocaine over time (Politi et al., 2008).

A randomised controlled study was conducted with 32 cocaine-addicted patients treated with rTMS.  There was a 29-day treatment period in which 16 were treated with rTMS and 13 were controls.  After the treatment there was a significantly higher number of cocaine-free urine drug tests in the rTMS group compared to the controls. Craving for cocaine was also significantly lower in the rTMS group.

This was followed by a 63-day period during which 10 control patients received rTMS treatment and showed significant improvement with favorable outcomes becoming comparable to those of the rTMS group.

No significant adverse events were noted (Terraneo et al, 2015).