Cocaine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Cocaine. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:
1. Tolerance: The need to use increasing amounts of cocaine in order to get the same level of intoxication, or using the regular amount of cocaine doesn’t cause as strong an effect.
2 . Withdrawal: A specific set of symptoms that individuals experience when they stop taking Cocaine. Symptoms may include excessive sleepiness, irritability, thoughts of suicide, increased appetite, depression and difficulty sleeping.
3. Taking larger amounts of cocaine and for longer periods than intended.
4. Persistent desire or repeated unsuccessful attempts to quit using cocaine.
5. Spending excessive amounts of time trying to get cocaine, being high on cocaine or recovering from cocaine use.
6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced because of cocaine use.
7. The individual continues to use cocaine despite knowledge of negative consequences (i.e. physical illness, relationship problems, job difficulty etc.)