Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Promises
Take back your life from drugs and alcohol. We’ll help you tackle the reasons behind cocaine addiction. You’ll learn healthy coping skills to live a fulfilling life in recovery. Call us today to learn more about our treatment center: 844-876-5568.
What is Cocaine Rehab Like?
Cocaine can significantly impact the production of dopamine, one of the brain’s “feel good” neurotransmitters. Continued use alters the brain’s ability to produce and regulate dopamine on its own. This makes cocaine users at high risk for physical and psychological dependence. This is why you may need to go through medical detox. This is especially true if you’ve also been struggling with alcohol abuse.
Detoxing from drugs and alcohol shouldn’t stop you from seeking addiction treatment. Our medical team makes sure this process is safe and as comfortable as possible. You may experience cocaine withdrawal symptoms if you’ve been abusing drugs regularly. Alcohol abuse can also cause serious withdrawal symptoms. We use medications and alternative therapies to ease these withdrawal symptoms. Our caring team of professionals attends to you around the clock to ease discomfort. You can go through drug detox in one of our state-of-the-art detox facilities. We can also recommend a reputable detox center nearby.
Following cocaine detox, residential treatment helps cocaine abusers maintain sobriety. Our inpatient addiction treatment program considers the latest research in addiction treatment options. Substance abuse and mental health issues can wreak havoc on your health. We’ll help you begin restoring physical and mental health. We use approaches that get to the root causes of cocaine dependence. Your rehab program therapies depend on your length of stay and needs. They may include:
- Individual behavioral therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Alternative approaches like massage therapy and acupuncture
- Medication management
- Adventure therapies
- Self-help groups like The 12 Steps
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Mental illness symptoms often go hand-in-hand with substance abuse. Abusing drugs and alcohol interferes with brain functioning. It can throw off neurotransmitters responsible for regulating emotions. This may contribute to a slew of issues like depression and anxiety. On the other hand, drug dependency may begin because of a mental health issue. Some people abuse drugs in an attempt to ease mental illness symptoms. They may feel cocaine makes them feel more “up” or alcohol makes them feel less anxious. These self-medication tactics eventually backfire. They can make anxiety and depression symptoms worse.
Treatment for mental health issues is a key aspect of our rehab program. Our psychiatric team will assess you for co-occurring issues like depression. We may prescribe medication as appropriate. You’ll see us throughout your stay for medication management.
Our treatment programs take place in restorative settings. The backdrop of nature can provide a sense of serenity for people in recovery. Depending on your location, you’ll enjoy soothing views of the ocean, desert or Texas foothills. Our residences are far from a hospital environment. They’re complete with cozy furnishings, warm decor and welcoming gathering areas.
You’re not left to go it alone after you leave a Promises treatment center. We’ll help you plan for this moment from day one. You’ll learn healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime. We’ll connect you with therapists and other mental health professionals. We can recommend outpatient rehab if you’d like to keep a foothold in treatment during early recovery. You’ll also learn about support groups in your area and sober-living arrangements. Our alumni network is robust. Alumni events and support services can help you maintain abstinence from cocaine.
Why Cocaine Rehab is Important
Short-Term Effects of Cocaine
The effects of cocaine can last from 20 minutes to several hours. Duration depends on the dosage, purity and method of administration.
The initial effects are:
- Blood pressure increase
- Heart rate increase
Depression often follows euphoria. An intense craving to experience the euphoria again is also common. Short-term cocaine withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Paranoid delusions
Cocaine overdose can result in:
- Respiratory and circulatory failure
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Heart failure
Cocaine can also cause greater heat production resulting in hyperthermia. This can lead to muscle cell destruction and renal failure. There is no officially approved antidote for cocaine overdose. Emergency departments usually use a benzodiazepine to decrease the heart rate and blood pressure.
Long-Term Effects of Cocaine
Long-term effects of cocaine can be serious.
- Snorting cocaine can cause a deviated septum (the area separating the nostrils).
- Many cocaine users experience involuntary tooth grinding. This can deteriorate tooth enamel and lead to gingivitis.
- Cocaine may increase your risk of autoimmune diseases such as lupus and vasculitis.
- Cocaine abuse can contribute to kidney diseases and renal failure.
Cocaine releases large amounts of dopamine. It’s a chemical associated with pleasure and movement. The brain releases dopamine in response to a pleasurable signal. The brain believes cocaine to be pleasurable and naturally wants more. Cocaine can cause long-term changes in the brain’s reward system and in other brain systems. Tolerance also develops with repeated use, so users must take higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect. This leads to addiction and cocaine dependence. Cocaine addiction treatment in a medical setting can help ease cocaine withdrawal symptoms.
Cocaine dependence can result in:
- Severe physiological damage
- Weight loss
- Cocaine overdose
Many habitual users develop a manic-like condition similar to schizophrenia. They may get aggressive and experience paranoia and hallucinations.
How is Cocaine Addiction Treated?
Cocaine treatments are similar to those for any other drug dependency. The following approaches are shown to be effective in treating cocaine addiction:
Drug rehab – Outpatient rehab may be effective for casual users. Those who’ve been abusing cocaine in large amounts may need long-term inpatient treatment to gain critical relapse prevention skills. Cocaine abusers that also have co-occurring mental health disorders may see the best results with inpatient dual diagnosis treatment.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for cocaine addiction, heroin addiction and other drug addictions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you recognize unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors. It encourages you to see that these thoughts and behaviors aren’t working for you. You’ll learn how to replace negative thoughts and behaviors with healthy ones. Cognitive behavioral therapy skills can help you deal with substance abuse triggers.
Positive reinforcement – Contingency management is also an effective treatment for cocaine addiction. Contingency management rewards people for adhering to a treatment plan. For example, people in recovery may get increasing independence in a treatment center if they keep up with their treatment plan. This may include things like unsupervised outings or free time.
Sober-living situation – Living in a supportive environment with sober peers helps former cocaine abusers stay sober. Studies show a therapeutic sober-living residence can prevent relapse in cocaine users. These living situations can help provide accountability in sobriety. Residents lean on each other for support.
Cocaine is a popular illicit drug. The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health from SAMHSA estimates there are 1.5 million cocaine users in the US. Cocaine usually appears in powdered form. It’s often cut with fillers like baking soda and local anesthetics to increase its weight. Cocaine is also cut with other drugs such as methamphetamine. Powdered cocaine is an ingredient in crack cocaine, which appears in rock-like form.
Cocaine abusers usually take cocaine by:
- Chewing (in leaf form)
- Swallowing (by wrapping up the cocaine in rolling paper and swallowing it)
Snorting is the most common method. Any material not directly absorbed through the mucous membranes is swallowed.
Powdered cocaine and “crack” both come from the chemical manipulation of substances that appear naturally in the coca plant. Powdered cocaine is the product of the basic processing of coca. Crack cocaine comes from a secondary processing of powdered cocaine. Both forms of cocaine trigger an increased amount of activity inside the body’s central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). They also cause heightened levels of pleasure (euphoria). People who smoke crack cocaine experience a stronger form of these effects that fades away relatively quickly. People who inject a powdered cocaine solution directly into their bloodstream also experience relatively strong, short-acting drug effects. The longest lasting, least intense cocaine “highs” come from inhaling the powdered form of the drug.
How Cocaine Addiction Develops
Cocaine can produce long-term brain alterations in habitual users. These alterations cause the brain to treat cocaine as an essential component of its everyday mixture of chemicals. People who undergo this basic change in brain function have a chemical dependence on cocaine. Cocaine addiction sets in when a person dependent on the drug starts to develop symptoms such as:
- A recurring urge to use cocaine
- Lack of control over how much cocaine they consume
- The onset of cocaine withdrawal when they use less cocaine than normal
- Resistance to the drug effects of any given dose of cocaine
- A routine that stresses the importance of cocaine use and diminishes the importance of a functional lifestyle
Cocaine Addiction Diagnosis
Cocaine addiction is a stimulant use disorder. The diagnosis applies to people significantly impaired by cocaine addiction or other stimulants. The diagnosis also applies to people significantly impaired by the non-dependent abuse of stimulant drugs. Doctors view impairment as significant when people have at least two symptoms of cocaine/stimulant addiction or cocaine/stimulant abuse. The severity of the disorder increases with the number of symptoms present. People most affected have a total of 11 separate symptoms.
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