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Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine is a drug made from the coca plant. It is a strong stimulant that is also immensely addictive. In fact, cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug after cannabis in the United States.
Commonly known as coke, this substance is much more toxic than the soda drink we all think about; in 2014 alone more than 5,000 people died of an overdose (this does not include the unreported cocaine related deaths) as per the NIDA. Almost a quarter of the 2 million visits to the emergency room that were due to substance abuse were related to cocaine abuse.
Although there are medical uses for cocaine, it is more often used as a recreational drug. Cocaine was first used as an anesthetic which inhibits the user from feeling pain.
What Effects Does Cocaine Have?
For recreational purposes, cocaine is used primarily for:
- An increase in alertness,
- A “rush”, also called “high”, which is a strong feeling of elation,
- Increased energy,
- A rush of confidence,
- Increased talkativeness and sociability,
- Elevated mood,
- Suppressed appetite,
- Increase in libido.
They are normally consumed by snorting, smoking or injecting. Snorted cocaine effects are delayed but are stronger. Smoking or injecting, on the other hand, is much quicker, can be as few as 7 seconds to kick in but lasts only for 5 to 10 minutes.
However, these are not without any side effects. Some immediate effects are:
- Pupil dilation,
- Twitching of muscles,
- Paranoia and vertigo,
- Increase of blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate,
- Heart attacks,
- Respiratory arrest,
Ranch Creek’s cocaine addiction treatment program counteracts both the mental and physical aspects of long-term or intense use of cocaine. Negative effects on behavior and the body include:
- Nosebleeds, nasal septum irritation, deprivation of the sense of smell, respiratory problems, and even hoarseness,
- When injected, it may lead to infections and collapsed veins,
- Sudden mood changes,
- Psychosis, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Ranch Creek Recovery’s Cocaine Abuse Program
While cocaine addiction is powerful and difficult to overcome, many people have recovered from their dependency with the help of drug addiction treatment centers such as Ranch Creek. Starting with detox (the managing of withdrawal, which can be quite intense with cocaine), our patients receive highly individualized attention throughout the rehabilitation process.
As with all addiction treatment programs, detox from cocaine is only the first step. Since cocaine addiction is often deeply psychological as well as physical, patients need to explore their psyche through mindfulness and therapeutic methods to address the internal, underlying causes of addiction. Many drug addiction treatment centers continue with the 12-step programs so commonly known, Ranch Creek offers a mix of traditional and holistic therapies tailor-fitted to each client’s unique set of needs.
Following the end of the 30, 60, or 90-day program, aftercare and relapse prevention are strongly recommended by our staff and doctors; that’s why we have an aftercare program keeping our patients connected and with support in case cravings or even a relapse happens. Normally, we stay in contact with our patients for at least a year following discharge.
Ranch Creek Recovery’s inpatient cocaine addiction treatment center is a 6-bed recovery facility with experienced and compassionate staff dedicated to helping people get sober. If you or a loved one is among the millions struggling with cocaine abuse, call or click today to get help.