Cocaine Addiction Treatment
One of the most notorious recreational drugs in the world is cocaine, a powerful stimulant that is most commonly injected, smoked, or snorted. While it has some legal medicinal uses, it is largely used illegally and goes by many street names, including coke, snow, dope, nose candy, rocks, and powder. Cocaine is the second most popular illegal substance worldwide, with at least 35 million Americans over the age of 12 having admitted to using the drug. While cocaine abuse is a difficult habit to break once one has become dependent on it, there is hope.
Rise Above Cocaine Abuse to Find Your True Self
Our professional, highly trained staff includes counselors, doctors, and therapists experienced in providing addiction recovery services customized each to individual clients’ situation and needs. In order to best understand the importance of cocaine addiction treatment, it will be necessary to learn how cocaine use leads to dependence, and how dangerous it is, both to the person using it and those around them.
Recognizing Cocaine Abuse
Recognizing the signs of drug abuse is an important step toward helping someone to get the cocaine addiction treatment that they need. More obvious signs of cocaine use include the existence of needle marks on the limbs or extremities where cocaine has been injected. Empty or used syringes found around the home are another red flag. Other signs include sudden and unexpected episodes of excitement and overconfidence, unexplained sexual excitement, abnormal sleep patterns, or a significant reduction in the desire to eat. Delusions, paranoid episodes, hallucinations, sudden financial problems, and unusual aggressiveness or acts of bad judgment, are all potential signs of cocaine abuse.
Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Use
When a person uses cocaine, it overstimulates the dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine neurotransmitters in the brain. On one hand, the immediate effects, which can last up to an hour, include a sense of euphoria, increased energy, and an increased sense of competence and sexual performance. Other short-term effects are less desirable, such as reduced appetite, panic attacks, dangerously elevated blood pressure, paranoid episodes, hallucinations, and psychosis. Cocaine also inhibits the function of the orbitofrontal cortex, which governs a person’s decision-making capacity. This may lead to spontaneous acts of violence upon oneself or others. Even using cocaine for the first time can result in health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, coma, and death.
True Recovery is here to provide the highest level of compassionate care for our clients working through the short-term effects of cocaine use. We’re dedicated to helping those struggling with drug above to overcome the effects and uncover buried passions and set goals only accomplished by first committing to a healthier lifestyle.
Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use
Because cocaine reduces the brain’s ability to absorb the dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine neurotransmitters, cocaine abuse eventually leads to their depletion. This leads to gradual and permanent changes in the brain, specifically the areas that provide emotional rewards. The changes force the abuser to use more cocaine to achieve the same effects, creating a feedback loop. Over time, the brain’s reward system becomes less responsive to things that would naturally stimulate it. The increased insensitivity of the brain’s reward mechanism is why cocaine users become less interested in the activities that they used to enjoy, making them crave greater doses of cocaine to achieve the same level of satisfaction that they were able to achieve in the past. This increased need for cocaine to stimulate the reward pathways is why cocaine usage so easily leads to dependency. Cocaine usage can ultimately lead to the depletion of one’s finances or even acts of theft to satisfy their craving. The health implications of long-term cocaine use include a greater risk of seizures, irregular heart rhythm, or even overdosing and death by heart attack or stroke.
At True Recovery, we offer a unique treatment options for cocaine abuse, including an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) that takes an individualized, holistic approach to cocaine addiction counseling and recovery. We accept the majority of private insurance plans, and by filling out our insurance verification form we can find verify your coverage in as soon as an hour. If you or someone you know has a cocaine habit, don’t let it become more of a problem than it already is. Fill out our contact form or call today and speak with an admissions counselor right away.