Treatment Options for Cocaine Addiction
Withdrawal, Detox & On-Going Treatment
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, and withdrawals from the drug are often intense. The goal of cocaine addiction treatment is to help you overcome those withdrawals and create a new pattern of life that is free from any substance abuse.
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Cocaine Rehab Process
What Happens Next?
The first step to overcoming cocaine addiction is detoxification, which is the body’s physical withdrawal from cocaine. This period may last as long as a week and will include symptoms like severe headaches, hunger and muscle tremors.
Following detoxification, cocaine addiction treatment often consists of a combination of residential treatment, 12-step programs, individual therapy, group therapy and group support to encourage the long-term management of this addiction.
Effects of Cocaine Addiction
Long & Short Term
Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that influences the brain’s perception of pleasure and pain. It comes from the leaves of the coca plant, a shrub native to Latin America. Once a common medication for pain relief, cocaine is now used primarily for recreational purposes.
As a powerful and addictive stimulant, cocaine produces short-term effects like:
- High Energy
- Increased Heart Rate
- High Blood Pressure
Most recreational patterns of cocaine use deliver high levels of the drug into the bloodstream in a short period of time, which increases the intensity of the high. As you come down from this high, your body will experience a brief period of withdrawal that can be treated through the further use of the drug. The longer and more often cocaine is used, the more intense the withdrawal period may be.
This binge pattern of cocaine use frequently leads to addiction. Prolonged use of cocaine can lead to permanent damage to the brain and heart. High dosages of cocaine are often fatal.
Types of Cocaine
And Common Names
Cocaine goes under a collection of different names based on the way it is prepared. Most forms of cocaine are prepared into a powder form and are snorted, allowing the chemicals to be absorbed through the nasal tissue. Cocaine may also be dissolved into an injectable solution.
Common “street” names for cocaine include:
On occasion, cocaine is mixed with heroin into a single smoke-able substance called speedball.
Signs & Symptoms
Continued exposure to cocaine frequently leads to addiction. If someone is frequently using the drug, then there is a large chance of that person becoming addicted to the substance.
There are several signs that may indicate a cocaine addiction. They include:
- Extreme Weight Loss
- Decline in Appearance and Hygiene Habits
- Changes in Sleep Patterns
- Sudden Financial Difficulties