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Cocaine Addiction Treatment: Rehab for Cocaine Dependence and Addiction
At Clean Recovery Centers, we work to offer you the best treatment programs possible for your specific needs. We want to offer you a path to recovery. No matter how deep into cocaine use you are, you can come out the other side. We’ll give you the tools you need to get clean, live clean, and stay clean.
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine, sometimes known as coke, snow, crack, or crank, is a drug that is derived from the coca plant native to South America. It’s primarily produced in a white, powdered form. Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is taken by snorting, rubbing on your gums, or sometimes injecting.
How Does Cocaine Affect the Body?
Stimulants like cocaine affect the messaging system in our bodies, speeding up the process. In the case of cocaine specifically, it’s known to cause a “rush” or a sudden feeling of euphoria within the body. It does this by altering the dopamine system in your brain, which is a reward chemical that we naturally produce when we do things we like such as eating or having sex.
Normally, when we do things that release dopamine, it eventually cycles back into the body. Cocaine, however, impacts the receptors for dopamine and prevents it from recycling as it normally does. This can cause dopamine to build up and make you feel more euphoric than normal.
What Defines a Cocaine Addiction?
Addiction, otherwise known as a substance use disorder (SUD), can be defined by a few things across the board.
- The amount of time the substance is taking up in a day – This can range from the time you spend taking the drug, to the time you spend thinking about it or recovering from taking it. If this starts to take up most of your time, especially to the point where you are ceasing activities you used to enjoy, missing time with family or friends, or missing out on work – these could all be signs of an SUD.
- The inability to use less or stop substance use on your own – If you’re regularly partaking in a substance such as cocaine, you might come to a point where you want to cut back. If you try to do so and find you’re unable to because of things like cravings or withdrawal, this could indicate that you have an SUD.
- Experiencing withdrawal when not taking the substance – Many forms of substances, cocaine included, can cause a person to experience withdrawal when they stop taking the substance.
- The Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Use
The short-term effects that come from cocaine consumption can vary from person to person based on a few factors. These include age, metabolism, history of substance use, how much you consumed, and if you had other substances in your system when you took the cocaine.
In addition, not everyone will experience every symptom that could come from short-term use. Here are some of the most common side effects you might experience:
- Increased alertness and confidence
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Increased irritability
- Dry mouth
- Dilated pupils
- Higher body temperature
- Higher blood pressure and heart rate
- Sudden changes in behavior, including aggression
- Feeling indifferent to pain
The Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use
With long-term cocaine use can come the development of other side effects and medical conditions. For example, those who primarily snort cocaine can see the damage done to the linings inside of their nasal passageways. This can lead to runny noses, nose bleeds, infections, and even the breakdown of the cartilage between your nostrils.
There are other side effects you might experience from long-term use such as:
- Developing lung conditions like bronchitis
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Kidney failure
- Increased risk of strokes
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart disease
With long-term use also comes a high risk of withdrawal when you aren’t partaking in cocaine. This risk only increases the longer you’re taking the substance. Symptoms of withdrawal from cocaine use can start as soon as 6 hours after your last use. Withdrawal can be managed through a recovery program, which can reduce or even alleviate symptoms entirely, depending on your treatment needs.
Taking Control of Your Recovery From Cocaine Use Disorder
The process of wanting to start your recovery journey can look different for everyone. For some, it might be a fight with a loved one that’s the tipping point. Others might wake up one day, sick of experiencing cravings. There’s no right or wrong reason to want to start your healing journey, and it’s never too late either.
Everyone’s journey is just as unique as their starting point. Not every person needs the same steps or options as another person. Finding a program that can be tailored to your needs is important for reaching your healing goals.
This is where Clean Recovery Centers can help.
Treatment Options for Cocaine Addiction in Florida
Clean Recovery Centers has a three-phase approach when it comes to substance use recovery. Despite this, our programs are tailored to the individual client. It’s not a cookie-cutter system. We understand that each of the people who walk through our doors has their own path they need to follow to reach their healing goals.
Phase I – Preparation
Phase 1 normally occurs during the first 3-4 weeks of treatment. It’s a medically supported residential program with 24-hour support. This consists of our medical detox program as well as our residential I program. The goal of this phase is for the client to become stabilized and start the healing process for the body and mind.
Phase II – Action
Phase II is where our treatment option splits into two variables. The path you take will depend on what needs you need to meet the most. One track is our mental-health-focused track, while the other is more substance-use-focused. Overall, this phase tends to last 2-3 weeks.
For substance use disorders, like cocaine addiction, our next step is a community housing program with day/night treatment options. We address four primary things during phase II: experiential processes, defense mechanism identification, belief system exploration, and symbolic integration. This is designed to help you identify your core beliefs to gear them towards a balanced and clean lifestyle.
Phase III – Maintenance
The maintenance phase normally lasts 6-8 weeks and consists of helping you transition out of full-time treatment. The goal is to continue your therapy and group sessions, slowly decreasing sessions and solidifying the life skills you need to continue your success outside of our doors.
We offer both intensive and non-intensive outpatient care. Intensive is a minimum of 9 hours of therapy and other sessions per week, while standard outpatient has a minimum of 2 hours per week. We offer transitional living residences for those who are in need of them, but clients may also choose to live at home during this time too.
Reclaim Your Health at Clean Recovery Centers
Clean Recovery Centers here in Florida offer all steps of the recovery process, from detox to inpatient and outpatient treatment. We want to set you up for success both during treatment and into recovery.
If you have any questions about our treatment options for cocaine use disorder, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (888) 330-2532. Our staff is eager to help you wherever we can.
FAQs About Cocaine Addiction Treatment
What does cocaine addiction look like?
Cocaine addiction usually involves your time revolving around your substance use. This means spending most of your day either taking cocaine, thinking about cocaine, or recovering from cocaine use.
How do I help a loved one with cocaine addiction?
Be open-minded and judgment-free, and approach them with love and support. Remind them that you care and want to help.
How does cocaine addiction affect the brain?
Cocaine impacts the dopamine levels in our brains, aka the reward chemical. Because of this, it causes euphoria while used, but afterward, the lack of dopamine can lead to a “crash” or feelings of depression and exhaustion.