Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Understanding Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine is a strong stimulant most frequently used as a recreational drug. It is commonly snorted, smoked and inhaled, or dissolved and injected.
Cocaine is made by isolating the cocaine hydrochloride from the cocoa plant and has been around for approximately 100 years. It originally had some pharmaceutical value, but its harmful and highly addictive properties have overshadowed any clinical benefits.
After a decline in popularity over the past few decades, Cocaine’s popularity has skyrocketed again. Experts estimate that as many as 1,800 Americans experiment with Cocaine for the first time each day.
Cocaine Addiction and Symptoms
Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant that affects the brain by stimulating high levels of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure and reward. The longer a person uses Cocaine, the more their body needs it to function properly. It can cause changes to genetics in brain cells, nerve cells, and proteins, among other permanent and long-term effects.
Other effects of using Cocaine include:
Cocaine abuse is particularly dangerous because continued use can cause strain on the heart. The most common cause of death in frequent Cocaine users is a stroke or cardiac arrest.
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Symptoms of Addiction to Cocaine
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug with proven physical symptoms of addiction. However, it is often the psychological addiction to Cocaine that can be the hardest part to overcome. Recreational users often slip into dependency and addiction because they develop a tolerance and need more Cocaine to feel the effects of this drug. Some of the common signs of Cocaine addiction include
- Frequent nose bleeds and a runny nose
- Neglecting your daily responsibilities because of your Cocaine use
- Failure to maintain healthy relationships
- Lying about your Cocaine use and abusing the drug when alone.
Someone who uses Cocaine frequently will develop a dependence on it, meaning they need to have it in order to feel normal. Once dependence, the user will develop a tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms will occur when attempting to stop use.
Cocaine Detoxification and Withdrawal
Detoxing from Cocaine will inevitably lead to withdrawal symptoms. Cocaine is considered a stimulant, and at TOPSAIL, we understand that the withdrawal symptoms from stimulants present unique challenges. Common symptoms of Cocaine withdrawal include.
- Loss of cognitive function
Any of these mentioned physical symptoms can lead to more serious complications such as heart failure, seizures, and psychosis.
One withdrawal symptom that is common in all addictions is cravings, which are more often mental or emotional. Cravings are what most often lead to relapse if not properly managed.
Managing Cocaine Withdrawal with Medically Monitored Detoxification
The intensity of Cocaine withdrawal is why Addiction professionals recommend a medically-monitored detox. A trained clinical staff is required to provide the care and support you need to help you through this challenging first stage of recovery.
Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Once detox has been completed, Cocaine addiction treatment can begin. Treatment for Cocaine addiction does not necessarily require a residential facility and may be managed with an outpatient program.
TOPSAIL outpatient programs allow people to live at home (or a sober living facility) during their treatment. Living at home can have many benefits including the ability to work, go to school or take care of family.
Topsail offers three types of outpatient treatment for Cocaine Addiction Therapy.
- Full-Day Treatments – Comprehensive treatment programs that meet 5 times a week at our facility in Andover, MA.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment – An immersive treatment program that helps individuals with substance abuse and addiction problems while they live at home.
Outpatient Treatment – Customized treatment plans that accommodate work, school, or other responsibilities living at home.
All three programs utilize a combination of therapy, counseling, life coaching, and group education and support programs. The highly-trained TOPSAIL staff will help you establish a treatment plan to guide you through your recovery.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire
Overcoming Cocaine Addiction requires a strong treatment program, a solid and able support system, and a commitment to regular treatment.
Topsail Addiction Treatment has a dedicated, caring, and professional staff with proven experience in helping people overcome their addictions and taking back control of their lives.
At TOPSAIL, we understand the importance of having a comfortable and convenient place to work on your sobriety. We have purpose-built our facility in Andover, MA, to offer a serene and discrete environment to work through your substance abuse challenges.
TOPSAIL ADDICTION THERAPY is easy to get to and convenient to Route 128, Route 495, Route 95 and Route 93. We serve the Greater Boston, the North Shore, Lowell, Lawrence, Metro-North, and Southern New Hampshire communities.