Cocaine Addiction Treatment

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What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant narcotic, mostly sold in a white powder form. Cocaine can be used by smoking, inhaling through the nose (also known as snorting), injecting with a needle, or by taking it orally. Crack cocaine, a variant of cocaine, looks like rocks or crystals. This form of the drug is most commonly smoked and produces a shorter and more intense effect. These rocks do not have the same properties as Amphetamines, but have many similarities on the body.

When someone ingests cocaine, it unleashes high levels of dopamine in the brain which creates the “high” users chase. However, this effect is brief, leading to a “crash” shortly afterward. Once the brain has released high levels of dopamine and other “feel-good” chemicals, it produces fewer of these chemicals when the effects of cocaine wear off. This effect leads to depression, anxiety, agitation, and cravings for more of the substance.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute

If you have suspicion that someone you know is struggling with cocaine addiction, assisting them in accessing qualified professional cocaine addiction treatment is the most effective way to help. Contact Lighthouse Recovery Institute to speak with someone who is trained and ready to assist with setting your loved one up with admitting to an addiction treatment center. Effective cocaine addiction treatment includes intensive therapy, life skills development, addressing core issues, relapse prevention, medication management, and a range of holistic services aimed at helping the individual to build a fulfilling life free of cocaine.

Inpatient Treatment

During inpatient cocaine addiction treatment, patients heal from the impact of cocaine use and begin to develop the skills necessary for long-term recovery. This level of care includes structured groups, case management support, and intensive therapy.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Many individuals seek outpatient drug rehab after residential care and enroll in intensive outpatient treatment or IOP. IOP allows patients to continue to access group and individual therapy services while enabling them increased independence to work, attend school, and reside in sober living.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is provided as aftercare services once an individual has completed cocaine rehab. Individual and group therapy will be provided based on an individual’s ongoing needs as they transition to independent living.

Cocaine & Other Substances

There are famous street names for cocaine such as coke, blow, nose candy, snow, and yayo. Street names for crack include rocks, gravel, sleet, and nuggets. Cocaine mixtures have their street names. For example, mixing cocaine with an opiate drug, such as heroin, is called a “speedball.” These mixtures are significantly dangerous because different drugs engage different parts of the brain. The brain damage that may occur when mixing different drugs can be lethal. Sometimes, people will take more than one substance to create a “better” or more intense high. Despite people achieving the high, the result can be extreme mental and physical harm, overdose, or even death. Long-term cocaine use can also result in mental health issues, such as depression.

When purchased on the street, cocaine is very often diluted or “cut” with any number of other chemicals like detergents, amphetamines, silicon and the deadly Fentanyl. Fentanyl is responsible for a 540% increase in overdose deaths within the past three years. Fentanyl is synthetic and 100 times stronger than the morphine one would obtain in a hospital. Dealers tend to mix cocaine with similar light powders to take advantage of buyers. These powders may include baking soda, boric acid, amphetamines, and laxatives. The danger of buying cocaine on the street is that one can never know what they are purchasing and using. Ingesting unknown substances, such as cocaine or heroin can lead to tragic consequences such as death.

Effects of Cocaine

Some of the symptoms that indicate that someone is using cocaine include heightened energy, alertness and restlessness, insomnia, extreme mood changes, feelings of exhilaration, irritability, depression, aggression, talkativeness or fast speech, nasal congestion, enlarged pupils, increased heart rate, persistently diminished appetite, weight loss, and conflict in friendships and family relationships.

Some short-term effects of using cocaine consist of narrowed blood vessels, paranoia, increased risk of heart attack, irritability, tremors, seizures, nausea, and sudden death. Long term effects consist of sleep deprivation, panic attacks, difficulty swallowing, nose bleeds, intestinal gangrene, malnourished, and weight loss, among others.

Cocaine Withdrawal & Detox

Withdrawal symptoms to be expected from cocaine use are anxiety and poor concentration, fatigue, elevated cravings, increased appetite, suicidal thoughts, depression, muscle and bone pain, and slow psychomotor skills.

How long does Cocaine stay in your system? Cocaine has a half-life of 1 hour, meaning it takes one hour for half of the cocaine absorbed into your bloodstream to leave the body. Cocaine can be detected in the saliva and the blood for up to up to 48 hours, in the sweat for a couple of weeks, and in hair samples for years. Urine testing is the most common method of detecting cocaine in the system, which is usually present for 2-4 days after use. For more chronic cocaine users, cocaine can be detected in the urine for up to 14 days following a binge. Since cocaine can stay in the system for several days, most heavy users undergo a medical detox before beginning drug rehab to clear their body and brain of the substance and its effects.

How Cocaine Use Can Lead to Addiction

Would you ever guess that one of the biggest party drugs, cocaine, is also one of the deadliest?

Cocaine, an “upper” or stimulant drug, is used recreational for its euphoric effect. However, with this euphoric effect also comes an incapacitating crash. With this incapacitating crash comes the need to regain the high again, leading to a pattern of destructive and severe consequences and following addictive behaviors. Even short-term use can lead to cocaine addiction. Fortunately, with effective cocaine addiction treatment recovery is possible.

Our Cocaine Treatment Center

In any of our cocaine addiction treatment programs, patients meet with therapists weekly for individual sessions and engage in anywhere from one to five days of intensive group therapy per week.

Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, emotional regulation practices, and can participate in a variety of our other services.

Furthermore, patients have the luxury to engage in trauma resolution treatment to uncover the underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol. Patients will address medical problems or mental health diagnoses and have access to medical staff weekly for medication management.

Additionally, case management, auxiliary services such as the gym and nutritionist, brain mapping, community, fun events, and access to recovery support meetings are offered to all patients.

Does Insurance Cover Cocaine Treatment?

Many Commercial Insurance plans often cover the cost of treatment, either entirely or in part. We work with most insurance companies to arrange care, and we also offer flexible self-pay plans. If either yourself or a loved one is currently considering entering cocaine addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan or self-pay options, call our trained and compassionate staff today.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. Click below to speak to a member of our staff directly.

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