Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program
Cocaine is a stimulant and users of cocaine are at high-risk of becoming addicted/dependent. As a stimulant, cocaine causes an increase in awareness and energy of the individual when used. There are three main methods of cocaine use: injecting, smoking and snorting.
Why is cocaine such an addictive drug? The addictive quality of cocaine is explained by the brain’s response to cocaine as it causes heart rate to increase, triggering high blood pressure:
- Dopamine is the receptor in the brain chiefly responsible for the experience of pleasure in the body.
- In the brain’s normal communication process, dopamine is released into the synapse, where it binds with dopamine receptors, and then is recycled back.
- When cocaine is present, the normal dopamine recycling process is blocked.
- The buildup of dopamine results in feelings of intense pleasure and power.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF COCAINE ABUSE
Symptoms and other health problems that can indicate someone is a cocaine user may include:
- Quickness to agitation
- Loss of inhibition
- Unrestrained enthusiasm
- Increased nosebleeds or runny nose
- Uncontrolled muscle tics
- Severe weight loss and malnourishment
- Noticeable personality changes from anxiety and paranoia to irritability
Some dangerous, short-term and long-term side effects can also include headaches, heart disease, heart attack and lung damage in addition to significant impacts on a person’s mental health and well being.
Cocaine addiction occurs as a result of continuous use and the more it is used, tolerance to the drug increases. For the addict this means to get the same high more and more cocaine must be used and with the increased use of cocaine comes an increased risk of cocaine overdose.
Cocaine dependence and addiction can be difficult to overcome without professional help especially when it comes to cocaine withdrawal symptoms and detox. Proper treatment and continuing care can be life saving measures when dealing with the long-term side effects of cocaine addiction and drug use.
The most effective approach for cocaine addiction is holistic. While the client lives in a therapeutic community, we use a range of diverse group and individual interventions to help with substance use disorder treatment. The group recovers together with the support of experienced clinicians creating real change and the basis to stay clean and sober for the long-term.
Affordable and effective continuing care is as important as primary care and treatment. Drug addiction doesn’t occur in a few weeks and the addict needs to keep working on their program of recovery to keep their disease in remission.