Cocaine Rehab Centers

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Cocaine is known as the “the caviar of street drugs.” It has many nicknames, including coke, crack, blow, snow and many other names. The drug itself is the purified extract of the Erythroxylum coca bush, a plant native to South America. Cocaine comes in two forms: powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. Powdered cocaine is either injected or snorted; crack cocaine is smoked.

When people use cocaine, they often experience an instant high that gives them more energy, elevates their mood and gives them a feeling of supremacy. Like many drugs, cocaine targets that part of the brain that “rewards” certain pleasurable behaviors, giving users a euphoric high. However, over time, the pleasurable effects of the high diminish, and people have to use more of the drug more often to get the same effect. They can then become dependent on the drug or suffer from cocaine addiction.

Cocaine use also affects the body and mind. Short-term effects of cocaine use include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Dilated pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Hyperstimulation
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
  • Hallucinations, agitation, irritability
  • Tactile hallucination that creates the illusion of bugs burrowing under the skin
  • Intense euphoria
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Depression
  • Intense drug craving
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures and sudden death from high doses

The long-term effects of cocaine use include:

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
  • High blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if snorted
  • Respiratory failure if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses, such as HIV, if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss due to repressed appetite
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Sexual problems, reproductive damage and infertility (for both men and women)
  • Disorientation, apathy, confusion and exhaustion
  • Irritability and mood disturbances
  • Increased frequency of risky behavior
  • Delirium or psychosis
  • Severe depression
  • Tolerance and addiction (even after just a single use)

People who use cocaine can suffer heart attacks or strokes, which may result in sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest followed by suffocation.

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Cocaine Addiction Treatment

On the surface, cocaine addiction recovery seems easy: A person just has to stop using the drug. However, this is easier said than done, as stopping the use of any drug leads to withdrawal, the symptoms of which can be extremely painful and sometimes deadly. Any person who attempts to stop taking a drug often relapses due to withdrawal symptoms. That’s why health professionals discourage people from going “cold turkey” when trying to stop drug use.

Recovery from cocaine addiction should be performed with a physician’s help or at cocaine treatment centers. Oftentimes, this involves medical detox, where an individual lessens or stops using a drug while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms. However, that is only the first step. An individual should then receive therapy and counseling to address the reasons they might have abused cocaine.

It’s important that when seeking treatment, a person gets a thorough medical exam that looks for any co-occurring disorders. A co-occurring disorder, such as a mental health illness, can affect a person’s recovery and make them relapse. If a person has more than one illness, such as cocaine addiction and depression, this is called a dual diagnosis, and both need to be treated at the same time.

Cocaine Addiction Recovery Program at Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers cocaine addiction treatment programs at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach location. The first step in cocaine addiction treatment is to first determine if there are any underlying issues, such as a mental health disorder, that could be contributing to the addiction. We start with an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that not only looks at primary symptoms but any underlying ones as well. Since no two patients can receive the same treatment, we create customized cocaine addiction treatment plans that work to help an individual regain control of their life and health.

If detox is needed, patients can get treatment at our Fort Myers treatment center. They may choose to stay in our residential facilities, where they can receive 24-7 hour medical and nonmedical care in an environment that promotes healing and recovery.

Once they finish detox, patients can then seek therapy and counseling at both of our Florida locations. Based on their treatment plan, this can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies are offered as well, such as yoga or art therapy.

Once their initial treatment for cocaine addiction is finished, a person’s recovery is just beginning. Sovereign Health offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support as they work to regain control of their lives and health.

For more information about our cocaine addiction treatment programs at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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