Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine is a powerful addictive stimulant known by various street names like coca, snow and powder. Cocaine, a purified extract of the Erythroxylum coca bush, a plant native to South America, is available in two forms – powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. There are various ways of consuming it – by injecting, snorting or smoking. Considered as a strong central nervous system psychostimulant, cocaine is known to stimulate the key pleasure centers of the brain and heighten the sense of euphoria among its users.

Constant and long-term use of cocaine can alter the user’s brain chemistry, leading to long-term changes in the brain’s reward system. Once consumed, cocaine users often experience a euphoric high that is immediately followed by intense drug cravings. Repeated and long-term cocaine use helps build tolerance, gradually leading to drug dependence. In such a situation, an individual would need more of the drug to achieve the same euphoric effect, followed by cocaine addiction. Cocaine is often abused along with alcohol and other drugs like heroin and marijuana.

Effects of cocaine

Cocaine affects the user’s body and mind. Its long-term and frequent use can lead to disorientation, respiratory failure, drug tolerance, dependence and addiction. Some of the side effects of cocaine abuse are anxiety, depression, heart attack and even death.

Following are some of the short-term effects of cocaine use:

  • Nausea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Intense euphoria
  • Loss of appetite
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Erratic and sometimes violent behavior
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature

Following are some of the long-term effects of cocaine use:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Severe tooth decay
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Permanent damage to heart and brain’s blood vessels

Among the most serious side effects of cocaine abuse are increased heart damage that can lead to heart diseases and heart attacks. Long-term cocaine use can also lead to 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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Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Looking at the addictive nature of cocaine and intense withdrawal symptoms from cocaine addiction, it is often recommended to avoid going “cold turkey” and instead seek cocaine rehab under trained health care professionals at a certified cocaine rehab clinic. Cocaine rehab helps individuals tackle drug abstinence and avoid any relapse.

While on surface cocaine addiction recovery may seem easy, it is easier said than done. While treating drug abuse, a physician needs to address a patient’s mental and psychological problems. Similar to other addictive drugs, when its user stops using cocaine abruptly after a long period of use, he or she may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like experiencing chills, tremors, body pain, concentration problems and intense drug cravings. At times, withdrawal can also lead to suicidal thoughts.

Treatment for cocaine addiction at cocaine addiction rehab center consists of a medically supervised detoxification followed by behavioral therapies or counseling sessions. The first step of medically assisted detoxification helps flush out drugs from the system. Apart from this, medicines are often used to control uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. After a successful detoxification, a patient undergoes therapy and counseling that help identify the underlying causes of cocaine addiction and maintain sobriety even after treatment.

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 locations. On admission, an individual undergoes an intensive pre-screening process undertaken by our trained admission representatives. As part of cocaine addiction treatment, pre-screening helps determine any underlying issues contributing to addiction.

On the basis of the patient’s intensive physical and psychological evaluation, every patient receives an individualized treatment plan. Since no two patients exhibit same symptoms, treatment specialists at Sovereign Health create customized cocaine addiction treatment plan that helps individual regain control of their life and health.

While opting for treatment at our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach treatment centers, patients may choose to stay in our residential facilities, where they can receive 24/7 medical and nonmedical care in an environment that promotes healing and holistic recovery. After detoxification, patients can seek therapy and counseling at both our Florida locations. The therapy sessions may involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to evidence-based therapies, Sovereign Health of Florida offers experiential therapies like yoga, meditation, music and art therapy, among others.

After a successful initial treatment for cocaine addiction, patients may be offered continuing care programs like 12-step meetings or educational events so that they may continue to receive support even after their treatment. For more information about Sovereign Health’s finest cocaine addiction treatment programs or to locate our state-of-the-art cocaine rehab centers, near you, chat online with our representative or call our 24/7 helpline number.

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