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What Is Drug Rehab for Cocaine Abuse?

Cocaine is a substance that increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, creating a sense of pleasure for users. It is this effect that may lead to substance abuse, as people will try to prolong these pleasant feelings as much as possible.

With cocaine abuse, people are putting themselves at risk of:

  • Diseases
  • Developing mental disorders
  • In some cases, overdoses that lead to death

Cocaine is commonly used as a recreational drug, as it improves moods and gives the user a spike in energy levels. There are multiple ways to take the drug, but the most commonly used method is snorting (though it can also be smoked or injected).

How Addictive Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that can greatly affect a user’s health and safety. Unfortunately, it is extremely common for those who have tried the drug once (in whatever context) to progress and slowly become a regular user.

In 2013, it was reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration that there were approximately 1.5 million users over the age of 12. The prevalence of its usage can be an indicator of cocaine abuse and addiction.

Moreover, research from the Center for Substance Abuse also seems to prove this fact. They report, especially in the case of crack cocaine, that one dose can be enough for the user to become addicted. While predisposition to addictive behavior also factors in, as does a family history of addiction, the addictive nature of cocaine is nothing to ignore.

What Are the Health Risks of Long-Term Cocaine Abuse?

During a cocaine abuse period, the brain starts forming a dependency on the substance, specifically its rewarding effects of euphoria. Once the effects pass, users may become rather sensitive to stimuli, and even experience lack of pleasure or mood swings. These signs will force the user to acquire another dose as soon as possible.

Other side-effects include:

  • Tolerance, as a result of high doses, frequent consumption, or for an extended abuse period
  • Sensitization
  • Anxiety
  • Convulsions
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Strokes
  • Seizures

Other side effects are contingent on the way in which the drug is consumed. For instance, users who snort the drug might experience a loss of their sense of smell, nosebleeds, or a general irritation of the nasal septum. Smoking can damage the lungs and cause respiratory issues, while consumption by injection poses the risk of contracting infectious diseases like hepatitis C or even HIV.

Moreover, those recovering from cocaine abuse are at high risk of relapse even after following an extended treatment period. During recovery, patients have a lot of difficulty managing cravings.

What Are the Chances of an Overdose?

Considering it is a powerful stimulant, cocaine abuse also comes with a high risk of overdosing. The U.S. National Library of Medicine found that most patients recovering from a cocaine addiction have experienced an overdose at one point. Moreover, it was found that those injecting the drug were far more likely to overdose than those who smoked or snorted it.

An overdose can happen the moment an amount of drugs that enter the system is too much for the body to handle. There are cases where patients successfully recover from such an episode but, unfortunately, the risk of death is also present.

Interestingly enough, there are no clear signs of a cocaine overdose. Unlike other drugs, where an overdose comes with its own noticeable set of side-effects, patients will react differently to cocaine. Patients might experience a variety of issues, from increased heart rate, vomiting, to difficulty breathing or psychotic episodes.

cocaine abuse and addictionDo I Need Inpatient Drug Treatment?

Inpatient programs offer constant supervision of a patient’s condition, meaning that an individual can safely get through their medical detox and subsequent therapy. Withdrawal can often present some health complication, so it’s vital for a medical team to oversee this process.

Moreover, patients can receive counseling, proper nutrition, and treatments for any co-occurring disorders. During such a program, the patient can focus solely on their recovery process, as external influencers are removed from the rehab center.

That is an extremely important step in a person’s recovery. Cravings will get increasingly harder to bear as the treatment continues, and people receiving outpatient care can still get easy access to the drug and give up on treatment. Inpatient clinics, however, remove these temptations and also equip the patient on how to handle subsequent cravings after their discharge.

How Are Group Therapy Sessions Conducted in Rehab?

Detox centers offer numerous treatment options for patients, the most known ones being individual and group therapies. Other methods are also used, such as family therapy, expression therapy, and other recreational activities that can be used to help a patient’s emotional state.

A group session requires a therapist or any other specialist who will facilitate the meeting. They are usually organized at least once a week and are meant to create a support system within the center for the patients.

There are several ways to approach a group therapy session, a decision which is usually made by the facilitator. However, there are a few common things to expect:

  • The therapist will start off the new session by making a statement
  • They will continue to explain to the members (particularly the new ones) the rules, and the goals
  • They also may provide a particular topic to focus on during the session
  • People within the group are invited to share their stories with the group

Quitting Cocaine Today

While patients have numerous programs available, detox centers can give people the best chance of overcoming addiction. However, the decision to quit the drug needs to be made today.

A Bright Light of Hope for Women Struggling with Cocaine Abuse 

At Casa Capri we help women who are addicted to cocaine find hope, healing and happy, life-long recovery at our unique and customizable substance abuse rehab program.  The ups and downs of cocaine addiction can feel like a rollercoaster. Things may seem dark, but the dually accredited cocaine addiction rehab at Casa Capri is a bright light of hope. Our nurturing and empowering all-female family of staff and patients will give you or your loved one the unique set of tools needed to address and heal all the layers of yourself as well as the life skills you’ll need to live a full and vibrant sober life.  Give us a call, our kind and caring process admissions team is available 24 hours a day for you at 855-816-8826.

The addiction treatment program at Casa Capri is unlike any other because you are unlike any other. Our committed and compassionate staff understands that your journey will be uniquely your own, so we offer a customizable mix of behavioral, cognitive, holistic and experiential therapies personalized to meet your specific needs and heal your whole being. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders or trauma, we have the toolkit and unconditional love necessary to help you transform yourself and your life.

Rediscover Your Joy 

Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs available today and stopping abruptly can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. This is why many women begin their stay at our cocaine detox, a medically supervised, safe and comfortable place to land as you transition off addictive substances. Once you’re feeling better, you’ll move to our inpatient rehab for cocaine addiction. At Casa Capri we provide a deep level of structure and support throughout our continuum of care as you step by step become more empowered, connected and rediscover your joy.

At Casa Capri we believe that every woman can find lasting recovery and beautiful life. All you needs are the right tools, unconditional love and someone to walk with you on your healing journey. We will walk with you and love you every single step of the way. Please call us at 855-816-8826. It’s time to live a life you love.

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