Cocaine addiction is a particularly serious problem that usually requires professional help to overcome. Discovery Point Retreat can help you heal.
Cocaine is an illegal stimulant that’s powerfully addictive. Isolated and extracted from the coca plant, purified cocaine has been available in the United States since the early 20th century as an active ingredient in so-called health tonics. It is still used today for some legitimate medical purposes. However, as a street drug, it remains highly addictive and is classified as a Schedule II narcotic.
There are two forms of cocaine that people are most likely to abuse — cocaine hydrochloride salt, and the cocaine base (a.k.a. “freebase”).
Generally, when people think of cocaine, they think of a white, powdery substance. Street names include “coke,” “blow,” “C” and “snow.” Most cocaine bought off the street has been adulterated with cheap substances such as cornstarch, flour, baking soda or crushed aspirin. It may also contain methamphetamine or fentanyl, making it especially difficult to predict how it may affect you. Most users snort it, but it can also be rubbed on the gums or mixed with water and injected directly into the veins.
The base form of cocaine, on the other hand, is created by removing the hydrochloride. By processing the substance through ammonia or baking soda and heating it, it’s possible to create a smokable form of cocaine: crack. Crack cocaine is heated to form vapor and can be inhaled into the lungs, causing an intense and rapid high.
The effects of cocaine are almost immediate. In small doses, it can make you feel energetic, talkative, euphoric, and disinterested in food or sleep. In larger doses, cocaine can cause restlessness, irritability, anxiety, paranoia, even erratic or violent behavior.
No matter what type or route of administration you use, cocaine is highly addictive and can cause overdose — which in turn can lead to heart attacks, seizures, strokes or death. Many people who use cocaine also drink alcohol at the same time, which is particularly dangerous. The cocaine and alcohol react and produce cocaethylene, amplifying the toxic effects of both substances on the heart.
Long-term effects involve changes to the brain’s reward pathways, as well as the pathways that respond to stress. Former users of cocaine are at high risk of relapse, even if they have not used cocaine for quite some time.
While the symptoms may vary depending on the type and method of cocaine use, there are still a number of telltale indications that your loved one has a problem:
If you recognize these signs in yourself or someone you love, don’t despair. We can help you heal — and enjoy life beyond cocaine addiction.
We understand how insidious a drug cocaine can be. Despite its “party drug” status, it’s especially difficult to deal with a cocaine addiction. The good news: Our team has ample experience in cocaine rehab, and we can help you get on the path to sobriety, too.
You can’t just overcome cocaine addiction overnight. It’s necessary to build a strong foundation for your recovery. That’s why, at Discovery Point Retreat, we offer medical detox services to help you safely detox from cocaine and manage withdrawal. In general, you’ll start to feel withdrawal within one to 40 hours after your last dose.
Most of the time, the peak of cocaine withdrawal occurs within 24 hours after it starts. Because of that, you should enroll in a detox treatment program before that happens. Also, keep in mind that withdrawal can last 10 weeks or longer.
We also strongly recommend a residential inpatient program to help with cocaine addiction. This type of program removes you from any environment that permits or encourages drug use. It also allows you to stay in a drug-free facility until you’re strong enough to resist cocaine.
In addition, research shows that one of the best treatment options for cocaine addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. CBT is a type of counseling that focuses on changing negative ways of thinking in order to stop negative behaviors — such as cocaine use.
In addition to CBT, we also offer individual, group and family therapy. All of these services have something unique to offer individuals who struggle with cocaine addiction. In fact, individual therapy is crucial in helping to identify the root cause of your cocaine addiction. It’s essential to deal with these problems to reduce the risk of relapse.