Cocaine Addiction Treatment
What Is Cocaine and How Does It Work?
Extracted from the leaves of the South American Coca plant, cocaine is one of the oldest drugs known to man. Like other drugs, the prevalence of users fluctuates over time.
Cocaine is physically and psychologically addictive. Even a brief relationship with cocaine can lead the brain to depend on the drug to release feel-good chemicals.
Cocaine primarily impairs the central nervous system, as uncovered in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Therapy, and Toxicology study. This creates a spike in brain chemicals – or neurotransmitters – including dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Why Is Cocaine So Addictive?
Regular use of cocaine causes the brain to adapt to the spikes in neurotransmitters; this means that the quantity of cocaine needed to feel ‘high’ increases. Cocaine ranks among the most addictive substances of abuse.
Combined with withdrawal symptoms, this physical dependence, developed through altered brain function, can cause physical symptoms and psychological difficulties. Usually, physical cocaine dependence leads to psychological dependence.
About Cocaine Withdrawal
The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine use can be severe and include lethargy, fatigue, insomnia, nightmares, increased appetite, and depression.
The most dangerous psychological aspect of cocaine use is the change in an emotional state, particularly in withdrawal. It is common for users to experience suicidal thoughts and enter deep depressive episodes.
Despite being extremely demanding emotionally and physically, cocaine withdrawal does not usually have dangerous medical implications. Symptoms can subside in just two or three weeks. However, cravings for the drug can continue years after it is used. That is why a supportive recovery network is crucial for sustaining recovery.
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction?
The signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction vary from person to person. They often depend on variables such as the quantity of cocaine used and the frequency of cocaine use.
Noticing the signs of cocaine addiction is the crucial first step in addressing the problem. The signs and symptoms can be split into three categories: physical, psychological, and behavioral.
Increased energy levels
Loss of appetite
Runny nose and persistent nosebleeds
Increased perceived confidence
Inability to focus
Changes in social circles
Withdrawal from family and friends
Lying and being secretive about cocaine use
Engaging in risky behaviors
Continuing to use cocaine despite adverse effects
Upon embarking on the recovery process, it is imperative to rid the body of harmful toxins that have built up in the system. For this reason, detox is the first stage of any recovery treatment program.
Various therapies can be used during this initial detox phase, which helps to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The detoxification process generally lasts between one and two weeks and should take place under professional medical supervision.
At NP Addiction Clinic, we guide you through your detox in the most compassionate way possible. Our team is available 24-hours a day to monitor your health and prescribe any medication you should require.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine addiction damages your mind and body, which in turn can affect your home life and performance at work or school. Prolonged, untreated addiction can also lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, and panic attacks.
However deep into an addiction you are, there is support available. Although addictions to stimulants such as cocaine can be difficult to overcome, specialist treatment for cocaine misuse can help you regain control of your life.
Overcoming your addiction is more than just detoxification; this is the first step of the journey. A full recovery requires you to identify the root of the addictive behavior and develop healthier coping mechanisms to manage them.
At NP Addiction Clinic, we value the uniqueness of every client. We tailor your individualized treatment program to suit your needs to give you the best chance of reaching your recovery goals. We focus on personal growth through 12-step groups and creative therapies to help you reconnect with yourself in a self-loving and supportive way.
Our evidence-based treatment approaches include:
When you decide to embark on your recovery, remind yourself you are not alone. Some of us at NP Addiction Clinic have lived experience of recovery, we know it’s possible, and we have seen the other side.
With our medical excellence, compassionate care, extensive knowledge and understanding, and unyielding respect, you can find an alternative to addiction.
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Get Help for Cocaine Addiction Today
The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic is committed to delivering the best cocaine addiction treatment available. We can help you or the one you love too, but you need to make the first move. Call us now at (888) 574-3506 or send us a message using this form.