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Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Addiction can occur in many different forms. Most people are familiar with alcohol and prescription painkillers as common addictive substances, but some harder drugs are misused today even more than they were decades ago.
Cocaine addiction is a problem in the United States, and even though usage has been stable over the past few years, approximately 1.5 million adults and children as young as 12 years old used cocaine in 2014, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
This leaves parents, friends, and family members wondering how to find help for a loved one who might have an addiction.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about cocaine use, addiction, and treatment, to help those in need get help and make a lasting difference in their life to prevent them from doing more harm.
Cocaine Addiction at a Glance
Addiction to cocaine can happen to anyone, regardless of where they live or how old they are. What was once classified as a street drug of the super-rich in metropolitan areas has found its way across races and classes in the U.S.
Professionals and young adults who turn to the drug find themselves in a downward spiral. This involves everything from coming up with the money to pay for their habit to losing family, friends, and loved ones because of their addiction.
Older individuals suffer too, with an increase in substance abuse problems found in the elderly. Understanding that no one is safe from addiction is the first step to finding the right solution.
Is Cocaine Addictive?
Cocaine gets ingested a variety of ways. While some individuals have their personal preferences, it’s common to see methods that include:
Because cocaine raises dopamine levels, it leaves the user feeling relaxed and happy. Its use is fairly common for celebratory reasons, at least in the early stages of use for most people, but many turn to it when going through a difficult time in their life, as it provides them with an escape from the pain and stress in their life.
Some people can take up to a year before becoming addicted to cocaine. The timeframe depends on how often they use and how much of the substance they take, along with their preferred method of use.
It’s important to understand that when dealing with someone who feels tempted by the drug, it doesn’t always take a lot for addiction to set in and become a reality. Regardless of how a person chooses to use it, there’s no such thing as a safe amount when it comes to cocaine addiction.
How Addictive Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a very addictive substance that causes both a physical and psychological dependence, which can present problems during withdrawal. In addition, it is frequently combined with other substances, further complicating matters.
Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Schedule II substances do have some medical use, but the risk for dependence is high and they are considered dangerous if misused.
When it comes to addiction, the risk varies for everyone. Generally, the method of use (snorting, smoking, injecting) plays a role in the addictive nature of the drug.
If possible, find out how often a loved one is using, how much they use each time, and how they are using it. Someone who uses more than several times a week is at serious risk for cocaine addiction.
It’s important to understand that if you or your loved one has an underlying issue, such as depression combined with addiction, this can make the drug even more seductive to use. If this is the case, make a point to get help right away, and avoid going down the path to an addiction that is difficult but not impossible to recover from.
Symptoms of Cocaine Use
Many people feel conflicted about how to help a loved one through a substance use issue and how to begin talking to them. Knowing that any drug use is dangerous is only half the battle. It’s imperative to understand how to recognize the symptoms of drug use or misuse before approaching them to discuss the problem.
Some of the symptoms of cocaine use may include:
- Easily agitated
- Overly excited
- A runny nose or frequent nosebleeds
- Weight loss
- More talkative than normal
- Persistently hyperactive
- Scattered thoughts and trouble focusing
These are some the outward signs that an addict usually has, but they aren’t the only way to know if someone is addicted or not. Other signs of irregular habits or behavioral changes can be clues that something isn’t quite right.
Often times, personal habits change in a way that is unrecognizable to a person’s former self, such as once being meticulous in appearance but now rarely bathing or caring about grooming habits and personal hygiene.
Other signs worth paying attention to include:
- Financial problems, including asking family for money
- Eating or sleeping less than normal
- Traces of white powder around the nose, on clothing, or found on countertops in the bathroom
- No longer taking pleasure in activities or hobbies they once loved
One or two of the above signs and symptoms might not add up to anything in particular, but if more than a few become habitual for prolonged periods of time, it may be cause for concern and worth examining further.
Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms
Going through withdrawal can be a difficult experience for anyone with a substance use disorder. Withdrawal occurs whenever anyone attempts to stop using a substance they have developed a dependence or addiction to after using for prolonged periods of time.
While stopping cocaine use alone and unattended without the help of trained addiction professionals seems admirable, it makes going back to the drug even more tempting since quitting cold turkey can leave a person with uncomfortable symptoms.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are not as dangerous or extreme as other substances such as alcohol, opioids, or benzos, however they can still make it difficult to stay on track and follow through with successfully stopping all use.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are usually more psychological than physical and can include many of the following:
- Severe anxiety
- Restlessness or inability to sleep
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Suicidal thoughts or ideations
- Slowed thinking and trouble concentrating
- Sexual dysfunction
- Intense cravings for cocaine
- Appetite problems
- Chills and aching muscles
These are some of the most common symptoms of cocaine withdrawal and can begin almost immediately after the last use of the drug. Many of these symptoms will fade away after a week to ten days after the last use, although some will continue for a long time, especially cravings for cocaine.
Personality changes from dependence and withdrawal could be persistent for some time and factors such as the amount and length of use will be contributing factors to the withdrawal timeline.
It is always recommended that people with a cocaine addiction seek help from trained professionals at an addiction treatment facility.
Treatment for addiction isn’t limited to a one-size-fits-all method, and there is no magic pill for recovery. Instead, It’s crucial to look for a treatment facility that helps individuals work through the many issues associated with cocaine addiction.
Detox and completing the withdrawal process is necessary for anyone struggling to get clean and sober, although it can be a difficult part of the process. Because of this, it’s crucial to find a treatment facility that includes detox services as part of their treatment program.
While detox is an important first step, it’s important to consider additional treatment based on the needs of both the individual and the family. Some treatment centers offer family programs that address how addiction affects everyone involved. These programs are important because they examine how addiction affects the individual, their loved ones, root causes of the addiction, and rebuilding trust.
Although 12-step treatment programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous, remain popular for after-treatment, it’s often advised to combine these methods with non 12-step therapy during initial treatment and detox. This includes individual and group counseling, cognitive therapy, relapse prevention, and other holistic lifestyle therapies.
Combining different types of therapy helps to encourage the individual as they go through recovery, making it more likely they’ll see how wonderful life can be without drugs. This can address deep-seated issues, such as abuse or depression, and help the individual work past these problems. This negates the need for going back to drugs for escape.
The first step in helping someone recover for a healthy and drug-free life involves finding a caring community that wants to help, while offering a variety of treatment methods to choose from.
Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
If you or someone you love is dealing with a cocaine addiction and you don’t know where to turn, we’re here to help. It’s important to know about the problems associated with cocaine use and addiction, and even more important to know that professional help is available.
Experiencing a drug addiction makes it difficult and even scary to talk about with others. Many people fear the stigma of being judged and feel as though they’ve dug themselves into a hole and don’t know how to get out.
Instead of continuing to struggle, let us help you get past the addiction.
At Alo House, we offer a medically supervised detox program at our facilities to safely overcome the withdrawal process.
Following detox, our 30 to 90-day comprehensive treatment programs include the most successful evidence-based therapies for treating cocaine addiction including:
- Motivational and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
- Relapse Prevention Therapy
- Family Program
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD
All of our treatment programs are individualized to provide support for professionals as well as young adults in a caring and non-judgmental setting for a successful recovery.
To learn more about our Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program in southern California, call us toll-free at (888) 310-9074. All calls are discreet and confidential.