Cocaine Addiction Treatment Rehab Facility
Cocaine is a destructive and addictive drug. We have been treating people who are addicted to crack and powder cocaine for over 20 years. Our drug rehab has a unique and effective treatment program.
Men and women often come to our drug rehab facility in need of help overcoming cocaine and crack cocaine dependency. Our treatment team has created several rehab programs that can help our clients learn how to enjoy a rewarding life without cocaine. First, we help our clients free themselves from the grasp of the cocaine itself, and then we use a motivational treatment program to proactively give our clients the tools they will need to resist the drug long term.
Cocaine is a drug that is known to be instantly addictive for some users. It creates a rush of euphoria that overwhelms the user's brain. If cocaine is used repeatedly, it leads to withdrawal symptoms that can be unbearable and cause men and women to act irresponsibly to obtain and use more cocaine or crack.
We know that people who have become addicted to cocaine have special needs and will need to be carefully monitored throughout the treatment process. Cocaine (and especially crack cocaine) is an extremely addictive substance and people recovering from it must be given lots of support and a thorough education about relapse prevention.
Then we use the window of opportunity during which the recovering person has achieved early sobriety to build momentum toward recovery by counseling and educating them about:
- the disease of addiction
- how addiction has affected their lives
- how they can identify triggers to prevent relapse
Soon, the individual will be participating in a full daily treatment schedule and engaging in non-stop recovery based activities.
Cocaine - A Destructive Drug that Has Stood the Test of Time
Cocaine, considered by many the drug of the 1980s and 1990s, is one of the oldest known drugs. The pure chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, has been an abused substance for more than 100 years, and the indigenous people in places like Peru and Bolivia have been ingesting coca leaves, the source of cocaine, for thousands of years.
In the early 1900s, cocaine became the main stimulant drug used in tonics and elixirs developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses. Today, cocaine is a Schedule II drug, meaning that it has high potential for abuse but can be administered by a doctor for legitimate medical uses (such as a local anesthetic for some eye, ear, and throat surgeries).
Putting cocaine in that historical context, however, does little to offset the consequences of its abuse. In 1985, an estimated 5.7 million Americans ages 12 and over were chronic cocaine users. Less than 15 years later, that figure was down to 1.5 million – but it's still a startling reminder of how cocaine abuse and addiction continue to cause pain and destruction in many people’s lives.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse notes that there are basically two chemical forms of cocaine: the hydrochloride salt and the "freebase" form of cocaine, generally known as crack. The hydrochloride salt, or powdered form of cocaine, dissolves in water and, when abused, can be taken intravenously (by vein) or intranasally (in the nose). Freebase refers to a compound that has not been neutralized by an acid to make the hydrochloride salt.
Known by such names as C, snow, flake, coke, or blow, cocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine, white, crystalline powder. Street dealers generally dilute it with such inert substances as cornstarch, talcum powder, and/or sugar, or with such active drugs as procaine (a chemically related local anesthetic) or other stimulants such as amphetamines. When the freebase form, crack cocaine, is smoked, the user experiences a high in less than 10 seconds. This rather immediate and euphoric effect is one of the reasons behind crack's enormous popularity.
The short-term effects of cocaine use include increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Long-term, cocaine use can lead to permanent damage, addiction, and death – often the result of cardiac arrest or seizures and respiratory failure.
Addicts develop a craving satisfied only by more and more drugs – and the feeling that they would be unable to function normally without it. Ongoing usage can also bring on hallucinations, delirium, restlessness, and severe depression. Over time, crack cocaine can result in heart and respiratory problems, heart attacks, and ultimately death, which is why action must be taken to help the addict stay off the drugs and away from old habits.
Technological advances are helping in the battle against cocaine addiction. Scientists can actually see the dynamic changes that occur in the brain as an individual experiences the rush, or high, of taking the drug, and how the drug – through the pleasurable effects it creates – becomes so addictive. They have also been able to identify parts of the brain that become active through cocaine use, which has been critical to identifying targets for developing medications to treat cocaine addiction. All of these advances play a role in the treatment of cocaine addiction at Sober Living by the Sea.