Cocaine Addiction and the Best Way to Fight Back

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Cocaine is a lethal drug with a great potential for abuse. If you or a loved one is addicted to cocaine or crack cocaine, admission into a cocaine addiction treatment center in Southern California is the first step on a lifelong journey of recovery.

Here at Renaissance Recovery Center, cocaine addiction rehabilitation will be personalized so you get the recovery you deserve.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a white powdery substance known by many names from coke and blow to white and snow.  When sold in freebase form, cocaine is called crack. Crack comes in rock form rather than powdered form. When the drug reacts with your central nervous system, it produces feelings of euphoria and excitement.

Other effects of using cocaine include:

  • Alertness
  • Overconfidence
  • Excessive enthusiasm
  • Talkativeness
  • Excitability
  • Anxiety

Users typically snort cocaine, but the drug can also be injected (mainlined) or smoked (freebased).

The method of delivery influences the duration and potency of the effects.

  • When snorting cocaine, the effects are fleeting, dissipating after no more than 30 minutes. 
  • Injecting cocaine brings about more intense effects, but they’re even shorter-lived, lasting just 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • The effects of smoking crack cocaine are felt almost instantaneously. The intense high fades almost immediately, causing the user to strongly crave more of the drug. 

While it’s no secret that cocaine is addictive, there are 1.9 million current cocaine users in the United States.

Cocaine: Effects and Abuse

Cocaine is an illegal substance, so any use is, by definition, abuse. 

As a CNS stimulant, cocaine impacts the brain by triggering the production of high levels of dopamine. This neurotransmitter is a brain chemical linked to mood, pleasure, and reward.

Long-term cocaine abuse adversely affects the whole body, with potentially severe and long-term consequences. Using the drug on an ongoing basis can cause permanent changes to nerve cells, brain cells, and proteins.

The primary danger of cocaine abuse is the strain placed on the heart by sustained and heavy use. Among cocaine users, stroke and cardiac arrest are the most common causes of death.

If you or a loved one is using the drug, it’s vital to seek cocaine addiction treatment sooner than later.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is remarkably addictive, but it’s also a deceptive drug. You may be taking the drug convinced you are not addicted.  

If you crave cocaine, or you continue using the drug in spite of serious negative consequences, these are common signs of cocaine addiction.

Using cocaine regularly causes dependence to build. You start needing to take the drug just to feel normal. Tolerance builds, meaning you need more cocaine to achieve the same effects. By this point, addiction has set in and you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to discontinue use.

While cocaine addiction does come with some physical symptoms, the psychological aspect is often the toughest to overcome. Many users find it extremely hard to stop using the drug. This is in large part due to the way the drug interferes with the natural reward system in the brain by flooding it with abnormally high amounts of dopamine.

Although cocaine addiction can be challenging, with the right cocaine addiction treatment, recovery is perfectly possible.

Our Cocaine-Focused Treatment Center

Our cocaine addiction treatment center focuses on substance-specific treatment to help meet your particular needs. Cocaine addiction presents unique challenges, withdrawal symptoms, and mental health issues. Therefore, we provide a specialized approach from therapists who understand the disorder, and understand the need for tailored cocaine addiction treatment methods. 

Your therapist will work with you to address the issues surrounding cocaine addiction. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of why you are addicted to cocaine and what you can do to recover from your addiction. A treatment specialist will perform a full assessment of your addiction and work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorder

Your doctor will help you to manage your withdrawal symptoms as you break the pattern of cocaine abuse. To effectively treat cocaine addiction, it’s also vital to treat any underlying mental health conditions or comorbidities.

Dual Diagnosis Cocaine Addiction Treatment Center Programs

Upon your admission into a cocaine addiction treatment center, the addiction treatment staff will conduct a mental health assessment to determine the unique underlying mental health conditions that contribute to your cocaine addiction. They can then create a personalized cocaine addiction treatment program based on your unique conditions.

We provide evidence-based treatment (EBT) as a basis for your primary care. EBT is a science-based approach with years of research and study behind it. It is proven effective in treating the most severe cases of cocaine addiction.

You will overcome the physical symptoms of cocaine addiction and learn valuable coping skills to avoid turning to cocaine or other drugs in times of distress. You will gain a better understanding of yourself and the addictive behaviors that led to your cocaine addiction. We will help you develop healthier habits to get your life back on track.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Centers

At Renaissance Recovery Center, we provide comprehensive dual diagnosis cocaine addiction treatment. Our addiction therapy services and cocaine addiction treatment programs in Southern California will help you overcome both the physical symptoms of cocaine addiction and the symptoms of the mental health disorders fueling your addiction.

Our addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services in Southern California utilized for effective cocaine addiction treatment include:

Cocaine Rehab Admissions

You can start the rehab admissions process online or you can call the Renaissance Recovery Center at 866.330.9449. 

Our rehab coordinator will request some simple information, such as:

  • Your name
  • Your medical history
  • Any mental health conditions
  • Your drug use history
  • What drugs you are currently using

These questions will help the coordinator gauge the severity of your addiction.

The coordinator will also discuss paying for rehab with you, as well as verifying any insurance benefits. They will need to contact your insurance provider for verification, so be sure to have the details handy.

While your insurance provider cannot outright deny coverage, they will not necessarily fund comprehensive inpatient cocaine addiction treatment. Your coordinator will guide you and help expedite the whole process.

Help for Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Renaissance Recovery Center

Even if you’ve been suffering from a severe cocaine addiction, you can overcome this with comprehensive dual-diagnosis cocaine addiction treatment. Reach out to Renaissance Recovery today to make a long-lasting recovery from addiction to cocaine or crack cocaine. Call us today at 866.330.9449 and put the powder away.

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