Cocaine addiction treatment

Does someone in your family use cocaine and it is starting to affect every area of their lives? Perhaps you started using cocaine every now and again at parties and it didn’t seem like a problem. Then gradually, over time your use became more frequent until you could not deal with the normal daily tasks of living without it. And suddenly it seems like the drug is dominating every area of your life and you are at a loss of what to do next.

In order to understand why cocaine rehab works it is first necessary to look at the effects of the drug on a wide variety of areas of your life, so you can understand exactly what it is that you are recovering from.

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful psychoactive stimulant drug. It works by increasing levels of dopamine in brain circuits and causes a euphoric high. Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that controls pleasure and reward.

The effects of cocaine addiction

Cocaine targets the brain’s pleasure and reward centre releasing a large amount of dopamine resulting in a short intense high making the user feeling amazing, confident and on top of the world. This feeling lasts only around 20-30 minutes.

Usually, the brain releases dopamine as a response to potential rewards, for example, the smell of fresh baking. It then recycles back into the cell that released it closing off the signal between the nerve cells.

Cocaine prevents dopamine from completing this recycling process. It causes excessive amounts to build up between nerve cells. This flood of dopamine disrupts normal brain activity and causes cocaine’s high. Research has shown that repeated use of this drug can lead to a change in the structure and function of the brain.

Physical consequences of cocaine addiction

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
  • High blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if snorted
  • Respiratory failure if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Reproductive damage and infertility (for both men and women)
  • Changes in the brain chemistry – short term
  • Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long-term
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Unhealthy eating habits/malnutrition
  • Cravings
  • Tolerance

Psychological consequences of cocaine addiction

  • Psychosis
  • Triggers
  • Compulsion
  • Obsession
  • Lying to yourself/denial

Emotional consequences of cocaine addiction

  • Apathy /Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Paranoia
  • Fear
  • Psychosis
  • Loneliness


 Social consequences of cocaine addiction

  • Potential increase in risky behaviour
  • Financial problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Lack of interest in work/school
  • Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
  • Damaged relationships with family members
  • Isolation
  • Lying to others

Spiritual consequences of cocaine addiction

  • Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Lack of interest in life
  • Inability to function without the drug
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

The signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction get progressively worse over time and there will be no resolution until effective addiction treatment and aftercare are sought.

Cocaine psychosis

There are many reasons why someone might have a psychotic episode including that he or she are suffering from a mental health condition. However, alcohol and drug abuse can trigger a psychotic episode as well as psychotic symptoms potentially presenting as part of the withdrawal process.

Cocaine and other stimulant drugs such as amphetamine and methamphetamine are infamous for causing such psychosis and researchers think this is because of the way these substances disrupt the brain’s chemistry. This condition is known as stimulant-induced psychosis and needs special help and guidance from clinicians trained in dual diagnosis treatment.

Psychosis resulting from cocaine use is not in itself distinguishable from other forms of stimulant psychosis or even other forms of psychosis. The person suffering may report unpleasant, frightening, violent, agitated, or vengeful hallucinations and paranoid fixations.

Cocaine psychosis can be treated in a number of different ways by using antipsychotic drugs and therapeutic interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

Withdrawal from cocaine

Not everyone requires a medically supervised detox but for those with a physical dependency, a period of detoxification must take place. This usually means that a tapered dose of medication is prescribed over a period of time.

Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Paranoia/ Cocaine psychosis


Cocaine Rehab at the Hader Clinic

The Hader Clinic’s addiction experts will carry out a complimentary assessment and help you choose the best course of action. If cocaine addiction is destroying you and your family, we can help.

We offer a range of different cocaine rehab options including an intensive therapeutic inpatient treatment program. Moreover, our specialists tailor the approach to suit your individual physical, mental, social, spiritual and emotional needs. We also offer specialist dual diagnosis treatment and extended care for clients suffering from cocaine psychosis.

The Hader Clinic’s proven cocaine addiction treatments include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • One To One Counselling
  • Process Therapy Groups
  • 12 Step Therapy
  • Educational Workshops and Relapse Prevention
  • Holistic Therapies and Exercise

Despite what you might think rehab is a safe and caring place where a team of qualified staff, including many with lived experience, create a haven away from the craziness of addiction. The Hader Clinic team understand what you are going through and what the families of addicts go through. To get immediate help, get in touch with a member of our team.

We recommend a minimum of a 30-day inpatient programme for cocaine addiction. Furthermore, we offer a Phase 2 for those who want to stay longer (60 to 90 days) plus a Transitional housing option.

Call our team today to find out more about cocaine addiction treatment.

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