A Better Today Recovery Services Can Help You Find Effective Treatment for Cocaine Addictions
While detoxing from cocaine is an unpleasant experience, it’s rare that anyone detoxing in a medically supervised environment experiences severe health issues. However, this doesn’t mean that detoxing on your own at home is a good idea. Those who try it are extremely likely to relapse and start using the drug again because they haven’t addressed the underlying issues that precepted the drug use.
During detox, your loved one is monitored and supported. No medication has been approved to assist with detoxing from cocaine, though withdrawal side effects such as severe headaches can be addressed medically. If a cocaine user is also abusing other drugs, those may need medication-assisted support during detox.
As detox moves into the rehab phase, your loved one goes through a program that involves support groups, individual therapy, and other types of therapy. Because many cocaine addicts haven’t been taking care of their bodies, they often need to focus on elemental health factors including sleep and a proper diet.
One-on-one therapy is particularly helpful for many people trying to kick cocaine. In this therapy, your loved one focuses on changing the behaviors that triggered the use of the drug in the first place. At effective treatment centers, patients also learn how to reward themselves for staying away from cocaine and develop strategies for dealing with temptation once back in their normal world.
Aftercare is the final stage of cocaine treatment. It’s a crucial element to help your loved one learn to cope with the world without cocaine. Patients may meet in formal or 12-step programs or they may choose a sober living home as a transitional support.
How is cocaine abuse treated?
Cocaine addiction is treated through a variety of different modalities. As with other stimulant addictions, cocaine can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, and more.
What is the cocaine detox process like?
Cocaine detox can be a difficult experience to go through alone. Usually, individuals feel sadness, irritability, restlessness, and experience an increased appetite. In detox at ABT, patients are given around the clock treatment and care to ensure their comfortability.
Can cocaine detox be done at home?
Detoxing from cocaine at home is never recommended. While the detox process is much less dangerous than other substances, cocaine is still a highly addictive drug. Attempting to detox in the same environment where drug use takes place lessens the chance of success. A comfortable, therapeutic, and supportive environment with experienced medical staff results in better chances of long-term success in recovery.
What happens after cocaine detox?
Detox is just the first step in the treatment process. It's not just about restoring the body, but also about healing the soul and mind. After it is confirmed that a patient is stable after detox, the real work begins. The next levels of care would include partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient where patients are put into an educational environment of learning, therapy, and recovery to give them the best chances to stay clean and sober long-term.
What if there's also an underlying mental illness?
Oftentimes, there are underlying mental illnesses that are happening simultaneously with cocaine addiction. After some time in treatment, our experienced mental health clinicians can start to uncover these diagnoses. It is also true that many times patients do not have mental illnesses, but have experienced the symptoms due to cocaine addiction. The distinction can't be made unless at least 30 days of complete sobriety is accomplished. If a mental illness is confirmed, clinicians specialize in dual diagnosis and can start crafting a treatment plan to address it.
What if cocaine is being used with other drugs?
Polysubstance abuse is becoming more prevalent today. If cocaine is also being used along with other drugs getting treatment is imperative. Of course, being addicted to several different drugs can complicate treatment, but our medical and clinical providers are familiar with treating polysubstance abuse.
How long is treatment?
Treatment is offered at several different lengths. It's important to note that treatment length depends on many factors. Typically, patients stay 30, 60, 90, or 120 days. If a patient feels that they need more treatment after their stay, effective treatment centers might offer a low-cost Independent Living option where they may stay for up to a year if they qualify.
What types of community recovery programs are available?
We understand that each person's recovery is a different path. Effective recovery programs can get patients connected with these support systems that will continue to be available to them after they leave treatment. These include but are not limited to: 12 Step Programs, SMART Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery.
How do you convince someone to go to treatment for cocaine addiction?
If you are looking for treatment options for your loved one and aren't sure if they would even be willing to go to treatment in the first place, you should give us a call and discuss the options that are available to you. Interventions, which are highly effective, are also a great option to consider. Our recovery experts are highly skilled at helping struggling addicts see that going to treatment is in their best interest and it will give them a chance at a new life.
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Signs & Symptoms
Cocaine abuse also produces a large number of physical symptoms. A primary sign of cocaine use is weight loss. This results because cocaine is a stimulant and appetite suppressor.
Your loved one may show a great deal of energy and become very talkative when high. They may participate in reckless behaviors that aren’t normal to them. Keep an eye out as well for the paraphernalia associated with cocaine use around their home or their person; these can include razors, mirrors, and rolled-up money.
Physical signs that may indicate cocaine use include:
- Dilated pupils
- A perpetually runny or sniffly nose
- Twitching muscles
- Constant headaches
- Uncontrolled trembling and shakiness
- Increase in body temperature
- An increased heart rate
- An inability to focus or concentrate
Medical Detox for Cocaine
Effective medical detox experts focus on taking the discomfort out of the detox and withdrawal process. We understand that each patient has different needs. Patients can usually choose to either undergo medical detox or social detox. You deserve an effective and realistic addiction treatment plan. Learn More
Different outpatient programs, such as intensive outpatient and evening intensive outpatient programs, can help patients receive treatment while living at home. Connecting you to a safe and therapeutic program is our top priority. Learn More
Residential facilities are the perfect place to start your journey to recovery. At high-quality residential treatment centers, expert clinicians and medical providers assess your needs and provide an individualized plans tailored to your needs. Learn More
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The first stage of withdrawal is the crash, during which the user experiences lack of energy, hunger, irritability, anxiety, and fatigue. Within a week of the crash, the user moves on to withdrawal proper. This period, which can last more than two months, is marked by difficulty concentrating, further lack of energy, wild mood changes, anxiety and paranoia, depression, and cravings.
Beyond the acute withdrawal phase, complete cocaine withdrawal can last another six months, with the person still experiencing cravings for cocaine. Some users experience an extended post-withdrawal phase.
A cocaine overdose can be fatal, even for a first-time user. Cocaine overdoses occur when someone takes in a dose so high that it overstimulates the brain and body in ways they can’t handle. The usual effects of cocaine, including an increased heart rate, become so great that the body and/or brain have to shut down.
Signs of a cocaine overdose include:
- Extremely high blood pressure
- An irregular heartbeat
- Dangerously high body temperature
- Anxiety and confusion that culminate in psychosis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme tremors and shaking
As these extreme symptoms progress, they can precipitate a stroke, heart attack or seizure. Anyone experiencing these symptoms needs immediate, urgent medical assistance.
Common Behaviors Associated With Cocaine Addiction
- Money Problems: Cocaine is an expensive drug, and users need increasing amounts of money to supply their habit. Your loved one may come to you for money. They may stop paying bills or even rent or the mortgage. They may even steal from you or from others. If you notice unexplained financial problems combined with other behaviors, you may be spotting cocaine at work.
- Unusual Sleeping Patterns: Because cocaine is a stimulant, a user may stay out very late or all night. A cocaine addict can actually go several days without sleeping at all.
- Restless and Irritability: Cocaine produces a sense of restlessness that quickly turns to irritability and can proceed to become anxiety or even outright paranoia. Cocaine use can even lead to paranoid psychosis, where the user experiences hallucinations, lose touch with reality and becomes violent. If you see these personality changes in your loved one, start looking for other signs of cocaine addiction.
Life-Saving Interventions for Cocaine Abuse Addictions
Cocaine users often need help not only to get into treatment but to realize that they have a drug abuse problem. An intervention is one way to bring the problem to the forefront of discussion. In an intervention, family and friends gather with the cocaine user to point out how the user’s behavior is affecting them negatively. The goal of the intervention is to get the loved one to agree to begin treatment for cocaine addiction.
An intervention is a delicate confrontation, and many people seek out professional help before staging one. Drug treatment professionals can help you form a plan for an intervention, focusing your emotions into a cohesive set of action steps.
Often it’s helpful to write down the ways in which your loved one’s actions have harmed you. An intervention plan should also include options for action and consequences if the cocaine user doesn’t agree to enter treatment.
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Finding reliable information when seeking drug and alcohol treatment can be difficult. Not many people feel comfortable going to a doctor to discuss a cocaine addiction without feeling shame or blame for their struggles. That is why it is important for ABTRS to provide information that you can count on, free from shame, and worth your trust. We want to empower you with the knowledge to make good decisions that will better your life.
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