One of the serious effects of cocaine abuse is heart muscle damage.

  • Addiction

    Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that is abused because it is such a powerful stimulant. Cocaine is made from and named for the South American coca plant. Cocaine usually comes in the form of a fine white powder, though the popular “crack” form comes as crystallized rocks. Use of cocaine may initially start as simple experimentation, but it can quickly snowball into consistent abuse due to its addictive nature. The need to regain the high often leads to a whirlwind of addictive behavior and severe consequences.

  • Signs

    If you are concerned that cocaine addiction has become a problem for you or a loved one, you should be able to recognize the signs of a cocaine addiction. Cocaine creates a physical, emotional, and psychological dependency because of its euphoric sensation, followed by a crash that leaves the user longing for more. Here are questions to help you determine if cocaine use has become a problem for you or a loved one.

    1. Is cocaine usage consuming your life? Do you spend most of your time finding, using, and recovering from cocaine?
    2. Do you continue to use drugs even though you realize they are harmful? Cocaine use is very dangerous to your health, if you recognize this, but cannot stop using it, then it is time to seek help.
    3. Have you built up a tolerance? Do you need to take increasingly larger amounts of cocaine to achieve the same high?
    4. Are you suffering from withdrawal symptoms? Irritability, lack of appetite, problems sleeping, and craving more cocaine are all symptoms of withdrawal.
    5. Have you tried to stop using cocaine and cannot? Cocaine addiction is defined as continued use despite realizing the negative effects and trying to stop.
    6. Have you stopped participating in other activities? Are your hobbies, important obligations, and other social activities taking a back seat to cocaine use?
    7. Are you putting yourself in dangerous situations to obtain or use cocaine? Driving while under the influence and searching to buy cocaine or crack in bad neighborhoods should be a sign that this is a problem and you should seek help.
    8. Have you gotten into legal trouble related to using drugs? Legal problems from stealing, driving under the influence, or possession often follow people who are addicted to drugs.

    If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, or are familiar with these signs of addiction to cocaine or crack, we offer custom cocaine addiction treatment programs.

  • Effects

    Cocaine addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Using cocaine and crack is life threatening. However, even short-term use can have serious and permanent adverse effects on health. Some of the health problems from cocaine usage include heart attack, respiratory failure, stroke, digestion problems, skin infections, and allergic reactions. In addition to those, there are health risks when sharing crack pipes or needles including Hepatitis C and HIV. Because cocaine addiction takes over so much of a person’s life, it often causes turmoil in relationships, families, and work life. Addiction interferes with work and makes it difficult to keep a job. If your job is gone, so is the income that once supported the drug habit and paid for other expenses. Too often, this tears apart families and other relationships with loved ones.

  • Treatment

    Currently, there are no medications approved by the FDA to treat a cocaine addiction. Behavioral therapy is often used to treat those addicted to cocaine. We offer a Traditional program for individuals addicted to cocaine, as well as a Co-occurring program for those who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health diagnosis. Our range of custom treatments options includes medication and behavioral therapies.

    If you or a loved one is experiencing the negative effects of meth and want to stop, we are here to help. We are a facility with a “small town” feel. No one gets overlooked. We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Our approach to clients in either Traditional or Co-occurring programs is “strengths based.” Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.

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