Turning Point Centers’ inpatient and outpatient cocaine treatment provides a highly effective, non-12 step approach to cocaine addiction in a home-like setting.
Our non-12-step cocaine rehab approach is effective in treating cocaine addiction and relapse prevention.
The majority of individuals who seek treatment for cocaine are likely to be polydrug users, meaning you use more than one substance. Moreover, individuals may also struggle with a co-occurring mental health issue, which is also common.
For these reasons, cocaine rehab programs should recognize that effective cocaine addiction must address any mental disorders individuals may have that require additional behavioral or pharmacological interventions.
Like any good cocaine rehab treatment plan, cocaine treatment strategies need to assess the psychobiological, social, and pharmacological aspects of you, or your loved ones, drug abuse. Many behavioral treatments have been found to be effective to treat your cocaine addiction, including both residential and outpatient approaches.
Indeed, behavioral therapies are often the only available effective treatment approaches to many drug problems, including cocaine addiction.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or “Relapse Prevention,” is another approach. Cognitive-behavioral treatment, for example, would help you abstain – and remain abstinent – from cocaine and other substances.
The underlying assumption is that learning processes play an important role in the development and continuation of cocaine abuse and dependence. The same learning processes can be employed to help you reduce drug use and successfully cope with relapse.
This approach attempts to help you recognize, avoid, and cope; i.e., recognize the situations in which you are most likely to use cocaine, avoid these situations when appropriate, and cope more effectively with a range of problems and problematic behaviors associated with you drug abuse.
This therapy is also noteworthy because of its compatibility with a range of other treatments you may receive, such as pharmacotherapy.
What is cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. The pure chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, has been an abused substance for more than 100 years, and coca leaves, the source of cocaine, have been ingested for thousands of years.
Cocaine has high potential for abuse, but can be administered by a doctor for legitimate medical uses, such as local anesthesia for some eye, ear, and throat surgeries.
What are the short-term effects of cocaine abuse?
Cocaine’s effects appear almost immediately after a single dose, and disappear within a few minutes or hours. Taken in small amounts, cocaine usually makes you feel euphoric, energetic, talkative, and mentally alert, especially to the sensations of sight, sound, and touch. Cocaine can also temporarily decrease the need for food and sleep. You may find that the drug helps you perform simple physical and intellectual tasks more quickly.
The duration of cocaine’s immediate euphoric effects depend upon how the drug is absorbed into your body. The faster the absorption, the more intensely you feel the “high”. The high from snorting may last 15 to 30 minutes, while the high you feel from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes.
The short-term physiological effects of cocaine on your body include constricted blood vessels; dilated pupils; and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Large amounts (several hundred milligrams or more) intensify your high, but may also lead to bizarre, erratic, and violent behavior.
When using large amounts of cocaine, you may experience tremors, vertigo, muscle twitches, and paranoia. With repeated doses, you may experience a toxic reaction closely resembling amphetamine poisoning.
In rare instances, sudden death can occur on your first use of cocaine or unexpectedly thereafter. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest.
What are the long-term effects of cocaine abuse?
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug. Thus, you may have difficulty predicting or controlling the extent to which you will continue to want or use the drug. Cocaine’s stimulant and addictive effects are thought to be primarily a result of its ability to inhibit the re-absorption of dopamine by nerve cells. Dopamine is released as part of the brain’s reward system, and is either directly or indirectly involved in the addictive properties of every major drug of abuse.
An appreciable tolerance to cocaine’s high may develop, which will leave you on a never-ending quest to achieve “the high”.
As part of that quest, you may increase your dose to intensify and prolong the euphoric effects.
While tolerance to the high can occur, you may also become more sensitive (known as sensitization) to cocaine’s anesthetic and convulsant effects, without increasing the dosage. The increased sensitivity may explain some of the deaths that occur as a result of low doses of cocaine.
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Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse, drugabuse.gov