Cocaine Treatment Services
Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center
Cocaine is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system. It triggers the release of a high degree of dopamine. This dopamine release creates a euphoric sensation and is highly addictive.
The effects of cocaine typically last 30 minutes and require re-use to keep the high going. Many users experience strong cocaine cravings because of the need to re-use so often. Whether it’s swallowed, smoked or sniffed, cocaine quickly crosses the blood-brain barrier and affects tissues in the brain.
Normally, dopamine is released in small amounts and for seconds at a time, creating habits and feelings of accomplishment. Sometimes, the brain might release excess dopamine naturally, but the body recycles it. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine disrupts the normal dopamine pattern in a couple of ways.
First, it drastically increases the amount of dopamine released at once. This large dopamine release gives a heightened and unnatural amount of pleasure felt through any type of activity. Second, it disallows excess dopamine to be recycled back into the brain. This is what leads to a happy high that lasts longer than a naturally occurring period of pleasure.
These massive dumps of dopamine require the brain to adapt to its substance abuse and can completely alter pathways of the brain. Since dopamine acts as the natural reward system for our bodies, repetitive cocaine use eventually rewires the mind’s motivations.
This, in turn, often makes dosage and tolerance for cocaine rise exponentially. Since the drug is highly addictive, cocaine abuse has a great potential to cause severe, long-term effects on a person’s physical health, mental health, and behavioral health. Prolonged usage will alter a person’s brain cells, nerve cells, proteins, and neurotransmitters.
All of these factors make it very difficult for people to recover from Cocaine addiction. Since a cocaine addict’s brain function becomes altered, reducing cocaine usage becomes increasingly more difficult.
All substance use disorders can alter motivations and behavior over time. But the occurring mental disruption of dopamine from cocaine abuse can have a lasting effect on a person’s happiness. As the body gets used to the large amounts of dopamine, cocaine use will only make a person feel normal again. With enough time, a person might not be capable of feeling joy from the real world naturally.
And not only can it rewire the brain, it’s extreme stimulation is hard on the heart and its pipes. Prolonged cocaine abuse weakens the heart and can shrink blood vessels. Brain tissue and muscle tissue depending on these blood vessels can die if enough damage occurs.
If that wasn’t harsh enough, the British Dental Journal has explained how caustic cocaine tears away at the point of administration. A cocaine addict might see a deteriorating gum line or nasal cavity. Even worse, it could potentially create tumors.
TREATMENT FOR COCAINE ADDICTION
Thankfully, professional cocaine addiction treatment can help people in recovery from cocaine deal with these issues through a series of proven, evidence-based techniques.
Because of how cocaine reprograms the brain, it might be suggested that an addict in recovery go through medication-assisted treatment. A medication-assisted detox will help the cocaine user get over the harsh withdrawal symptoms of Cocaine addiction.
The harsh symptoms of withdrawal from cocaine may include any of the following:
- Difficulty thinking
- Depression and anxiety
- Paranoia and hallucinations
- Muscle aches and nerve pains
- Respiratory issues
- Suicidal thoughts
- Enhanced appetite
A person’s physical addiction to cocaine is much easier to overcome when compared to the psychological dependence that can linger in a person’s mind for years to come. A person addicted to cocaine may center their entire life around drug and alcohol use. It could be a key component of their personality and may have dictated the choices that they have made for decades.
These severe side effects usually warrant supervised inpatient treatment. Treatment centers like our Orange County rehab centers offer necessary medicine and therapy that restore normal health over time. There just isn’t a substitute for addiction recovery professionals.
While a trained professional with the right medication can bring back a person’s normal function, any substance abuse disorder can benefit from a support system as well. Cocaine Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous groups can be great group therapy for people going through cocaine addictions.
OUR LAGUNA NIGUEL COCAINE REHAB
Our Inpatient Cocaine treatment program in Laguna Niguel, CA is an excellent option for anyone who wants a chance to step away from the stresses of work, school, or toxic relationships that have kept them in the cycle of addiction. The immersive nature of inpatient rehab allows our patients to reexamine their choices outside the context of their daily routine.
Our inpatient program offers behavioral therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These therapies encourage patients to change the way that they react to environmental stressors, thereby improving the way that they relate to the world.
In addition to scientific and medically approved recovery methods, holistic mind and body treatments may help a person repair damage that cocaine has caused. Guided group counseling sessions also teach the addicted individual that they are not alone in the process that they are going through.
At SoCal Sunrise’s Laguna Niguel location, patients learn from other former addicts who have been down the same road and bounced back to become even stronger from their experience. And of course, individual therapy sessions are implemented to help the addict explore, understand, and fix their underlying addiction issues.
Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center employs treatment methods that benefit the person as a whole. These holistic and proven treatments work by healing from the inside-out.
Our patients eat meals rich in the nutrients and vitamins that are conducive to recovery. They exercise regularly to burn off excess stress and provide a natural influx or “feel good” endorphins. And they practice Yoga and Meditation to increase their mind-body connection and put them at ease with themselves.
Having a healthy body and a peaceful mind will empower individuals in recovery to handle stress in a calm, reflective manner. Here, patients learn to control their cravings, regulate their emotions, and rise above their destructive, old habits to live a healthy, happy life.
If you or someone you love is going down the path of cocaine addiction, get help. Give us a call, and we can start discussing personalized recovery programs today.