Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, and talkativeness in addition to potentially dangerous physical effects like raising heart rate and blood pressure. Cocaine addiction can cause many serious consequences to its users.

With repeated use, cocaine can cause long-term changes in the brain’s reward system as well as other brain systems, which may lead to addiction. With repeated use, tolerance to cocaine also often develops; many cocaine abusers report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure. Some users will increase their dose in an attempt to intensify and prolong their high, but this can also increase the risk of adverse psychological or physiological effects.

Treatment For Cocaine Addiction

Once a person is dependent on cocaine, it is very difficult to quit. In fact, addiction professionals do not recommend that people try to stop using cocaine on their own, as the withdrawal can be psychologically demanding, causing many people to abandon their efforts to stop using the drug altogether.

Getting someone into treatment for crack cocaine addiction can be a life-saving decision. In cocaine rehab, the addict can recognize their addiction for what it is: a chronic disease that requires professional treatment.

Cocaine rehab is typically most effective in a residential setting. While the physical withdrawal symptoms of cocaine addiction are not life-threatening and typically pass in a week or less, the psychological drug cravings are intense and lead many people to relapse.

In cocaine rehab, addicts typically have access to the following services, among others:

  • Medical monitoring and medication, as needed
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Twelve-Step meetings such as Cocaine Anonymous
  • Sober recreational activities
  • Education about cocaine addiction
  • Relapse prevention planning

How We Can Help With Cocaine Addiction Treatment

The Northern Arizona Center For Addiction is fully equipped and prepared to help anyone seeking help with their cocaine addiction. Cocaine addiction can be serious, and can cause many unintended consequences for the user as well as his or her family. We know what you are going through, and we are here to help.

Getting clean requires more than a stay in cocaine rehab — it requires an ongoing commitment to protecting one’s sobriety. Along with the skills learned in treatment, finding interests outside of abusing cocaine and a supportive peer group can help addicts stay on the road to lifelong recovery. Contact us to get help for yourself or your loved one.

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