Cocaine

A strong central nervous system psycho-stimulant, cocaine is an addictive stimulant that is known to stimulate the key pleasure centers of the brain and heighten the sense of euphoria among its users. Cocaine, produced from the dried leaves of the coca plant, has been used recreationally – often to the user’s detriment – for decades. Some estimates place cocaine as the world’s second most popular illicit drug. It’s no wonder cocaine’s so popular; when used, cocaine creates feelings of intense pleasure, happiness, and energy. Until it doesn’t. Once consumed, users experience an intense high immediately followed by intense drug cravings. It is at this point that help from a cocaine treatment center should be sought.

Like most drugs, it’s possible to build a tolerance towards cocaine. Users find that they need more of the drug to feel the same effects, a path which leads to cocaine addiction. Addiction is a powerful and often deadly disease with mental and physical symptoms, both of which need addressing for lasting recovery. Helping individuals attain a drug-free life, cocaine rehab helps individuals attain an initial period of abstinence from the drug and avoid any relapse.

Depending on the frequency of drug abuse and severity of symptoms, cocaine rehab at certified cocaine treatment centers may involve a medically-assisted cocaine detox treatment followed by intense therapy or counseling sessions. A medical intervention procedure, detoxification treatment works by clearing out the body of all the toxins or abused substances thereby helping an individual benefit from the substance addiction treatments offered. Post a successful detox program, patients should be enrolled in an addiction treatment program that continues to build on relapse prevention tools, coping mechanisms, healthy habits, and much more. A leading behavioral and addiction treatment center, Sovereign Health offers women seeking cocaine addiction treatment a private, safe and welcoming place for treatment at our Chandler, Arizona, treatment facility.

Cocaine addiction

Cocaine’s best-known form is a white, flaky powder, which users snort – inhaling the drug allows it to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the nasal passages. It can also be injected, smoked in crystallized form, rubbed into the gums and swallowed. Cocaine still plays a legitimate role in medicine as an anesthetic for some surgeries.

The effects of cocaine are the chief reason it’s been an enduring recreational drug for over a century – cocaine makes its users feel good very quickly. However, cocaine is also very addictive; many users begin to experience a compulsion to use cocaine in a short period of time after their first dose. Additionally, long-term abuse of cocaine can damage users physically and mentally – whether it’s from lung damage from smoking crack or a damaged nasal septum from snorting, cocaine eventually takes a toll on every user.

Since it’s a party drug – and somewhat expensive – it can be easy to forget that cocaine’s harmful. Someone who only takes cocaine during parties is still playing a risky game with addiction. Additionally, many of the same risks of party drugs apply to cocaine – the drug is often cut with other drugs and substances like starch and sugar, making cocaine use even riskier.

Cocaine Abuse: Signs and symptoms

Caused by a variety of factors including genetic, biological, and environmental factors, cocaine use affects the user’s body and mind. Following are some of the common signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse.

  • A constant runny nose
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Agitation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sudden emotional changes

When taken over a long period of time, the drug is likely to cause physical and mental deterioration. Some of the symptoms of long-term use of cocaine include nervousness, respiratory failure, depression, agitation, and tiredness. Additionally, long-term usage of cocaine also leads to drug dependence and eventually addiction.

Cocaine abuse: Red flags

Though there is no single cause of cocaine abuse, recognizing the early warning signs can help users get over their drug cravings and get timely and effective treatment. Following are some of the common red flags to detect cocaine abuse.

  • Signs of white powder on a person’s nose, lips or belongings
  • Needle marks for intravenous users
  • Signs of drug paraphernalia and use – these can differ depending on how a user takes cocaine
  • Unnaturally happy or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom or someplace away from others for short periods of time

Inside the body

Cocaine works by affecting the brain’s reward system. Many behaviors – including drug use – trigger the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine. Normally, dopamine is removed from the system and recycled for further use. Cocaine interferes with this system, causing dopamine to stay in the system for far longer than it should, creating the euphoric effects which drive use of the drug.

Long-term cocaine use fundamentally rewires the brain. Essentially, the natural behaviors which normally cause dopamine release aren’t strong enough to compete with cocaine. At the same time, cocaine makes areas of the brain which govern stress become much more sensitive. This combination results in users becoming irritable and depressed when they’re not taking the drug. It’s why some addicts will neglect work, friendships, and even food in pursuit of cocaine.

Tolerance increases health risks, too. Like most drugs, prolonged use of cocaine will result in the user requiring more and more of the drug to feel the same euphoric effects, creating a danger of overdose. Cocaine can also create sensitization in some users, meaning they become much more susceptible to cocaine’s more toxic side effects – seizures, anxiety, and even hallucinations.

Finally, because cocaine is often used a party drug, many users tend to binge on it, taking high doses in short periods of time. This can cause users to become irritable, anxious and in extreme cases, to lose touch with reality.

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Getting help

Finances, relationships, physical and mental health – there’s not one aspect of life addiction can’t ruin. Sovereign Health understands just how damaging addiction can be – particularly if it comes as a result of self-medication from trauma. Our comfortable and safe treatment center in Chandler, Arizona provides women the ideal place for recovery from cocaine addiction. Consisting of apartments and houses in pleasant residential neighborhoods, our residential treatment center allows women dealing with mental health and substance addiction to work on their challenges free from distractions and other triggers.

At Sovereign Health of Arizona, we make use of traditional and alternative treatment modalities to treat our patients holistically in both mind and body. Depending on a patient’s medical history and severity of symptoms, cocaine addiction treatment at Sovereign Health of Arizona combines clinically-proven treatment modalities along with behavioral therapies or counseling sessions. Combining traditional clinical therapies with scientific modalities, our state-of-the-art treatment centers provide personally tailored addiction treatment programs to each of our clients.

Why choose Sovereign Health?

A dually licensed and Joint Commission accredited treatment provider, Sovereign Health specializes in providing individualized, evidence-based addiction treatment to each of its patients. Basis a patient’s intensive physical and psychological evaluation, Sovereign Health of Arizona provides its women patients a tailor-made addiction treatment program in an environment that promotes healing and recovery.

Specializing in providing specialized care to trauma and abuse survivors, Sovereign Health of Arizona offers cutting-edge technologies and evidence-based clinical therapies to help our women patients get free of their addiction and enjoy long-term wellness.

In addition to traditional clinical treatment for drug addiction, each of our patients is offered individual and group psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neurofeedback and experiential therapies including, yoga, meditation and expressive arts therapy. For more information about our top-notch cocaine addiction treatment programs or to locate the finest cocaine detox centers, near you, please call or chat online with our representatives at our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with our representatives for further assistance.

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