Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to
the whole person. We take a holistic approach to cocaine addiction and can include using medications under the supervision of a medical doctor while detoxing from the drug. We find that it tends to be more successful, especially since it can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Cocaine is a drug that is a potent central nervous system stimulant and is associated with a high risk of addiction. It can be sold in powdered or crystalline formats and be smoked, swallowed, or sniffed. Some even shoot up the drug. When the drug enters the bloodstream, it quickly shoots up to the tissues of the brain, altering the chemical content in certain parts. Brain cells then release the neurotransmitter dopamine to induce a pleasurable feeling.
Cocaine disrupts this pattern in a few ways: it augments the amount of dopamine released and keeps it from being recycled so that happiness can last longer. Enough times and the brain gets used to the feeling and needs a higher dose to get the same amount of dopamine. This means people can get immune to the drug and may not feel anything when they take it. Over time, they stop feeling pleasure in reality as well.
Additionally, cocaine affects the body tissues in which it comes in contact. So, if you sniff it, it can cause the blood vessels in the nose to tighten and shrink be damaged, leading to bloody noses and loss of smell. It can also lead to tumors, lesions, and trauma to the nose, mouth, and palette, which may require surgery to correct the issue. According to the Mayo Clinic, those individuals who swallow cocaine can experience intestinal problems that can be life-threatening.
Addiction from cocaine has some telltale signs that get better after stopping and continuing the drug. These include:
If these signs disappear and are replaced with energy and euphoria, you can be suspicious of cocaine addiction.
It’s imperative to ensure someone completes an addiction treatment program that is customized for the person. There are inpatient and outpatient programs, depending on the severity of the addiction and whether a co-occurring mental disorder is involved. If inpatient care is recommended, the person moves into a residential treatment center temporarily and undergoes a detox program to eliminate the drug from their system. From there, counseling, nutrition, behavioral modifications, stress-reducing techniques can be implemented.
Because of the health contradictions with detoxification, it’s best to be under complete supervision at a recovery center. If any adverse issues occur, they can be swiftly addressed with professionals. From the support of their family and friends, addicts can achieve the confidence needed to complete a cocaine addiction treatment program that helps prevent relapse and enables the person to develop coping skills to guide them through life.
Although the temptation to relapse can be strong and linger, people can recover from these addictions daily. It takes time, patience, willpower, and determination, but with the tools learned in recovery, people can take back their life from the addiction beast.