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Cocaine Addiction

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 treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Information on Cocaine

Cocaine is a white, powdery substance that is derived from the coca plant, which is native to South America. This drug can alter a person’s central nervous system because it sends high dopamine levels into the parts of one’s brain that control pleasure. A dopamine rush can cause intense feelings of energy and alertness, which is called a high. 

People who use this drug typically snort it, but some smoke it (known as “freebasing”), dissolve it in water and inject it, or rub it onto their gums. Some people turn their cocaine into a solid, rock crystal. However, all cocaine use is considered abuse because it’s an illegal substance.Other names for this drug include:

  • Snow
  • Rock
  • Blow
  • Coke
  • Crack

Cocaine Use Statistics

These statistics are provided by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • Over five million Americans aged 12 and older reported using cocaine in the past year.
  • While cocaine use is a global phenomenon, the highest rates of consumption have been reported in the following regions: North America, Western Europe, and Australia. 
  • Cocaine remains the second most popular illicit substance in the United States. 
  • There are over 500,000 emergency hospital visits due to cocaine abuse each year in the United States.

Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Use

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Hyperstimulation
  • Erratic or violent behavior
  • Anxiety or paranoia
  • Intense euphoria
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions or seizures

Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use

  • Liver, kidney, and lung damage
  • Respiratory failure (if smoked)
  • Malnutrition, including weight loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Auditory and tactile hallucinations 
  • Reproductive damage
  • Disorientation
  • Apathy
  • Participation in risky behaviors
  • Delirium

When Does Cocaine Use Turn into Addiction?

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug, and it can be difficult to recognize a dependence on it. When someone craves cocaine every day and is indifferent to the legal and health ramifications of its usage, this may indicate an addiction. Once a person forms a dependence, their tolerance for the drug increases, meaning they need to consume higher doses to experience a dopamine rush. A person with a cocaine dependence will also experience withdrawal symptoms if they go a day without it. 


Moreover, many people who experiment with cocaine do it in environments where other substances are available. Not only do they run the risk of developing a cocaine addiction, but they may also forge a dependence on other substances, such as alcohol or heroin; this is called poly-drug abuse, and it can increase a person’s risk of a fatal overdose.

Treatment is within Reach

Currently, there are no medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cocaine addiction, though researchers are exploring neurobiological targets. Behavioral therapies are the only available and effective treatment for most drug problems, including cocaine addiction. Some people choose to stay at an inpatient treatment center that incorporates contingency management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, community-based recovery groups, and other treatment modalities to help them reclaim their life.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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