Cocaine works directly on the central nervous system of the body to cause a “high”, or pleasurable sense of well-being, and a feeling of great energy and focus. Users of this drug need to keep increasing the “dose”, or amount of cocaine they use to get high, in order to get the same effect.  Most people addicted to cocaine are unable to stop on an outpatient basis and require an extended care drug rehab to get back on track.  We have found that many people who suffer from cocaine addiction also suffer from alcoholism, xanax & valium addiction and many times gambling.

The brain becomes addicted to having the drug available, and cocaine addicts begin to feel the unpleasant and painful sensations of withdrawal if the drug isn’t available. Obtaining and using cocaine becomes the focus of the addict’s daily life. Cocaine can cause dangerously high body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure meaning death from a heart attack or stroke is possible.  It also causes severe depression when the user runs out of cocaine which turns many of them to seek out drugs like xanax or valium which they can easily become addicted to.

Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Treatment for cocaine is similar to the treatment of other stimulants and focuses on the social, psychological, emotional, family and physical factors that led to or supported the addiction. Cocaine use usually starts out as a social thing and for some becomes a feeling they can’t live without because of the emporing invincible feelings it creates. Many people who abuse cocaine are business professionals and people in the world of high finance, entertainment and gaming. This is mostly because of the fast paced high end lifestyles associated with cocaine use and the amount of money it takes to support a habit.  This is not meant to be a sterotype, however many cocaine abusers seeking treatment seem to fall into a category similar to these.

Cocaine addiction treatment starts with a medically managed drying out period to slowly reduce the cocaine in the body, and to help control the uncomfortable symptoms that come from abuse.  Many going through withdrawal of cocaine will do so before entering treatment because they will have already come down from a recent binge and then slept for 3-5 days prior to checking into a facility.

Once detox is completed, an intensive inpatient drug rehab or extended care treatment center begins to help the substance abuser understand what led to the cocaine addiction and develop skills to avoid relapse in the future. Successful completion of treatment for a recovering cocaine addict is often followed by weekly outpatient services. Upon returning home, a specialized aftercare plan will already be in place to help both addict and family sustain recovery.