How Cocaine Rehab Works

Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant that blocks the re-absorption of the chemical dopamine. The result is continuous activation of nerve cells in the brain which causes increased pleasure signals. Cocaine can be taken in a variety of ways including snorting, injecting (after being dissolved in water) and smoking. Crack cocaine is cocaine which has not been turned into salt and is the form that can be smoked. Most cocaine users feel euphoric and energetic after using the drug. Cocaine also has the following effects:

  • Increased body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increased risk of heart attack, respiratory failure, strokes and seizures
  • Abdominal pain and nausea

It is rare, but in some cases cocaine abuse can result in sudden death.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 5.3 million Americans age 12 and older had abused cocaine in some form and 1.1 million had abused crack at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Alarmingly, the NIDA also reports that 1.8% of 8th graders, 3% of 10th graders and 4.4% of 12th graders had abused cocaine.

Many people view cocaine abuse as an underground problem that only affects those on the margins of society. As cocaine permeates our society further, this view of cocaine is increasingly false. More and more, cocaine abuse and addiction affect those on every level of society.

Cocaine Detoxification and Withdrawal

If you’re reading this article, you’re taking the first step to recovery from cocaine addiction — recognizing that you need help and getting it. Once you get into a rehab program, though, it can help to know what to expect.

The first part of cocaine rehab is detox. Detox involves letting a drug run its course, so that it can be completely removed from the body. It is important that you not attempt to detox without proper medical supervision. The body reacts, often violently, to being abruptly deprived of a drug that it has become dependent on. Without a medical staff to monitor you and manage the symptoms, this process can be fatal. These symptoms are known as withdrawal symptoms. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Intense craving
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Angry outbursts
  • Lack of motivation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Muscle pain
  • Disturbed sleep

Counseling and Therapy for Cocaine Addiction

It is important to remember that an addict is always an addict. Addiction may not be active, but if you have struggled with cocaine addiction, you should always be working at remaining drug-free. Another part of rehab and one way to prevent relapse in the future is to take part in counseling and therapy sessions. Therapy can take place in a one-on-one setting with a counselor, with family and close friends, or along with other recovering addicts. Regardless of the specifics, receiving counseling on how to move forward in your life without drugs can be the difference between relapse and ending the cycle of addiction for good.

Recover from Cocaine Addiction

If you are struggling with cocaine addiction and want to get your life back, we want to help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a helpful representative who can help you find the rehab plan that’s right for you. Cocaine addiction affects millions of people — you are not alone in your struggle and you will not be alone in recovery. Call now and end the destructive cycle of addiction.

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