Why Cocaine Recovery Is a Lifelong Commitment

Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca bush and is grown in the Andes region of South America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 14% of U.S adults have tried cocaine, and one in 40 adults has used the drug in the past year. Men ages 18 to 25 are the biggest consumers of cocaine. Cocaine can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected. Street cocaine, commonly called “crack,” is sold in a form that can be smoked. Cocaine remains popular among drug users because of its almost instantaneous effects regardless of whether it is smoked, snorted or injected. When cocaine enters the bloodstream it travels to the brain where it interferes with neurotransmitters, making it impossible for the nerves to communicate with each other. The neurotransmitters blocked by cocaine include: norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters control the mood, pleasure and reward systems of the brain. Cocaine abuse can quickly lead to a lifetime of addiction. Because of the powerful effects of the drug on the brain, successful cocaine addiction recovery requires a consistent and lifelong commitment.

Cocaine recovery begins with admitting you or a loved one has a problem. The first step involves reaching out for help and finding an addiction treatment program that offers detox. The body needs time to rid itself of the toxins of the drug so that treatment can begin. Detox in a medically supervised facility allows you or a loved one to get rid of the drug toxins in a safe way. Medically supervised detox also provides 24 hour medical monitoring and ways to cope with painful withdrawal symptoms. Once detox is over, treatment can begin.

Getting the right treatment for your unique situation is an important part of the recovery process. Treatment for cocaine addiction should include the diagnosis and treatment of any underlying mental illness that might be contributing to or causing the addiction. Your treatment plan will involve individual and group counseling, family therapy and other holistic approaches, like meditation, nutrition counseling and exercise to help your body heal from the effects of the drugs. During counseling, your therapist will help you understand your addiction and the impact it is having on your life and the lives of your loved ones. You will learn coping strategies to deal with drug cravings and positive behavior modification techniques to help you learn to make better life choices. These skills combine to give you an arsenal of defenses against drug use to help you stay committed to recovery.

Once you complete rehab, your therapist or facility will help you find an ongoing support group so you can stay accountable and committed to your recovery. Ongoing support is the most important tool in your recovery process and provides a place of social interaction as well as a place to share your struggles and draw strength from others who understand your commitment to a life free from cocaine addiction.

Finding Help for Cocaine Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with cocaine addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.

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