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Cocaine: Detox & Rehab Treatment

Cocaine Rehab Scotland - Cocaine Addiction Treatment

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine addiction is harmful to a person’s body, mind, and well-being. Cocaine is an extremely addictive substance made from the leaves of the South American coca plant. It is a stimulant drug that floods the brain with dopamine and increases alertness, attention, and energy. The immediate physical effects of cocaine last about 15 to 30 minutes, but over time it rewires the brain to crave increasing amounts to maintain the ‘high’.

Cocaine & Crack Cocaine

Cocaine is sold as a fine white powder that dealers often dilute with other substances such as flour, baking soda and most dangerously with amphetamines and heroin. Usage is usually through snorting the powder, rubbing it into gums or dissolving it in water before injecting it into the bloodstream. A variant of cocaine comes in the form of a rock crystal which is heated, with the resulting fumes then being inhaled. This variant is called “crack cocaine.”

Cocaine is extremely addictive and extremely harmful. The user experiences the pleasurable effects of cocaine use almost immediately, and therefore it has a very high misuse risk. It is not uncommon for users to misuse cocaine and alcohol simultaneously, which makes the liver produce a chemical called Coca ethylene.  Coca-ethylene intensifies the cocaine high, but in doing so also increases the risks of permanent damage to the self or even death.

Cocaine Pros and Cons In Addiction

The short-term ‘benefits’ of cocaine may include:

  • Burst of energy
  • Increased happiness
  • Increased mental alertness

The long-term detriments include:

  • Severe paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Malnutrition
  • Seizures
  • Heart disease
  • Lung damage
  • Bowel decay
  • Loss of smell
  • Nosebleeds
  • Increased risk of HIV or hepatitis

Cocaine addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease and should be addressed as soon as possible. Although there is no quick fix or cure for cocaine addiction, it can be overcome with a thorough and comprehensive cocaine rehab treatment program.

Treatment For Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Detox

Comprehensive treatment for cocaine addiction – that is, when done with the highest chance of success – should begin with speaking to a medical practitioner. Although there is no specific detox for cocaine, like there is for other drugs, some help is available depending on the individual’s withdrawal symptoms. Doctors can often prescribe some sedatives as well as sleeping pills to help with the first few days of withdrawal, which can be very uncomfortable. The varying health and biological individuality mean that the withdrawals will vary in severity and duration during detox, so those seeking help should have medical monitoring. In addition, we find that it’s very common for cocaine users to often drink alcohol to addictive levels and be unaware that they are also dependent on this too. And this would require a specific alcohol withdrawal detox regimen. So, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice when beginning treatment.

Cocaine Rehab

Medical detox and rehabilitation clinics also provide nonmedical tools and resources that allow the user to cease. With detox, rehab, and aftercare programs, people struggling with cocaine addiction can address all aspects of their addiction. The physical, emotional, and psychological/behavioural aspects of cocaine addiction all play a role in the ability to overcome it, so neglecting any one of those can make it difficult to get sober and stay that way.

Cognitive behavioural therapists teach patients to recognize harmful thoughts about themselves – thoughts that might serve as triggers for a relapse – and situations where they might experience temptations to use Cocaine again. With this recognition, patients can develop coping strategies to banish relapse-oriented thoughts from their minds and avoid tempting situations. This form of therapy provides patients with a sense of agency and accountability, a sense which is essential for staying motivated and putting away Cocaine once and for all.

As with all drugs and addictive substances, there must first occur a detox and withdrawal regime.

Cocaine Withdrawal Timeline

1–3 hours after the last use:

Withdrawal symptoms may begin very shortly after the last dose and typically include exhaustion, anxiety, and irritability.

1–7 days after the last use:

Intense cravings are common during cocaine detox and are usually accompanied by insomnia, depression, and mood swings.

2–4 weeks after the last use:

Strong cravings for cocaine are most likely still present, and irritability is common for weeks after initially starting cocaine detox. Extremely vivid dreams may also occur.

5–10 weeks after the last use:

Cravings should have dissipated and most other physical symptoms have subsided. Anxiety and depression may continue to persist for days or weeks after the cocaine detox is over.

What those with the intention of stopping cocaine use should consider:

  • Medical advice
  • Long-term rehab
  • Outpatient addiction treatment
  • Sober living
  • Aftercare

A long-term cocaine rehab program helps addicted individuals maintain their sobriety by giving them a safe place to remain sober after detoxing, providing opportunities to learn and practice coping strategies and life skills, and using therapeutic interventions to address the root causes of their addiction.

Inpatient cocaine rehab typically takes place at a comfortable addiction treatment clinic, where clients are given adequate time to adjust to their new sober lifestyle. During this time, treatment may typically include behavioural therapy, 12-step interventions, educational lectures and other evidence-based treatments. The primary goal of cocaine rehab is to address and modify previously learnt negative behaviours. Then apply relapse prevention strategies to prevent current and future cocaine use. In working with various individuals in a supportive clinical environment, clients also have opportunities to establish a recovery support network that they can rely on to help them through the challenges of early recovery.

Contact our addiction team to find out about more cocaine detox and rehab, as well as practical advice on how to beat addiction. Our team of expert medical doctors, therapists and addiction workers are here to help and offer free assessments.

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