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Cocaine

COCAINE ADDICTION

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful and extremely addictive stimulant drug. The source of cocaine is Erythroxylon coca. These coca leaves have been chewed and ingested by people in South America for thousands of years. People ingested those leaves for their stimulant effects. Humans managed to isolate cocaine hydrochloride, the purified chemical, from the plant centuries ago. In the first-half of the 1900s, purified cocaine was used as the core active ingredient in a wide variety of elixirs and tonics. However, medical professionals soon learnt that the powerfully addictive substance could adversely alter brain function and structure if used repeatedly

Addiction Effects of Cocaine Usage

  • The feelings of euphoria are often short-lived.
  • Various negative physical and psychological effects.
  • High levels of paranoia is common among cocaine abusers.
  • They tend to lose touch with reality; these people may see something or hear sounds that do not exist.
  • Medical problems pertain to heart problems, respiratory failure, and nervous system complications that cause strokes.

Is Medically Supervised Detox Required for Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

Yes, this form of detox is an important part of cocaine addiction recovery treatment. In fact, cocaine addiction rehab programmes typically begin with medically supervised detox. The physicians at the drug rehab facility will devise specific detox strategies that are targeted to help addicts tackle the withdrawal symptoms in the most effective way. After the detox phase, the type of recovery care will depend on the intensity and length of the addiction, and ultimately the individual’s needs. Further treatment options may include paired dual diagnosis treatment, individual and group therapy, outpatient rehab and inpatient rehab.

Why Choose Inpatient Therapy for Cocaine Addiction?

The benefits of inpatient therapy for cocaine addiction are plentiful. Treatment will always be kept 100% confidential. Patients will be kept busy with scheduled therapy sessions. They have access to group and one-on-one daily counselling sessions. Individuals who are kicking the habit may experience intense emotions and severe drug cravings. With round-the-clock care, they can consult a support worker or counsellor who will be nearby. When the individual is away from potential triggers and distractions, they will be better focused on their cocaine dependence treatment.Some of the new hobbies that recovering addicts can pick up include:

  • Playing a new instrument, video games, competitive sports, volunteering
  • Attend seminars and conventions, taking a class (e.g. cooking)
  • Going to the movies with loved ones

How long does Inpatient Therapy Last?

Most inpatient treatment centres recommend a minimum stay of one month which can be extended up to 90 days if need be. The length of stay will be determined by the severity of the cocaine addiction and how quickly the client is able to work through the treatment process. Find out more about Cocaine Abuse Signs and Symptoms.

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