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Cocaine Addiction Treatment

For those struggling with cocaine addiction, caught in the endless cycle of using and relapsing, GateHouse treatment centers offer a way out. You can stop using cocaine, and find a new way of life. Recovery from cocaine addiction is possible, and GateHouse is ready to stand by your side. For adults who are prepared to overcome their cocaine addiction, we offer a personal approach to cocaine addiction treatment that is based on proved addiction treatment methodologies and your unique experiences. We provide participate in recovery by promoting personal responsibility, accountability, and giving you the tools needed to build a strong recovery. We are personally invested in every one of our clients’ recovery processes, and putting people first has always been the bedrock of our treatment philosophy. End the insanity of doing the same thing over and over, reach out today, and find out how GateHouse can help you live a life worth living.

How Can I Tell If I Need Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

Cocaine rehab is necessary for anyone finding themselves suffering from the consequences of using cocaine but unable to stop using. This is common for those with the disease of addiction. There is no medical use for cocaine and is classified as a Schedule II controlled substances, with highly addictive capabilities. They are bought illegally on the streets and can come with severe legal consequences, such as prison time for up to 20 years. Cocaine can be snorted, injected or smoked. It looks like a ground; white, crystal powder often sold in little zip-lock bags.

Quick Fact About Cocaine Addiction

  • Estimated 1.5 million current cocaine users
  • Of those, 913,000 met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for dependence or abuse of cocaine
  • 505,224 emergency room visits involved cocaine (40% of total drug misuse or abuse-related emergency department visits
  • More than 100,000 babies are born addicted to Cocaine.
  • There is “freebase” cocaine and a more common street cocaine which is mixed, called “crack cocaine”
  • Cocaine is known to cause permanent psychosis
  • The United States is the number two in the world for consuming cocaine

History of Cocaine

For years before, people have chewed leaves from the coca plant to feel the effects of high energy. In the 1800’s a college student was experimenting with the coca leaves and created a substance which has today turned into cocaine.

Over the next few decades, cocaine became popular for “medicinal use,” a theory supported by the medical community with the likes of Sigmund Freud. In 1886, John Pemberton put the coca leaves in his new drink, Coca-Cola. The euphoric and energizing effects of doing so popularized Coca-Cola immensely in the early 1900’s.

By 1912, there were a reported 5,000 cocaine-related deaths in one year, and thousands more visiting hospitals for nasal damage resulting from “snorting the drug.” It was in-turn banned in 1922.

We saw a re-emergence of cocaine in the 1970’s as a fashionable drug used by businesspeople. Due to its ability to help people move quickly and stay awake for long hours, it was the drug to accompany those in the “fast lane.”

Cocaine was known to be the “rich man’s drug,” due to the expenses associated with maintaining cocaine habit. By the 1980’s, they found a way to make crack cocaine, a cheaper version of cocaine that gives a more intense, quicker high by smoking the rock. The 80’s saw an expansive crack epidemic, making crack cocaine one of America’s most dangerous drugs.

Colombian cartels exported up to 800 tons of cocaine every year, and by 2008 cocaine became the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world.

Physiology and Side Effects of Cocaine

Like many drugs, cocaine works by increasing dopamine levels in in the brain. Cocaine causes an excessive build up of dopamine and blocks the recycling process. The sudden increase in dopamine levels disrupts normal brain communications, and causes the user to feel the effects of a cocaine “high.” According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, research shows that cocaine abuse is related to a disruption of higher thought and decision-making functions done in the brain.

  • Extreme euphoria
  • High energy levels
  • Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, touch
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Tremors and twitching
  • Higher body temperature
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Hallucinations

Common Street Names for Cocaine

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Dust
  • Line
  • Rail
  • Powder
  • Bump

Understanding Cocaine Addiction

Since cocaine is a highly addictive drug and can create a physical dependency as well, quitting can be very difficult for the user. Many Americans report “recreational” use of cocaine. So how do you identify a cocaine addiction in yourself or a loved one? For those addicted to cocaine, over time they may build a tolerance to powder cocaine. At this point, some users switch to crack cocaine, which provides a more intense high. As a result cocaine rehab centers started to form.

To understand if your loved one is suffering from a cocaine addiction and need cocaine rehab, here are a list of signs & symptoms. It is possible you may also find paraphernalia associated with cocaine or crack cocaine addiction. Examples of such include, glass pipes, rolled cash, and cut straws. If the answer is yes to these signs and symptoms, cocaine rehab may be necessary for recovery.

Mood

Tooth decay
Damage to nasal cavity
Lung damage
Kidney and liver problems
Track marks, if injected

Loss of appetite
Dilated pupils
Seizures
Trouble sleeping
Rapid breathing

Behavioral

Euphoria
Grandiosity (extremely confident)

Friendly & outgoing
Mood swings

Physical

Neglected appearance
Misuse of Finances
Difficulties with personal relationships

Problems managing life
Secretive behavior
Erratic or impulsive behavior

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