Cocaine Addiction Treatment Center
Introduction to Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine’s use can be traced back to the 15th Century when it was used for medical purposes. Cocaine was then used as surgical anesthesia. While it is still legal to use cocaine for medical purposes, it is rarely done because we know it can lead to cocaine addiction.
Cocaine is a stimulant that comes from the coca plant commonly found in South America. Cocaine that is purchased illegally is usually mixed with other white powders such as cornstarch and talcum powder to increase potential profits for the sellers. Cocaine can also be mixed with opioids such as fentanyl which can be a deadly mixture when people don’t realize that’s what they are using.
Similar to other commonly abused drugs, cocaine increases the natural levels of dopamine in our brain. Dopamine is involved in the reward system development, so when we have more dopamine in our brain, we feel good or euphoric. Continuing to use to get that euphoric feeling is what makes this drug so addictive. Individuals who abuse cocaine may find that subsequent uses of cocaine are not as pleasurable as the first.
When an individual abuses cocaine long-term, their brain adapts and then needs to have more of the drug to reach the desired euphoric effect. This is also known as developing a tolerance to the drug.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a 2020 study found that an estimated 1.9% of individuals over the age of 12 reported using cocaine in the past year. The same study found that of the 1.9% of individuals who have used cocaine, about 0.5% have a cocaine use disorder.
Research has shown that preteens and teenagers are trying cocaine. A 2021 study found that 1.2% of high school seniors reported using cocaine in the past year and 0.2% of 8th graders.
When looking at Kentucky, 1,178 individuals received treatment for smoking cocaine in 2020.
Our Cocaine Addiction Treatment Center
At Impact IOP, we are able to cater addiction treatment to your specific needs. This begins with determining the level of care that would be the best fit for you at this moment. We pride ourselves on being a judgment-free zone, empathetic and supportive.
We have a Residential Inpatient program that utilizes evidence-based practices that are proven to be effective with addiction treatment. Our program uses both individual and group therapy.
We offer a Partial Hospitalization Program. With this option, you would be able to stay at home and come to the recovery center for 4 to 6 hours per day, 3 to 5 times per week.
We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program that allows you to stay at home in the evenings, and return to the treatment center for intensive group therapy. The amount of IOP that we have you attend will be specific to your needs.
Impact Outpatient Program works with most major insurance carriers to help cover the cost of treatment.
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At this time we do not accept Medicaid or Medicare policies.
Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine can be misused by individuals who do not have a cocaine addiction, and it is commonly abused in social situations. Signs and symptoms that someone is under the influence of cocaine can include some or all of the following:
- Dilated pupils
- Decreased appetite
- Elevated blood pressure
- Extreme energy level
- Mental alertness and hypersensitivity with senses
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated body temperature
- Muscle twitches
Similar to other drugs that can be abused, there are both physical and behavioral changes that are likely to occur when an addiction develops. Individuals who feel as though they need to use it to begin their day, are probably dependent on cocaine.
Individuals who use cocaine chronically can experience a variety of health consequences. Cocaine is a stimulant which means that the person will sleep less. Excessive sleep deprivation can lead to psychotic symptoms, which can include hallucinations and delusions.
Other long-term health consequences vary for the different methods that cocaine is used. For example, snorting cocaine long-term can lead to nose bleeds, loss of smell, and problems swallowing.
Smoking cocaine can contribute to the development of asthma, respiratory distress, oral health concerns, and increase a person’s risk for infections such as pneumonia.
Intravenous users are at a higher risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B, and C if they are using unsterile equipment. This can also lead to collapsed veins and scarring of the injection sites.
Behavioral changes that can occur with cocaine addiction can look similar to that of other addictions. Individuals may encounter problems at work or school and have strained and challenging relationships with their loved ones and friends. They may encounter legal troubles and engage in more risk-taking behaviors.
You may notice that the individual has stopped engaging in activities that they used to enjoy. They might not follow through on commitments because they are focused on their next use. You may notice them carrying paraphernalia such as straws or a pipe.
Cocaine overdoses can occur at any time of use. It doesn’t matter if this is the individual’s first use, hundredth or more. The risk of overdose is higher for individuals who mix their use of cocaine with other substances, especially opioids such as heroin.
Symptoms of a cocaine overdose can include some or all of the following symptoms:
- Increased body temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pains
- Nausea and vomiting
Cocaine overdose can be deadly and should be treated as a health crisis. With the high prevalence of fentanyl and other opioids in cocaine, using Narcan at the time of an overdose may be helpful. It’s difficult for a user to know with 100% certainty what is in the drug they took, so even if a person does not believe that they took an opioid, the only way to truly know would be with a blood test.
Narcan is an opioid overdose reversal medicine. This can be a life-saving measure if an individual is overdosing on an opioid such as fentanyl. Narcan will not reverse an overdose that is not caused by an opioid.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 19,447 fatal overdoses in 2020 involved cocaine.
When someone stops using cocaine abruptly or cuts down on the amount that they use, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms that may be present during cocaine withdrawal can include some or all of the following:
- Cravings to use again
- Lack of pleasure
- Vivid dreams
While some drugs cause physical symptoms such as vomiting during withdrawal, cocaine does not. Because of this, cocaine withdrawal is not necessarily a health crisis. Some do experience extreme withdrawal that could benefit from medical treatment to help manage symptoms present.
Keep in mind that if the person is using cocaine cut with opioids, their withdrawal would likely then include physical symptoms. If opioid withdrawal symptoms are severe, specifically vomiting and sweating, they can lead to dehydration and become a health crisis warranting medical attention.
Re-Start Your Life With Our Cocaine Rehab Center in Kentucky
Many treatment programs claim that they are able to individualize your treatment program to your needs. Here at the Impact IOP, we truly are because we have so many different programs that you can benefit from. We are able to offer you treatment options on an outpatient basis.
We offer an Outpatient Program. Outpatient treatment usually involves group and individual therapy. We tailor your treatment schedule to your needs and your schedule. Many individuals who are in outpatient treatment are balancing at-home lives, which can make scheduling challenging.
After completion of our outpatient program, we offer an After Care program, which allows you to still engage in group therapy for support on a much smaller scale. This program works great for individuals who wish to remain connected after completing Outpatient treatment.
Lastly, we offer a Family Program because they deserve a safe place to heal as well. We help family members get a better understanding of addiction, and help them understand what recovery will look like.
If you are worried about yourself, or someone you love, we invite you to call us at (502) 912-1038. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs and see where we can help you.