At Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services, we begin by helping you to step out of the problem. Cocaine addiction for many has become a shadow that is cast around intense work/study schedules and nights out with friends. By stepping out of that environment, the body is allowed time to heal and recover from the effects of the substance, and begin to regain its natural balance.
What treatment does Breathe provide for cocaine addiction?
Overcoming a cocaine addiction is more than just letting go of the drug. We will help develop your self-awareness and give you the skills necessary to manage stress without the need for self medication. At our Life Healing Centers and Treatment Clinics we will guide you through and provide you with:
- Healthy Nutritional Plan
- Open group discussion with others experiencing similar challenges
- Individual counseling
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
At Breathe we help you to not just overcome your cocaine addiction, but to reintegrate with your life, in your way. We’ll help you repair relationships with your family and friends while maintaining an environment that helps support you on your journey to recovery long after you have left us.
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a drug that has been in our culture for over 100 years. Derived from coca leaves, it was originally used by workers to stay up late and keep productive. Over the years it found its way into the mainstream and was popularized by celebrity – musicians on tour would take the drug to keep up with the demands of being on the road and the association was made that cocaine was a rock star drug.
As demand for the drug increased, cocaine prices were driven down, along with the purity. Most cocaine available on the streets today contains a cocktail of other, often harmful substances to allow the dealer to make more sales with the same initial amount of the drug.
Why is Cocaine so addictive?
Cocaine affects the reward center of the brain. It is a stimulant that allows people to stay up longer and more alert, while also increasing feelings of euphoria. Despite its association with partygoers, it is just as likely to be used by people working long hours, or students trying to stay up for longer during revision periods. Cocaine addiction is also deceptive – often taken only on certain times of the week or weekend, it can lead the user to believing that they are not truly addicted while still taking the drug on a regular basis.
It is true that in most cases, initial use of cocaine does not lead to immediate addiction. However, cocaine addiction can set in very quickly with prolonged usage. This usually happens in three ways –
- The person’s lifestyle adapts around the drug. They stay up longer, later, take on more than they could normally handle, to keep up with their new responsibilities they become dependent on the effects of the drug.
- With prolonged usage the body begins to become reliant on the drug for both stimulation and to feel pleasure. Our bodies are incredibly adept at responding to our environment, and with regular cocaine usage the body stops making it’s own endorphins as they are not needed so long as the user keeps taking cocaine. The challenge comes when the person wants to stop taking the drug and the body has to undergo the process of redeveloping chemicals it has stopped making.
- Cocaine is most commonly used in social settings. It allows people to stay up longer together and keep up with friends. It also can nullify some of the drowsiness of alcohol, hence its popularity in the bar and club scene. Once it infiltrates a group of friends, the effects make it compelling for all members of the group to take it so that they can stay up together. Once it becomes an accepted part of the group, it can be difficult to step away without disassociating with the friends entirely. In these cases it is often justified by the user that they are only taking cocaine on nights out or weekends, and that they are not an addict, as they are not using it daily or on their own. However, the dependency on the drug becomes immediately apparent when placed back in the environment. Addiction is not always reliant on how often a substance is taken, but on how dependent the user is on it when placed into that environment.
Why is Cocaine addiction treatment necessary?
Cocaine carries with it more than just the impact of a stimulant on the body. Its effects can lead to degradation of skin and brain tissue, demineralization of bones and teeth, along with many psychological effects including paranoia. Sustained use inhibits the brain’s natural processes, creating a chemical need for the drug, while at the same time slowly destroying the body. What may begin as a convenient way to stay up late can turn into a control on your life, isolating the user from friends and family not taking the drug and turning the user away from others who they feel don’t understand why they need to take the drug to keep up with the demands of their lifestyle.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a cocaine addiction, call Breathe today at 800-929-5904. We can help.