Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati
Welcoming Clients on the Path to Recovery
Cocaine has a reputation of being a party drug; the key ingredient to making a night out one to remember. But despite movie and TV depictions of the drug, many Americans don’t see cocaine use as a one-time event. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1.8 million people aged 18 or older are cocaine users, and because it’s a highly addictive drug, it’s safe to assume countless people are physically dependent on it. In 2012 alone, around 658,000 people sought treatment for cocaine addiction.
While other rehabilitation centers stick to one cookie-cutter approach to treatment, we believe every person is different and has unique needs that can be treated through a variety of methods. When you join us at our calming, 120-acre facility, you can expect to work closely with our team to develop a plan that works for you and benefits your future.
What is Cocaine & How Does Addiction Develop?
Derived from the coca plant found in South America, cocaine is a stimulant that is often sold as a white powder or crystals, the latter of which is referred to as “crack.” Cocaine is also referred to as coke, rock, blow, or snow, and is typically snorted, smoked, or injected to give the user feelings of euphoria and exhilaration. This high is relatively fast, lasting a few minutes to an hour, which is why many people feel compelled to use the drug compulsively to keep their high going.
As a stimulant, cocaine enhances the activity that occurs in the central and peripheral nervous system, which temporarily improves mental and physical abilities. Along with euphoria, some initial effects of cocaine include mental alertness, extreme energy, and becoming more talkative. However, cocaine is also associated with an unpleasant comedown that can include symptoms like nausea, paranoia, sensitivity to light and sound, tremors, and irritability.
Over time, long-term cocaine use causes the brain to become desensitized to the amount of dopamine being triggered, and as a result, people need larger dosages of cocaine to get the euphoric feelings they want. As a result, addiction develops, and when use stops negative withdrawal symptoms show up, too. Someone with cocaine addiction will resort to using more cocaine to keep the negative symptoms, like depression and insomnia, at bay.
Dangers of Cocaine Abuse
The most obvious danger of prolonged cocaine abuse is an addiction and the various negative effects that are associated with it. People with drug addictions lose control of their lives, as seeking and using drugs are the only things that govern their thoughts and behaviors. Cocaine addiction can negatively impact a person’s work or school performance, resulting in unemployment or dropping out. It can also isolate people from their loved ones as they withdraw from relationships or sneak around to avoid being caught.
Additional behavioral changes associated with cocaine addiction include:
- Financial problems
- Risk-taking behavior, such as driving while under the influence or stealing to get money for cocaine
- Obsessive thoughts about using or finding cocaine
- Lack of physical hygiene
- Extreme weight loss
Along with these behavioral changes, people with cocaine addictions also put their own health in jeopardy. Cocaine abuse harms the kidneys and liver. Prolonged use also has been known to cause high blood pressure, strokes, and seizures, which can be deadly if left untreated.
Overdose is always a risk for people who have drug addictions, including cocaine addiction. In 2018 alone, nearly 15,000 people died of a cocaine-related overdose. Overdosing on cocaine can cause heart attacks and cardiac arrest. People with cocaine addictions also frequently mix cocaine with alcohol and heroin to produce a stronger high, which can also increase the risk of overdose.
Helping a Loved One Struggling with Cocaine Abuse
There are few things more painful than witnessing someone you love struggle with cocaine addiction. While it may be difficult to approach them about your concerns, it is imperative that you urge them to seek help as soon as possible. While you cannot force a person to get sober as they must make this choice themselves, your words may be the driving force they need to re-evaluate their situation and finally make the changes they need.
If your son, daughter, parent, significant other, or other loved one is struggling with cocaine, keep this in mind:
- Do your research ahead of time. Learn as much as you can about addiction so you can better empathize with their situation.
- Approach them from a place of love and compassion, not judgment. They will be far more likely to respond positively if they do not feel like they are being shamed.
- Be prepared for the possibility that they will respond negatively. They may not realize the full extent of their drug problem or they may even deny that a problem exists. Be persistent and do not let this discourage you.
- Do not wait until they hit "rock bottom" before approaching them. The sooner you act, the sooner your loved one can get the help they need.
- If your loved one refuses to get help after multiple confrontations, consider enlisting the help of a licensed professional to stage an intervention.
- If they finally agree to seek help, stay involved. Take them to appointments, arrange childcare, and participate in group therapy sessions when appropriate. This is the time they will need you most.
How We Treat Cocaine Addiction
If you value your health or the health of an affected family member or friend, seeking professional help for cocaine addiction is of the utmost importance.
Recovery from cocaine addiction requires cognitive behavioral therapy. Through individual and group counseling, a variety of therapies like yoga, and more, we have a range of options for clients to choose from. Every person is different, meaning that a technique that greatly aids in one client’s recovery might not be as helpful for another client. We’re ready to work with you to develop a healthy lifestyle that serves your needs and goals.
When you need cocaine addiction treatment in Cincinnati, look no further than Cedar Oaks Wellness Center. Call us at (513) 780-5201 to learn more about our peaceful and safe facility.