Cocaine Treatment Programs

Cocaine Treatment ProgramsCocaine is a stimulant drug that prevents dopamine (a neurotransmitter that releases pleasurable sensations) re-uptake. The dopamine levels build up and eventually interfere with normal brain communication. Users become addicted to the “pleasurable” sensations and thus, continue to use. Crack cocaine is the “rock” form of cocaine that has a shorter half-life than regular cocaine, meaning the effects last a shorter period of time; the effects of regular cocaine last approximately 45 minutes, while the effects of crack last 10 or 15 minutes. In the 2009 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it was revealed that there are 1.9 million users of cocaine, the same estimate that was given in the 2008 survey. In 2006, there were an estimated 2.4 million users. There is still a significant demand for treatment programs that cater to these types of addiction.

Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

If you suspect someone you love is struggling with cocaine abuse, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of addiction and withdrawal. These include the following:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased temperature
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Fast speech
  • Runny or bloody nose
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Seizures

What Goes on During Cocaine Treatment Programs?

The majority of cocaine treatment programs are made up of three core elements:  detox, counseling and aftercare. The objective of detox is to get patients to overcome their physical addiction. Keep in mind that cocaine addiction is strongly psychological so the withdrawal patients experience in detox may not be as severe as they are with other drugs.

Following the completion of a cocaine detox program the individual proceeds to the therapy component of their treatment. Patients work with counselors, their peers and even members of their family to determine the underlying causes of their addiction. During counseling, patients focus on both understanding their addiction and developing a strong support system and plan of action for themselves following treatment. Cocaine users suffer from a strong psychological addiction and may need to spend more time in counseling when compared to other drugs.

The last step of a treatment program is aftercare. Most facilities will connect you with reputable aftercare program that you can continue to attend for an indefinite amount of time. Programs such as Narcotics Anonymous, follow-up counseling and sober living facilities all provide a place for the individual to gain much needed support and structure, and help them transition back into everyday life.

Please contact our helpline today if you or someone you love may be struggling with cocaine addiction. Our counselors are available to discuss your treatment options with you and answer any questions you might have.