cocaine addiction

Cocaine Addiction

FHE Health offers cocaine treatment programs for those struggling with dependency and addiction to cocaine. The administering of this drug has negative effects on first-time users as well as long-term users, although long time use increases the risk of damage to health. Any use of this harmful drug can harm an individual biologically, mentally, and emotionally. Treatment is a proven way to help those who struggle with cocaine dependence be able to manage cravings and remain sober long-term.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a drug that is derived from the leaves of the coca plant. Coca leaves have been used for its stimulant properties for thousands of years originating in the hills of South America. In the last 100 years, the chemical component of these leaves has been extracted and turned into the drug we know today, cocaine. This drug can be used for medical purposes, but over the years its use in the medical field has decreased on account of alternative methods for anesthetics. Cocaine is now most presently identified as an illicit street drug, being classified as a schedule II drug. The drug is mostly seen as a glamorous drug in our country since it is rather expensive and there have been multiple accounts of entertainers that form addictions to cocaine.

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine works by signaling neurotransmitters in the brain that release the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is the natural “feel good” chemical that our bodies release to moderate moods and regulate emotion. When cocaine is used, dopamine deposits are depleted and more cocaine is usually used to balance the difference. After increased use, a tolerance to cocaine forms. This means that the brain recognizes the drug and needs more to produce the desired effect. When tolerance levels raise, dependency is formed. This means that the body does not function at its highest capacity without cocaine evident in the body. Dependence is a huge sign that addiction is near. Addiction is more of a behavior that dependence, so those that are addicted experience negative consequences as a direct result of using cocaine. Those addicted to coke have begun to see its negative side effects of this drug in their daily lives. These side effects could manifest as problems at work, legal issues, or even arguments with a spouse or other loved one. The individuals that abuse this terrifying drug and do not seek help are likely to be sucked into a perpetual life of addiction rapidly. Those portraying addictive behavior brought on by cocaine abuse will likely:

  • Avoid work, school, or family responsibilities at all cost
  • Neglect attendance at important events
  • Have strained personal relationships
  • Experience legal issues caused by cocaine use
  • Deny the use of cocaine or other drugs
  • Use no matter the consequence
  • Have a decreased appetite

Along with experiencing negative effects of daily life, a habitual cocaine user will experience side effects that relate to health. It is proven that cocaine changes the functionality of the brain, making way for a list of mental problems like adult onset ADHD, cognitive impairment, and mobility impairment. Along with the effects that cocaine has on the brain, other symptoms caused from long-term use include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Ulcers
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Cocaine Treatment Programs

FHE Health takes into consideration each individual’s addiction and experiences before developing a treatment plan. Our medical, clinical, and psychiatric professionals implement proven strategies into our drug addiction treatment programs so that patients have the highest chance of long-term recovery success. Specialized drug treatment services include medical detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, sober living skills education, mental health fitness, and aftercare. With so many services and support, patients that come for drug addiction treatment services can leave with the knowledge, skills, and desire to continue recovery on their own. Ultimately, drug addiction treatment is up to you. You must decide that your cocaine addiction has affected your life negatively and that you don’t want to live like this anymore. Treatment is possible and successful for those that are committed and determined to not let their addiction control their lives anymore. Decide today that you are done with addiction and that you need help, and FHE Health will be with you the entire way.

Residential Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Every patient that walks through our doors at FHE Health will have a complete medical, psychological and clinical assessment before treatment services are suggested. Because each person’s addiction is different from the next, treatment plans have to be specific for each individual. We work with all of the professional staff to determine a comprehensive recovery plan just for you. In most cases, residential treatment is necessary. This program is focused on intensive group and individualized therapy that aims to uncover the underlying causes of addiction. Once the underlying causes can be confronted, they will be more easily identifiable outside of treatment. During residential treatment, you will learn to recognize triggers and cravings so that you are more prepared to deal with them once you assimilate back into your daily routine. Additionally, you will learn to recognize behaviors that are detrimental to your sobriety. Our residential treatment program provides you with a safe home-like environment where you can focus on regaining your life back from addiction and moving forward towards success.

Aftercare and Sober Living

Once your stay in our residential treatment is complete, you will have the option to stay in our gender-specific sober living homes. Many relapses occur in early recovery, so it is important to seek support once treatment completes. Sober living gives you the option to slowly implement daily responsibilities back into your new and sober lifestyle. Sobriety can stay your number one focus as your surrounded by peers that are recovering from addiction just like you. All of our alumni are encouraged to participate in any of our treatment activities, and they are also able to continue to benefit from all of the services that were available to them during treatment. This includes psychological and medical care, including medication management for those who need it. You don’t have to just jump right back into everyday life. In fact, you shouldn’t. Reverting back into an old lifestyle may encourage old behaviors, namely drug or alcohol use. Sober living can help your transition into a new life of sobriety with the guidance and support from people that care about you. Alumni services at FHE Health are some of the best in the world, so you can be sure that after you complete treatment, you will always have a family that supports your sobriety and recovery goals here in sunny South Florida.

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