Cocaine, also known as “coke” or “blow,” is a highly addictive stimulant which comes from the leaves of the coca plant. In its purest form, cocaine is a white powdered substance. However, on the streets it is usually cut with fillers such as lactose or baking powder. Sometimes powdered cocaine is cut with other stimulants such as methamphetamines or narcotics such as heroin. Since powdered cocaine can be mixed with a number of different things, it is nearly impossible to determine its purity and strength which can lead to higher risk of overdose and death. With repeated use, cocaine changes the reward system of the brain, leading to tolerance, addiction, and dependence.
Cedar Crest Hospital has helped countless men, women, children, teens, and older adults find the strength within them to overcome the grasp of addiction. Our highly qualified staff has successfully helped many individuals beat the cycle of addiction and learn to live a life of sobriety. If your life has slowly been spiraling out of control due to your inability to stop using cocaine, pick up the phone and call us today. Together we can help get your life back on track
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
Having a loved one who is addicted to cocaine is not only harmful for them, but it is devastating for all individuals in their life. As your loved one continues to use cocaine it will take a toll on everyone involved, leaving behind shattered relationships that can take a long time to repair even after the drug use has stopped. Additionally, you may be faced with a number of different emotions including fear, anger, and frustration. Currently you may be at a loss for what you can do to help your loved one. The recovery process is going to require effort on everyone’s part.
Do’s for helping your loved one:
- Take the time to educate yourself about cocaine addiction
- Get involved in your loved ones treatment process
- Make sure to ask any questions you have about the treatment process
- Get support for yourself to deal with your emotions
- Understand that it will take some time to heal
Don’ts for helping your loved one:
- Do not avoid talking to your loved one
- Do not feel responsible for their recovery
- Do not over involve yourself in their recovery
- Don’t fall into previous unhealthy behaviors
Once your loved one has decided to enter treatment it is important to remember that the journey has only begun. Recovery from cocaine addiction is going to take a lot of time and effort from everyone involved. Realize that this is not a process that is going to happen overnight and be there to support your loved one throughout that entire process.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Cedar Crest Hospital
After prolonged abuse, cocaine can cause a number of severe symptoms and long-term effects that will negatively impact the user’s life. If an addiction develops, the brain of an addict starts to change and the natural reward system becomes less sensitive to natural reinforces. As the drug use continues, the risk for adverse psychological or physiological effects increases. Additionally, there are a number of health problems that will occur such as loss of sense of smell, increased risk for HIV or other blood borne diseases, increased blood pressure, and abdominal issues. In more severe cases it can cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and death. Addicts can lose their job, home, friends, and family.
An inpatient treatment program is a great place to start working on your recovery from cocaine addiction. Professional mental health and substance abuse experts are there to help you begin your journey and educate you about what is to be expect further down the road. An addiction program is the ideal place for rehab because it allows you to escape the stressors associated with daily life and avoid triggers that may cause you to use. Individual therapy, group sessions, family therapy, and experiential programs are all designed to help patients learn healthier coping and life skills so that they can get their lives back.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Cedar Crest Hospital has been helping people successfully recover from substance addiction and mental illness for over 25 years. Our wonderful staff has the experience and knowledge to help all children, teens, adults, older adults, and military personnel. Our serene campus is the perfect place for an individuals to begin their recovery journey. At Cedar Crest our main goal is to help all patients reach their maximum potential, allowing them to once again be fully functioning members of society. We focus on individual strengths, making sure to build people up so that they can once again be happy and successful in life.
Treatment Options at Cedar Crest Hospital
The treatment approach at Cedar Crest teaches our patients that in order to grow as an individual, treatment must include developing healthy expression of emotions, community involvement, teamwork, openness to alternative viewpoints, and accountability for one’s own actions. Upon arrival, you will meet with one of our intake counselors who will assess your current needs and answer any questions you may have. Once an assessment has been completed, we will be able to determine your exact needs and what your treatment plan should include.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help relieve some of the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal, allowing you to more fully engage in the therapeutic process. These meds are tapered down once the withdrawal has subsided and may be eliminated altogether once better coping skills have been learned. Other individuals may need long-term medication in order to treat the existence of any co-occurring disorders. Medication will be closely monitored and adjusted as needed by your treatment team.
Individual therapy can help you unearth the reasons behind your addiction and what may have caused you to start using in the first place. Additionally, by addressing the negative ways in which you view the world you can learn to make healthier choices and engage in better behaviors. We will also take the time to work through identifying potential triggers to help prevent relapse.
Group therapy is the main form of treatment we employ here at Cedar Crest for addiction treatment. Together, you and your group members can work on learning better coping mechanisms, social skills, how to identify relapse triggers, and how to support each other throughout the whole process. Groups are held multiple times a day and topics may include anger management, importance of adherence to your treatment plan, and coping with triggers.
Family therapy can help you and your loved ones begin to mend any bonds that may have been broken because of your cocaine addiction. Addiction is a family disease and as such we will take the time to educate your loved ones about addiction, the recovery process, and ways that they can be most supportive. We will also provide time for your loved ones to share the ways in which your addiction has affected their life.
In addition to standard therapies, we offer a variety of experiential methods designed to complement our other therapeutic interventions. Experiential methods may include:
- Ropes course
- Weekly A.A. and N.A. meetings on campus
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Swimming pool
- Numerous walking trails
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we are proud of the variety of levels of care we provide for those individuals who are in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment. When discharge time approaches, you and your loved ones will work with your treatment team to create a plan of care that meets your continuing needs. On the day of discharge, you will meet with each member of your treatment team to make sure everything is in place so the transition process is as smooth as possible.
You may decide that stepping down to a residential or sober living treatment program, which allows you to continue your recovery in a less restrictive environment, is the best choice for you. Other people may opt to step down into a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP and IOP both allow you to focus on your recovery during the day and slowly reintegrate into your community. Finally, some may believe they have made enough progress that they are ready to be discharge home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic. Whatever you decide, Cedar Crest is there to support you.