Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant with high abuse potential. In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 900,000 Americans had a cocaine dependence or abuse problem in the last year, and the National Center for Health Statistics reported over 5,000 cocaine overdose deaths the same year. Cocaine use tends to range from occasional to repeated use/addiction, and oral, intranasal, IV, and inhalation administration may all lead to bodily absorption of toxic levels of the drug, which may cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and sudden death (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Because cocaine is commonly injected, users are at higher risk of contracting a contagious blood disease like HIV or Hepatitis C. Prolonged cocaine abuse can alter the brain’s physical composition and create tolerance and dependence.
To overcome cocaine addiction, proper treatment is essential. Without the medical supervision and assistance a certified and accredited detox facility provides, serious complications may result from cocaine withdrawal. Because We Care, Royal Life Centers is committed to providing the safest, most effective medication-assisted cocaine detox, followed by carefully structured, individualized medical regiments, an intensive therapy program, and extensive aftercare options.
Short-term effects of cocaine use may include (NIDA):
- Constricted blood vessels
- Dilated pupils
- Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Violent behavior
Long-term effects of cocaine use may include (NIDA):
- Nasal irritation
- Lung damage
- Risk of HIV/Hepatitis C
- Heart inflammation
- Cognitive dysfunction
Should I seek treatment for cocaine addiction?
Signs of a cocaine problem may include:
- Planning activities around cocaine use
- Engaging in other high-risk behaviors
- Loss of interest in activities
- Prioritizing cocaine use
- Continuing to use despite negative effects
- Withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or others, you may have a cocaine problem and require medical help to safely detox.
Withdrawal from cocaine is mostly psychological, meaning it can be very emotionally taxing. Symptoms may be felt as soon as 90 minutes after the last dose and may be felt for as long as seven to ten days. Withdrawal duration is generally influenced by the length of use and size of the drug dose. Our goal at Royal Life Centers is to make detoxification from cocaine as smooth as possible, which is why our guests are monitored through and after detox and our medical staff is on site 24/7 to ensure safety and comfort.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure)
- Tremors and muscle pain
- Increased appetite
- Vivid dreams
What happens after medical detox?
Following medical detox at Royal Life Centers, guests will begin a comprehensive, collaborative approach to substance abuse treatment designed to support physical and mental wellness and promote a lasting, sober lifestyle. Our addiction specialists, from our therapists and case managers to our facility staff, are dedicated to providing the best in care and support. Our holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy incorporates individual and group sessions and activity, movement, and adventure therapies into one program that treats mind, body, and spirit.
Guests may begin their recovery journey in our residential inpatient program and continue with us through PHP, IOP, OP, and sober living at our grad housing residences. At Royal Life Centers, the guest is always our top priority, and we consistently do all we can to effect lasting change, that they might continue to lead healthy, sober lives long after they have left our care.
If you or a loved one has a cocaine addiction, or any substance use disorder, please reach out to us about your detox and treatment options. Royal Life Centers admissions staff are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns Because We Care.