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San Diego Cocaine Rehab
Cocaine addiction is a growing problem in the United States. Reports from the last decade have stated that the 505,224 of the nearly 1.3 million emergency room visits involved cocaine. Cocaine is one of the most trafficked illegal drugs in the world. It was reported in 2006 that 35.5 million Americans that were 12 and older had used cocaine at least once.
At Healthy Life Recovery in San Diego, we offer specialized treatment for cocaine addiction. We work with each of our patients who identify as cocaine abusers, creating a treatment plan that is specific to their needs. Healthy Life provides several programs and services that increase the chances of a successful recovery. These programs/ services include:
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
- Inpatient Treatment
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Evidence-Based Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Our San Diego rehab center has a dedicated and highly skilled medical staff on hand to support our patients. They are qualified in treating substance use disorders (SUD) and offer a safe environment for patients. Healthy Life Recovery medical clinicians have established treatment programs that are effective and support long term recovery.
Contact Healthy Life Recovery in San Diego today and find out how we can help you with your cocaine addiction. By participating in our programs and services, you can achieve sobriety. Learn from our specialists how to live a better life for you and your family.
What Is Cocaine?
A highly addictive drug, cocaine increases a person’s energy, alertness, and attention. It has been referred to as a stimulant, although its original use was for anesthesia in the 19th century. Cocaine creates a “high” by sending out large amounts of dopamine in the brain. This is a natural chemical in the body and is a part of the pleasure/ reward structure in the brain.
By releasing dopamine, it induces feelings of intense energy and alertness. Those who have taken cocaine describe it’s effect as feeling extremely powerful and energetic. They receive a boost in confidence and have an overwhelming feeling of excitement. However, they have also felt intense paranoia and anxiety, as well as agitation.
Cocaine can be smoked, injected, or snorted; each offers a different way of entering the bloodstream and causing a reaction. By smoking/ inhaling the cocaine, it accesses the lungs where it will rapidly enter the bloodstream. Injecting cocaine releases it directly into the bloodstream and results in a faster, more intense reaction. Snorting cocaine through the nose is another way of inhaling it, and it enters the bloodstream through the nasal tissues.
Symptoms & Side Effects of Cocaine Addiction
Symptoms from cocaine addiction include:
- Dilated Pupils
- Decreased Appetite
- Mood Swings
Side effects from short term cocaine addiction include:
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, sound, and sight
- Intense Happiness
- Anger/ Irritability
- Paranoid Feeling
- Decreased Appetite
Serious side effects from long term cocaine addiction include:
- Convulsions and Seizures
- Heart Disease/ Attack/ Stroke
- Mood Problems
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Lung Damage
- Hiv/ Hepatitis (Injecting)
- Bowel Decay (Swallowing)
- Loss of smell, Nosebleeds, Difficulty Swallowing (Snorting)
Cocaine can cause serious damage to a person’s health when used over a long period. Using cocaine raises body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. This can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke, which could result in death. An overdose can cause seizures and increase the chance of heart of respiratory failure.
There is a significant risk to the brain as a result of long term exposure to cocaine. The addictive drug interferes with a set of interconnected regions in the brain that is responsible for regulating pleasure and motivation. After some time, substance abuse can “rewire” this system so that the only way to activate feelings of pleasure is by using cocaine. It is because of this that relapse is so prevalent in addicts.
Studies have shown that “chronic cocaine exposure” can cause the physical structure in nerve cells to change. These cells will sprout new cells, effectively keeping the craving for cocaine in the body months or years after the last use.
While withdrawal from cocaine abuse is not typically life-threatening, it is still dangerous. Withdrawal can cause physical complications and mental health issues. Symptoms of withdrawal could include:
- Cocaine cravings
- Cardiac issues
How is it Treated?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has stated that “Those who provide treatment for cocaine use should recognize that drug addiction is a complex disease involving changes in the brain as we as a wide range of social, familial, and other environmental factors; therefore, treatment of cocaine addiction must address this broad context as well as any other co-occurring mental disorders that require additional behavioral or pharmacological interventions.”
There are several services available to help those struggling with substance abuse. There are programs designed specifically to treat those who struggle with addiction, for example, Cocaine Anonymous. However, the most effective way of treating cocaine is to enter into a drug rehab facility.
Healthy Life Recovery treatment center offers a place for people in recovery to receive the care they need. Our programs are structured towards medication-assisted treatment and behavioral health therapy. The goal of providing these services is to ultimately reduce cocaine use and cravings, thereby increasing the chances of successful rehabilitation.
Cocaine & Mental Health
Cocaine can cause severe anxiety or depression in a person who is using it. Using cocaine can also cause panic, mania, hallucinations, and extreme violent mood swings. It is common for addiction and mental disorders to coincide with each other, and often one will usually be the cause of the other. When this happens, dual diagnosis treatment is often the best course of action for the patient.
At Healthy Life Recovery, we offer dual diagnosis as a form of treatment to help those who need individualized care. Both mental disorders and addictions need their own treatment plan. Our recovery center in San Diego, Ca, offers several services that provide our patients with the ability to learn how to live with their mental disorders without using cocaine or other substances.
Our treatment center in San Diego can help you achieve sobriety. We understand the difficulty of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. At Healthy Life Recovery, we will encourage you to create a life that is without drugs. Call us today and find out how we can help you!
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4747 Mission Blvd, Suite #6
San Diego, CA 92109