What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug produced from the leaves of the coca plant. It is predominantly taken as a party drug due to its dual effects of stimulating the central nervous system and increasing levels of dopamine in the brain. This in turn produces feelings of euphoria, alertness and increased talkativeness in the user; it also reduces the need for sleep and food. Executives and stressed professionals may use cocaine to help increase their alertness and activity in the workplace. Crack is a highly concentrated form of cocaine which is generally smoked to produce an intense high.
Cocaine use increases the user’s body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure in the short term.
Street names for cocaine include coke, charlie, and blow.
Health Effects of Long Term Cocaine Use
Heavy and prolonged use of cocaine can induce ‘cocaine psychosis’. This is a state where the user suffers paranoia, confusion, and hallucinations. In addition, long-term cocaine users can become irrational, irritable and aggressive, as well as developing physical symptoms such as tremors and muscle twitches.
It is very expensive to support a cocaine habit, so users may run up debts or be drawn into crime as a way to fund their addiction. It also has a very damaging effect on relationships with family and friends, meaning the user may become alienated from their support network.
Users may suffer headaches, nausea and malnourishment due to lack of appetite while using the drug. It also increases the user’s chance of suffering a stroke or heart attack due to its effect on the cardiovascular system, the breathing and heart rate. Users also have an increased risk of seizures, altered heart rhythm, or lung damage.
It can also cause sexual dysfunction and infertility in both males and females.
Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Programme
Our treatment programme for cocaine abuse begins with a period of detox, in order to cleanse the patient’s system of any trace of the drug. This ensures the patient’s optimum physical state to begin cocaine addiction therapy. The detox period is tailored to each individual’s needs based on their history of drug use and current physical and psychological condition. The length of the detox will vary depending on their pattern of use and whether they were taking any other drugs at the same time. Detoxing without the supervision of medical professionals can be dangerous, which is why we monitor the patient’s health within our detox programme.
Our patients’ comfort and safety is our utmost priority throughout the cocaine detox period. The patient may receive additional medication to diminish the symptoms of withdrawal depending on their physical response to detox.
Typical withdrawal symptoms during detox from cocaine can be paranoia, anxiety, irritability and depression, alongside intense cravings for more cocaine. The patient may exhibit compulsive and repetitive behaviours, resembling a nervous tick.
Residential Rehab Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Smarmore Castle is a leading addiction centre in Ireland, where patients receive the highest quality of care. At Smarmore Castle, we immerse patients in an intensive programme of therapeutic activity that has been proven to effectively treat cocaine addiction. Our comprehensive cocaine treatment plan is individually tailored to each patient and involves some combination of:
- Addiction therapies such as personal therapy, group therapy, family therapy, bereavement therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Complementary therapies including equine therapy, drumming therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, mindfulness meditation, aquatherapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Cocaine Addiction (CBT)
In particular, CBT has proven effective for treating individuals with a cocaine abuse problem. This therapy helps to restructure a patient’s thought patterns and attitudes towards themselves and their drug use.
Lifestyle Changes for Cocaine Abuse Recovery
In addition to their psychological state, we repair a patient’s physical health with a combined programme of exercise and healthy diet.
Dual Diagnosis: Cocaine Addiction
Our dual diagnosis treatment is tailored to individuals who suffer a psychological condition such as depression in addition to drug, alcohol or gambling abuse.
When the patient completes their treatment, Smarmore Castle continues to support them by providing:
- A two year continuing care plan
- Weekly drop-in group therapy sessions
- Teletherapy sessions
- Helping them to engage with peer support groups such as Cocaine Anonymous
If you or someone you know are suffering from a cocaine addiction, then contact us for help. Our team is available 24/7 to answer any queries you have regarding our cocaine addiction treatment programme or payment options.
Studies show that residential rehab is the most effective form of treatment for those abusing alcohol or drugs. Research conducted by our partner establishment, Castle Craig, demonstrates that the vast majority of patients completing our treatment programme report abstinence or reduced drug and alcohol use in the years following treatment.
Last updated and clinically assessed 28 May, 2020