Cocaine addiction accounts for roughly 15% of all admissions into United Kingdom-based drug rehabilitation centres. Cocaine addiction is a major social problem in modern-day Britain. Similar to addiction to heroin and alcohol, addiction to cocaine causes chemical changes in the brain. Therefore treatment for cocaine addiction must include a thorough programme of detoxification and subsequent behavioural therapies in order to be successful.
How cocaine addiction works
Cocaine is classed a as stimulant and it is produced from the raw leaves of the cocoa plant. Cocaine has a number of ‘street names’ such as ‘candy’, ‘Charlie’ and ‘snort’. Cocaine is either snorted or injected.
Cocaine releases ‘dopamine’ in the brain and blocks dopamine re-uptake. Therefore more cocaine is required to avoid intense feels of depression and anxiety due to a lack of dopamine. Users ‘crash’ when cocaine is withdrawn. Cocaine user feel highly lethargic up to several days after cocaine was consumed.
Health consequences of cocaine addiction
Medium-to-long-term cocaine consumption leads to a number of health problems including:
- Weight loss
- Nasal cavity damage
- Heart problems
- Mucous membrane damage
- Mood swings
- Overdose and death
Our cocaine detoxification programme
Before your cocaine rehabilitation programme begins our admissions officer will guide you through assessment. A note of your medical history is taken. This information is used to draw up your personalised cocaine rehabilitation plan. Once you are admitted into our rehabilitation centre you receive a 24-hour a day medically supervised detoxification programme. Cocaine-related withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored by our medical team.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine detoxification includes:
- Cravings for cocaine
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
Medications are offered during detoxification in order to ease withdrawal symptoms. You receive many nutritious meals throughout the day. Vitamin and mineral supplements are supplied. Our rehabilitation programme is residential in nature meaning you move into our centre for the duration of treatment.
What happens after detoxification?
Once your condition stabilises during detoxification you join therapy and counselling sessions. Sessions ensure psychological components of addiction are tackled. Therapy sessions are conducted on a one-to-one basis with our psychiatrist or psychologist or in small groups.
What happens after my programme concludes?
Once your cocaine rehabilitation programme concludes a comprehensive aftercare and relapse prevention plan will be drawn up. We encourage clients to work within their community. We maintain a close working relationship with Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous groups throughout the UK. Aftercare is free for an entire 18 months following rehabilitation.
Are you a family member of a cocaine addict?
If you are a family member of an addict, we offer an intervention service. Call today on 01253 847 553 to enquire.