Cocaine addiction accounts for roughly 15% of all admissions into United Kingdom-based drug rehab 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 as a 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 feelings of depression and anxiety due to a lack of dopamine. Users ‘crash’ when cocaine is withdrawn. Cocaine users 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 detox programme
Before your cocaine rehab 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 rehab plan. Once you are admitted into our cocaine rehab centre you receive a 24-hour a day medically supervised detox programme. Cocaine-related withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored by our medical team.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine detox include:
- Cravings for cocaine
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
Medications are offered during detox in order to ease withdrawal symptoms. You receive many nutritious meals throughout the day. Vitamin and mineral supplements are supplied. Our cocaine rehab programme is residential in nature meaning you move into our centre for the duration of treatment.
What happens after detox?
Once your condition stabilises during detox 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 rehab programme concludes a comprehensive after-care and relapse prevention plan will be drawn up. We encourage patients 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 cocaine rehab.
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 0125 353 0553 to enquire.
For quick access to cocaine rehab call Ocean Recovery today
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Address: Ocean Recovery Centre, 94 Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9NS
Landline: 0125 353 0553
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