Cocaine is one of the most frequently abused central nervous system stimulants in the United States and a substance that has made a lasting mark on pop culture as well. With its prevalence has come the need for holistic cocaine addiction treatment and a more compassionate approach to how addiction is regarded and treated in general.
What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant derived from the leaves of the Coca plant. It produces a very energetic feeling of powerfulness, euphoria, and endless possibility, making it a staple in the club and party scenes, and it is highly addictive.
Cocaine is usually found in the form of a white powder, though its derivative, crack cocaine, is made by cooking the powder with baking soda and then breaking it down into small white or tan “rocks.” Both are addictive, destructive, and potentially very dangerous.
As with most addictions, cocaine addiction begins with recreational use. The quick and intense “high” that users experience is followed by a low that leaves the person wanting to use it again, so they begin to chase the high. Repeated use leads to addiction. With cocaine addiction, long-term use can result in symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, panic attacks, and paranoia. In some cases, full-blown psychosis can result in an individual losing touch with reality and having auditory hallucinations. Cocaine overdose deaths can occur with first-time use or any time after that. When used with other substances, the risk of overdose increases. Cocaine abuse can also lead to problems in important relationships, at school, and with money or the law.
Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse or addiction is vital to knowing when it’s time to get help. Some of the tell-tale signs of cocaine addiction are:
- Intense euphoria or excitement
- Paranoia or anxiety
- Extremely low or depressed feeling after “crashing”
- Damage to nasal passages with long-term use
- Chronic runny nose
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Strange, exaggerated, or violent behavior
- Increased energy or alertness
- Isolation from friends and family
- Secretive behavior
- New or worsening financial problems
- Hypertension and tachycardia
- Severe mood swings
- Withdrawal symptoms when not using cocaine
It’s important to seek professional help to break cocaine addiction, especially now with all kinds of harmful materials like fentanyl in laced drugs. The best way to break the cycle of addiction is with help from an addiction treatment facility.
How Can Holistic Treatment Aid in Recovery from Cocaine Addiction?
“Holistic” in terms of medicine and healthcare means treating the whole person. Mental and societal factors are taken into consideration rather than just the symptoms of the disease, which in this case is addiction. This destigmatizes and humanizes the process of treatment and recovery, and this connection paves the way for lasting and successful results.
Gulf Breeze Recovery offers holistic treatment for cocaine addiction that is focused on behavior, education, and professional healthcare. Coping techniques such as meditation and yoga are introduced to complement more traditional treatment. Personal therapy sessions allow individuals to focus on the issues that are specific to them and to develop a plan for their recovery that addresses all their treatment needs. Group sessions allow an opportunity to learn from others who are also dealing with addiction issues.
Aftercare is also very important in cocaine addiction recovery. At Gulf Breeze Recovery, one-on-one continuing education following treatment, as well as groups with their peers (either in person or remotely), help people with cocaine addiction maintain their sobriety when they return home.
Cocaine addiction is difficult to overcome, but it is possible with the advanced programs available at Gulf Breeze Recovery. Our team of medical, clinical, and support staff works together to offer the highest quality holistic treatment available anywhere.
Overcome Cocaine Addiction at Gulf Breeze Recovery
Overcoming the fears of treatment and committing to taking that step can be the best decision you make. If you or a loved one are battling addiction or relapse and looking for a facility that can help make a difference, contact us at Gulf Breeze Recovery. Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse. For more information about our program or to speak with an addiction expert, call 833.551.2304 or contact us via our online form.