Cocaine is an illicit stimulant which is presented as a powder, paste or rock-like substance. People have different reasons for taking the drug, but it has many life-threatening dangers which shouldn’t be overlooked. Let’s take a look at the background of this drug and the process of cocaine rehab.
How cocaine works?
People generally take cocaine to increase their stamina and feelings of pleasure and general awareness. Cocaine users tend to take it at parties and in situations that may require more energy. It usually takes around five minutes to experience a high, although as many users take cocaine with alcohol, they can’t feel its effects, so continue to take more.
This is a common cause of cocaine overdose, and just one example of how people fall into substance abuse. Once absorbed into your blood, cocaine targets the central nervous system to increase your dopamine and serotonin levels.
The effects of cocaine on your health
Cocaine has many detrimental short-term and long-term effects on your health. If injected, it can prevent blood from flowing into your tissues. Many cocaine users have experienced an allergic reaction which can cause instant death. More commonly, cocaine increases your risk of HIV, blood infections – such as sepsis, heart infections and hepatitis.
There are many more severe effects, including heart, liver and brain damage. Smoking cocaine can increase your risks of inflamed lunges, bronchitis, lung and throat cancer and difficulty breathing. When snorted, cocaine can result in losing your smell, difficulty swallowing and regular nosebleeds. Should you snort cocaine, you can damage your nose and lose your nasal lining which causes the nostrils to combine into one.
Regularly taking cocaine can lead to depression, anxiety, paranoia, and it can bring mental health problems to the surface too. The drug is extremely addictive, so regular use changes how your body releases dopamine – the feel-good chemical. The more you take it, the lower your dopamine levels, so users take it again to feel happy and uplifted. However, this repeated behaviour can lead to the above life-threatening side effects. These mixtures of lows and highs confuse the brain, which can result in users not showing, eating or sleeping for days.
Benefits of joining rehab for cocaine use
If you, or someone you know, is taking cocaine in any form – including crack cocaine, speedball, and freebase – seek professional help. There are many signs of cocaine abuse to look out for, including:
- A dramatic lack of concentration or focus
- Sudden hyperactivity
- Increased nosebleeds
- Excessive enthusiasm
- Increased agitation
- Muscle tics
- Delusional thoughts and hallucinations
- Mood swings
- Loss of tolerance
There are also physical signs that someone is taking cocaine, such as:
- Needle marks on their body
- Burned fingers or lips
If you believe someone close to you, or you, are taking cocaine, it’s time for professional help. There are many ways to beat this addiction, but ignoring it isn’t one of them.
Cocaine rehab and treatment options with us
We are a collection of cocaine clinic groups across the UK and Spain dedicated to beating this serious addiction. Based in Watford UK, Blackpool UK, and Costa Brava, Spain, we have three clinic groups in Europe which offer private residential treatments for alcohol and drug abuse.
Our treatment plan includes extensive therapy programmes to provide treatment for cocaine addiction. When you first arrive, you’ll undergo a full clinical assessment before receiving treatment. A consultant psychiatric will examine your physical and psychological well-being. This is your opportunity to communicate your history of addictive substances. After analysing your results, the psychiatrist will create a personalised cocaine detox plan and personalised treatment to help you.
Throughout your journey with us, staff are on-hand 24/7 to facilitate your needs – whether that’s for cognitive behavioural therapy or group therapy.
Specialists are there throughout your entire journey to ensure you make positive steps in kicking your cocaine abuse long term. Our cocaine rehab clinics offer a detox programme to all guests which involves flushing all toxins out of your system. This pain-less detox regime is offered with medications to limit any withdrawal symptoms. During this stage, you’ll continue to receive support from our experienced staff. We employ a team of medical/therapeutic professionals who are there for you 24/7.
During your rehab for cocaine addiction, our objectives are to find the source of your drug addiction, and create a programme which will not only help you during your time at our clinic, but for life too. Our proven drug treatments help to transform your life so you can be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself outside of our clinics. And, if you need any further support, you’ll receive one year’s free aftercare to help you build a brighter future.
We create treatments to suit all budgets, and provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for everyone to successfully begin this journey.
Our cocaine rehab is home to dedicated professionals who specialise in addictions and recovery treatments. You’ll be paired with a recovery worker who best matches your level of addition and required support throughout your stay. They’ll work closely to build a trusting relationship with you and monitor your recovery, whilst adhering to your needs.
In addition to support groups, you’ll meet with your recovery worker for regular one-to-one meet-ups to discuss your progress. This is a great opportunity to assess your health – both psychological and physical – and continue moving forwards in your recovery. Your dedicated recovery worker is there to support your everyday needs, as well as be a pair of ears if you need to talk.
At Rehab Clinics Group, we believe that a variety of specialist counsellors, music therapists and more can help you become the best version of yourself. Each of these specialists will enter our clinic to help you combat your addiction. Looking after your health and wellbeing is important to aid your road to recover. This is why we offer an experienced team of chefs and catering staff to provide locally sourced meals which are freshly prepared each day. No matter your cultural or dietary needs, we accommodate for everyone.
Request a call-back from one of our professionals, and we’ll be happy to help you on your road to recovery.