Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that physically alters the chemistry of your brain and your central nervous system. When snorted or injected, it increases the levels of dopamine and releases it, which gives the users feelings of happiness and excitement. As such, cocaine can quickly alter the brain’s dopamine production, leading to addicting habits in order to get those same “high” feelings again.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014 there were an estimated 1.5 million current cocaine users aged 12 or older. Adults aged 18 to 25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other age group. Furthermore, in the same year, 913,000 Americans met the criteria for dependence or abuse of cocaine.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with substance abuse is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to cocaine addiction and our treatment programs.
Cocaine addiction occurs when the brain’s natural reward system (dopamine) can no longer function effectively. Because the drug allows for continually dopamin releases, it creates an intense feeling of euphoria that users will want to repeat. Therefore, a person develops dependence on cocaine and experiences major withdrawal when they stop taking cocaine.
Once addiction begins, it can be very hard to break, as people experience withdrawal symptoms and a greater motivation to get their next “fix.” It can disrupt daily life as well as ruin family and friend relationships and lead to serious money issues, health issues, and illegal activity when not treated.
Those suffering from cocaine addiction will show physical signs as well as lifestyle changes.
Physical symptoms of cocaine addiction include:
In addition to these symptoms, people addicted to cocaine will exhibit lifestyle changes, including:
The severity will depend on the person and how much tolerance and dependence they’ve developed with cocaine.
Cocaine addiction deals with alterations of brain chemistry and is not easily solved by willpower and stopping the cocaine intake. Treatment options include medication in order to prevent symptoms of withdrawal, counseling, 12 Step Programs, inpatient/residential care.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer addiction recovery services and specifically treat those suffering from cocaine addiction. Our services include a Residential Treatment, PHP Day program, Intensive Outpatient program and general outpatient program. Click on each service to learn more about what they entail and how they can help you on a path towards recovery.
In addition, the staff at the Phoenix Recovery Center is passionate about total behavioral health in overcoming addiction. They deeply care about each person who they work with. Often our alumni comment on the profound impact of our staff members in encouraging them on their path to living a fulfilling life. Those who come to The Phoenix Recovery Center can realize a rebirth of their own dreams as they achieve their own sobriety and much, much more. And that makes all the difference.
The Phoenix Difference constitutes a carefully tailored program and recovery experience defined by research. Every effort is directed at supporting outcomes that prepare patients and their families with both the knowledge and applied behaviors to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life.
Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by the guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders, to celebrate life through lasting solutions.” We accomplish the therapeutic and healing experience through a continuum of care that begins with Residential Treatment and traverses across a Day Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), to General Outpatient (GOP). Lastly, the continuum of care culminates in a weekly Alumni Support Meeting, which provides a recovery support community to sustain the recovery capital of The Phoenix Alumni.