Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Recovery Begins With Northpoint Colorado’s Cocaine Rehab

When it comes to treatment for cocaine use, inpatient rehab is often the most popular choice. People want to feel secure during detox and gain helpful tools to prevent relapse.

Inpatient treatment — which means the patient lives at the residential facility while getting treatment — will give you that security, but it will also give you so much more. At Northpoint Colorado you will participate in 12-step meetings, share stories and learn from each other’s mistakes and victories. You will also receive one-on-one counseling. These therapies are proven to help you learn more about your addiction and why you turned to cocaine in the first place.

Northpoint Colorado’s newer inpatient program in Loveland, Colorado, has created a much-needed opportunity for people with cocaine addiction. We opened our inpatient treatment center because we saw the need for more inpatient programs in the state.

Serving the Denver metro area as well as the Boulder and Ft. Collins areas, we can offer 64 inpatient beds in private suites for people with different substance use disorders, including cocaine.

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Why Do People Use Cocaine?

Cocaine affects the person’s brain activity and puts it in an altered state, often referred to as the “high.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine produces the following effects:

  • Happiness or excitement (euphoria)
  • High energy level
  • Chattiness and talking fast
  • Mental alertness
  • Extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and touch (this prompts some people to use cocaine for increased sexual pleasure)
  • Slows the need for food or sleep (may be used to stay alert for meeting school, work, or family deadlines)
  • Some people notice they finish tasks quicker, but others report the opposite is true

Signs Someone May Be Addicted To Cocaine

Have you ever wondered what others see after you use cocaine? You might be focused on taking your next dose, but others are starting to see repeated behaviors from you:

  • Quick, frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Upon returning from the bathroom, you’re very chatty, much more focused, and nearly vibrating with energy
  • If a private dash to the bathroom is denied or unavailable, you might get very upset and argumentative. Just 20 minutes earlier, you were winding down from a long talking spree and somewhat quiet. Now, you’re upset.
  • Money repeatedly goes missing and suspicions start to mount
  • Not usually drawn to odd behaviors, you begin to take risks that seem physically or financially dangerous

For some people, these issues begin to add up to a substance use disorder. What was once a fun, occasional activity has taken control of someone’s life.

Cocaine Addiction Can Lead To Other Dangers

Cocaine use can lead to dangers such as serious health problems or overdose if the person doesn’t know the cocaine was cut/laced with the dangerous drug fentanyl.

Overdose

When a person feels some of the more serious physical effects following cocaine use, it may signal a potential overdose.

Symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Loss of awareness of surroundings
  • Loss of urine control
  • High body temperature, severe sweating
  • High blood pressure, very fast heart rate, or irregular heart rhythm
  • Bluish color of the skin
  • Fast or difficulty breathing
  • Death

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine comes from the coca plant, which is native to South America, Taiwan, parts of Asia, and Africa. It’s come a long way since the coca leaves were chewed to stay alert. It appears now in processed form typically as a powder.

How Do People Use Cocaine?

People have different preferences when it comes to cocaine. Some of these are based on the method of use, and other times people may want the quickest way to feel the effects.

Here are the ways cocaine is ingested:

  • Snorting: the powder is inhaled through the nose and absorbed by nasal tissue before entering the bloodstream.
  • Injecting: the powder can be broken down by adding water, and then the liquid form is injected by needle into a vein and then into the bloodstream.
  • Smoked: crack cocaine is smoked and enters through the lungs.
  • Applied: powder cocaine can also be applied directly to the gums. Other areas are typically avoided because cocaine has a physical numbing effect, which is how a botanist first discovered it might be of possible medical value. Sometimes, it’s used in dental surgeries when other numbing procedures cannot be used.

Smoking and injecting provide the fastest ways to feel the effects. But the fast-acting methods also last the shortest amount of time — sometimes minutes depending on the dose.

Cocaine Side Effects on Health

There are both short– and long-term consequences on a person’s physical and mental health with continued cocaine use.

Short-term side effects include:

  • Shrunken blood vessels
  • Dilated (enlarged) pupils
  • Nausea
  • Higher body temperature and blood pressure
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Trembling and muscle twitches
  • Restlessness

The long-term effects are often related to how a person takes cocaine and whether it enters through the nose, mouth, lungs, or skin.

Long-term side effects include:

  • Snorting: loss of smell, nosebleeds, frequent runny nose, and problems with swallowing
  • Smoking: cough, asthma, breathing distress, and higher risk of infections like pneumonia
  • Consuming by mouth: severe bowel decay from reduced blood flow
  • Needle injection: higher risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne diseases; skin or soft tissue infections; scarring; or collapsed veins

Earlier, we mentioned that a person using cocaine might enjoy sex more or participate in risky behaviors. That’s valuable information because even if a person does not use needles, they could still be at risk for bloodborne diseases if their partner uses or shares needles and has an illness.

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How is Cocaine Addiction Diagnosed?

A medical professional will follow the standard assessment process to check for the benchmarks required for an official cocaine addiction diagnosis. Northpoint Colorado’s admissions team will assess you under these guidelines to determine if you would benefit from treatments at our licensed detox and recovery inpatient treatment center.

Assessment Process for Addiction Treatment

Some key questions about your substance use will include:

  • Do you use large amounts of cocaine more often than intended?
  • Do you want to cut back on cocaine use but find it difficult on your own?
  • Have you stopped hobbies and activities you once enjoyed in your pursuit of cocaine use?
  • Is a lot of time spent on thinking about cocaine, finding ways to obtain it, being under the influence of it, and recovering from cocaine hangovers, only to do it all over again?
  • Do you have trouble meeting obligations or attending work or school because you are focused on using cocaine?
  • Are you putting yourself in harmful situations like driving while under the influence of cocaine?
  • Do you have withdrawal symptoms, sleep more, and experience irritation when you temporarily stop using?

Withdrawal Symptoms

Once you stop using cocaine, you can have mild to severe withdrawal symptoms, mainly depending on the level of addiction. Symptoms usually begin very quickly.

Symptoms can include:

  • Restless behavior
  • Depressed mood
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • Increased hunger
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Slowing of activity

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Cocaine Rehab: Detox / Treatment / Aftercare

Northpoint Colorado’s highly trained staff will assist you through our inpatient program that begins with cocaine detox before moving to rehab treatment over four weeks. Your full time will be spent in phases of treatment that go from detox to rehab with behavioral therapy (that helps you reframe your thinking patterns) to outpatient and aftercare services and support.

  • Detox offers you 24/7 support from a full medical team with prescription medications available to ease the discomfort of withdrawal. You’ll be able to focus entirely on your recovery.

The length of time in detox will depend on your body’s response during the cocaine withdrawal process. This valuable time spent on physical wellness will help build your strength and focus for rehab treatment.

  • The rehab phase will focus on the mental aspects of your addiction. You’ll understand the root causes of your cocaine use, manage cravings that can cause relapse, and retrain your brain to function normally without cocaine.
  • Aftercare will be recommended as part of your personalized recovery plan. It may include outpatient treatment and community interaction with our alumni group. Regardless of which path you are directed to take, you should continue to practice in aftercare what you’ve learned in treatment and receive support to maintain a sober lifestyle.

Northpoint Colorado Treats Cocaine Addiction From Rehab Through Recovery

People who find themselves addicted to cocaine are often surprised how it crept up on them and now feel powerless to stop. Considering quitting can be complicated. How will you still hang out with your friends? Will it be uncomfortable? Worries about the withdrawal side effects alone can cause a person to keep putting off something they want — recovery — due to their fear.

Northpoint Colorado offers evidence-based treatment in a comfortable detox atmosphere. Its inpatient rehab setting will allow you to focus 100% of your time on your full addiction recovery.

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There is no magic formula, but evidence suggests cocaine recovery programs that treat a person’s mental health and overall wellness, in addition to the addiction, have a stronger recovery rate. Northpoint Colorado is experienced with treating cocaine addiction. When you call, our well-trained staff is ready with free assessments and same-day admissions. We’re waiting for your call to a stronger life at (970) 800-6112.

FAQs:

  • Which famous doctor studied cocaine as a treatment for morphine dependence and depression?

Noted physician Dr. William S. Halsted became addicted to cocaine through self-experimentation to discover potential medical uses. He sought treatment and went on to become one of the “Big 4” founding fathers of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

His work covered the late 1800s and into the 20th century until he died in 1922. Rumors circulated he may have continued to manage his addiction with small dosages, but he is more remembered for his medical contributions.

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