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Cocaine Recovery in Boston

Cocaine addiction is a complex disease that requires treatment. The Landmark Recovery of Boston treatment center provides research-based therapies and individualized drug treatment plans to help guide you through recovery from cocaine addiction.

What are the effects of cocaine use?


Cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant. The drug comes in two major forms: powdered cocaine and a more potent, crystallized form called crack.1 Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that can be used in a variety of different ways. It can be snorted, inhaled as smoke, or dissolved and injected into a vein.

Regardless of how it enters the body, cocaine produces its effects by travelling to the brain and increasing the concentration of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.2 The elevated levels of these neurotransmitters provide the user with feelings of intense pleasure, boosted energy, increased mental alertness, and sociability. Some of the many adverse effects of cocaine use include:3

  • Fast heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Dilated pupils
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Restlessness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle twitches
  • Headache

High doses of cocaine can cause tremors, convulsions, hallucinations, dangerously high body temperature, stroke, heart attack, coma, and death.3 Long-term abuse can lead to several health issues, including dramatic weight loss, gastrointestinal damage, sexual dysfunction, sleeping difficulties, depression, lung and heart problems, movement disorders, memory loss, and blood infections.4

Because a cocaine high doesn’t last very long, many people will take this drug again and again to keep feeling good and avoid crashing. Repeated cocaine use disrupts how the brain’s dopamine system works, reducing your ability to feel pleasure from normal, everyday activities. Eventually the brain starts craving cocaine, as you will become unable to experience pleasure in the absence of the drug.5

Chronic users also develop tolerance to cocaine, meaning that more of the drug is needed to get the desired effect. The use of increasingly larger amounts of cocaine becomes very dangerous, as it puts you at greater risk for overdose and other adverse effects.4 Over time, repeated cocaine use will lead to addiction, a devastating brain disease characterized by the compulsive and uncontrollable use of cocaine despite the substantial harm and negative consequences that are produced.

Cocaine addiction in Massachusetts


Recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that nearly 3% of Massachusetts residents aged 12 or older used cocaine in the past year.6 The drug is most popular among young adults, with more than 9% of Massachusetts residents aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year cocaine use. Cocaine abuse is also an issue facing Massachusetts adolescents, as approximately 4% of Massachusetts high school students admit that they used cocaine one or more times during their life.7

The use of cocaine can be very dangerous, especially when combined with other drugs. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, cocaine has been consistently present in opioid-related overdose deaths, more so than any other drug.8 In 2020, toxicology screens ordered by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner detected cocaine in roughly half (46%) of all opioid overdose deaths recorded in Massachusetts.9

Cocaine is a major concern among individuals seeking substance abuse treatment in Massachusetts. According to admissions data maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 4,849 people admitted to Massachusetts treatment centers in 2019 reported an addiction to cocaine or crack.10 Overall, cocaine addiction accounted for nearly 8% of all admissions to Massachusetts substance abuse treatment facilities.

Cocaine recovery in Boston


Cocaine is an extremely addictive drug that is difficult to quit on your own. Fortunately, effective treatment is available that can help you recover from cocaine addiction and get back to living a healthy and fulfilling life. The cocaine recovery center at Landmark Recovery of Boston successfully treats cocaine addiction using a combination of evidence-based approaches that include counseling, behavioral therapy, support groups, and medication.

Upon your arrival, our medical team will perform a complete medical exam and psychological evaluation. We will then develop a personalized treatment plan for you, ensuring that the addiction treatment you receive is appropriate for your condition and specific recovery needs. Depending on the nature of your addiction and the presence of any unique challenges (such as a co-occurring mental health disorder), your treatment may be provided through a combination of residential treatment, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient programs.

Medical Detox


The first step of cocaine recovery involves discontinuing cocaine use and going through detox. During this critical process, all traces of cocaine will be flushed from your system. Detox is the most difficult stage of recovery for many individuals, as you will likely go through withdrawal as your brain adjusts to functioning without the presence of cocaine. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal can appear within a few hours of your last dose and may include:11

  • Depression
  • Sleepiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Slowed thinking
  • Increased appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Bad dreams and trouble sleeping
  • Intense cravings for cocaine
  • Headache

Landmark Recovery of Boston offers a medical detox program that can safely manage your withdrawal from cocaine. Our team of clinical specialists will keep you safe and comfortable during the entire detox process with expert care, support, and medications that reduce cravings and negative withdrawal symptoms. We also provide around-the-clock monitoring and will promptly address any medical complications that may arise, such as severe depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions if not properly treated.11

Individual and Group Therapy for Cocaine Addiction


After you finished detoxing, you will be ready to transition into the therapy phase of cocaine recovery. During individual and group addiction treatment counseling sessions, you will engage in a variety of evidence-based behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and contingency management.12 Behavioral therapy will help identify the underlying causes of cocaine addiction and explore everyday cues and triggers that make cocaine use more likely to occur. Your dedicated counselor will also work closely with you on developing the positive thought patterns and coping skills needed to prevent relapse and maintain lifelong sobriety.

How can I get more information on cocaine addiction treatment?


If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine abuse, contact our drug and alcohol rehab and recovery center immediately to begin the road to recovery.

Please call Landmark Recovery’s Boston-area recovery center at 978-619-8073 to learn more about our personalized medical detox and cocaine addiction treatment programs.

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