When you take the first step of admitting you need help in overcoming your addiction, Landmark Recovery of Denver is here for you. We will pair our proven therapy methods with the treatments that are right for you in order to give you the greatest chance at recovery and sobriety.
Cocaine alters how the brain feels pleasure and provides the user with feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and mental alertness. 1 Using cocaine alters neural pathways in the brain and makes it difficult to feel pleasure without cocaine. 2 Individuals also quickly build a tolerance to cocaine, which often means they must repeatedly take more of the drug – or binge – to achieve the same high, quickly leading to physical or mental dependence and addiction. 3
The danger of using more cocaine to increase the “high” is cocaine overdose. If the drug reaches a toxic level in the body, a person can have a severe reaction. 4 A cocaine overdose can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or seizure, as well as death. Signs of an overdose include elevated heart rate, rise in body temperature, nausea and vomiting, pain in the chest, and tremors.
Another reason cocaine is so dangerous? The effects of cocaine can vary depending on a person’s size, weight, health, and the amount of the drug they use. This means that what does not affect one person may have devastating effects for someone else. 5 But most individuals using cocaine tend to experience: 6
Cocaine psychosis is another risk of using cocaine. Psychosis can occur with higher doses or heavy use of cocaine and can last for several days or even weeks. A person experiencing psychosis may be paranoid, experience hallucinations, have unusual thoughts, or act out of character.
Overall, the lasting health effects of using cocaine depend on the way it is used. Consuming cocaine through the mouth can result in bowel decay; smoking can lead to respiratory distress, asthma, and greater risk of infections like pneumonia; and snorting can cause problems swallowing and even cause a loss of smell. For some, the long-term use of inhaling cocaine can lead to respiratory syndrome or even the erosion of the upper nasal cavity. Another long-term effect of using cocaine is malnutrition. 7 This is due to cocaine decreasing an individual’s appetite.
Once you become addicted to a drug like cocaine it can be hard to quit on your own. If you are in Colorado, Denver, or the surrounding area and looking for professional help in overcoming cocaine addiction, please consider the cocaine addiction recovery program at Landmark Recovery located in Aurora, Colorado.
Our local cocaine recovery center offers evidence-based rehab treatments tailored to your specific needs, including both residential and intensive outpatient options. Residential care is the most effective setting for treating cocaine addiction for many people, and our structured program provides around-the-clock onsite expert care with individual and group counseling and proven behavioral therapies.
The first step to rehab and recovery from cocaine addiction is detoxification, or detox, the process of clearing all cocaine from your system. Landmark Recovery provides a safe and secure treatment environment where we can supervise your cocaine detox and treat the severe cravings and uncomfortable symptoms, such as anxiety and insomnia, that are associated with cocaine withdrawal. 8 Our medical detox service will allow you to feel more relaxed as your body adjusts to normal functioning without the presence of cocaine, helping you get sober and preparing you for the next step in the recovery process.
After you are stabilized, you will be ready to begin the therapy phase of recovery. Behavioral therapy focuses on your mental wellness and helps address the underlying cause of your cocaine addiction by identifying the triggers and situations that increase the desire to use cocaine. Your dedicated, master’s level clinician will also work with you on how to prevent the risk of future relapse by teaching ways to effectively cope with problems and behaviors associated with cocaine abuse.
Rehab and recovery from cocaine addiction is a lifelong process that does not end when you leave our facility. Landmark Recovery of Denver will help you transition back into your community, but our treatment is still accessible to you post-discharge. As an alumnus, you will receive a comprehensive discharge plan (including referrals to private therapists, support groups, and sober living homes) and a variety of post-treatment services (such as a personally assigned recovery coach, alumni programming, and family therapists dedicated to helping alumni and their families with ongoing counseling).
At Landmark Recovery, your mental and physical health is our number one concern. Our proven combination of science-backed therapies, detox, and group/individual counseling can help you take back your life today. Please call Landmark Recovery of Denver at (720) 702-9994 to speak with a recovery specialist (24/7) about how our residential and intensive outpatient treatment options can help you achieve recovery from cocaine addiction.
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1) Science and Practice Perspectives (2005). The neurobiology of cocaine addiction.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18552739/
2) Volkow ND, Wang GJ, Fowler JS, et al. Decreased striatal dopaminergic responsiveness in detoxified cocaine-dependent subjects.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9126741/
3) DEA (2020). Drug Fact Sheet: Cocaine.https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Cocaine-2020_1.pdf
4) American Addiction Centers (2021). Cocaine Overdose Signs, Symptoms & Treatment.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/cocaine-treatment/overdose-symptoms-and-dangers
5) American Addiction Centers (2021). Cocaine Overdose Signs, Symptoms & Treatment.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/cocaine-treatment/overdose-symptoms-and-dangers
6) Alcohol and Drug Foundation (2021) Cocaine.https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131https://adf.org.au/drug-facts/cocaine/
7) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2021). What is cocaine?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cocaine
8) American Addiction Centers (2021). Cocaine Overdose Signs, Symptoms & Treatment.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/cocaine-treatment/overdose-symptoms-and-dangers