Cocaine alters how the brain feels pleasure and provides the user with feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and mental alertness. 3 Regular use alters neural pathways in the brain, making it difficult for you to feel pleasure without cocaine. 4 This usually results in increased cocaine consumption, which can quickly lead to physical or mental dependence and addiction. Cocaine abuse also produces adverse health effects that include psychotic-like symptoms and paranoia, which can become permanent. 5 Cocaine also increases the risk for serious health complications including heart attacks, strokes, and seizures, all of which can be fatal. 6 The number of deaths in the United States involving cocaine has been rapidly increasing, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting nearly 15,000 cocaine overdose deaths in 2018. 7
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. 11 Our medical detox service will allow you to feel a little calmer and 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 stabilization, 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. 12 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 Las Vegas will help you transition back into the community and stay on course with a self-directed recovery plan. We provide all clients with a wealth of information and 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).
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Cocaine Research Report: What is Cocaine?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-cocaine
2) Novak, S.P., & Kral, A.H. (2012). Comparing Injection and Non-Injection Routes of Administration for Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Cocaine Uses in the United States. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 30(3), 248-257.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3225003/
3) Nestler EJ. The neurobiology of cocaine addiction. Science and Practice Perspectives. 2005;3(1):4-10.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18552739/
4) Volkow ND, Wang GJ, Fowler JS, et al. Decreased striatal dopaminergic responsiveness in detoxified cocaine-dependent subjects. Nature. 1997;386(6627):830-833.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9126741/
5) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Cocaine Research Report: What are the Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-are-long-term-effects-cocaine-use
6) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Drug Facts-Cocainehttps://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cocaine
7) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Trends & Statistics: Overdose Death Rates.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
8) Statista. (2021). Percentage of U.S. adults that used cocaine within the past year from 2018 to 2019, by statehttps://www.statista.com/statistics/806271/past-year-cocaine-use-us-adults/
9) Department of Health and Human Services. (2019). Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency Epidemiologic Profilehttps://dhhs.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dhhsnvgov/content/Programs/Office_of_Analytics/SAPTA_EPI_Profile_Nevada_2019a(1).pdf
10) Southern Nevada Health District. (2020). Fentanyl deaths increasing in Clark Countyhttps://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news-release/fentanyl-deaths-increasing-in-clark-county/
11) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatment Improvement Protocol 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
12) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Cocaine Research Report: How is cocaine addiction treated?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-treatments-are-effective-cocaine-abusers