Dependency on cocaine creates physical symptoms when trying to stop regular usage. Landmark Recovery of Louisville can help you manage symptoms as you go through addiction detox to begin recovery.
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. 1 It is typically sold in a powdered form, oftentimes cut with other substances such as opioids or other stimulants. The drug can also be processed into a more potent solid form known as crack cocaine. Depending on the form of the drug, cocaine can be smoked, snorted, rubbed onto the gums, or injected.
Cocaine increases the amount of dopamine in the brain and provides the user with feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and mental alertness. 1 This substance also interacts with the reward system of the brain and reinforces drug-taking behaviors, making it a highly addictive drug. 2
Cocaine addiction is associated with a number of negative side effects that can include: 3
Long-term cocaine abuse leads to severe health issues such as dramatic weight loss and malnourishment, bowel decay, sleeping difficulties, lung problems, movement disorders, memory loss, blood infections, and increased risk of seizures, stroke, heart attack, and death. 4 In 2019, there were 181 overdose deaths from cocaine use reported in Kentucky. 5
Cocaine is a commonly abused drug in the commonwealth of Kentucky. According to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 58 Kentuckians (aged 12 or older) currently use cocaine. 6 Cocaine is most popular among young adults, with 1 in 20 Kentucky residents aged 18-25 reporting past-year cocaine use. Cocaine abuse is also a serious problem among Kentucky’s high school students, as 1 in 100 high school seniors currently use cocaine and 1 in 45 have used the drug at least once in the past year. 7
Cocaine addiction is a serious problem among Kentucky residents. According to the most recent Treatment Episode Data Set, 1 in 19 individuals admitted to Kentucky drug abuse treatment programs in 2019 suffered from cocaine addiction. 8
Cocaine addiction is a highly treatable disease with the right treatment and care. However, before you can begin any therapy program you must first discontinue cocaine use and go through drug detox, a crucial process of recovery that involves purging all traces of cocaine from your body and brain at a Louisville rehab center.
If you abused cocaine for a long time and developed a dependence, you will likely go through withdrawal when you quit taking the drug. Most individuals start to experience withdrawal symptoms within a few hours of stopping use. Cocaine withdrawal usually does not include severe physical symptoms, such as vomiting and shaking, that accompany withdrawal from other drugs (like alcohol and opiates). Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal may include: 9
The intense cravings and emotional and mental disturbances experienced during withdrawal from drugs makes cocaine detox a painful and risky process. Although rare, some of the effects of cocaine withdrawal can become life-threatening. These include seizures, heart complications, dehydration, trembling, and severe depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. 9 It is therefore highly recommended that you detox from cocaine under close medical supervision in a secure detox facility that offers comprehensive psychological care and programs.
Landmark Recovery is proud to offer a proven cocaine detox program at our locally based cocaine detox center in Louisville. Our clinical addiction specialists and therapists provide around-the-clock monitoring to make sure that you are safe and comfortable throughout the entire detox process. Although there are currently no FDA-approved medications for the treatment of cocaine addiction, we may administer certain treatment medications that can aid in the detox process and help offset some of the intense psychological symptoms that are experienced during cocaine withdrawal. Medications that can be beneficial during cocaine detox programs include:
After completing cocaine detox, you will be able to enter Landmark Recovery’s evidence-based cocaine addiction treatment rehab in Louisville. Depending on your specific needs, this treatment can be delivered through a combination of residential, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs.
Our personalized drug treatment programs in Louisville utilize science-backed therapies to help you overcome cocaine addiction. These include individual and group counseling, support group meetings, family education, and behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, that will help you identify the social and environmental triggers for cocaine use and teach positive thought patterns and behavioral skills needed to prevent relapse. 16
We are here to help you begin your journey to recovery. Our rehab center customizes treatment programs to meet the needs of each individual. Please call Landmark Recovery of Louisville at 502-309-2675 to learn more about our cocaine detox and addiction treatment programs.
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