Cocaine abuse can develop into a drug dependency that takes over your life. Landmark Recovery of Louisville addiction treatment center provides you with an individual, evidence-based cocaine treatment program and recovery services that can help you overcome cocaine addiction.
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant extracted from leaves of the coca plant. 1 This highly addictive drug typically has the appearance of a fine white powder that can be snorted, rubbed into the gums, or injected into a vein after dissolving in water. Cocaine can also be processed into a freebase form that looks like small, irregularly shaped whitish rocks. This potent form of cocaine, commonly called crack, is typically smoked to get a shorter but much more intense high.
Cocaine use provides an almost immediate rush that is characterized by feelings of euphoria, alertness, excitation, and increased energy. 2 The drug also produces several short-term adverse effects that include restlessness, irritability, anxiety, agitation, elevated body temperature, increased blood pressure and heart rate, insomnia, and decreased appetite.
Over time, cocaine abuse can lead to sleeping difficulties, extreme weight loss and malnourishment, bowel tissue decay, and a wide range of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, and mental health problems. 3 Cocaine use also increases the risk for seizures, stroke, heart attack, and death.
Some of the negative consequences of cocaine abuse are directly related to the specific route of administration. Chronic snorting of cocaine can lead to nosebleeds, problems with swallowing, loss of sense of smell, hoarseness, runny nose, and erosion of the upper nasal cavity. 3 Smoking cocaine causes “crack lung”, a unique respiratory syndrome (chest pain, extreme coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, and coughing up blood) that occurs within 48 hours of smoking crack. 4 Smoking cocaine also worsens asthma and damages the lungs, often leading to conditions such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, pulmonary edema, alveolar hemorrhage, injured airways (trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles), and respiratory failure.
Cocaine also alters the way in which the brain functions, making it difficult for people who regularly use cocaine to experience feelings of pleasure without the drug. 5 Due to the way that the cocaine interacts with the reward center of the brain, repeated use can quickly develop into a dependence on the drug. If left untreated, this condition will inevitably lead to addiction, a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain characterized by compulsive and uncontrollable use of cocaine. 6
According to findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1.7% of Kentucky residents used cocaine in the past year. 7 Cocaine is most popular among young adults, with approximately 5% of Kentucky youth aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year use. The Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey found that 1% of Kentucky high school seniors currently use cocaine and 2.2% have used cocaine within the past year, 8 and results from the most recent High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate that around 3.5% of Kentucky high school students admit that they tried cocaine at least one during their life. 9
Cocaine abuse is a major concern among Kentuckians entering substance abuse treatment. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, cocaine addiction was reported during 1,167 admissions to Kentucky addiction treatment centers for recovery services in 2019, accounting for 5.3% of all admissions. 10
An addiction to cocaine can be very hard to beat on your own. However, help and treatment resources are available for anyone who is ready to overcome their addiction and take their life back.
Landmark Recovery of Louisville’s cocaine addiction treatment center in Louisville Kentucky provides comprehensive, evidence-based cocaine treatment and recovery services that can help you quit cocaine and achieve long-lasting sobriety. The most effective cocaine addiction treatment program will typically include a detox program, counseling, and behavioral therapy in a residential setting. 11 Depending on the length and severity of your cocaine addiction, we can also offer cocaine treatment through our partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Before you can begin any formal cocaine addiction treatment, you must first go through detox and flush out all traces of cocaine from your system. For many people, this first step in the recovery process is also the most difficult due to the unpleasant withdrawal that is triggered as the brain readjusts to life and functioning without the presence of cocaine. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal usually appear within a few hours of the last dose and often include: 12
Landmark Recovery of Louisville’s medical detox program can help manage the intense cravings and emotional disturbances often associated with cocaine withdrawal. Our team of clinical specialists provide supportive care, medications, and around-the-clock monitoring to ensure that you remain safe and comfortable throughout the entire detox process.
Some people who stop using cocaine may develop severe depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. This is another reason why it is so important to detox from cocaine under medical supervision in a professional setting. 12
Once your withdrawal symptoms are under control and you are medically stable, you will be ready to move on to the therapeutic stage of cocaine treatment.
Landmark Recovery of Louisville uses only the most modern, science-backed therapies that have been shown to be effective for the cocaine addiction treatment. Counseling and behavioral therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational interviewing, are the cornerstone to our cocaine treatment programs and will help you identify the underlying causes of cocaine addiction and develop the healthy behaviors and coping skills needed to overcome cravings and prevent relapse. 13 14
Landmark Recovery of Louisville takes a holistic approach to cocaine treatment that aims to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Other proven interventions that we often incorporate into our personalized, holistic cocaine addiction treatment programs include family education, peer support groups, health and wellness education, meditation and mindfulness therapy, fitness and exercise, and a variety of recreational activities.
Cocaine addiction treatment is best handled at a local, medically-supervised drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility. If you or someone you know is living in or around Louisville, KY, and want to start your cocaine treatment recovery, we’re here to help.
Our drug treatment and rehab center is located at 4112 Fern Valley Road Suite A Louisville, KY 40219. We accept most major health insurance plans.
Please call Landmark Recovery of Louisville at 502-309-2675 if you have questions about our medical detox, cocaine addiction treatment programs, or our Louisville / Kentucky drug rehab center.
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