Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that often leads to chemical dependency. From detox to maintaining sobriety, Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City can help you in your journey to cocaine recovery.
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug derived from leaves of the coca plant. It is widely available throughout Oklahoma and generally appears a fluffy, white powder that can be snorted through the nose or dissolved and injected. Cocaine is also processed into crack, a more potent form of the drug that can be heated and smoked for a more intense high. 1 Crack is more likely to be found in urban areas of the state such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton, according to recent Oklahoma law enforcement reports. 2
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that provides the user with feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and mental alertness. 3 A cocaine high is short-lived and quickly followed by a physical and emotional crash, an unpleasant experience of withdrawal that makes the user crave additional use of the drug. Repeated use can quickly lead to cocaine dependence, a devastating disorder characterized by intense cravings that dominate all thoughts, behaviors, and priorities. 4 Cocaine also alters the structure and function of the brain pleasure centers, making it difficult to feel pleasure in its absence and paving the way to addiction. 5 Some of the many other adverse effects of cocaine use include: 6
Over time, cocaine abuse can lead to dramatic weight loss and malnourishment, sleeping difficulties, painful neurological symptoms (such as memory loss and seizures), blood infections, lung problems, and increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death. 7
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 51 Oklahoma residents have used cocaine in the past year. 8 Cocaine is most popular among young adults, with 1 in 17 Oklahomans aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year cocaine use. Around 1% of Oklahoma high school students (grades 9-12) currently use cocaine, 9 and 1 in 25 high schoolers have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime. 10
Cocaine is one of the most frequently used stimulant drugs among Oklahomans seeking treatment for substance abuse. There were 874 treatment admissions for cocaine abuse in 2019, representing around 5% of all admissions to Oklahoma drug recovery centers. 11
Once you become addicted to cocaine it is extremely difficult to quit on your own. Please know that there is professional help available to guide you through the recovery process. In fact, quitting cocaine use now can help undo the brain damage and cognitive impairment caused by years of cocaine abuse. A recently published study provides evidence that treatment-seeking cocaine-addicted individuals show significant recovery of brain structure and neuropsychological function following the cessation of cocaine use. 12
If you are seeking cocaine recovery in the Oklahoma City area, please consider the cocaine recovery center at Landmark Recovery. We successfully treat those seeking cocaine recovery by using a combination of evidence-based approaches, including behavioral therapy, peer support, and medication. Personalized cocaine addiction recovery programs are tailored to your specific needs and can be provided through residential care, a partial hospitalization program, or intensive outpatient services.
Your road to recovery begins with cessation of cocaine use and medically supervised detox. Landmark Recovery’s medical detox program will keep you safe and comfortable as your body flushes out all traces of cocaine from your system. Trained clinical specialists will monitor you around-the-clock and treat any cravings and uncomfortable symptoms associated with cocaine withdrawal. 13 Although no specific medications have been approved by the FDA for people detoxing from cocaine, we may administer certain medications that can address specific symptoms, such as anxiety and insomnia, and help reduce the severity of withdrawal during cocaine recovery.
Counseling and behavioral therapy
Following medical detox, you will be ready to transition into the therapy phase of recovery. Using individual and group counseling as well as science-backed behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, we will help address the underlying cause of your cocaine addiction by identifying everyday cues and triggers that make cocaine use more likely to occur. You will also learn how to prevent future relapse by developing coping abilities that allow you to navigate these cues and triggers without the use of cocaine. 14
Landmark Recovery understands cocaine recovery in Oklahoma City is a lifelong process that does not end the day you leave our facility. We will help you transition back into the community with a comprehensive discharge plan and continue to provide support and guidance through a variety of post-treatment services such as a personally assigned recovery coach, alumni programming, support group meetings, and family therapists dedicated to helping alumni and their families.
Please contact Landmark Recovery’s cocaine recovery center at 405-896-8426 to find out more about our Oklahoma City cocaine recovery and medical detox programs. An admissions specialist will be happy to go over your personal situation and discuss how our customized treatment can help you on your cocaine addiction recovery journey and set you on the path to wellness and recovery.
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1) Novak, SP, & Kral, AH. (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/
2) Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. (2020). Oklahoma Drug Threat Assessment 2020.https://www.ok.gov/obndd/documents/Oklahoma%20Drug%20Threat%20Assessment%2C%202020.pdf
3) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Cocaine Research Report: What is Cocaine?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-cocaine
4) Nestler EJ. The neurobiology of cocaine addiction. Science and Practice Perspectives. 2005;3(1):4-10.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18552739/
5) 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/
6) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Cocaine Research Report: What are the Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Use?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-are-short-term-effects-cocaine-use
7) 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
8) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Tables 83-84. Oklahoma.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
9) Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. (2019). Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment Survey 2018.https://www.ok.gov/odmhsas/documents/State_of_Oklahoma_Profile_Report%20-%202018.pdf
10) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — Oklahoma 2019 and United States 2019 Results.https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?TT=G&OUT=0&SID=HS&QID=QQ&LID=OK&YID=2019&LID2=XX&YID2=2019&COL=T&ROW1=N&ROW2=N&HT=QQ&LCT=LL&FS=S1&FR=R1&FG=G1&FA=A1&FI=I1&FP=P1&FSL=S1&FRL=R1&FGL=G1&FAL=A1&FIL=I1&FPL=P1&PV=&TST=True&C1=OK2019&C2=XX2019&QP=G&DP=1&VA=CI&CS=Y&SYID=&EYID=&SC=DEFAULT&SO=ASC&PF=1
11) Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (2020). ODMHSAS Online Query System: Primary Drug Admissions.http://www.odmhsas.org/eda/oonqus_drug.htm
12) Parvaz MA, Moeller SJ, d'Oleire Uquillas F, Pflumm A, Maloney T, Alia-Klein N, Goldstein RZ. Prefrontal gray matter volume recovery in treatment-seeking cocaine-addicted individuals: a longitudinal study. Addiction Biology. 2017 Sep;22(5):1391-1401.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5085900/
13) 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
14) 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