Cocaine Addiction Treatment
in Los Angeles
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
There are many drugs that can lead to addiction. Crack and cocaine are chief among them.
Cocaine is a stimulant that is derived from the coca plant. It comes in powder and rock forms. While the powdered form is referred to as cocaine, the rock form is known as crack. Both are highly addictive and dangerous, although crack has been associated with even more fatalities.
This article will discuss the dangers of cocaine and crack addiction and recommend ways to get help at a cocaine treatment center in Los Angeles.
Introduction to Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine is hydrochloride salt in powdered form. It is usually snorted up the nose, but it can also be taken orally, intravenously, or via inhalation (smoked).
Crack is made by combining coke with water and another substance, usually baking soda. Once combined, the solution is boiled and takes a solid form. The solid is broken into smaller pieces and sold as “crack,” which is smoked through a pipe. It makes a crackling sound when it is heated, hence the name.
Many people feel that crack is more dangerous than cocaine. This is true in part because crack is smoked, which makes it more addictive. Its effects also come on quickly and last for a shorter period of time, so people tend to want more of it right away, which further fuels addiction.
However, cocaine and crack are identical in terms or pharmacology. Therefore, neither is technically more addictive than the other. Furthermore, if done in equal amounts, they can both cause the same amount of harm to the body.
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Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
The first sign of cocaine addiction comes when you build a tolerance to the drug. After taking the drug for a while, your body gets used to it, and you need to take more to get the same effects. You will begin spending more money on the drug and more time trying to get your hands on it.
Next comes withdrawal symptoms. These occur when your body becomes so used to having the drug in its system that it cannot function normally without it.
You will begin exhibiting flu-like symptoms when you are not high. The only way to get rid of these symptoms is to do more of the drug. This will get you on a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.
Other symptoms of cocaine addiction include the following:
- Excessive energy
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Dilated pupils
- Increased body temperature, blood pressure, and heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
- Erratic behavior
- Changes in sleep pattern
- Lack of self-care
- Mood swings
- Loss of interest in the things you once loved
- Troubled relationships
- Financial difficulties
- Legal troubles
- Engaging in dangerous behavior
- ‘Coke bugs’ which is a sensation that feels like bugs crawling under the skin
Long Term Effects:
- Deviated septum
- Asthma and other respiratory issues
- Loss of smell
- Difficulty swallowing
- High risk of infections like pneumonia, HIV, hepatitis C, and airborne diseases
Signs of a Cocaine Overdose:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Vomiting and nausea
The signs and symptoms of cocaine and crack addiction are very similar. The only difference would be a lack of nasal issues if the drug is not snorted.
Our Los Angeles Cocaine Addiction Program
If you are looking for cocaine addiction treatment in Los Angeles, you will find there are many facilities available. Valley Recovery Center is a terrific option.
Valley Recovery Center offers inpatient rehab in our luxury facility. Patients receive round-the-clock care. This means that they are constantly under our watch to ensure relapse doesn’t occur. Treatment can be updated on an ongoing basis depending on how the patient is responding.
After checking into our rehab facility, here’s an idea of what you can expect.
Detox is typically the first step of rehab. It involves allowing your system to cleanse itself from any illicit substances.
The process is difficult for patients. Withdrawal symptoms often occur that makes the user want to go back to using.
Valley Recovery offers an assisted rehab solution. Our medical staff oversees patients throughout the process to keep them as comfortable as possible and to ensure relapse doesn’t occur.
After completing detox, patients start on our therapy program. We begin by analyzing each patient to determine the underlying cause of addiction. We go from there to figure out an approach that is best suited to their needs.
Our treatments include a wide range of programs such as:
Individual Therapy: Patients can take advantage of one-on-one time with therapists. During sessions, several approaches can be integrated, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) addresses negative thought processes in an effort to promote more positive behavior.
- Hypnotherapy gently suggests actions for positive change while a patient is in a heightened state of awareness.
- Motivational enhancement therapy, which encourages patients to want to make a change for the better.
- Anger management therapy, which addresses anger issues that may be causing the patient to use.
Group therapy sessions let patients know they are not alone and provides a support network which will be valuable in the healing process. 12 step programs are available and are spiritual in nature, but non-spiritual options are available as well.
Family Therapy is used during the recovery process so they can understand what their loved one is going through and get the information they need to help them achieve and maintain sobriety.
Holistic Therapy is more effective if whole body healing is introduced in the form of holistic therapy. It includes art therapy, music therapy, yoga, nutrition, meditation, exercise and more.
Patients face many difficulties after checking out of rehab. They may be dealing with stressors that make them want to go back to using. They may see the friends they used with and their places and may be tempted to go back to their old behavior.
Our Los Angeles cocaine treatment center provides ongoing support to ensure patients get sober and stay sober.
All the inpatient care we offer takes place in our luxury facility. We offer private rooms, a modern fitness center, and a pool and hot tub. Our grounds are well-tended and located in the heart of sunny, upscale Newhall, a peaceful section of Los Angeles county.
And while we offer luxury services, they are also quite affordable. We accept various types of insurance and go out of our way to make care accessible for most patients.
Re-Start Your Life at our Cocaine Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles
When you do cocaine, you may think you are the life of the party. But after a while, that all wears thin. When the high goes away, you are left with feelings of deep depression.
You end up dedicating your life to trying to get more of the drug. Relationships with friends, colleagues, and loved ones become affected. You end up dealing with financial and legal difficulties. Even your health will start to deteriorate.
Once you start on the road to recovery, you will feel better than you have in a long time. You will be able to make amends with the people you love. You will start rebuilding your life and making your way towards a positive future.
Your first step on that journey can start today. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call Valley Recovery Center. Our caring representatives are available to answer all your questions and let you know exactly what to expect when you enter our facility.
Don’t throw another day of your life away on cocaine addiction. Reach out for the care you need today. We will help you leave your dependency issues behind so you can start enjoying the things you love once again.