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Cocaine Detoxification

Cocaine is a potent stimulant drug, one that is labeled as a Schedule II chemical substance, meaning that it has an extremely high potential for abuse and it can only be administered by a medical professional as a local anesthetic in a hospital (or other medical) setting. Cocaine is widely used, though unlike other illicit chemical substances like heroin, use has not been on the rise throughout the United States. On the contrary, cocaine use has remained rather consistent for the past several years. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were an estimated 1.5 million cocaine users throughout the United States in the year 2014, and this number has remained relatively stable. During the same year, the NSDUH reported that roughly 913,000 Americans suffered at the hands of a diagnosable cocaine abuse disorder. The potent chemical substance was reportedly responsible for 505,224 emergency room visits during the year 2011 alone. This number translates to roughly one-third of total drug-related hospital visits that year.

Cocaine works by stimulating reward pathways within the brain. Normally, dopamine is released in the brain and it carries chemical messages from neuron to neuron, producing feelings of pleasure when the central nervous system is being stimulated. When cocaine is introduced to the system, normal dopamine functioning is interrupted. Cocaine binds to the dopamine transporter, and an excess amount of dopamine accumulates as a result – resulting in the feelings of pleasure and euphoria that are so often associated with cocaine use. However, when cocaine is repeatedly introduced to the system over time, the brain becomes incapable of producing dopamine on its own and physical and psychological cocaine dependence begin to develop.

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Cocaine Abuse and Addiction

There are short and long-term effects of cocaine use. The short-term effects typically appear within the first couple of minutes after the drug is ingested and last for around an hour (depending on the amount taken and the method of ingestion). When cocaine is taken in small amounts, users report feeling talkative, sociable, euphoric and energetic. The severity of physiological effects also depend on the amount taken and the method of ingestion. Those who use a small amount of powdered cocaine nasally, for example, are liable to experience an increased heart rate, constricted blood vessels and a slightly increased body temperature. If the individual uses the drug intravenously, the effects of short-term use are inevitably going to be more severe, and could include heart palpitations, extreme anxiety and panic attacks, paranoia and dangerously high blood pressure.

The long-term effects of cocaine use are more severe. They include:

  • Physical and psychological dependence/addiction.
  • Loss of smell, chronic nosebleeds, repeated irritation of the nasal septum which could lead to a chronically runny nose (when the drug is used nasally).
  • Significant lung damage, which could lead to asthma (when the drug is smoked).
  • Loss of appetite, which can lead to significant weight loss and malnourishment.
  • Serious cardiovascular issues/inflammation of the heart muscle.
  • Seizures, stroke and coma.
  • The building of a tolerance over time.
  • Withdrawal symptoms that occur upon ceased use (or even when use is cut back).

If you have been suffering from a cocaine abuse disorder of any severity, contact us at Pine Tree Recovery Center today. We offer a safe, pain-free withdrawal experience and a high level of quality clinical care that cannot be found in any state-run detox facility or traditional hospital setting. The comprehensive and highly individualized care we provide does not merely tackle the physical implications of cocaine abuse, but the emotional and psychological implications as well.

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

According to the US National Library of Medicine, cocaine withdrawal occurs after the brain adjusts to having the chemical substance in the symptom for a prolonged period of time. Interestingly enough, cocaine withdrawal typically has no apparent physical symptoms. Chemical substances like heroin, for example, will often leave the individual with a wide range of physical symptoms from body tremors to severe nausea and vomiting. Cocaine withdrawal, on the other hand, mostly manifests in the form of severe psychological symptoms. These symptoms include (but are not limited to):

  • Restlessness and extreme agitation
  • Depressed mood/depression, which can lead to suicidal ideation if left untreated 
  • Fatigue, often coupled with insomnia/an inability to sleep 
  • General feelings of emotional and mental discomfort
  • Increased appetite, leading to mild weight gain
  • Extremely intense nightmares 
  • An inability to function effectively/slow movements

At Pine Tree Recovery Center we offer a safe and effective withdrawal experience in our private, home-style retreat. We treat each psychological symptom of cocaine withdrawal as it arises. We have an experienced team of psychiatrists on staff, available to conduct regular psychological evaluations and prescribe antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication as deemed necessary. If sleep-related issues or nightmares persist, we may also utilize a non-addictive sleep aid. Because those who are withdrawing from long-term cocaine abuse tend to have a sharp spike in appetite, our fully stocked, state-of-the-art kitchen is accessible around the clock.

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Medical Detox and Cocaine Withdrawal

When it comes to cocaine withdrawal, medical detox is always a necessary first step. Our program of recovery is both comprehensive and highly individualized, and our high staff-to-client ratio allows for 24-hour care. Regardless of the specific cocaine-related withdrawal symptoms that an individual is experiencing, we have all of the tools necessary to effectively treat them. The level of clinical care we provide cannot be found in any traditional hospital setting – our program is licensed, accredited and effective.

Our Stress-Free Admissions Process

Suffering at the hands of a cocaine addiction – or watching someone you love suffer at the hands of a cocaine addiction – is undeniably overwhelming enough. As soon as you or your loved one agreed to receiving professional help, there is no question that ironing out the finer details (like payment options and travel plans) seems like nothing short of an extraneous stressor. Fortunately, our team of compassionate, understanding and respectful Counselors and Treatment Advisors know exactly how it feels to be right where you are, and they are available to help make the admissions process run as smoothly as possible. As soon as you give us a call, our Treatment Advisors conduct a brief pre-assessment over the phone. They may ask questions like, “How long have you been struggling with addiction, and which chemical substances have you been actively using.” Or, “As far as you know, are you simultaneously suffering from any underlying mental health conditions.” These questions help us place you in an appropriate level of clinical care. Once the assessment has been conducted and it has been determined that Pine Tree Recovery Center is a good fit, our Treatment Advisors conduct a free, no obligation insurance benefit check whenever necessary. We accept most major insurance providers, so there is a very good chance that most – or all – of your cocaine addiction treatment experience is covered. Finally, we set up a date and a time for intake and help you develop viable travel plans. We know that committing to cocaine addiction treatment is overwhelming in and of itself, and we do everything in our power to make the remainder of the process as simple and straightforward as we possibly can – both for you and for your loved ones.

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    Making the decision to stop using cocaine is a courageous act and our mission is to set you up for a successful drug-free future. With the right medical help and emotional support, you can be on your way to a life full of good-health, self-confidence, pride, and future ambition. Pine Tree Recovery Center provides the just help you need.

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