Cocaine is a stimulant. It’s a powerful drug that causes euphoria, elation, and a feeling that is hard to beat with any other drug. In fact, cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs out there because of the unequaled high that it produces.
The intoxication of ingesting cocaine includes feeling very alert, excited, powerful, and happy. Some users of cocaine describe its euphoria as equivalent to orgasm. However, the euphoria of being high on cocaine can also bring feelings of suspicion and paranoia. In fact, after awhile the high might produce anxious feelings, compulsive and repetitive behaviors, and seeing flashes of light or hallucinations.
Cocaine has significant effects on the brain and it is particularly addictive, more so than any other amphetamine. It releases chemicals in the brain that lead to higher blood pressure, a faster heartbeat, dilation of the pupils, chills, and muscular palpitations. With high doses, cocaine can cause a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, or seizure.
With high doses of cocaine taken on frequent occasions, it’s incredibly easy for an addiction to develop. Anyone addicted to cocaine is going to need to enter drug rehab. Typically, rehab refers to a live-in residential treatment center or live-in health care facility, also known in the drug-counseling field as RTC. This sort of treatment center might offer services such as drug counseling to address substance abuse, therapy to treat mental illnesses, and coordinate with a medical facility to treat physical concerns that might come with the withdrawal process. It’s not uncommon for a drug rehab center to offer services that address the physical, emotional, psychological, and even spiritual needs of a recovering addict.
However, at some point, treatment will end. The rehab experience will come to a stop. When a patient is discharged from a treatment center, he or she will need to find a way to continue to stay sober. Here’s an important gap anyone reaching for sober living needs to recognize: returning to an old home environment and old friendships can be detrimental to the life of sobriety already achieved. Closing the gap between being discharged from a treatment center and returning home is essential.
Here’s where a halfway house comes in. Post-treatment rehabilitative services can include sober living homes, sometimes referred to as halfway houses. They are an extension of care for those recovering from addiction and who have already participated in and lived at a traditional rehab center. At these centers, although patients live there, as they would in a traditional rehab center, they have significantly more freedom to be able to attend work, school, or family events. They might also attend group therapy, individual therapy, drug counseling, or mental health treatment – as it is arranged elsewhere. Halfway houses do not provide 24-hour intensive treatment, but it’s a full-time environment that is cocaine free. It’s a way to continue to get sober help, facilitating your journey of sobriety, and adding to the amount of days you are living sober.
Besides, the intoxication of cocaine can be a difficult habit to break. An addiction to cocaine is already challenging because of its highly addictive quality. Adding to this, the lack of support by not closing the gap between treatment and returning home is incredibly risky. Furthermore, studies indicate that the continued use of cocaine and chronic relapse with this drug can lead to criminal activity, and even lead to long-term life of crime.
No matter the drug, halfway houses are a place to find like-minded people who are committed to their sobriety. They’ve gone through treatment. They’ve made their commitment to living sober, and they’ve made the choice to continue their care. If cocaine is in your past and you’re looking for sober help after treatment, a halfway house might be just the place for you.
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