Cocaine Addiction

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Cocaine, which is derived from a type of South American plant, is a powerfully addictive stimulant. The powdery substance affects the body’s central nervous system and creates feelings of euphoria, energy, and focus. While it is sometimes used in medical practice by physicians, cocaine’s notoriety comes from its popularity in recreational usage. Unfortunately, cocaine addiction can occur even with minimal use. Luckily, a lifeline exists for those battling through cocaine addiction treatment. If you’re struggling with cocaine addiction or seeking more information on treatments, please contact Transcend Recovery Community for more information.

What is Cocaine Addiction?

Like many drugs, cocaine acts by flooding the brain with multiple neurotransmitters and results in a euphoric high. While cocaine is most commonly snorted, it can also be injected or smoked (also known as freebasing). Cocaine has a particularly short-lasting high, ranging anywhere from 5-30 minutes dependent upon the administration method. As a result, users will take stronger and more frequent doses in an effort to maintain their high.

With the development of drug tolerance after prolonged and repeated use, cocaine users often find themselves unable to function without continued use of the drug. If users find themselves craving cocaine or continue using the drug with little regard to consequences, there is a good chance they are suffering from an addiction.

Does Transcend Provide Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

Through a partnership with our sister program, The Heights Treatment, Transcend provides access to quality cocaine addiction treatment for addicts in need. We employ a layered approach to supporting client sobriety in our treatment program and find that most addicts have deeper underlying issues that led them to addiction. It is of the utmost importance to address these issues, as long-term recovery is difficult to attain with the remaining problems at stake. 

We aid our clients in confronting their trauma in a safe and supportive environment so that they have the best chance for long-term sobriety. We also understand that treatment plans tend to have favorable outcomes when clients feel included in the process; therefore, our superb staff complement uses inclusive and engaging programming to further drive the addiction recovery effort.

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction?

An addiction must first be acknowledged before it can be adequately treated. It is important to know how to identify a possible cocaine addiction. Cocaine addicts may display many signs and symptoms, or just a few. Some common signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction include but are not limited to:

  • Dilated pupils 
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Engagement in risky behaviors
  • Legal issues for possession of the drug or other misbehavior 
  • Financial instability and issues
  • Abnormal level of overconfidence, even in situations that don’t warrant it 
  • Unexplainable and persistent paranoia
  • Frequent sniffles or runny nose when no sickness is present 
  • Consistent lateness or absenteeism from work or school
  • Changes in interpersonal relationships
  • Mood swings 
  • Excessive irritability

What Are Short and Long Term Effects of Cocaine Addiction?

The addictive property of cocaine makes it a hazardous drug. However, its dangerous label also comes from the fact that it has adverse effects on the body after use. Unlike other drugs that have numerous short and long-term effects when used, most of the cocaine’s effects last for a short time. However, 

Some of the short term effects include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Erratic behavior, and at times hallucinations
  • Increased body temperature

More severe or long term effects include:

  • Cardiovascular issues (i.e. heart disease, heart attack, etc.)
  • Stroke
  • Major organ damage
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations or psychosis 
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Death

While there is no measure of knowing who is likely to experience what effect, frequency, and quantity of use tend to be huge factors in the equation. As cocaine use continues over long periods, various organ systems, such as the lungs, heart, brain, and the gastrointestinal system, can all begin to suffer. 

Is Cocaine Addiction Recovery Possible?

Recovery from addiction is most attainable to those that are seeking help and are willing to make a commitment to the process. One of the key components to long-term recovery is continuous engagement from the addict. 

While addicts may share common experiences, it is essential to consider individual differences in circumstances. With this in mind, we conduct a thorough evaluation and investigation to understand each client’s mental state and their unique set of needs. Next, a treatment plan is formed to outline appropriate treatment methods, goals, and objectives. Clients are included in the treatment plan process in an effort to foster motivation and participation in their recovery.

Are There Cocaine Addiction Treatments Near Me?

Regardless of how deep in active addiction one might be, Transcend believes all addicts are deserving of treatment if they are seeking help. We offer a safe space where holistic health is a top priority. We value our clients’ wellness and keep them at the focus of all of our treatment options. 

Transcend currently offers treatment for cocaine addiction at our Los Angeles and Houston treatment centers. Our facilities are always open and willing to assist. If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for cocaine addiction, we encourage you to call so we can discuss how we may help you. 

Call the recovery specialists at Transcend today at 800-208-1211 or use our contact us form to see how joining the Transcend community can change your life.

Cocaine: The Deadly White Powder

Cocaine was a drug that was popular in the 80’s. It was a sort of glamorous drug to use at parties, at small social gatherings, or before going out to the clubs. However, more and more research reveals that cocaine is entirely dangerous and incredibly addictive. It is, in fact, one of the most dangerous drugs known to man.

What makes it so dangerous is that once a person begins taking it, it becomes more and more impossible to become free of its grip. A physical and psychological dependence quickly develops. In fact, there was an experiment in the 80’s that seemed to highlighted exactly what cocaine can do. The experiment took a rat and placed it alone in a cage. It then placed two bottles of water from which the rat could drink – plain water and water injected with cocaine. Once the rat tasted the water with cocaine, it continued to go back again and again and again, until it was dead.

This experiment was shown in a television ad sponsored by a Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The ad explained: “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead. It’s called cocaine. And it can do the same thing to you.” Just like the rat, people will continue to return to cocaine again and again until something stops them. For many people, this is the lack of money to buy more. And for others it’s death.

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, as already mentioned, more so than any other amphetamine. Use of cocaine stimulates key receptors in the brain that, in turn, create a euphoria that is hard to ignore. Furthermore, users quickly develop a tolerance to the high, therefore, needing more and more cocaine in order to experience the same high they once did. Cocaine releases chemicals in the brain that lead to higher blood pressure, a faster heartbeat, dilation of the pupils, chills, and muscular palpitations. And with high doses, cocaine can cause a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, or seizure.

Unfortunately, cocaine is a worldwide, multibillion-dollar business that affects people around the globe, regardless of age, economic status, or gender. If you or someone you know is using cocaine, getting professional support is vital. In fact, with cocaine, it will be important to have an extensive amount of help. This may include living at a residential treatment center, working with a therapist/psychologist, working with a doctor, and attending Cocaine Anonymous meetings.

If you’re struggling with an addiction to cocaine and you’re ready to put an end to your substance use, contact a mental health professional today.


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Sober Living Is More Likely for Cocaine Addicts Because of New Treatment

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Sobriety over the long term can be difficult for those who have had an addiction to cocaine. However, a recent study tested the ability of the drug Baclofen to inhibit the activation of the brain and the triggering of strong cravings.

Relapses can be a difficult experience, emotionally and financially, for those who have already gone through the process of detox and sober living treatment. Certainly, there are many contributing factors to relapsing, including both conscious and unconscious triggers. For instance, an addiction can have a strong biological and psychological pull. The slightest trigger and craving for the drug can occur almost without notice. Even if a person has made the decision to end their drinking or drug use, it’s easy for a small stimuli to trigger an intense craving. Stress from work, relationship concerns with spouses, family issues, environmental cues, running into old drinking or drugging friends can create an strong desire to use. Of course, having these kinds of triggers, whether in or out of a sober living treatment facility can lead to chronic relapse and continued substance abuse.

There are some obvious ways to prevent certain triggers, such as avoiding certain people and places that will stimulate memories and cravings. Yet, there are unconscious triggers, such as stress or having a particular conversation, which researchers recently investigated. The Penn Medicine’s Center for Studies of Addiction explored the ability of Baclofen to block the brain’s response to unconscious triggers long before conscious craving occurs.

Typically drug withdrawal for cocaine can include strong cravings, mood changes, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and an increased appetite. One’s mood might move through feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable. In a way, the challenging moods experienced during cocaine detox are a compensation for the euphoria experienced while addicted to the drug. However, the body is attempting to find homeostasis. Along these lines, the body is trying to recover its sources of energy. As a result, it might feel very tired during drug withdrawal treatment. Furthermore, the drug detox process might interrupt a regular sleep schedule. Cocaine detox often causes sleep problems, such as vivid and unpleasant dreams, insomnia, or hypersomnia, the experience of sleeping too much. Lastly, those going through cocaine withdrawal often experience a kind of physical slowing down, little energy, or they might experience feeling physically agitated.

The intense cravings and the many symptoms of cocaine withdrawal led researchers to find a way to make the detox process easier for cocaine addicts. The study explored whether the FDA approved Baclofen could inhibit some of the unconscious triggers that can lead to cocaine relapse. The results revealed that Baclofen could significantly lower the reward and motivational circuits to subliminal cocaine cues. Furthermore, the study showed that the effects of Baclofen on cue-induced brain activation were specific to drug cues and not other cues such for food or sex. In other words, cravings for cocaine can be inhibited through the use of Baclofen which specifically addresses those unconscious triggers in the brain.

The lead researcher of the study commented that the use of Baclofen could be therapeutically beneficial and perhaps support in sober living. The drug provides a mechanism to prevent certain types of cravings thus preventing relapse.

Obviously, when going through a sober living program, it’s important that an individual have the support they need. Detox and early sobriety can be a challenging experience. Certainly, this is the purpose of addiction treatment centers and halfway houses – they can provide a healing and safe environment. With enough support and a safe community, sober living can happen. Cocaine detox is the first step towards sobriety and recovery, which is entirely possible no matter the strength of the addiction.


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The Halfway House Life After Cocaine Rehab

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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. Continue reading “The Halfway House Life After Cocaine Rehab”