Cocaine addiction is still prevalent in the United States, and despite the lack of attention it has been getting in comparison to other drugs it is still dangerous. According to statistics from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 1.5 million people aged 12 years and older have used cocaine in the past month. Additionally, information provided by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency states that overdoses and other conditions associated with cocaine addiction accounted for just over 500,000 emergency room visits in 2013. If you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction to cocaine, it is vital that you find professional help from a cocaine addiction treatment facility immediately. For quality Florida cocaine drug treatment, call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today at 1-855-960-5341.
What are the Effects of Cocaine Addiction on the Body and Brain?
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that acts on the central nervous system. When cocaine enters the bloodstream the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine spike in those brain circuits that regulate pleasure and movement, most notably the nucleus accumbens. The nucleus accumbens is the brain structure which is located in the limbic system and it regulates both reward and pleasure sensations. In general, dopamine is released by neurons in brain circuits and structures like the nucleus accumbens in response to potential rewards and then it is recycled back into the cells that released it.
With regular cocaine use, there is no recycling of dopamine and thus excessive amounts build up in the synapses. Therefore, the dopamine signal is magnified and there are disruptions in normal brain functioning. Additionally, repeated use can change the brain’s reward system as well as other brain systems which can lead to addictive behaviors.
In regards to other effects that cocaine has on the body, some of the effects seen include the following:
- Blood vessels constriction
- Dilated pupils
- Increase in body temperature
- Increase in blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal complications
- Decrease in appetite
In the most serious cases, those who use cocaine have a greater risk for suffering heart attacks or strokes. If cocaine is injected intravenously, there is a risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. If cocaine is snorted, it can lead to a loss in the sense of smell, nosebleeds, and difficulties in swallowing. If cocaine is ingested it can lead to severe bowel gangrene, can bring about severe allergic reactions, as well as bring on an increased risk of contracting hepatitis C, HIV, and other blood-borne diseases.
The Importance of Going to a Florida Cocaine Addiction Treatment Center
When you make the decision to undergo a cocaine addiction treatment center such as the one offered at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center, experienced staff will create a unique and highly individualized treatment and recovery plan that is made of three important steps. Depending on the severity of your addiction as well as a variety of other physical and mental health issues, the length of each step of treatment can vary. No matter how long you need to stay in a Florida cocaine addiction treatment program, it is absolutely necessary that you successfully complete each of these steps in order to give you the tools and support you need to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.
Step One: Medical Detoxification
For those who quit cocaine, they can experience a host of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can be very uncomfortable and painful to endure. In some cases, these symptoms can even be life-threatening–especially if you have underlying health complications or are abused other illicit substances in addition to cocaine. In order to minimize the potential danger of these withdrawal symptoms, you must first undergo medical detoxification in a safe, secure and highly supervised environment. During the medical detox process at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center, you may be given medications and undergo other interventions so that the withdrawal process is more tolerable. Additionally, the experienced treatment staff at a Florida cocaine treatment facility such as Ocean Breeze Recovery Center will also conduct a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose any co-occurring mental or physical illnesses that can provide obstacles to your recovery.
Step Two: Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Once you are medically and psychologically stable and are substance-free, you are able to start an intensive drug rehab program which is highly structured and individualized to meet your specific and unique needs. This overall treatment plan is created by treatment staff and is derived from a wide variety of essential treatment services. You will undergo individual and group therapy and take part in a comprehensive life and coping skills training program that will give you the tools you need to successfully work your program of recovery while being able to adequately function in your daily life. Additionally, you also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of holistic therapy techniques that will help address the totality of your cocaine addiction in mind, body and spirit.
Step Three: Aftercare Programs
To give you the added support and encouragement you need as you leave formal drug treatment, Ocean Breeze Recovery Center offers and highly recommends that you attend aftercare programs. These treatment programs and/or sober living, will help you understand the triggers and daily stressors that can lead to relapse, and you can acquire and refine the necessary healthy life and coping skills that are needed to deal with cravings and urges to use in a constructive manner without reverting back to drug use. You can also benefit from the experiences and support of others who have attended Ocean Breeze Recovery Center through our alumni program.
Call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center Today!
For quality and professional help to assist you in addressing and overcoming your cocaine addiction once and for all, Ocean Breeze Recovery Center is your first and only choice. Our quality Florida cocaine addiction treatment programs are effective and proven to work as the result of consistent research. Our number one goal is to provide you the support, encouragement and confidence you need to embrace a lifetime of recovery. Call us toll-free at 1-855-960-5341.