Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cycles of Change Recovery Services is California’s premier cocaine rehab treatment center, equipped with the staff and tools needed to help you overcome your cocaine addiction.
Located in Palmdale, California, our individualized treatment programs are designed to help you gain the knowledge, courage and determination needed to live a happy and productive life. Cocaine addiction recovery is not easy, but at Cycles of Change you can recover in comfort and leave our cocaine addiction program stronger than ever before.
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Signs of Cocaine Addiction
Those who are struggling with an addiction to cocaine can display many symptoms as a result of their ongoing addiction. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of addiction in yourself or loved ones in order to take the first step toward recovery. Cocaine rehab may be necessary for those who show the following symptoms:
- Dilated pupils
- Increase in energy
- Restlessness and hyperactivity
- Sleeping for long periods of time
- Muscle twitches and tremors
- Increase in blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature
Causes of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine, also referred to as coke, blow and crack, is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant drug. It commonly comes as a fine white powder that is snorted through the nose and/or rubbed onto the gums. The powder can also be dissolved in water and injected into the bloodstream, as well as converted into rock crystals and smoked (crack cocaine).
Cocaine directly effects the reward circuit in the brain. It increases levels of the organic chemical dopamine in brain circuits that control pleasure and movement, causing build-ups between nerve cells. Normal brain communication is disrupted by the excess amounts of dopamine which produces the drug’s high. This includes increases in energy and alertness, as well as intense feelings of happiness and well-being.
The effects of cocaine happen almost immediately after using and fade off quite quickly, typically within five to 60 minutes. Because of this, people tend to go on binges, using cocaine repeatedly over a short period of time to maintain their high. Repeated use of the stimulant causes the reward pathway in the brain to adapt to the excess amounts of dopamine, which negatively effects how the user feels and functions when the high wears off. This causes dependence to the drug and leads to addiction.
Effects of Cocaine on the Body
Using cocaine, over a period of time or even in a single sitting, can drastically affect a person’s health and well-being. Many serious health complications can arise as a result of cocaine use, to both the mind and body.
Long-term cocaine use causes severe changes to an individual’s brain chemistry, drastically effecting their mental state. It changes how a person behaves and feels, leading to erratic or violent behavior, depression and paranoia. A user can also develop a number of severe mental disorders as a result of their cocaine abuse, such as psychosis, dementia and delirium.
Many cardiovascular problems can arise from cocaine abuse. Cocaine acts as a stimulant and pumps adrenaline through the body, causing heart rate and blood pressure to increase, arteries to narrow and blood flow to decrease. This can lead to a heart attack, as well as irregular beating of the heart (cardiac arrhythmia). Cell death in the muscles of the heart can occur, a disease known as cardiomyopathy, as well as an infection of the inner linings of the heart valves (endocarditis).
Cocaine impairs an individual’s judgement and decision-making, which can lead to them engaging in risky sexual behavior and sharing needles with others. This increases a user’s chances of contracting HIV, hepatitis c and other infectious diseases.
Other possible complications from cocaine use includes strokes, damage to the kidneys and Parkinson’s disease.
The Importance of Cocaine Detox
Choosing a rehab facility with a strong focus on cocaine detoxification is one of the most important aspects of addiction recovery. Since cocaine withdrawal often causes such strong symptoms like depression, anxiety, and paranoia, it is recommended that recovering addicts are supervised by professionals during the detox process. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms can even last more than a week. That’s why Cycles of Change’s cocaine rehab program specializes in detox – it’s each of our client’s first steps in the process of addiction recovery.
Cocaine Rehab Center at Cycles of Change – Palmdale, CA
Cycles of Change Recovery offers a variety of successful cocaine treatment programs, both residential and outpatient, in an environment that is safe and secure.
Our focus is to help you reach your goals and make positive lifestyle changes through counseling, interactive family therapies, addiction education, interpersonal relationship development, aftercare programs and much more.
Let Cycles of Change Recovery Services help you regain control of your life. Contact us in Palmdale, California to begin the next chapter where you can rediscover passion, pride and happiness with long-term sobriety!