Substance Use Disorders

Understanding Cocaine Addiction – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Cocaine, also known as crack, coke, or blow, is a fast-acting, often glamorized drug causing problems not just in Maine, but across the United States and the world. While initially it may leave people feeling great, the effects quickly wind down, leaving them craving more. It can become a vicious cycle that interferes with everything else in their life. However, recovery is possible through a comprehensive cocaine addiction treatment program. Crossroads supports clients in realizing that there are other options and they can regain control of their life.

Once addiction takes hold, it can be difficult to see any other path because individuals become so consumed in this lifestyle. At Crossroads, clients break through these walls and begin the rebuilding process. The physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual effects of cocaine addiction are addressed and clients work through the challenges that they face to create a sustainable lifestyle in recovery. One that empowers them to overcome obstacles and celebrate successes without turning to substance use.

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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that is highly addictive. It leads to increased levels of dopamine in the brain which is what causes the euphoric effect for which it is known. It may also help to alleviate pain. These effects are not long-lasting, however, and can be accompanied by a host of less pleasurable effects such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, decreased appetite, nausea, headache, and increased risk for stroke, seizures, and heart attacks. Cocaine also changes the way in which the brain perceives pleasure and reward, which makes it so addictive and difficult to stop use on one’s own.

Through a safe, supervised detox program, individuals can overcome withdrawal symptoms and begin the healing process. Ridding the body of crack is the start of returning the brain to more normal functioning and responses. It is possible to reverse some of the effects of cocaine addiction. Cocaine rehab is an opportunity for clients to recognize the impact that addiction has on their life and make positive changes to build a healthier lifestyle. Evidence-based therapy is an effective way of managing cravings, identifying triggers, processing trauma, and developing valuable coping skills to reduce risk of relapse.

Cocaine Recovery at Crossroads

Crossroads recognizes that not everyone is affected by coke addiction in the same way. Before entering a cocaine rehab program, clients undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine their individual needs and goals. Then, a personalized treatment plan is developed to support success in recovery. All of the programs at Crossroads are gender-responsive creating a close-knit, respectful environment that targets the specific challenges each gender faces.

Residential treatment programs are designed specifically for women to address addiction through a multi-faceted approach. Clients are engaged in individual and group therapies, holistic activities such as meditation and yoga, 12-step work, recreational activities, educational sessions, and more. They learn to manage mental health, build healthier relationships, and develop routines that support sobriety.

Both women and men can benefit from outpatient treatment and therapies for cocaine addiction at Crossroads. These programs help clients to increase their independence and reinforce positive behaviors and decision making in recovery. Clients learn how to cope with life’s challenges while having the guidance and support of peers and therapists. Family involvement is also encouraged to address the broader impact of addiction and facilitate healing and recovery. Families must work together to create a positive environment and reduce risk of relapse.

Cocaine addiction treatment at Crossroads supports clients in taking an active role in their recovery and living each day to its fullest. Cocaine can cloud the enjoyment of everyday activities, but in recovery clients remember who they wanted to be and can tackle challenges with more confidence and motivation. There is life after cocaine addiction, and at Crossroads women and men engage in the cutting-edge, gender-responsive addiction treatment necessary for lasting recovery.

Thank You

This was definitely a life changing experience. The staff was wonderful and I am leaving here sober, happy and healthy. I thank everyone for their love and care.”
– Back Cove Women’s Residential Program Client

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