Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Cocaine is a white, powdery substance that is derived from the coca plant, which is native to South America. This drug can alter a person’s central nervous system because it sends high dopamine levels into the parts of one’s brain that control pleasure. A dopamine rush can cause intense feelings of energy and alertness, which is called a high.
People who use this drug typically snort it, but some smoke it (known as “freebasing”), dissolve it in water and inject it, or rub it onto their gums. Some people turn their cocaine into a solid, rock crystal. However, all cocaine use is considered abuse because it’s an illegal substance.Other names for this drug include:
These statistics are provided by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug, and it can be difficult to recognize a dependence on it. When someone craves cocaine every day and is indifferent to the legal and health ramifications of its usage, this may indicate an addiction. Once a person forms a dependence, their tolerance for the drug increases, meaning they need to consume higher doses to experience a dopamine rush. A person with a cocaine dependence will also experience withdrawal symptoms if they go a day without it.
Moreover, many people who experiment with cocaine do it in environments where other substances are available. Not only do they run the risk of developing a cocaine addiction, but they may also forge a dependence on other substances, such as alcohol or heroin; this is called poly-drug abuse, and it can increase a person’s risk of a fatal overdose.
Currently, there are no medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cocaine addiction, though researchers are exploring neurobiological targets. Behavioral therapies are the only available and effective treatment for most drug problems, including cocaine addiction. Some people choose to stay at an inpatient treatment center that incorporates contingency management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, community-based recovery groups, and other treatment modalities to help them reclaim their life.