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What is Cocaine?

Cocaine, also known as coke, is a strong stimulant and one of the most abused drugs in America.  Cocaine is known to give its users a sensation of pleasure. Under normal circumstances, whenever we ‘feel’ good or derive pleasure from something, our brain releases a hormone called dopamine. After a while, the dopamine is reabsorbed by the brain. However, Cocaine causes the brain to release excessive amounts of dopamine and also completely stops the reabsorption of dopamine. Hence, the person using cocaine feels immense pleasure and stays in that heightened state for a longer time.

The effect of cocaine can last from thirty minutes to an hour. The duration of the effect, depends upon the amount taken and the mode of consumption. Cocaine can be sniffed, inhaled, smoked, injected or even chewed. Nasal inhalation, also known as sniffing or snorting, is one of the one common ways of consuming cocaine.

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What are the Effects of Cocaine?

Cocaine can cause a number of adverse effects on the body. Excessive and prolonged use of cocaine can cause issues like severe increase in heart rate, hallucinations and paranoid delusions.  High blood pressure and arrhythmias are common causes of overdose. High doses of cocaine might lead to sudden cardiac arrest which may result in the death of the individual.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Individuals addicted to cocaine exhibit noticeable physical and behavioral changes.  Some of the most common symptoms of Cocaine addiction are:

  • Persistently runny nose
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling of exhaustion and fatigue
  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of appetite

Individual symptoms might not be a clear indication of cocaine abuse. However, if all or a majority of these symptoms are detected, absent unrelated medical conditions (disease etc.), then the individual may be suffering from cocaine addiction.

Cocaine Abuse in America

The number of cocaine users have remained stable since 2009, but the numbers are still very alarming. According to surveys, there are more than 1.5 million cocaine users in America, aged 12 or older. Young people in the age group of 18 to 25 years are most exposed to cocaine abuse.

Cocaine is the major cause of all drug abuse cases in America. In the data released by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) in 2011, 505, 224 of the 1.3 million emergency cases for drug abuse involved cocaine.

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Getting a Loved One to a Cocaine Rehab Center

Although numerous treatment centers exist to address Cocaine dependence, friends and family of the patient are often faced with severe denial of a problem by the addict. Patients often argue that cocaine helps them feel good, work at a higher level and usage is controllable. Some might deny that there is a problem at all. Additionally, it is not uncommon for addicts to get violent and hostile when their addiction is being discussed.

If you or a loved one is facing these symptoms or issues related thereto, we recommend seeking assistance of a professional to evaluate and discuss options that may be available to assist you with this fight.  It is recommended that positive support is much more effective than threatening or “beating-up??? the addict as a means of attempting to instigate change.  Change is much more likely to develop when family and friends offer loving, empathetic and caring support.

A well-staged intervention would definitely help you convince the patient to seek professional help from a Cocaine Rehabilitation Center, FL. Such an intervention may help an addict honestly face their addiction and understand how their behavior is impacting theirs and others lives.

How We Help?

We are a specialized Cocaine rehab center in Florida, helping people live life free from heroin and its ill-effects. We offer a comprehensive range of services addressing Cocaine rehabilitation that assists an addict receive comprehensive help overcoming Cocaine addiction.

The Process of Treating Cocaine Addiction

At SLO Recovery Centers, we have a professional approach to Cocaine addiction treatment. We collaboratively develop a customized treatment plan that meets the individual requirements of the client. Briefly, our approach follows the following path:

  • Detox: Collaboratively, we will decide whether the client is in need of medical detox and whether this requires a referral to one of our partner detox centers or alternatively, whether detox can be accomplished on an outpatient basis.
  • Thereafter, the client is evaluated for medical necessity and level of care.
  • The client will undergo a complete assessment that includes psychological testing as well as a complete medical work-up to determine if underlying medical or psychological issues are adding to the individual’s problems.
  • Collaboratively, a determination will be made as to the correct level of care required, residential, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient.
  • The process begins with a complete history from infancy to present whereby we identify dysfunctional patterns that were internalized and repeated through adolescence and adulthood. This process provides the client a snap shot of their life.
  • The client identifies core issues such as co-dependency, shame and self-hatred.
  • The client works with a licensed clinician to develop a re-definition of dysfunctional definitions learned throughout their life.
  • The process of self-love begins through techniques such as mindfulness, EMDR and inner child processing.
  • The client participates in a four-day family program whereby all clients are directly involved with process work.
  • The client will participate in an intensive, process oriented 3-day workshop to help them better address feelings such as anger, sadness, shame and fear.


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