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The physical and mental effects of cocaine addiction can be very dangerous and life-changing. From a physical standpoint, it is common for someone struggling with cocaine abuse to have drug-induced heart issues, liver or kidney damage, tremors, malnutrition, dental problems, and sleep disturbances. From a mental standpoint, people recovering from cocaine addiction often suffer from depression, anhedonia, paranoia, hallucinations, and a variety of other neurological disorders. Treating both the physical and the mental aspects of the damage done by cocaine is the first priority when a client enters cocaine rehab. Once these issues are addressed, the real healing can begin.
How is Cocaine Addiction Treated?
The best route for treating cocaine addiction is admission to a drug and alcohol treatment program to determine what interventions would be most helpful to stop the escalation of use. Most substance abusers have very low insight into the havoc their using behavior is wreaking on them and their loved ones. A carefully planned medical intervention might be needed to compel the individual’s entry into treatment.
Our cocaine rehab program in Atlanta, Georgia utilizes a variety of integrative talk therapies, holistic treatments, and medications to give our clients the most comprehensive treatment possible. Cocaine addiction is devastating to both the mind and body and the habits or behaviors developed during active addiction may also require treatment. Since the effects can be so widely damaging, we use a comprehensive array of techniques to aid our clients in returning to health.
How Does Cocaine Abuse Affect Mental Health?
Cocaine abuse disorder may lead to unstable moods which can look like bipolar disorder, anxiety and paranoia, and even symptoms of psychosis (hallucinations or delusions). Depression, sometimes with suicidal ideation is a side effect of “coming down off binges” or withdrawal after an extended period of use.
Recurrent use of cocaine may lead to craving (obsessing about and feeling compelled to use more cocaine) and increased tolerance. This results in increasing use to the point that the person may experience, paranoia, serious unintended weight loss, and significant impairment in jobs and relationships.
Our dual diagnosis treatment program addresses each specific concern
What Therapies Are Used in Cocaine Rehab?
Addiction of any kind is a very complicated condition, and cocaine addiction poses some unique challenges. The paranoia and antisocial tendencies that are common during cocaine use can make it much more difficult to reconnect with people in a meaningful way during early recovery. Because of this, the act of being vulnerable enough to ask for help and receiving help when it arrives can be more difficult. The therapies that we use are intended to help someone redevelop trust and openness with those around them. Some of the therapies used in our cocaine addiction treatment program include:
- Trauma-Informed Care
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
- Group Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Trauma-informed care is more of an attitude towards treatment which we take at The Summit Wellness Group. As the name implies, trauma-informed care is the appreciation of the fact that trauma and addiction often go hand in hand. Be it sexual, emotional, or physical trauma, many people in recovery have suffered some form at some point in their lives. This compassionate approach is intended to create a safe and nurturing environment where healing can take place.
CBT and DBT work in tandem and are therapy practices used to investigate and improve the way that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact. CBT is used to examine the interplay between behavior, thoughts, and feelings and how they can affect each other. Having a better understanding of this process can lead to effective strategies for dealing with any unhealthy habits that might jeopardize someone’s recovery. DBT is more focused on changing the way this interplay manifests as actions and states of mind. DBT provides a variety of tools and exercises which can be used to interrupt or alter the negative expression of some of these patterns of thinking. When used together by a trained therapist, these techniques can be extremely powerful and helpful to those in recovery.
Group therapy and motivational interviewing are used to assist in connecting with other people again. Group therapy is a tool used to produce a sense of community and safety. Being able to hear from others who are going through the same struggles can help someone relate, and more readily open up to receive help. Motivational interviewing is used to identify and draw out someone’s desire to change. Being able to confront this desire and express it more fully to one’s self and others can help reinforce the desire and build motivation to change. Used together, these tools can help someone realize that they need help, and feel safe enough with others to be able to receive help.
Do Holistic Therapies Effectively Treat Cocaine Addiction?
The holistic therapies that we use are intended to enlist the body itself as a member of the treatment team. Using the normal regenerative and healing abilities of the body regularly can help shorten the time that negative symptoms will persist. Some of the holistic therapies we use to aid recovery can include:
- Adventure Therapy
- Therapeutic Fitness
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Nutritional Classes
- Art Therapy
- Guided Meditation
Adventure therapy and therapeutic fitness both help maintain healthy mood and energy levels and can have many benefits during cocaine addiction treatment. Yoga is also used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. This can be doubly effective when used alongside more active exercises in producing a well-balanced and positive mental and physical state.
Chiropractic care and massage therapy are both extremely effective stress-reduction therapies. Chiropractic sessions will result in skeletal muscle relaxation, and less stress carried in the back muscles. This can have a profound impact on someone’s overall mood and state of mind. Likewise, massage therapy is used to increase levels of endorphins in the brain through deep tissue massage which also results in less anxiety and irritability.
Most people recovering from cocaine addiction have some degree of malnutrition due to the powerful appetite-suppression produced by using cocaine. Additionally, cocaine can degrade the lining of the stomach and intestines which can lead to digestion problems. This often results in less nutrition being absorbed from whatever food is eaten. Having a comprehensive and well-rounded nutrition plan is very important, as it can improve someone’s state of mind and mood as well as help the body and brain recover more quickly.
Art therapy and guided meditation are helpful on their own but can be very powerful when combined with the integrative talk therapies that we use. Art therapy is used to increase the ability and inclination to express thoughts and feelings in a constructive and healthy way. Guided meditation is used to increase overall awareness of the relationship between thoughts and the body, and can help someone become more in touch with how their feelings are expressed physically. This can help someone to be more aware of when they are becoming stressed, and motivate them to take action to reduce this stress.
What Happens After Treatment?
Our charge to our clients does not end when the treatment program is completed. The Summit Wellness Group has a wide array of connections in the Atlanta-area recovery community which will be leveraged for the benefit of our clients and their continued sobriety. This could include helping someone find a sober living residence, finding recovery or support group meetings near someone’s home, and assist in finding a sponsor. Clients will be invited to continue counseling sessions individually with their therapist as well as take part in periodic events. The Summit Wellness Group also offers an Alumni program for those who have completed treatment, so they may further their journey and make connections with others who are also committed to a sober life.
There are many 12 Step fellowships in the Atlanta area including Cocaine Anonymous, as well as non-12 Step options such as SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery. Finding the right recovery fellowship can be very important, and we will help our clients integrate into whichever fellowship best suits their needs. Long term sobriety is the objective, and The Summit Wellness Group is ready to offer any assistance we can in making this a reality.
Do I Really Need a Cocaine Rehab?
The risks associated with cocaine addiction are climbing in recent years. According to the CDC, cocaine overdose deaths have more than tripled between 2012 to 2018. Additionally, traces of the synthetic opioid fentanyl have been found in cocaine more frequently and is being used as a cutting agent due to its ease of manufacture, as well as its highly addictive properties. The sooner someone seeks help and treatment, the better chances they have to survive and make a full recovery.
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