Cocaine rehab

After making the courageous decision to seek help for cocaine addiction, you can count on us to be there for you every step of the way. We want to make sure that you have access to all of the best information about recovery, and so the following sections will show you how to recognise the signs of cocaine abuse and how to choose between free and private treatment options. We will provide you with all the guidance you need to begin treatment, and to live a fulfilling life after rehab.

What is cocaine addiction?

Cocaine reacts with the brain and central nervous system to produce a heightened sense of confidence, motivation and pleasure. These effects mean that the drug is commonly taken recreationally, where it can have dire medical consequences. Because cocaine causes dopamine levels to rise, it can alter the brain’s natural reward system and lead to addiction when its absence is associated with negative feelings and displeasure.
When a person is addicted to cocaine, they will continue to take it despite the negative impact on their work, relationships and financial wellbeing, as well as their overall mental and physical health. Cocaine addiction can be very dangerous and is potentially fatal, so acting quickly to seek help and recovery is the best way to mitigate the harmful effects of the drug.

Why rehab for cocaine addiction?

Receiving cocaine dependence treatment at a dedicated rehab centre is a popular approach to recovery, because it allows each client to focus entirely on getting their addiction under control in a safe and comfortable space. Whilst your everyday routine can involve various distractions and setbacks, choosing to receive treatment in a purpose-built environment allows you to begin the journey to recovery under expert supervision and guidance from onsite staff. You will have access to twenty-four-hour medical attention and a range of recovery options, such as one-to-one therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and 12-step programmes.

Possible side effects of cocaine addiction

Cocaine addiction can lead to the onset of many different side effects, including:

  • Hyperexcitability
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Hyperstimulation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panic
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Euphoria
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Behavioural changes
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Consuming a high dosage of cocaine has the potential to cause the constriction of blood vessels and a rapid elevation in heart rate and blood pressure. A cocaine overdose will typically result in chest pains and increased body temperature, and the risk of a heart attack or stroke will be greatly increased. If any of these side effects occur after taking cocaine, it is vital to seek immediate medical attention.

Recognising cocaine addiction

Regularly taking cocaine can result in developing a tolerance and consuming increased doses, so quickly recognising the signs of addiction can help to reduce the likelihood of permanent damage to a cocaine user’s body and mind.

The signs of long-term cocaine use can include:

  • Confusion
  • Apathy
  • Disorientation
  • Damage to the liver, kidneys and lungs
  • Malnutrition
  • Respiratory failure
  • Destruction of nose tissue
  • Changes in mood
  • Severe depression
  • Permanent damage to the blood vessels of heart and brain
  • Tooth decay
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased likelihood of heart attacks
  • Increased likelihood of strokes
  • Reproductive damage and infertility
  • Delirium

Getting help for cocaine addiction

Anyone who decides to get help for cocaine addiction should take pride in the fact that they are taking control of their own mental and physical health and improving the wellbeing of themselves and those close to them. Even acknowledging that you need help is an act of bravery that represents the first step towards recovery from cocaine addiction. You might consider the possibility of reducing your cocaine consumption in order to begin your recovery, but it is important to remember that accessing professional help is a far more effective way to begin treatment, and attempting to begin abstinence from home can sometimes be dangerous. Receiving help as early as possible greatly increases your chances of preventing the long-term damage caused by cocaine abuse, and attending a private rehab clinic is the best way to access immediate and high-quality care. At a dedicated clinic, you will have access to twenty-four-hour medical care, therapy and a treatment plan that caters to your specific needs and requirements.

What does rehab for cocaine involve?

Admission to a rehab centre for cocaine addiction should be as immediate and easy as possible, and you could arrive in a room within twenty-four hours of making the first phone call. Once you have booked into your chosen clinic, a healthcare professional will carry out an addiction assessment and construct a treatment plan that is tailored to your personal requirements. If it is determined that you would benefit from a medically assisted detox, you will be prescribed with special medication that reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms. After you have finished the detox process, you will be able to join your peers in a range of group activities and therapies, and these will be invaluable in helping you to develop strategies for long-term abstinence from cocaine. Attending these treatments alongside your peers will provide you with an in-built support network that will prove to be increasingly important as your recovery continues.

After you have left the treatment centre and returned to your regular routine, it is essential that you maintain an aftercare programme which will help you stay committed to long-term recovery.

How long does rehab for cocaine last?

A longer stay at cocaine rehab will allow you more time to get used to the feeling of detox, form strong bonds with your peers and get the most benefit from the expert guidance of the onsite staff. A typical cocaine dependence treatment will last for at least twenty-eight days, but evidence suggests that longer stays in rehab will increase the chances of long-term recovery.

Rehab options for cocaine addiction

Choosing the best treatment option for cocaine addiction can be daunting and challenging, but we are always here to help you make the best decision for your specific requirements. When you are deciding on the most effective recovery programme for you, you should bear in mind your own level of addiction, finances and schedule. The NHS provides free treatment on a mainly outpatient basis, whilst private clinics offer both outpatient and inpatient services for each client.

Inpatient vs outpatient

During an inpatient treatment programme, each client lives at a dedicated facility, whereas outpatient clients live at home and only attend the clinic for a scheduled session. Outpatient treatment provides a suitable option for anyone with professional or family commitments that prevent them from committing to the rigorous structure of residential rehab.

An inpatient resident has the benefit of forming a support network with the peers they are living alongside, as well as having access to round-the-clock medical support and professional guidance throughout their treatment.

Private vs NHS

Private residential rehab is costly, but it is possible to mitigate the expense through insurance. Cocaine dependence treatment at a private rehab clinic is quickly accessible, and you can try a range of recovery approaches and additional services such as conjoints, support groups, family support programmes and aftercare to ensure that you have a successful recovery. Cocaine addiction can be extremely harmful for your physical well-being, so receiving immediate and decisive treatment is the best possible way to begin reversing the negative effects of addiction.

Accessing the free treatment services provided by the NHS begins with a referral from your GP, but funding and spaces are extremely limited, and it can sometimes take months to receive treatment. You will likely be placed on a long waiting list and expected to explore alternative options in the meantime.

What does Recovery Lighthouse offer for cocaine rehab?

At Recovery Lighthouse we have highly trained staff who are passionate about treating every aspect of cocaine addiction in a comfortable and relaxing setting. We offer cocaine detox and rehabilitation in a seaside facility in Worthing, providing a space that is sheltered from the stresses and distractions of the outside world. Our treatment facility includes a clinical assessment room, catering facilities, a private chef, beautiful gardens and gym visits that are available each week. We take care of absolutely everything, so that all of your energy can be focused on your recovery.

Our clinic is completely residential, which ensures that each client can benefit from living in proximity with other individuals going through a similar experience. You can form close bonds with the other residents, and they can help you to get the best possible results throughout your recovery. Every resident at Recovery Lighthouse is provided with up to one year of free aftercare, as well as automatic and free access to our online Alumni network. Various activities and events can be accessed through the network, and you can stay in touch with all of your peers whilst maintaining your recovery at home.

Recovery Lighthouse is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission, ensuring that we are committed to the highest standards of safety and treatments for all our residents.

Cocaine rehab aftercare

Every cocaine dependence treatment should include an aftercare programme in order to help you commit to recovery once you have left rehab and resumed your everyday life. Your treatment provider will help you to devise an aftercare plan once your stay at cocaine rehab has ended, and it will be tailored to your specific requirements. Most aftercare programmes will include outpatient visits, email consultations, phone calls, ongoing therapy and participation in support groups.

Aftercare can also be accessed via self-referral through the NHS, and charities like Turning Point can help you access additional free addiction treatment services.

How to help someone with a cocaine addiction

When a loved one decides to get help for an addiction to cocaine, a residential stay at a dedicated cocaine rehab is the best place for them to begin their recovery journey and start a new life free from drug abuse. However, it’s impossible to force someone into recovery before they are ready to commit to it. Instead, the best possible support that you can provide for a loved one suffering from addiction is to sit down with them and listen to what they have to say with an open mind. Create a non-judgemental environment in which they can share their experiences with cocaine addiction, and gently reassure them that there is always help available.

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