Cocaine is an addictive pain killer that is extracted from the coca scrub plant found in South America. This drug is the most powerful stimulant that comes from a natural source. Due to its numbing effects, it was originally used as anesthetic agent for some surgeries. However, medical professionals eventually realized how addicting this substance was, which lead to the development of safer anesthetics. While cocaine is no longer used in the medical community, it is now commonly used on the streets as an illegal recreational drug.
Recreational cocaine is also known as “powder”, “snow”, “nose candy”, and “coca,” and can be found in a white powder or an off-white chunky substance. Cocaine can be snorted, injected into veins or muscles where it is released directly into the bloodstream, or smoked. Crack is a form of cocaine in which the hydrochloride has been removed through being heated with baking soda and water. When cocaine is smoked or injected, the user receives a large dose of the drug and the effect is felt almost immediately. While the initial effects are intense, these feelings quickly subside.
If you are currently struggling with a cocaine addiction, let the compassionate staff at Cascade Behavioral Health help you reach your recovery goals. At Cascade, we have years of experience helping men and women just like you realize that you can kick your addiction and learn to live a clean, sober, and happy life. We know right now that you may feel as if everything has spun out of control, but we are here to assure you that you can get control of your life back. Let the compassionate staff at Cascade Behavioral Health help you reach your recovery goals.
Why Seek Treatment at Cascade?
After a prolonged period of cocaine abuse, an individual will eventually develop an addiction and dependency. Those who continuously abuse this drug develop a wide array of health consequences, such as respiratory problems, lung trauma, higher risk of stroke, higher blood pressure, and harder arteries. Overdose can lead to seizures, cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, and respiratory failure. In severe cases it can lead to heart failure and death.
Due to the many different treatment options available at Cascade, we are able to provide each individual with a personal treatment plan that is customized to fit their needs. All staff members take the time to get to know not only the patients, but also their families, on a personal level. This intimate care setting creates a bond of trust between patient and staff.
Our staff is composed of leading health care experts that are sincerely concerned about the welfare of each patient. There will be no judgment passed as each team member listens to your concerns and specific issues you may be facing. The innovative techniques we have created are here to provide you comfort and education, as well as empower you as the unique individual you are.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
We have a strong belief that in order for treatment for an addiction disorder to be successful, the whole person needs to be treated and not just the presenting symptoms. A cocaine addiction will affect you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Our model of care encompasses a holistic approach to treatment so that we can address the needs of the entire individual. Each one of our patients has rights, responsibilities, and choices when it comes to their health care. Additionally, each patient has unique physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural needs. This approach to treatment inspires our patients to become involved in their own mental health care.
Treatment for Cocaine at Cascade
We work hard to provide optimized mental health treatment that will not cause too much interference in the outside lives of our patients. Each program includes stabilization, individual sessions, group sessions, and family therapy. Before any treatment procedures can begin, a comprehensive assessment needs to be conducted to determine your personal treatment needs. This assessment will determine how dependent you have become on cocaine and if you have any other mental health concerns.
If necessary, you will begin the treatment process on our detoxification unit. All patients on this unit are closely monitored throughout the entire withdrawal process by a medical physician and a team of nurses, in order to ensure their safety. This process is done to gradually remove all drugs from your body so that you are able to fully participate in the therapeutic process.
Sometimes medication is used during addiction treatment to help get symptoms under control until the person is able to more effectively cope with life’s stressors. Medication is usually used during the detoxification process to help with the unpleasantness of withdrawal symptoms. Over time, medication may be able to be decreased or completely eliminated. Others may need longer-term medication to help with the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder. All medication decisions and management will be determined by your treatment team. In addition to any medication that may be used, we also use a number of other therapeutic techniques.
Individual sessions give patients time to speak with a counselor one-on-one. This time may be used to discuss any concerns or issues you may have and topics that you may not want to share in a group session.
Groups are held on a daily basis and focus on a wide range of topics as they relate to your addiction. Through group sessions you can meet others who are struggling with addiction, learn what has helped them, and get the additional support needed.
Family involvement is strongly recommended and encouraged throughout the entire treatment process. Many times when an individual is struggling with an addiction, family relationships become strained. Families will work with a counselor to help reestablish lost bonds and get everyone on the same page about the treatment process. Additionally, family members will come to Cascade once a week and meet without the patient to gain a better understanding of their loved one’s addiction and to learn what they can do to be supportive.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a technique used in therapy that will help you to identify the negative thoughts you have about your cocaine abuse. Once you have processed these thoughts, you will learn how to replace them with more positive ways of thinking, which will lead to healthier behavior.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is another common technique that helps you learn how to accept past events that you no longer have any control of so that you can move past them. Additionally, you will learn some emotional regulation skills and how to increase your tolerance for those stronger emotions you may not be able to control.
Depending on your specific treatment needs you may be participate in some of the following experiential programs:
- Spiritual consultation
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise programs
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
Continuing Care – What Comes Next
Upon completion of the inpatient treatment program, you will now begin to transition to your next phase of treatment. Before you are discharged, you will meet with a counselor who will help you design your aftercare plan so that you are able to move seamlessly from one phase of the recovery process to the next. Some individuals will begin an outpatient program that is flexible enough to allow individuals to be able to still meet their work and school obligations, while getting the continued treatment they need. The outpatient program uses techniques such as group therapy, family therapy, and informational lectures. Patients are taught skills such as stress management, relapse prevention, and life skills. Patients will enter the community with an outpatient program that will continue to work with them for up to two years. In order to establish a relationship of trust, individuals will work with the same personnel throughout the whole program. Others may be at the point where they are ready to discharge home and will be given necessary referrals so that they can continue to get support from traditional outpatient therapy.