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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a fine white powder which is usually snorted after being split up into thin lines for ingestion in the nose. Other names for it include 'Crack', 'Coke' or 'Charlie'. Cocaine takes three forms – 'crack', 'coke' and 'freebase'. Crack can be lumpy in consistency, while coke is much finer and looser. Freebase takes the form of a crystallised powder. Some users inject heroin after mixing with water – this goes into the bloodstream more quickly as it is a more dangerous way to take the drug. It can also be smoked, which can end up leading to issues with the lung which cause breathing problems.

As cocaine is a stimulant, it often gives the user a feeling of a 'buzz' with increased animation, confidence, excitement and happiness. Some people have negative feelings of anger, arrogance and agitation when taking cocaine. Once snorted, the drug will usually take half an hour to fully take effect, but this does depend on its purity. The buzz experienced when taking the drug is usually short, with most users experiencing an 'up' sensation for around 20-30 minutes. It is for this reason that increased and repeated use of cocaine is required for a lasting effect.

Prolonged use of the drug can have a number of effects that damage the body. If you have a heart condition or hypertension (raised blood pressure), you could be at risk of suffering fits from repeated use. It can also cause complications for women trying to get pregnant or those who are currently pregnant, with damage caused to the unborn child. One of the most common problems users report is damage to the skin on the nose that lies between the nostrils (known as a deviated septum). In extreme cases, this skin is damaged completely so there is no cartilage between the nostrils. Mixing cocaine with alcohol or other drugs such as heroin (known as speedballing), can prove fatal.

What signs should I look out for?

Users of cocaine report physical symptoms of an increased heart rate and body temperature, with a suppressed appetite. It can also make you feel sick, anxious, over-confident, excited, ultra-alert and paranoid. It can also increase the libido in the short-term, so some users take it to heighten sexual pleasure, although long-term the drug can make the user less interested in sex.

Cocaine use is most visibly noted through different behaviour to that normally seen in a person's character. You may notice changes in behaviour that include risk-taking, over-confidence, being overly talkative and discomfort/feeling edgy. For example, some users have reported feelings of being able to fly and/or the drug giving them the impression that they are experiencing intense amounts of power within them.

If you or your loved one has been exhibiting such symptoms, we can help. At Step 1 Recovery, we can tailor a cocaine addiction treatment package that is bespoke to you, helping you to finally break free from your habit.

How we treat Cocaine addiction

The team at Step One have a wealth of experience in carrying out successful detoxes giving you the best possible chance of beating cocaine addiction. Our effective treatment is done via a specially designed programme which varies depending on the individual, all programmes are holistically based and have been designed with a focus on healing the mind, body and soul of the individual to help achieve long-lasting recovery from cocaine abuse.

The solution we offer is designed in a way to act as a long term strategy for recovery, we do this by helping you understand why you are deemed to have an addiction and what are the common triggers you regularly experience, this is to make you aware of them and know how to act when they occur. Our Spanish centre is based in the warm Mediterranean climate on the Costa Blanca which can be extremely beneficial on the mind and spirit, we also have centres available throughout the UK.

When making first contact with us about your Cocaine Addiction we will first discuss the details of your addiction to work out its severity. You do not have to take Cocaine daily to be classed as an addict this is why speaking to a member of our team can help you find out how your current use of the drug could be affecting you. We will also focus on what kind of effect the drug has on you, and if it has had any consequences on your health and general everyday life. Upon admission into the centre, you will be assigned a therapist who will be able to give you 24 hour care and support, as well as guiding you through your treatment plan and detailing the different aspects of what it entails.

Successful therapies that work on cocaine addiction include speech or talking therapy, otherwise known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy (in which your loved ones are involved in your rehabilitation), and/or other incentives via a rewards system that can give you the determination to succeed.

Our aim as a treatment centre is to make sure your rehab programme for cocaine addiction is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Our luxury treatment centres in Europe are located in the warm climates that are shown to have great health benefits that supports the holistic based treatment we offer. Alternatively, if you’re based in the UK and don’t want to travel abroad we also have many centres throughout the UK that can help.

If you know of anyone close to you with a Cocaine Addiction or if it’s yourself dealing with the issue then Step 1 Recovery can help. It can be hard to accept that you have a drug problem, anyone can become addicted to cocaine, regardless of age or background. Our treatment for Cocaine Addiction is compassionate and sympathetic to the individual and with a number of holistic and mindfulness techniques at our disposal we can help lead you to a life without the burden of addiction.

Our staff

We have a team of dedicated individuals who are here to help you every step of the way in your recovery. They will give you all the information and help needed to achieve your recovery goals whether that be through therapy sessions, medically assisted detoxifications or specialised nutritional plans. We can provide an abundance of experience in residential care that will ensure your time with us is a happy one and the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Contact our team now for more information.

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