Cocaine is an intensely powerful, highly addictive stimulant derived from the coca plant grown in South America. Also known on the streets as “coke,” “blow,” and “crack,” this drug is often considered a high class way to get high, thanks to its glamorous portrayal in movies and by celebrities. In the short-term, coke produces feelings of bliss, increased amounts of energy, and chattiness, alongside medical symptoms such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, which can be very dangerous. In order to maximize profits, many coke dealers cut their product with other substances, most of which are relatively benign, such as talcum or cornstarch. This can make it impossible for people purchasing blow to know the purity of the drug they’re buying, which can result in accidental overdose and death.
Cocaine comes in two forms. The powdered form of blow is usually snorted through the nose and absorbed into the nasal tissue, or dissolved in water and then injected into the bloodstream. The processed form of cocaine is a crystal rock (also called “freebase cocaine”), which can be smoked – the drug enters the bloodstream through the tissue in the lungs. The duration and intensity of the high experienced by coke addicts depends upon the method of administration. Injection or smoking the drug allows for rapid delivery into the bloodstream and brain which causes a greater, but shorter lasting high. Snorting coke offers a longer lasting high – 15 to 30 minutes. To sustain the high, those who abuse cocaine often do so in a binge and crash manner – taking the drug often in a short period of time at higher doses, which can easily cause addiction.
Addiction to cocaine is a serious problem that needs the trained skills of the staff at The Refuge to overcome. While it may feel as though you cannot live a life free from coke, we’ll teach you the coping mechanisms you need to live a happy, productive, sober life. When you come to us, you’ll know you’ve come home.
Why Consider Care for Cocaine Addiction at The Refuge
Cocaine addiction can leave virtually no part of your life untouched. You may find that your friends and family have abandoned you, too afraid to watch you spiral downward. Your health may have deteriorated as your addiction grew stronger and stronger. You may be facing the consequences of the risky behaviors you engaged in while high. You may feel powerless in the face of addiction, unsure of where to turn, and how to cope with your life as everything spins out of control.
At The Refuge, A Healing Place, we understand the complexity of addiction to cocaine. A residential treatment center will work hard to make you feel safe, secure, and supported by your team of well-trained addiction specialists as you begin to work through your addiction. In a serene environment, away from the stresses of daily life, you’ll have the opportunity to work on the one thing that truly matters – your recovery. The staff at your center for healing will help guide you through detox and rehab, making certain that you always know what comes next.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
The Refuge – A Healing Place knows that you’re more than just an addiction – you’re a person who has wants and needs, dreams and ambitions, and you’re in need of help to make these a reality. When you come to us, we’ll spend a great deal of time getting to know you so that we’re best able to form a plan of care for your stay with us. Your problems are unique and our treatment team will work alongside you to create a plan of care as unique as you. The Refuge is a holistic treatment center; we’re not interested in simply alleviating your symptoms of cocaine abuse or addiction, we’re ready to treat the whole you – mind, body, and soul.
Treatment Options for Cocaine Addiction at The Refuge
When you come to The Refuge for help overcoming your cocaine addiction, you’ll first undergo a variety of psychological and medical examinations to allow us to get the best possible picture of your challenges. Our medical examination will allow us to gain an understanding of the medical problems that have been caused by cocaine so that we can begin to manage these conditions. We’ll also be able to determine the level of physical dependence on cocaine your body has developed. Through our psychological evaluation, we’ll be able to gain better insight into the problems you’re facing, as well as diagnose any co-occurring disorders that you may have. This information will be used to help us to create a plan of care that is tailored to your needs. At The Refuge, we’ve learned that the best way to manage a cocaine addiction is through a combination of detox, medication management, and therapeutic modalities.
If it is determined that you are physically dependent upon cocaine, you will first undergo our medical detox program. While detox can be a frightening thought, our trained detox experts will be sure to explain everything before it occurs so that there are no surprises. You’ll be safely and effectively detoxed from cocaine and medically stable before you enter into our residential rehab program.
Medication may be used during the beginning of your stay to manage any detox symptoms. Medication usage may be tapered down as you learn more effective methods of coping. Some individuals who have co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or bipolar disorder may require more long-term medication therapy. The decision to use medication will be based upon the findings of your treatment team.
Individual therapy will be used for you to have some alone time with a therapist to discuss the issues surrounding your addiction to coke. You may discuss ways of preventing a relapse, management of anger, and coping mechanisms. You may also work through the reasons behind your addiction to determine why the addiction began.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used in the management of addiction to help you discover new ways of viewing the world. You’ll work on identifying negative thought patterns and replacing them with more positive ways of seeing the world. This, in turn, will change your behavior for the better.
Group therapy is a very important part of addiction recovery. At The Refuge, we offer a variety of group therapies to help you bond with others who are going through similar situations so that you can grow and learn from one another. We offer process groups that allow you to process your emotions about various topics such as addiction, recovery, and medications. Our psychoeducational groups will present information about anger management, relapse prevention, co-occurring disorders, and coping skills.
Family therapy: Addiction is often considered a family disease and therefore, The Refuge aims to involve your family in your recovery from cocaine addiction. We’ll hold family sessions to discuss the impact your addiction has had on your loved ones, as well as to provide time to properly educate them about the disease of addiction. The Refuge will also provide your loved ones with connections to available community resources such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon.
As a holistic treatment center, The Refuge is proud to offer a number of experiential treatments to help further your recovery. These may include:
- A.A., N.A., S.L.A., E.D.A.
- Art therapy
- Equine therapy
- Breath work
- Adventure therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Body work/massage therapy
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As the time of discharge comes near, you will work with your treatment team to determine the best next step in your continued sobriety. Some individuals choose to ease back into their lives slowly, which means that they may opt to join The Refuge’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) which offers daily therapy with the ability to spend evenings at home, reintegrating slowly back into the community. Others may feel they have made enough progress to discharge home with referrals to outpatient therapy and community resources such as N.A. Whatever your next step, The Refuge wants you to be successful in your sobriety and learn to live a happy, productive life.