Cocaine Addiction Treatment

COCAINE 

The number of people trying cocaine each year has nearly doubled, and overdose deaths for cocaine use are the highest in a decade. Recovery from cocaine addiction is possible, and there is hope. Please contact us today for a private consultation. 

Cocaine has kept people enslaved for hundreds of years. 

In the 16th century, after they were forced into slavery in Spanish silver mines, Peruvian Indians were given coca so their captors had an easy way to control them and make them work harder and faster. 

If you do coke, this is pretty much what your dealer does to you. 

Cocaine is so addictive and cocaine tolerance happens so fast that someone who’s hooked can spend thousands of dollars every week to get their drugs. Thousands.  
 
Way, way too often, that means you’re going to be somebody’s slave. You’re either going to traffic or sell for your dealer, or you’re going to turn tricks, or you’re going to rob or kill. Happens every day. And because you’re going to need more and more coke or crack, you’re going to need to work harder and faster and do uglier and uglier things to get it.  
 
Maybe you’re already there. Maybe you have a sense of dread that someone you love it already there. Maybe you can’t even imagine a way of breaking free. 
 
We’re here to give you hope. We know the way to break free. We’ve walked that path many times before, with hurting, addicted people and their families.  
 
If you’re addicted to cocaine, our message is this: Your tomorrow does not have to look like your today. 

Getting high on coke 

A powerful stimulant, cocaine is one of the world’s most highly trafficked illegal substances, and one that creates the greatest psychological dependence. It stimulates the pleasure centers in the brain and causes an instant euphoria. You snort it, rub it on your gums, heat it and inhale the fumes, inject it. 

Here’s what it looks like: 

  1. A wave of pleasure, intense but short-lived (10-30 minutes) 
  2. Instant feelings of crashing or depression 
  3. Edginess and cravings for more 

Doubling Up

  • Amphetamines 
  • Marijuana 
  • Heroin  
  • Tranquilizers 

When this happens, the risks are far greater and the result much more difficult to predict.  

This could happen 

No matter how much you use, how often you use, whether this is your first time or your 500th time, every time you use there’s a chance you could have: 
  • A heart attack 
  • A stroke 
  • A seizure 
  • Respiratory failure 

We haven’t met you (or your loved one) yet. But know this – at Desert Rose, nobody gets judged for having a drug habit. We care about the life of everyone who walks through our door, and we do not want to see you suffer one more day.  

Cocaine and crack, short-term 

Some things the body can go through, once a person starts using: 
  • Rapid heart rate and high blood pressure 
  • Inability to sleep 
  • Manic energy 
  • Nausea 
  • “Crack lips,” blistered and cracked lips from using a short, hot crack pipe 
  • Hallucinations (the most commonly reported hallucinations are bugs burrowing under or on the skin) 
  • Loss of appetite and unhealthy weight loss 
  • Intense and frequent cravings for the cocaine 
  • Erratic and violent behavior 
  • Paranoia, depression and/or anxiety 
  • Convulsions 
  • The need for more and more of the drug to feel the same effect (tolerance) 
  • Muscle twitches and seizures 
  • Hypersensitivity to touch, sound and light 

Cocaine and crack, long-term 

Nobody gets away clean. 
  • Delirium or psychosis 
  • Respiratory failure from smoking 
  • Loss of the sense of smell 
  • Severe bowel gangrene 
  • Vertigo and tremors 
  • Tooth yellowing and severe tooth decay 
  • Damage to internal organs – liver, kidney, and lungs 
  • Damage to the heart, heart attack and stroke 
  • Damage to the lining of the nasal passages 
  • Abscesses in injection sites, track marks and bruising 
  • Malnutrition, which results from the absence of appetite 
  • Risky, unpredictable, violent behavior 
  • Criminal record, possibly for violent crimes 
  • Auditory (heard) and tactile (felt) hallucinations 
  • Severe depression 
  • Permanent brain damage 
  • Permanent circulatory damage 

Please don’t let it get this far. Many of our clients used drugs for years before they came to Desert Rose. It took a long time to get here, and it takes a while to heal. That’s where Soul-Centered Treatment™ comes in… we want to help you heal from the addiction, but also from all the things that caused the addiction. 

The HIV connection 

All illegal drugs put the user at risk of sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease. But cocaine takes it a step further: It impairs the body’s immune system, and at the same time promotes the reproduction of HIV. Lots of ways a coke user can be exposed to HIV/AIDS: 
  • While high, being the perpetrator or victim of sexual abuse or rape 
  • Trading sex for drugs 
  • Trading sex for money 
  • Having risky sex while high 
  • Using infected syringes 

I’m terrified my kid is using 

We’re parents, too. We know it takes a special kind of bravery to act on your concerns and get help for a teenager or young adult who may or may not want it. If you have this fear, here’s what to watch for: 

The transformation: Does he/she disappear for a little while, and then come back a different person? Talkative, excited, revved-up, without an appetite? 

The eyes: Are the pupils dilated? Does he/she seem extra-sensitive to light? 

The nose: Do you see traces of white powder? Does he/she get lots of nosebleeds, or tend to sniff a lot, or seem always to have a runny nose? 

The arms: Do you see bruises or needle marks or pus-filled wounds that can’t be explained? 

The appetite: Has his/her appetite vanished? Do you notice a rapid weight loss, or complete disinterest in food? 

The mood: Does he/she seem withdrawn, tired, suddenly unconcerned about his or her appearance and hygiene? 

The cash: Does he/she always need money? Is cash disappearing from your wallet or purse, or valuable items from your home? 

The friends: Is he/she suddenly hanging out with different people you’ve never heard of? Is he/she shady about where they’re going? 

The paraphernalia: You’re looking for small spoons, baggies, razor blades, syringes, pipes. 

Doing coke is just a symptom 

For lots of people, substance abuse began as a means to cope with some problem, pain or situation. Doing coke or crack is no different. What made you feel so awful that you started in the first place? At Desert Rose, we invest a lot of time and love into helping you heal from those hurts. 

Do you worry it’s too late to change? 

We understand. We love you, and we don’t want you to feel that way. Let us walk beside you. 
 
We’re here. Call us right now at 561.459.8951, and we’ll tell you what you can do right now – before you lose the nerve – to begin to rebuild your life. 
 
We feel passionate that all you need to do when you arrive at Desert Rose is to start getting better. That’s why everything is already in place for you to walk in the door and begin your recovery. 
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