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Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Cornerstone

Cocaine is a class A drug used to stimulate the user and induce a range of powerful but short-term euphoric effects. Once the gratifying feelings have subsided, it is common that a person will want to take more, to re-live the pleasant feelings or experience the feelings for longer. For this reason, amongst others, those that take cocaine as a “one off” can find themselves using the drug habitually, which can develop into addiction.

Cocaine has the potential to cause devastating effects on a person’s psychological functions and physical health and lead to dependence and addiction. Once the effects of cocaine have subsided, people commonly experience feelings of anxiety and emptiness. These feelings can culminate after long-term use into obsessive thinking, paranoia, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

Cornerstone’s treatment for cocaine addiction includes intensive group and one to one therapy, as well as a vast array of other therapeutic modalities to help uncover the root cause of your addiction. We understand that each person is unique, and your personal needs will be taken into account when designing the most effective treatment plan.

Our dedicated specialist teams will work to identify toxic patterns of behavior and what impact the addiction has had on the addicted person’s relationships and lifestyle, as well as the impact the addiction has had on the addicted person’s loved ones. By achieving this understanding it can be possible to make amends with loved ones; as we know the support from loved one’s and a secure support system can help increase the chances of sustained recovery.

It is a difficult, but important first step to recognize that help and support is necessary to be free from cocaine. Cocaine has the capacity to negatively impact all aspects of life; behavioral, psychological, social and physical. Cornerstone is here to help you recover each element of your life. Detoxification and psychotherapy are just some of the approaches offered at Cornerstone to help enable sustainable abstinence and recovery, based on the nature and severity of the addiction. Our highly experienced drug addiction practitioners will help identify and navigate through harmful behavior patterns, seeking to build and develop new coping strategies, boosting self-esteem and encouraging self-respect.

Free Cocaine Addiction Assessment

If you have concerns that you, or a loved one may be suffering from a cocaine addiction, Cornerstone can offer a free, totally confidential addiction assessment. There are many different indicators that a person may be struggling with cocaine addiction, and it can be a great relief to discuss these with an experienced professional. This assessment provides a safe, non-judgemental space to discuss what options are available, and best for you or your loved one. A highly experienced, qualified practitioner will go through the assessment with you, with plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Types of Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Cornerstone understand that recovery is a truly unique process for each person, so we offer a variety of therapeutic modalities which could include a combination of:

  • Detoxification program for cocaine addiction, assisted by a medical professional for the removal of cocaine in the system before psychological treatment can begin. This program has been designed to be as comfortable as possible and help cleanse the body of the drug as safely as possible
  • Intensive treatment at our residential rehabilitation center offering round the clock support from experienced, non-judgemental consultant psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and medical staff
  • Day Treatment/ Partial Hospitalization (PHP), whereby a person attends the treatment center during the day, but be free to maintain any professional or personal commitments. This allows Cornerstone to flexibly accommodate the needs of an addicted person while still delivering high quality care and support
  • Intensive Outpatient Program is recommended for those who have engaged with intensive therapy but still require some support while adjusting back into life outside of the treatment center, allowing the opportunity to discuss the challenges of independent, daily life in a safe and non-judgemental space in order to maintain abstinence from cocaine.
  • One on one therapy enables an addicted person to talk confidentially with a drug treatment expert in order to identify toxic behavior patterns and their origins to understand the addiction. There may be parts of your addiction that are too personal or uncomfortable to discuss in group therapy; here you can work through these issues in a safe space and receive feedback and build coping strategies.
  • Group therapy is designed for people suffering from cocaine addiction to share thoughts, beliefs, fears and hopes on their journey through recovery. Not only can it be a space to share advice and effective coping mechanisms, but it can also be incredibly powerful for members of the group at different stages of recovery to be inspired by each other, or to recognize their own progress, but also to improve communication skills and the ability to take and give constructive criticism, facilitated by a highly trained non-judgemental professional.

Cornerstone can offers a whole range of therapeutic modalities, which you can discover here. Your treatment program will be designed, taking into consideration your own personal requirements and aspirations, the extent and severity of the cocaine addiction, any past treatment attempts and whether any underlying or co-existing mental health conditions are identified.

Why Choose Cornerstone for Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

People suffering from cocaine addiction can find that it begins to dominate aspects of their lives, replacing things that were important before, like family, friends, professional aspirations, hobbies and interests, not to mention running the risk of causing serious physiological and psychological damage. Addiction to cocaine can have a significant impact on the ability to sustain financial independence or lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.

Cornerstone can offer expert professional treatment, assisting you to heal from the damage of cocaine addiction and to develop healthy coping strategies, putting you back in control of your life, feeling confident about future decisions.

Cornerstone offers the following selection of advantages that set us apart from other treatment facilities:

  • We offer care that is aligned to your needs and requirements and take into consideration what your aspirations are for recovery; we understand that this is a deeply personal journey and aim to work collaboratively with you to achieve what is best for you.
  • Cornerstone’s drug treatment practitioners are highly qualified, non-judgemental and are completely dedicated to help and support your journey through recovery with respect and compassion and are available around the clock, seven days a week.
  • We understand that money can often be an issue, so we offer payment plans that are flexible to your position financially and we are able to accept most insurance for Detoxification, Residential Rehab & Intensive Outpatient treatment.
  • We have empirical evidence that our treatment works. At Cornerstone we use a variety of outcome measures to track progress and identify development and progress towards personal goals and are engaging with professionals in a safe, respectful and constructive environment.

What is Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine has the potential to be highly addictive, due to it’s powerful, intense but short-lived effects, usually between 5 to 30 minutes of a pleasurable high. Cocaine is most commonly snorted through the nose, but it can also be rubbed onto the gums. However, cocaine can be more addictive when taken in “freebase form”, which is in a solid, rock like state is used for smoking, known as crack cocaine. By smoking cocaine, it reaches the brain much quicker and is far more addictive than snorting powder cocaine.

Due to the short-lived, but often very pleasurable response to cocaine, the user is often compelled to take more, and more often, resulting in a higher tolerance and continued increased use. This vicious cycle highlights the high risk of forming an addiction to cocaine.

Cocaine addiction can begin to take precedence over things that were once important and cherished, such as personal and intimate relationships or hobbies. The desire to use the drug may mean a person alters who they socialize with, avoiding those who do not take cocaine for those that do, or can provide it. A person suffering from cocaine addiction might carry with them paraphernalia such as razor blades, rolled bank notes, straws or mirrors to take the drug. People who are on cocaine often speak rapidly and it may be difficult to follow.

Often people who use and are addicted to cocaine are aware of the possible negative impacts their use could cause, or is causing. However, these thoughts are often not prevalent enough to stop taking the drug, and it can appear impossible to stop using the drug due to the vicious circle drug addiction can trap a person in. It is important to remember that there is help out there and recovery is possible with professional drug treatment. Cornerstone’s specialized addiction treatment programs have an excellent reputation and proven record of helping people overcome their addiction and regain control of their lives.

Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack cocaine, or most commonly referred to as “crack” is a crystallized form of cocaine and is heated and smoked, most often in a pipe, or homemade version of a pipe. When crack cocaine is heated and smoked it makes a cracking, or popping noise, hence it’s nickname. The effects of crack cocaine is more intense and euphoric than powder cocaine, but lasts for only a few minutes, thereby running the risk of developing a higher tolerance, dependence and then addiction more rapidly than powder cocaine.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction?

Continued cocaine abuse that develops into addiction can significantly impact all aspects of a persons life, either at work, school or at home, and to cognitive and physical functions. However, Cornerstone can offer help and support to those who suffer from cocaine addiction, or other drugs.

Although it can be challenging to overcome cocaine addiction like other highly addictive drugs, addiction treatment programs such as Cornerstone’s residential program offers people the chance to lead happy healthy lives without the need of cocaine.

Signs of Cocaine Abuse

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People who misuse cocaine often develop excellent strategies to hide their addiction from people close to them; however it is possible to notice indicators. These are likely to be different for different people, dependent on their lifestyle, amongst many other factors. The following bullet points consolidate some behavioral, physical, mental and social indicators that someone may be suffering from cocaine addiction.

Behavioral Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

  • Appearing to behave irresponsible or spontaneously, or with more energy than normal
  • Asking to borrow money without reasonable or feasible explanation or stealing money
  • Lying, being evasive or defensive about whereabouts, who they are there with or what they have been doing
  • Feeling compulsions to take cocaine, despite attempts to reduce use

Physical Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

  • Quick heart rate
  • Raised body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic nosebleeds
  • Reduced appetite
  • Inability to sleep
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Stroke
  • Reduced or impaired cognitive functioning
  • Heart attack
  • Respiration issues
  • Hypertension

Psychological Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

  • Impaired ability to make decisions or rational judgements
  • Restiveness
  • Reduced patience and tolerance
  • Psychosis
  • Moments of euphoria
  • Misplaced, or unexplained sudden confidence

SocialSymptoms of CocaineAddiction

  • Mood swings
  • Tension and anxiety
  • Petulance and intolerance
  • Depression
  • Isolation

Effects of Cocaine Misuse on Daily Life

If cocaine addiction is left untreated, chronic use has potential to negatively impact on many, if not all aspects of a person’s life, for example:

  • Strain and tension on the family
  • Poor performance or dropping out of school or academic qualifications
  • Inability to manage finances
  • Social isolation or selectively withdrawing from social events
  • Poor work performance
  • Inability to obtain or remain in employment
  • Issues with law enforcement in the form of arrest or incarceration
  • Self-harm or suicidal plans or ideation

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms occur when the body becomes accustomed to the presence of cocaine in its system. When the system is deprived of cocaine, it can trigger a range of disturbing physical and psychological symptoms which can include:

  • Intense urges to use cocaine
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Apathy
  • Anxiety
  • Short-temperedness
  • Paranoia

The primary stages of engaging with professional treatment for cocaine addiction involves a medically assisted detox. This allows the body to rid itself of cocaine in a safe, closely monitored environment. Detoxification can raise risks of complications, so it is important this is done under the supervision of qualified, experienced professionals before further treatment can begin.

What Causes Cocaine Addiction?

It is broadly agreed that there is not necessarily a determined cause for cocaine addiction. However, much research has focused on what could make a person more susceptible to cocaine addiction than others. Research studies have found that the most likely causes are based in genetic and environmental factors; sometimes known as “nature and nurture”.

If a member of the immediate family has as a history of addiction, or is in active addiction, research has shown that this increases the risk of their children, or close family members developing a drug addiction due to hereditary factors that are aligned with addiction, as opposed to people with no history of addiction in their family. Furthermore, early exposure to addiction can go some way to normalizing addiction, or chronic drug use in response to stressors.

There is research evidence that suggests chronic cocaine use can alter genes, supporting changes of dopamine levels in the brain which causes the “buzz” cocaine elicits, which is the epicenter of addiction. As well as the chemical changes in the brain, brain structure can also command the extent to how much a person craves cocaine. Research has found that areas of the brain such as the amygdala for those who are addicted to cocaine look different to those that don’t use the drug; supporting the theory that people may be biologically more susceptible to addiction.

A biological theory has stated that if a person’s brain is not able to produce enough natural endorphins that usually occur naturally when we exercise, eat food we like or spend time with loved ones. If it is not possible to feel these naturally, a person is more likely to find another source of these “feel good” chemicals. Additionally, long-term cocaine use is understood to damage parts of the brain that control the release of dopamine and other pleasure chemicals, resulting in the brain not responding appropriately to situations or things that had used to make us happy, like spending time with friends or family. This exacerbates the cycle of addiction, as it leaves the person feeling that they need to use cocaine to feel happy or avoid feelings of anxiety or depression when they do not have cocaine in their system.

This is a strong indicator that a person has developed or is at high risk of developing a tolerance to cocaine, which can easily become a dependency or an addiction. Without cocaine, chronic users are at risk of feeling depressed or suicidal; at this stage it is absolutely vital that you engage with professional drug treatment, if not considerably earlier.


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