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If you or someone you know is struggling with cocaine addiction, help is available. Whether you’re looking for immediate help now as the first step in a recovery process or you’re ready to take the next step in treatment following residential rehab or a partial hospitalization program, Peace Valley Recovery can help. Contact us today or follow the link to learn more about our therapy programs.

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Cocaine Addiction Trends

While cocaine abuse is down among people of all ages when compared to numbers several decades ago, many people still fall into an addiction cycle that involves using cocaine. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 17% of people aged 26 and older have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime, and close to 1% have used it within the last month. A much lower percentage — 4.3% in their lifetime and 0.2% in the past month — reported using crack cocaine.

Wherever you are in the journey toward recovery, we can help. If you’re just making the choice to seek help, we’re here to listen and recommend treatment solutions. If you’re looking for help for your loved one, our caring admissions staff can offer information on encouraging someone to start rehab. And if you’re already well into recovery and want an outpatient provider who can partner with you on this leg of the journey, we’re available for that purpose. Call or contact us online today to find out more.

No, they are not the same. Cocaine is a substance derived from the coca plant. It’s a natural stimulant with properties that can be and are used in medicinal purposes. However, the street drug version of cocaine is a coca paste that’s mixed with hydrochloric acid. People snort or inject this substance to get an intense high that lasts between 15 and 60 minutes. It takes between 3 and 30 minutes for the high to hit after using cocaine in this form.

Crack cocaine is the powder version of cocaine mixed with water and baking soda. This substance is smoked. The high associated with crack cocaine can be felt almost immediately, but it only lasts for between 5 and 10 minutes.

While both forms of the drug are extremely addicting, due in part to the fact that the substances interact with the nervous system and quickly create a physical dependency, crack cocaine is generally considered more addictive. This is because the high only lasts for a short time and people may immediately seek more of the drug to keep that high going.

If you’re concerned about someone you love and whether they might need help for cocaine addiction, it helps to understand what types of signs to look for. Some signs of cocaine abuse can include:

  • Physical indications of recent use, including dilated pupils, talkative habits and hyperactivity
  • Changes in mood, confidence, sleeping and eating patterns or normal interests
  • Unexplained weight loss, nosebleeds, runny nose, burn marks on the hands or mouth area
  • Secretive behavior
  • New and unexplained struggles with finances
  • Items that might indicate use, including spoons, plastic baggies, drug paraphernalia or razor blades in someone’s car, room, bag or clothing

Many of these symptoms, such as a change in mood or sleeping pattern, could indicate something else. But if you are seeing several of them together, it may be time to talk to your loved one in a caring, compassionate (and never confrontational) manner. If you’re not sure how to approach your friend or family member, consider reaching out for help in doing so.

As with other highly addictive medications, cocaine use can lead to withdrawals if you try to stop it suddenly and on your own. Common withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • A feeling of crashing, such as when you come down from a sugar rush
  • Intense cravings for the drug
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Lack of pleasure, even in things that normally do provide enjoyment
  • Anxiety, agitation and mood swings
  • Paranoia

In most cases, cocaine withdrawals don’t have visible symptoms like vomiting or tremors, which are associated with opioid withdrawal. But the impact of withdrawals on your body can be difficult to deal with and even dangerous, which is one reason it’s important to seek professional assistance in quitting cocaine.

Many times, a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program may be a good first step for those who are addicted to cocaine. This is especially true because the withdrawal symptoms don’t always demand 24-hour clinical care, and people may have different levels of addiction to this drug that make lower levels of care appropriate.

At Peace Valley Recovery, we offer numerous options for cocaine rehab in an outpatient environment. You might begin by attending a daily PHP program or work with counselors and others several times a week in intensive outpatient treatment. We generally recommend individual cognitive behavioral therapy as part of any cocaine treatment because cocaine addiction is often as much about the psychological aspects as it is about any physical dependency that might have developed.