The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) reported that about 6% of all addiction treatment program admissions were related to cocaine use. However, what is truly alarming is that 68% of these individuals reported polydrug use. The implication here is that the majority of cocaine abusers mix cocaine with alcohol or other substances, putting themselves at great risk for an overdose of other serious health risks. These statistics are just one of the reasons why cocaine addiction is a dangerous disease that requires timely and effective treatment.
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is classified as a stimulant drug. Similar to other substances in the classification, cocaine can cause an increase in heart rate, breathing, and overall alertness. A fast-acting drug, the “high” that cocaine produces is described as a rush of energy. It is most commonly found in the form of a white crystalline or powdery substance that can be eaten, snorted, or smoked. The majority of users in the CBHSQ survey mentioned above reported using the crystal rock form of cocaine (crack) and smoking it.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Treating a cocaine addiction means fostering the physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that must occur to prevent a relapse. It also means being prepared to address the symptoms of both cocaine and any other substances that may have been used co-currently. For instance cocaine detox can induce a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. However, these symptoms will be different for someone who used alcohol and cocaine. Additionally, behavioral therapy addresses the who, why, when, and where that may have triggered substance abuse in the past, and point to solutions for avoiding these triggers in the future.
At Ignite Recovery Center, we have a team of amazing treatment professionals who help clients develop the tools, skills, and mindset for a clean and sober life. Let’s get through this together!