Cocaine Treatment – Hope Rehab Thailand
"You know you are addicted when you cannot stop doing something that is hurting you. Robin Williams famously said “Cocaine is God's way of saying you're making too much money” Well I crossed many lines against my own value-system while in active addiction to cocaine, I did many bad things, I hurt people, I stole, I was selfish however as Vincent Van Gogh said ‘Conscience is a man’s compass’ so I new it was wrong. I believe we all know what is wrong and right, it’s the one we choose today that makes the difference"
Cocaine belongs to a group of drugs known as stimulants sometimes referred to as uppers. It is widely available as either rocky powder for sniffing, usually known as coke, or crack or freebase - which is a powder prepared for smoking, - a rock-like form of cocaine which makes a cracking sound when smoked. Cocaine can also be injected.
Cocaine treatment at Hope Rehab has been carefully structured to get you the best results, both physically and emotionally.
Cocaine use is associated with risk-taking. Overconfidence is a common side effect of cocaine use and can result in negative behaviours, varying from unsafe sex to catastrophic decision-making regarding investments.
Following a binge, the lack of dopamine available to the brain can leave the user feeling severely depressed, often suicidal for days - a high price to pay for a few moments of delusional euphoria.
The Consequences of Cocaine
The intense euphoria that can be experienced when taking cocaine is due to the fact that it increases dopamine nerve-stimulation in the brain. However, the feeling is short lived - usually between 5 and 20 minutes only.
This means that cocaine, in any form, can become highly addictive in a short time, as the user tries to recreate or prolong that intensive feeling of well-being.
In addition to this, as dopamine levels are depleted, the user is left with the feeling of depression or "crashing". Cocaine users can become irritable, erratic, violent, depressed or paranoid, as a result of even relatively short-term cocaine use.
National Institute on drug abuse Drug (NIDA) Quote
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, with repeated use, cocaine can cause long-term changes in the brain’s reward system as well as other brain systems, which may lead to addiction. With repeated use, tolerance to cocaine also often develops; many cocaine abusers report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure. Some users will increase their dose in an attempt to intensify and prolong their high, but this can also increase the risk of adverse psychological or physiological effects. NIDA
In addition to overstimulation of the heart and central nervous system, other risks to health include:
- damage to or loss of nasal septum
- vein damage
- ulcers and gangrene from injecting cocaine
- high blood pressure leading to a stroke
Cocaine and alcohol effects
Mixing cocaine use with drinking alcohol is extremely common and can be fatal.
When mixed, they form cocaethylene, a highly toxic substance in its own right, whilst at the same time masking the levels of intoxication leading the user to believe they can use even more cocaine and alcohol.
The repeated chasing of the cocaine 'high' can lead quickly from occasional 'social' using to full-fledged binging and addiction.
Psychological effects of Cocaine
The lack of tangible physical withdrawal symptoms may often lead users to believe they do not have a problem. Nonetheless, the psychological dependence on cocaine in any form can be extremely debilitating. If a user is unable to stop and remain sober, residential treatment for addiction and the associated psychological disorders may be desirable.
In addition to the physical and psychological problems, there are usually financial and relationship or familial problems too. The lengths someone may go to, to hide or deny a problem with cocaine are extreme in many cases. Theft, fraud and mounting credit card debt can all be synonymous with cocaine use spiraling out of control.
Impulsiveness effects of Cocaine
Long-term, heavy cocaine use is known to change the brain's ability to control impulsiveness more than any other substance. Therefore, cravings can be hard to resist and triggers may be felt more acutely for up to a year or more.
Once the primary cocaine addiction is treated, the underlying problems that originally made cocaine use seem desirable, such as anxiety, problems in relationships, lack of self-esteem etc., will also need to be treated. These issues do not disappear magically. Yet, with counseling, cognitive behavioural therapy and a daily recovery routine, it is possible to live a fulfilling life without the use of cocaine or any other mind-altering substances.
Neuroscience of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine latches onto to certain structures that are involved in regulating dopamine levels. It also produces changes in norepinephrine and glutamate, which are the sources of its stimulant effects, this leads to euphoria and a desire to repeat the experience again and again.
Hijacked brain: Human reward system is designed for survival but hijacked by chemical payoffs provided by substances. The reward circuitry normally bookmarks important things: food, nurturing children, education, work and friendships. However, now it has been corrupted by the Cocaine.
A Cocaine craving is a neurological impulse: Addicts usually lose control over their cocaine addiction. This is commonly known as powerlessness or compulsive behavior.
Understanding dopamine in cocaine treatment
People with addictions are low on dopamine, causing addiction, depression, loss of satisfaction, poor focus and other symptoms. Low dopamine levels cause us to consciously and unconsciously seek out dopamine raising substances or behaviours. All substances stimulate dopamine release or increase its activity and produce the hedonic response“I like that”.
Impulse Control: STOP >> GO systems in the brain.
The dopamine pleasure pathway is the Go system, and the prefrontal cortex is the Stop system. When we anticipate and experience something good like food or sex, alcohol or drugs, our brain experiences a surge in the level of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Cocaine treatment at Hope Rehab Treatment Center Thailand – A clients experience….
"I was in treatment at Hope and thankfully Simon was my counsellor. I am a lawyer that practices in finance in Canada and the US, which can be stressful. I was in a great deal of internal turmoil when I met Simon, not to mention denial. Simon helped me to see the level of my denial and how alcohol and Cocaine was affecting all aspects of my life and we addressed the underlying reasons so that I could begin to heal, and helped create a plan for recovery. Alon was wonderful in showing me ways to still my mind through meditation in different forms such as sitting meditation and Tai Chi. Its taken some time and work, but I have been able to let go much of the fear in me and am happy and calm like never before. I would highly recommend Hope Rehab for anyone that feels they may need help with Cocaine Addiction. I wish you luck and peace. KS Canada"
Our Cocaine treatment program
Detox: For some clients there is a withdrawal process. Coming down - loss of sleep or sleep disruption due to unhealthy life patterns. Psychologically, Cocaine cessation can be painful for a period of time.
Counseling and Therapy: You will build a healthy relationship with your counsellor and explore your life history - unearthing reasons why you use or why you can't stop using.
Group work: Here we share our painful experiences and help each other find solutions.
CBT: Cognitive behaviour therapy - short term therapy with long term results - helps with positive thinking.
Addiction program: We use the evidence-based programme to unravel and look at your addictive behaviours.
Mindfulness: sessions and practice helps calm your thinking and relax the mind.
Fitness and exercise program: We get up early and go for 40 minutes exercise to help restore health and ingrain a healthy behaviour pattern. I say "get up before your addiction wakes up".
Assignments: Hope workbook is 100 pages long - full of exercises to complete in group, with your counsellor and as homework in the evenings.
Treatment tasks: In the weekly goals group you are set new goals and paradoxical behaviours to complete and help you change life-long habits.
Activities: Weekend activities include many new sober fun things to do - this gives you a chance to practise having clean and sober fun.
Relapse Prevention: These classes raise your awareness and teach you to manage triggers and cravings.
Aftercare: We begin your aftercare plan before you leave Rehab.