Cocaine Rehab in San Diego

Cocaine is a narcotic stimulant extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. It is also one of the most abused illegal drugs in the world, due to the short term euphoria it causes. It is a serotonin/norepinephrine/dopamine reuptake inhibitor, which means the substance helps to release “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. Over time, the brain receptors may become desensitized to rush of dopamine that cocaine causes.  

Cocaine rehab at La Jolla Recovery in San Diego addresses recovery through a science-based approach and evidence-based practices. Integrated care focuses on healing the spirit, not just body and mind.  Our mental health clinicians work in tandem with addiction counselors to address co-occurring mental health disorders such as:

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Cocaine History

About a century ago, the dangers of the drug were not well known. The medical community began using the substance as a local anesthetic and as a treatment for depression. In 1970, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration categorized cocaine as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act due to the high potential for abuse. The drawbacks of cocaine became vox populi and eventually, was declared illegal all over the world. Its possession is a felony in the United States. 

Drug dealers mix the powder with dilutants like flour, starch, baking powder, face powder, other illegal and cheaper drugs, and so on, to increase their profits. Although the price varies, it is always quite expensive. Cocaine is considered as one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs. In the USA, more than 35% percent of drug related emergencies in hospitals are ascribed to cocaine abuse. 

Cocaine comes either in a water soluble powder and one which is not water soluble. The former can be mixed with liquid and injected directly into the bloodstream. It can also be sucked in through the nose (snorted). Some users rub it onto the gums in their mouths. In non-soluble form, it can be inhaled or smoked (crack). 

Cocaine Effects

While high on cocaine, the stimulation of pleasure centers in the brain takes place. Some individuals report short term feelings of:

  • alertness extroversion
  • sensitivity to sights and sounds
  • elevated mood
  • high self-esteem
  • anxiety and
  • on-edge

The high comes on almost immediately and lasts 20 to 35 minutes. Following prolonged use, individuals can become tolerant to the effects and “binge” for hours or even days.

Warning Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Drug paraphernalia of cocaine use include:

  • small plastic bags
  • razor blades
  • pipes
  • needles and
  • spoons

Rolled up dollar bills and white residue found on flat surfaces such as hand-held mirrors, magazines or books can be other tell-tale signs. Physical signs include white powdery residue around the nose, dilated pupils sensitive to light, quick breathing, headaches, congestion, decreased appetite, sore throats, nosebleeds and watery eyes, irreversible internal nose damage, “Coke bloat,” (when the cheeks appear aged, bloated and puffy). 

Changes in behavior due to cocaine abuse include:

  • extreme mood swings feelings of grandiosity
  • hostility and isolation
  • financial stress, whether related to obtaining the costly drug or because of issues maintaining employment (frequently calling in sick, missing deadlines or not showing up at all)
  • and mental health symptoms of depression, paranoia or anxiety, even when not under the influence.

Many who struggle with cocaine addiction become candidates for integrated treatment for co-occurring substance and mental health disorders.  Both crack cocaine and cocaine are extremely dangerous. 

In a study presented to the American Heart Association, Australian researchers described cocaine as “the perfect heart attack drug.” The effects are so immediate, even a healthy first-time cocaine user can have a heart attack. Canada’s Vice magazine, describes cocaine use is “like putting your foot on the accelerator while pinching the fuel line”. 

When powder cocaine is snorted, blood vessels in the lining of the nose shrink and then widen, resulting in a red, runny, stuffed-up nose. After repeated use, the blood vessels can become permanently damaged, affecting the cocaine user’s sense of smell. 

Snorting the drug can also cause a loss of blood supply to the thin dividing wall between the nostrils that supports the bridge of the nose (septum), causing the wall to collapse.  

Smoking crack can cause “crack lung,” with potentially fatal symptoms including severe chest pains, high body temperatures and issues breathing. 

The combination of cocaine, a central nervous system stimulant, with heroin, an opioid depressant, is called a “speedball.” Some mistakenly believe the stimulant will produce an immediate high followed by a sense of relaxation from the depressant, with the “upper” and “downer” combination canceling out any negative side effects. Actually, the stimulant causes the body to use more oxygen, while the depressant reduces the rate of breathing. This “push-pull” reaction can lead to stroke, aneurysm, uncoordinated motor skills and fatal consequences, like respiratory failure. 

Cocaine and Fentanyl 

A growing number of dealers have been mixing fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever, with cocaine and other drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Fentanyl is fifty times more potent than heroin and one hundred times more potent than morphine.” People who don’t realize they’re taking fentanyl-laced cocaine are at an increased risk of overdose.

Our San Diego Rehab for Cocaine

There are now various novel cocaine addiction therapies in San Diego at La Jolla Recovery that effectively deal with the withdrawals and the underlying emotional problems that preceded the addiction.

Behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, under the guidance of experienced therapists, to address and heal emotional triggers from cacaine use disorder. Pharmacological treatment alleviates cocaine withdrawal symptoms, which often plummets the addicted person into depression.

Group therapy, in a safe, drug-free residence like La Jolla Recovery where people help and motivate each other and restore their self-confidence in an unbiased atmosphere is highly recommended.

A proper detox to cocaine if abused with opiates, may have optional medication assisted treatment including spravato and sublocade among other evidence-based medications.

Behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, under the guidance of experienced therapists, to address and heal emotional triggers. Pharmacological treatment alleviates cocaine withdrawal symptoms, which often plummets the addicted person into depression.

Group therapy, in a safe, drug-free residence like La Jolla Recovery where people help and motivate each other and restore their self-confidence in an unbiased atmosphere is highly recommended.

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Let us at La Jolla Recovery cocaine rehab San Diego provide you with a confidential and personal assessment today.