Cocaine is a strong stimulant that is mainly used recreationally. It can be snorted, smoked or dissolved and injected. It usually comes in a powder form, diluted and cut with substances like talc, baking soda or flour or made into small lumps or rocks that make a ‘cracking’ noise when burnt.
Common street names for cocaine include coke, crack, freebase, blow, snow, powder, nose candy, nuggets, rocks, sleet and gravel.
The effects of cocaine usually last just 20-30 minutes, so it can be tempting to take more to avoid the crash.
The long-term effects of cocaine abuse can include:
So what signs should you look out for if you suspect a loved one is using cocaine? Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of abuse:
It’s important to remember that there could be other reasons behind many of these symptoms, so monitor behaviour but try not to jump to conclusions.
When it comes to treatment for cocaine addiction, private rehab is the best option. At Primrose Lodge we offer a holistic treatment programme which meets your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Rehabilitation for coke addiction begins with detox, where the body is flushed of all drug-related substances. We provide a supervised medical detox and support throughout withdrawal, to help manage your symptoms.
Because every addict experiences withdrawal differently, your treatment programme will be tailored to suit your needs. After making it through detox and withdrawal with the 24/7 support of our clinical team, you will receive a combination of group and one-on-one therapy, as well as other therapy to suit your individual needs, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This can help get to the root cause of your addiction and prevent you from relapsing. Our staff can also provide assistance with nutrition and exercise to help you stay healthy as you recover, as well as advice to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Even after you have successfully completed treatment in rehab, the temptation to return to using cocaine can persist, which is why aftercare is so important. We offer 12 months of aftercare free to anybody successfully completing treatment at Primrose Lodge. We also recommend joining a fellowship group where you can receive support from others going through a similar experience
Cocaine detox and withdrawal can be bring with them uncomfortable symptoms which can be hard to manage on your own. At our rehab, our clinical medical team will manage your detox and we may prescribe medication to help provide relief from your symptoms to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Going ‘cold turkey’ from cocaine can lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, so you may be prescribed a substitute medication which you will be tapered off slowly, to minimise your symptoms. We recommend a minimum of 28 days as an inpatient in treatment to ensure that you receive the treatment you need after withdrawal and detoxification. This helps reduce your risk of relapse and can help you to learn strategies to cope with cravings once you are back in the real world.
It is never too late to seek treatment for cocaine addiction, however long you have been using the drug. Our expert clinical team and counsellors work together to provide a holistic treatment programme that can help you to kick your addiction and stay on the road to a healthy, drug-free future. To find out more about the services we offer at Primrose Lodge and how we can help you, just get in touch with us.