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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a dangerous and addictive drug. Approximately 4.7 million Americans have reported using cocaine. 

At Bedrock Recovery Center, we know that the journey to a cocaine-free life isn’t always as easy as you’d like it to be. Over 2,000 people enter treatment for cocaine addiction in MA every year.

We provide the best treatment for each patient in our cutting-edge Canton, Massachusetts facility, including:

  • Evidence-based treatment: Our treatment solutions for cocaine include detox and residential inpatient programs.
  • Trauma-informed approaches: If trauma is part of your history, we'll address it while providing compassionate care for cocaine addiction.

Understanding Cocaine Addiction

You need to understand the drug in order to treat the addiction. This allows you to develop a successful treatment plan.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is most commonly referred to as “coke”. It comes from the coca plant that is native to South America and has a powerful high that gives the user lots of energy and confidence.

There are three basic ways to take cocaine: 

  • Snorting the drug as a powder. It’s usually white, although it can sometimes appear shiny under bright light. Street names for this form include “coke”, “blow”, or “powder”. It is chopped into “lines” or “rails” and then snorted up the nose. 
  • Smoking off-white or light yellow rocks. These are usually small and can also be referred to as “crack” or “freebase”. Users may have burnt lips or fingertips from smoking their crack pipes.
  • The powder is dissolved in a spoon and then injected. This is the most powerful and dangerous way to take the drug. It’s known as a “speedball” when it’s mixed with heroin. Speedballs are especially dangerous and cause many fatal overdoses. 

If the drug is snorted, then the high lasts less than an hour. When injected or smoked, the high only lasts for about 15 minutes. However, that short high can lead to a lifetime of consequences.

Finally, coke or crack are common secondary drugs. This means that users will frequently abuse coke or crack in addition to their primary drug of choice.

What Causes Cocaine Addiction?

Continuous cocaine use usually turns into addiction, leading to terrible consequences for the user. This drug is so powerful that addiction can develop quickly. This may leave users feeling overwhelmed and they may turn to destructive or criminal behavior to feed their addictions.

Cocaine addiction is primarily caused by changes in brain chemistry.

The drug affects the brain in three primary ways: 

  • It operates on the reward system by flooding the brain with dopamine. By essentially hijacking our reward pathways, the drug causes severe cravings. 
  • Users tend to feel depressed only a few hours after use due to withdrawal, which only fuels the craving.
  • People with high stress levels may be especially sensitive to the drug. As a result, their cravings are likely more intense and stronger than non-addicts. 
  • Long-term abuse may damage the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and self-control. When trying to overcome addiction, these are exactly the parts that you need the most! 

All in all, it’s important to remember that addiction is a disease. Many people are born with it. Others develop it over time. Whatever the case may be, it’s best treated by compassionate professionals in a non-judgmental setting.

Cocaine Abuse Statistics

Cocaine addiction is a serious problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), deaths from the drug rose from 3,822 in 1999 to 13,942 in 2017. Furthermore, there were only 5,400 deaths in 2015. This means that the deaths more than doubled between 2015 and 2017.

Other national statistics include: 

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that in 2017 nearly 20% of fatal drug overdoses involved cocaine. 
  • Mixing coke or crack with other drugs is extremely common. For instance, opioids were involved in nearly 73% of all cocaine-related overdoses in 2017. Furthermore, over 50% of heroin users in rehab reported coke or crack as secondary drugs. 

Cocaine is also a serious problem in Massachusetts. The following are cocaine abuse statistics for the state: 

  • Cocaine was detected in almost half of all drug overdoses in 2018
  • In 2019, the Department of Public Health reported that cocaine overdoses were more common than heroin overdoses
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) concluded that Massachusetts was in the top five states for coke overdoses in the nation.
  • About 4% of high school students reported having used the drug
  • According to research on adult users, 62% are male, 55% are African American, and 73% are between the ages of 30 and 49
  • In the Boston area, the purity of cocaine can be anywhere between 25% and 95%

As you can see, this drug is serious. It can ruin lives and destroy communities.

Get Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

A cocaine addict will crave the drug constantly. They may also go to any length to get it. This can have devastating effects on their life as well as their family members and friends.

So how do you treat addiction? Each person is different, so it’s important to examine their particular situation. It’s also necessary to identify the underlying reasons for using the drug. However, recovery is most effective through some combination of detox, rehab, therapy and recovery groups.

At Bedrock Recovery Center we have developed the tools and resources to help people overcome their cocaine addiction. There is no cure, but it’s possible to live a full, joyous life free from the grips of this terrible drug. Call us and start your new life today!

FAQ

Can I afford cocaine addiction treatment?

Often times, your health insurance plan can cover a majority of the cost of your treatment from cocaine addiction. Not sure where to start? We can help verify your insurance plan and point you in the right direction, even if it’s not with us.

Can I force a loved one to go to rehab for cocaine abuse?

If you live in the state of Massachusetts, there is a law that passed, known as Section 35. Under this law, it “allows a qualified person to request a court order requiring someone to be civilly committed and treated involuntarily for an alcohol or substance use disorder”. Read more about Section 35 and speak with one of our treatment specialists today to help assist you through this process.

How can I stage an intervention for cocaine addiction?

If you have tried talking to your loved one about their issue with cocaine and still can’t get them into treatment, give us a call. We can talk you through the steps needed to hold an intervention and can even send a certified interventionist to help assist you during this process. There is some planning that goes into place in order to conduct a successful intervention. You can read more about this process here.

How do I talk to a loved one about cocaine addiction?

Talking to a loved one about cocaine addiction treatment can be tough. It’s important to go about it in a healthy way, without them feeling judged or pressured. Here are some tips on talking to a loved one about addiction treatment.

What does cocaine treatment look like?

Treatment for cocaine abuse often comes in multiple stages. Typically, treatment consists of detox, inpatient/residential treatment and/or intensive outpatient treatment. This process usually takes on average 90 days. An individualized plan will be made for each patient by their clinician and therapist.