Cocaine is known as an “upper” because it creates a feeling of heightened mood, increased energy, and increased motivation. The powder form of cocaine and the rock form (crack cocaine) both pose an especially high risk for lethal overdose compared to other drugs. This is especially true with the addition of fentanyl, an opioid that can be mixed with cocaine sometimes without the user knowing.
Cocaine is highly addictive because it changes the chemical makeup of your brain. This makes a cocaine addiction extremely difficult to quit without help. Washburn House in Worcester, MA is here to guide you through the cocaine withdrawal and recovery process.
How Do I Know I’m Addicted to Cocaine?
Cocaine addiction tends to cause more behavioral symptoms than physical ones. This means that the easiest way to know whether your use of cocaine is an addiction is by looking at your behaviors, like:
- Using the drug often and in higher amounts
- Reacting negatively while “coming down” from a cocaine high
- Being willing to do whatever it takes to get more cocaine
Your loved ones and people close to you may notice the signs and symptoms of your cocaine addiction before you do.
Addiction to this drug also has psychological effects. This is because cocaine increases the amount of dopamine, or “feel-good” chemicals, in your brain. Your brain gets used to this flood of neurotransmitters. Over time, it comes to depend on it. This creates a feeling of need or a craving, which gets worse the longer you are addicted. These cravings indicate you’ve become dependent on cocaine. You’ll need treatment to quit.
What Are My Options for Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Washburn House?
It’s very difficult to resist the craving for cocaine on your own, making substance abuse treatment at a caring treatment center like Washburn House the ideal place to recover.
We have several programs that will start you on your recovery journey, and our treatment professionals will give you all the tools you need to be successful. The program you choose depends on what your needs are. Our staff of clinicians and case managers are happy to talk you through your treatment options and help you find the best fit.
Medically Monitored Detox
Withdrawing from cocaine looks different for each person because exactly what it’s like depends on several factors. You can count on experiencing a “crash” when the effects of the high are wearing off. This is what will drive you to seek out more cocaine.
If you are using cocaine and another substance, or you require more medical attention, you may be placed in our medical detox program. Our skilled nursing and clinical team will monitor you 24 hours a day to keep you safe throughout your cocaine withdrawal.
The effects of a cocaine crash can include:
- Mood swings
You may continue to have cravings ranging in intensity for weeks after you stop using. This is due to the chemical changes that have taken place in your brain. It’s also why relapse prevention skills are so important to learn when recovering from a cocaine addiction.
Not everyone who comes to Washburn House with a cocaine addiction needs to move through medically monitored detox. Our admissions staff and medical professionals will make a determination that’s right for you!
Clinically Managed Inpatient Drug Rehab
This offers the highest level of support in an inpatient residential setting. You will receive intensive group and individual therapy to help you process what led to your cocaine addiction and how to steer clear of the drug in the future.
This outpatient rehab program allows you to spend a large portion of your day in treatment while still going home in the evening. PHP is a step down from inpatient care, so it’s best for people who have completed some drug addiction treatment and/or have a supportive, sober environment at home. It teaches valuable relapse prevention skills.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our IOP at Washburn House gives you several hours of group therapy and individual therapy each week. It will also incorporate a variety of treatment modalities in an outpatient treatment capacity. You’ll be assigned a therapist and case manager to work with you on how to use your skills outside of treatment.
What Happens When I Get to Washburn House with a Cocaine Addiction?
Upon arriving at Washburn House, the severity of your cocaine use will be assessed by trained clinical or medical staff. We’ll look at:
- How long ago you first used cocaine
- How often you use the drug
- The amounts of cocaine you typically use
If your addiction requires it, you will be referred for detox. Our Medically Monitored Detox program will help you through the difficult detoxification process safely and as comfortably as possible, whatever your withdrawal symptoms might be.
How Long Does Recovery from a Cocaine Addiction Take?
Detox lasts about a week, but you may continue to have problems with sleep and depression for some time after this.
Graduating to other forms of treatment involving therapy and skills training are your best bet for remaining sober. Lifestyle changes, such as exercising and eating healthy, will help you better manage any symptoms you experience and contribute to better overall health. Our treatment programs will also help you build skills for resisting the urge to relapse.
Does Washburn House Accept My Insurance?
Most commercial insurance plans are accepted at Washburn House. Call 800-717-3019 to find out if your insurance company covers your drug addiction treatment.
Don’t have insurance? We also accept direct payments. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We’d love to help you get started on your journey!
What Happens When I Leave Washburn House?
We prepare you for success in the community by helping you learn relapse prevention skills long before you need to use them. If you require a high level of care, we’ll help you transition gradually by stepping you down to a lower level of care once you feel ready. At Washburn House in Worcester, MA, you can count on building an individualized relapse prevention plan, which will prepare you for cocaine cravings and other triggers. And you’ll have an aftercare plan prior to discharge, which may include resources like therapy and 12-step groups.
The road to recovery can feel long, but you don’t have to walk it alone. Let our trained, experienced addiction professionals help you find freedom from your cocaine addiction.