Step by Step Recovery specialise in professional treatment for cocaine abuse and cocaine addiction. If you or a loved one are looking for help for a problem with cocaine, or want to know more about the drug and its effects, you have come to the right place.
Cocaine deaths are currently surging out of control, the UK are recording more deaths attributed to this Class A drug than ever before.
It is vital that if you or a loved one suffer from a cocaine addiction that you seek appropriate professional help as a matter of urgency.
It can be easy to set aside warnings about cocaine in the heat of the moment and think, “It won’t happen to me” – The reality is that it could.
432 people died in England and Wales alone last year from cocaine poisoning. No one is immune to the potentially fatal effects of this drug.
Cocaine is now purer, stronger and more readily available than ever before. More individuals are dying as a result of its potency and its addictive properties. Even those that are young, fit and healthy or use recreationally are at high risk of overdose
Cocaine is an illegal Class A drug under The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Cocaine commonly comes in a white powdered form which can be snorted, swallowed or diluted into a liquid and injected directly into the bloodstream. The rock version of cocaine is more concentrated and potent, this is known as Crack Cocaine and is commonly smoked from a pipe.
Cocaine powder is extracted from the leaves of the Coca plant. The Coca plant organically grows in places of high altitude in Peru, Bolivia, Indonesia, and Columbia.
Powdered cocaine is commonly referred to as Coke, Blow, Snow, Charlie, White, Flake and Sniff in the UK.
Locals of where the plant grows will often chew the Coca plant leafs for its effects, which produce an enhanced sense of wellbeing, alertness, increased energy and reduced appetite.
Cocaine in its extracted and concentrated forms has been shown to be highly addictive and dangerous.
Powdered cocaine is usually cut with other substances to make it go further and to enhance its effects. These substances are known as cutting agents; their primary purpose is to make a drug that produces a very sought after high that will keep users coming back for more and to make the dealer as much profit as possible.
The more hands each batch of cocaine passes through, the more cutting agents are added.
Common cocaine cutting agents include psychoactive substances, amphetamines, caffeine and baking soda. Cocaine has been known to be cut with with the extremely potent opiate Fentanyl. This may seem odd as the two drugs have very different effects and are very different substances; however, mixed together they make a very powerfully addictive and dangerous narcotic.
Cocaine has a reputation of being a higher class party drug, enjoyed by those who are of good earning capacity.
To an extent this is true, figures from the 2017/2018 crime survey for England and Wales show an increase in the number of cocaine users who are considered middle class and have a household income of £50,000 a year or more.
The reality is that anyone can become addicted to cocaine. As an expensive drug, many will gain huge amounts of debt and commit crime in order to keep funding their cocaine habit.
Cocaine has very sought after effects. Whilst some can take this drug recreationally and leave it at that, there are those who go on to develop an addiction.
Sought after effects produced by cocaine include:
As with all illegal and unmoderated drugs, cocaine carries huge risks to the user. The more cocaine you use, the greater the risk of something bad happening.
As previously touched on, cocaine deaths are at an all time record high in the UK. Police report that this is due to the drug being more concentrated, pure and available. As a result many do not realise how strong it is and this blase attitude towards the drug can and does result in death.
Negative effects and risks of Cocaine use include:
The effects of cocaine are almost immediate especially if snorted, smoked or injected. The user will be hit with a rush of euphoria and feel the stimulants effects for approximately 30 minutes. When cocaine is injected its effects are instantaneous and more powerful than other routes of administration.
Cocaine is less potent than Crack Cocaine , but the effects last for twice as long. Sometimes cocaine or crack cocaine is mixed with heroin and smoked or injected. This produces an alternating effect between the two different drugs and is referred to as a “snowballing”
Cocaine is hugely psychologically addictive. Whilst there is no specific medical detox for cocaine, withdrawal symptoms are often felt when coming down from the drug.
Cocaine users will often experience flu like symptoms during the withdrawal period and feel very depressed and anxious. The withdrawal symptoms coupled with psychological euphoric recall and an intense craving for more cocaine can lead to cocaine binges and cocaine addiction.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can last for several days in someone who takes the drug regularly. The more cocaine that the individual has been using, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant but are not considered life threatening. Some drug rehabs will offer medication to diminish withdrawal symptoms making the detox process easier and more comfortable to complete.
Step by Step Recovery believe in making our patients as comfortable as possible. Our Consultant Psychiatrist will always consider a prescribed medical detox where it is deemed to be of benefit to the individual.
As well as taking its toll on the body’s organs, cocaine can seriously affects a users mental health.
Latest statistics have revealed a staggering 3 fold increase in cocaine related mental health hospital admissions over the past 10 years. This is a huge increase and again is being attributed to the increased strength of the cocaine available in the UK.
The Advisory Misuse of Drugs Council have statistics stating that up to 88% of individuals seeking treatment for cocaine abuse or addiction present with psychosis related symptoms. These symptoms can be terrifying for the individual experiencing them and include auditory and visual hallucinations.
Step by Step Recovery specialise in treating those that suffer from dual diagnosis illnesses and have our own consultant psychiatrist to ensure that you or your loved one access the correct diagnosis and treatment for your condition.
Most incidents of cocaine related mental health illness can be resolved by stopping the cocaine and undergoing drug rehabilitation. However there are a few cases where ongoing psychiatric care and treatment will be required.
When cocaine hits the brain an influx of feel good chemicals are released, creating the effects of the cocaine induced high.
One of the main chemicals produced by the brain is Dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally occurring organic feel good chemical that enables us to experience pleasure and balances our emotions. With repeated exposure to cocaine, the brain eventually stops naturally producing its own dopamine.
At this point your brain is addicted to cocaine; without it you will feel deeply depressed, anxious, unmotivated and even suicidal.
The healthy “control” brain releases its own dopamine (shown in red). In addiction natural production of dopamine is blunted. As you can see in the cocaine brain image it is halted completely.
If you are concerned that a family member or loved one may be using cocaine and possibly have an addiction, there are signs that if spotted you should not ignore:
Step by Step Recovery provide bespoke alcohol and drug detox plans for those that are addicted to both cocaine and alcohol.
Cocaine and alcohol when used together, make a third even more addictive and dangerous drug that is produced in the liver. This drug is known as Cocaethylene.
Each cocaine and alcohol patient that we treat has the opportunity to undergo a fully individualised drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme for Cocaethylene addiction.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to cocaine and require help, we can facilitate inpatient private detox and rehab at a very competitive price. We also offer free aftercare for life to all patients that complete their cocaine rehab treatment with us.
Step by Step Recovery apply a number of evidence based addiction treatment therapies to help a cocaine addict stop cocaine and stay stopped.
Our person centred treatment methods are cognitive and holistic based, they are designed to bring about a huge shift in thinking and perception.
Our cocaine rehab programme is delivered by a team of qualified addiction professionals including: doctors, counsellors, consultant psychiatrist, therapists and recovery support workers.
Together, they bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to help you heal and provide you with the necessary tools of recovery to enable you to stay clean from cocaine on a permanent basis.
Suffering from an addiction is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a chronic relapsing brain disease that severely impacts on your judgement, decision making and impulse control. If you suffer from cocaine addiction you will have lost control around your cocaine use. This can naturally lead to very severe consequences and even death.
Recovery from cocaine addiction is possible and we are here to help you achieve just that. For more information on our cocaine detox or cocaine rehab, please complete our online form or call us on 0800 170 1222 for addiction help.
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