In recent years, opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers have been at the forefront of the substance abuse recovery movement; however, cocaine and other stimulant drugs remains a huge problem as there are many people battling cocaine addiction still today. As such, Serene Beginnings offers an intensive outpatient program for cocaine addiction. Our program is unique for offering many of the best features of both inpatient and outpatient care, ensuring that those in need have access to all the resources essential for success in recovery and long-lasting sobriety. There are numerous mind-altering substances used every day. Of course, many of us associate substances like alcohol, heroin, and prescription drugs with the disease of addiction, but virtually every mind-altering substance has proven to be addictive. Moreover, even though opioids — heroin and pharmaceuticals like OxyContin — are being abused at epidemic-like levels, other classes of drug remain as problematic as ever. One such drug that is still a problem on a cultural scale is cocaine.
COCAINE AND ITS EFFECTS
Many of the most popular mind-altering substances fall into one of two categories: depressant or stimulant. Depressant drugs are ones that depress, or slow, the central nervous system as well as most other bodily systems and functions. Some of the most widely abused depressants include alcohol, benzodiazepines, and heroin. However, on the other end of the spectrum there are stimulants, which have the opposite effect as depressants. In short, stimulants energize the body, making the central nervous system function faster and causing such physiological effects as increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased respiration, and difficulty sleeping. Among the many drugs that are classified as stimulants, cocaine is undoubtedly one of the most popular.
Cocaine is a drug that’s consumed in a couple different ways. As it’s most often found in its crystalline powder form, cocaine is most commonly imbibed via insufflation, which is to say that it’s “snorted,” or inhaled through the sinuses. Alternately, cocaine can be made into a liquid solution for intravenous injection or inhaled via smoking in its freebase form (known colloquially as crack cocaine). Whatever the route of administration might be, a person who consumes cocaine experiences a major boost of energy. Further, cocaine use is known to cause a loss of appetite, insomnia, paranoia, restlessness, sweating, mood swings, aggression, and dilated (enlarged) pupils. From the perspective of a casual observer, cocaine use is most readily indicated by the sweating, increase in energy, rapid speech, and enlarged pupils.
Like other substances, the frequent use of cocaine over an extended period of time is known to cause addiction. Although cocaine addiction has historically been controversial, most experts agree that cocaine is, in fact, an addictive substance, largely evidenced by the fact that individuals who have used cocaine habitually exhibit certain characteristics when they’ve stopped using or been unable to use cocaine for a while. These effects are withdrawal symptoms and generally include physical discomfort, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate or focus, lack of energy and motivation, and a number of flu-like symptoms. Fortunately, anyone who has become physiologically dependent on cocaine can overcome his or her addiction via high-quality treatment at Serene Beginnings.
THE RIGHT TREATMENT OPTION
It’s important to remember that there are different types of addiction treatment, and each type of treatment is effective for people with certain recovery needs. In other words, not every type of treatment program is ideal for everyone; thus, it’s good to be knowledgeable about different types of treatment, including how they’re used and what makes them beneficial. For the most part, addiction treatment programs exist on a spectrum with inpatient at one end and outpatient care on the other. Inpatient care is usually characterized as a type of program wherein the patient is furnished with temporary residential accommodations, allowing him or her to reside on-site for the duration of the program. On the other side, outpatient treatment allows patients to continue living at home or in a transitional living facility while commuting to treatment on designated days.
By most standards, intensive outpatient care is viewed as offering some of the best features of both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Specifically, patients who enroll in our cocaine addiction intensive outpatient program benefit from the flexibility and accessibility that’s long been a defining feature of outpatient treatment while still receiving the level of treatment historically associated with inpatient-style programs. Moreover, an intensive outpatient program still offers the same tried-and-true combination of treatments and therapies, including a foundation of intensive psychotherapy and counseling, a variety of group therapies with an array of benefits, and opportunities to participate in a wide variety of complementary and alternative treatment modalities.
BREAK FREE FROM COCAINE ABUSE
Certain types of addiction — particularly alcoholism and benzodiazepine addiction — warrant an initial period of detoxification. This is a period of treatment that takes place prior to the actual rehabilitation phase of recovery; during this time, the focus is on helping a patient overcome the physical aspects of the addiction, ensuring that he or she won’t be trying to deal with withdrawal symptoms while participating in counseling sessions and group therapy. However, cocaine addiction isn’t one of the addictions that often requires detoxification; instead, most patients seeking treatment for cocaine addiction can simply begin the recovery process with actual treatment.
As with high-quality inpatient programs, the Serene Beginnings intensive outpatient treatment for cocaine addiction has a strong foundation of counseling and psychotherapy. In short, the purpose of intensive counseling is twofold, helping the patient to understand what led to his or her cocaine addiction while also helping the patient compensate for those contributing factors, thereby fortifying the newfound sobriety. Beyond counseling, patients can expect to participate in group therapies, which usually revolve around either education — learning more about addiction, recovery, and important relapse-prevention skills — or honing social and relationship-building skills. Finally, our cocaine addiction IOP in beautiful Delray Beach offers numerous opportunities to personalize the curriculum with complementary and supplemental treatments. The idea is to address every patient’s unique recovery needs by allowing them to pick and choose treatments that best correspond to those needs.
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