Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Asheville
Cocaine & Crack Abuse in North Carolina
Cocaine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that can lead to a range of health problems, including fatal overdose. In recent years, cocaine and crack-cocaine addiction rates have increased across the United States, with nearly 16,000 cocaine-related drug overdose deaths in 2019. The risk of fatal overdose increases dramatically when cocaine is used in combination with synthetic opioids; in fact, this is the main factor involved in most cocaine-related overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Because of its addictive nature and high potential for abuse, cocaine has very few accepted medical uses in the U.S. It is most commonly obtained and used illegally. This can make it even more difficult for people struggling with cocaine addiction to seek the help they need—but recovery is possible.
At Carolina Recovery Solutions, we offer comprehensive cocaine addiction treatment in Asheville and the nearby areas. At our welcoming, relaxing facility located in the Appalachian Mountains, patients are able to disconnect from everyday stressors and focus on recovery. Our team recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we develop a personalized, integrated, and whole-person approach that considers every aspect of our patients’ physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant made from the leaves of the coca plant, primarily found in South America. Although it is used (infrequently) as local anesthesia and for other valid medical purposes, it is largely considered an illicit substance. As a street drug, cocaine is known by various names, including coke and blow, and appears as a fine, white powder. When powdered cocaine is combined with water and sodium bicarbonate or another similar substance, it is known as crack-cocaine or, simply, crack. Crack-cocaine is rock-like in appearance and is extremely addictive due to its highly concentrated nature.
Cocaine can be ingested in several ways. In its powder form, cocaine is most frequently snorted. However, it can also be heated and smoked or mixed with water and ingested. Regardless of how it is taken, cocaine affects the body’s central nervous system and can affect various pathways in the brain. Over time, this can lead to changes in mood and behavior, as well as increased tolerance and dependency.
What Are the Signs of Cocaine Addiction?
While uncommon, it is possible for people to become addicted to cocaine or crack-cocaine after just one or two uses. More often, addiction develops over time. Typically, it follows an increased tolerance for the drug, in which the user must take a higher dose to achieve the same euphoric effects, and dependency, in which the individual begins to experience withdrawal symptoms when not using cocaine.
Some common warning signs of cocaine tolerance, dependency, and addiction include:
- Needing to take more of the drug or higher doses more frequently to achieve the same effects
- Spending significant time thinking about, obtaining, using, or recovering from cocaine
- Hyperactivity, increased energy, and rapid speech patterns
- Increased recklessness or engagement in risky or dangerous behaviors
- Increased confidence, overconfidence, and self-esteem
- Extreme mood swings and unexplained changes in behavior
- Withdrawal from family, friends, and others
- Loss of interest in hobbies and other activities outside of using drugs
- “Borrowing” or stealing money or belongings
- Increased irritability and unprovoked aggression, outbursts, anger, etc.
- Increased lying and secretiveness, especially regarding drug use, whereabouts, friends, etc.
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Dilated pupils, runny nose, nose bleeds, and excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite and sudden, unexplained weight loss
Over time, prolonged cocaine use can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate, raised body temperature, and other dangerous health conditions. This can lead to an increased risk of heart attack and/or stroke, which may be fatal.
Long Term Effects of Cocaine Addiction
- Heart disease
- Mood swings
- Loss of smell/ nosebleeds
- Lung damage
Treating Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine abuse is different from cocaine addiction. Although a person struggling with abuse may exhibit many of the same signs as someone dealing with cocaine addiction, it may be possible to stop the abuse without outside help. Once cocaine abuse has developed into addiction, however, it can be nearly impossible for the individual to recover without the assistance of experienced addiction specialists and proven treatments.
Cocaine addiction is a complex disease that affects the brain, but the good news is that it is highly treatable. In fact, cocaine addiction treatments have been proven to be highly effective in helping individuals safely reduce and stop cocaine use, manage triggers and cooccurring mental health disorders, address underlying trauma, and, most importantly, heal.
At Carolina Recovery Solutions, we proudly offer personalized cocaine addiction treatments in Asheville tailored to our patients’ unique needs. These treatments may include:
- Medical Detox: In many cases, stopping cocaine use altogether can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Many people must undergo supervised medical detox to gradually remove cocaine from their systems. We offer clinical detox, including medication-assisted treatment, that meets all patient safety standards and requirements.
- Residential Treatment: Following medical detox and, in some cases, inpatient rehab, some people may benefit from residential cocaine treatment. This is a type of treatment in which you temporarily live fulltime at our facility. This allows you to receive the 24-hour support and care you need to navigate the initial stages of recovery.
- Intensive Outpatient Rehab: Intensive outpatient rehab may serve as the next step after residential treatment, or it may be appropriate when an individual is struggling with a less-serious form of cocaine addiction or abuse. In any case, this option allows you to live at home and visit our center two to three times a week for various treatments.
Our programs involve a combination of effective addiction treatments and therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), suboxone treatment, group therapy and meetings, 12-step programs, and relationship healing. We help our patients develop the life skills they need to manage recovery in the real world, including tools and resources for limiting triggers and reducing the risk of relapse.
Signs of a Cocaine Overdose
- Extreme anxiety or agitation
- High blood pressure
- High temperature and sweating
Contact Us Today
If you are struggling with cocaine abuse, or if you suspect that someone you love is addicted to cocaine or crack-cocaine, you have already taken an important first step simply by visiting this website. At Carolina Recovery Solutions, we know that seeking help is difficult, which is why our team is here to answer all your questions and provide the information you need to move forward.
When you trust your recovery to Carolina Recovery Solutions, you can count on us to be there for you every step of the way. As a family owned and operated addiction treatment center, we believe in providing our patients with the highest level of professional care, compassion, and support. We accept nearly all major health insurance plans; reach out to us today to learn more.