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What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug. Street names include coke, crack, blow, rails, lines, or bumps. People take cocaine by snorting, smoking, or injecting it. “Crack” cocaine is a crystallized form of the drug that is smoked.

Cocaine is derived from the coca plant, which grows in South America. Raw coca leaves aren’t generally considered harmful—for thousands of years people have chewed and ingested the leaves for their stimulant effects. The leaves are also used as a treatment for altitude sickness.

But when coca leaves are processed into cocaine, the resulting product is much more powerful and addictive. And harmful substances like gasoline and other solvents are often added during processing.

What are the effects of cocaine abuse?

Cocaine is highly addictive, and in larger doses it can cause dangerous blood pressure spikes and heart rhythm problems that can lead to heart attack.

Using cocaine causes a surge of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in how we feel pleasure. When the body is flooded with excessive amounts of dopamine, it can overwhelm a person’s heart muscles. Cocaine can also impair the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways, which can alter a person’s behaviour.

Snorting cocaine can cause permanent damage to the nose and throat. People who use cocaine frequently can develop a tear in the nose called a perforated septum or a tear (perforation) in the roof of the mouth. This can lead to bleeding, infections, and lesions. A person’s nasal passages can also become swollen and blocked.

Common substances used to process cocaine include laxatives, creatine, baking soda (to create crack cocaine), and even household chemicals. These substances can impair the immune system and make it hard for the body to fight off infection.

Cocaine use and addiction can also lead to severe personal problems, including financial issues, trouble in relationships, and job loss.

What are the crack cocaine withdrawal risks?

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms happen when someone who has used cocaine heavily or for a long period of time cuts down or quits taking it.

Cocaine users often go on “binges,” taking large amounts of cocaine, sometimes for days at a time. After a binge comes a “crash,” which brings on withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include severe cravings for more cocaine, fatigue, irritability or agitation, lack of pleasure, and, in some cases, extreme paranoia. Some people may feel anxious or depressed due to dopamine impairment in the brain.

Many people avoid or delay getting help for addiction because they fear withdrawal symptoms, but there are effective ways to manage these symptoms. Professional addiction treatment centres, like CHRC, use a variety of cocaine withdrawal treatments to keep people comfortable and safe during the detoxification process. These can include anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, behavioural therapies, and even sauna therapy, which can help rid the body of toxins and relieve anxiety.

All substances have an impact on one’s physical wellbeing whether it be long, or short-term use, during use or post use.

How We Treat Cocaine Addiction

Gateway Recovery Centre challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario and Toronto, Canada. We use evidence-based psychotherapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and psycho-educational counselling. These therapies help our clients understand why they use substances and learn how to break unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours.

Here’s what sets our drug rehab centre apart.

  • Evidence-based therapies: Gateway uses well-established, evidence-based psychotherapies in our addiction treatment programs. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which help clients understand and change unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs that often underlie addiction.
  • Individual and group therapy: Individual counselling sessions and group therapy form the core of our program. During group therapy sessions clients give and receive support from their peers in the safety of a group setting. Individual therapy sessions allow clients to dig deeper and address their deepest fears, worries, and concerns. Our concurrent mental health programs provide specialized support for clients struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, or PTSD.

Don’t wait. Get cocaine addiction help today. Call us to learn more about our Ontario cocaine rehab program in Toronto.

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