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Men’s Cocaine Addiction Rehab

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is classified as a stimulant, and is snorted, smoked, or injected.  Common names for cocaine are; coke, crack, blow, rails, lines, or bumps. Cocaine is derived from the coco plant in South America where the unadulterated leaves are used to treat altitude sickness when climbing any of South America’s mountain ranges.  When coco leaves are processed to become cocaine, substances such as gasoline, and other solvents are used.  These chemicals are harmful and have their own negative impact on a person’s health.

The use of substances can impact the way in which the brain functions and the release of and reuptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health.  The use of substances can also increase the symptoms of a diagnosed mental health concern.  Cocaine causes an increase in dopamine within one’s system.  This means there is an increase in feelings of euphoria and feelings of pleasure.  When a person uses cocaine long term and frequently, this can impact the body’s ability to naturally release and reuptake dopamine and the body becomes dependant upon cocaine.

What impacts does cocaine have?

High amounts of dopamine in the system can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and can impact heart muscles which can increase the risk of a heart attack.  Cocaine is often ‘cut’ or mixed with other substances in order to increase the effect or to make a smaller amount of substance go further.  This is often done by the person selling the drugs, not the person using the drugs making it more dangerous.   

Common substances used to cut cocaine are; laxatives, creatine, and baking soda.  The purpose of cutting cocaine with baking soda is to change the compounds to a substance that can be smoked. This is called Crack Cocaine. There are times that cocaine can be cut with household chemicals such as levamisole which is a cattle de-wormer.  This impacts white blood cell counts and impacts a person’s ability to fight off infection.

Cocaine can also impact the brain’s ability to create new neuropathways and therefore someone’s ability to alter their behavior.  This may mean a harm reduction approach to cocaine use is less effective than abstaining completely.  Frequent cocaine use can lead to perforated septum or perforation of the roof of the mouth due to snorting cocaine.  It can cause lesions, bleeding, and infection with chronic use.  When being used, nasal passages can become swollen or blocked. Most of the damage done to the nose and throat by snorting cocaine is irreparable.

What are the crack cocaine withdrawal risks?

Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals. Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety. Withdrawal from cocaine can cause several unwanted symptoms.  Feelings of fatigue and exhaustion are common.  Muscle aches, chills and nerve pain can be experienced. There can also be an inability to feel pleasure due to the lack of dopamine in the brain.  Some may also feel anxious or depressed.

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

Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours. One of the ways we offer clients support in recovery from cocaine is to provide them the information, tools, and repeated exposure to create new neuropathways.  This continued support, along with the absence of cocaine, helps to create new behaviours and neuropathways that are healthy. Our program offers clients the opportunities to release dopamine in a healthy way through working out in our gym.

At CHRC, we understand that counselling alone cannot treat addiction and that nutritional therapies and support are needed to aid in the healing of one’s physical and mental state. On a neurochemical level, our Nutrition In Recovery program offers clients the building blocks needed to rebalance their systems in a way not offered by any other treatment centres in Ontario, or throughout Canada. The body requires certain foods and the nutrients they hold to make dopamine.  Our nutritional program offers balanced meals that include these foods. Examples would be almonds, fish, chicken, and eggs.  These foods play an important role in the body’s ability to create dopamine naturally.

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