Background on cocaine
The two names cocaine and crack are for the same drug. It might seem a little confusing to some, but cocaine is a white powdered form and crack is the crystallized form of cocaine. To give you an overview of how prevalent the use of cocaine is in history, we look back at the medical community and consumer products.
Cocaine is a stimulant and has a history of showing up in early versions of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, long before people realized the adverse effects that cocaine could have on the system. In fact, cocaine was used by medical professionals in surgery to anesthetize their patients. Thankfully after learning about the addictive properties of cocaine in 1914, the Harrison Narcotic Act banned the production of products with cocaine as the base. Coca-Cola no longer has cocaine in its formula since this might have been the world’s undoing.
At Cypress Lakes Lodge, our patients have come to us to help them with this addiction to cocaine because it is one of the most difficult to manage without help. Also, there is a low percentage of people that seek treatment, which is unfortunate because treatment is necessary. With medical detox, a healthy plan for therapy and lifestyle changes, this addiction can be managed. We encourage all addicted or fearful of their use of cocaine to call our intake team and talk to someone who can get you the help you need.
How is cocaine done?
Depending on how it is received or in what form, cocaine is either snorted as a powder or smoked through a pipe as a crystallized substance; cocaine can also be injected. In films, we see people doing lines in bathrooms of bourgeois homes of the Hollywood Hills, hence why cocaine is considered a wealthy person’s drug since it’s very expensive in its powdery form; people spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on this drug. Statistics show that white Americans are addicted to the powdered form of cocaine more so than people of color who are addicted mainly to the crack form.
Even though the films show us these intense drug scenes, we have seen the other side of cocaine that deals with the comedown. Addiction to cocaine is much more prevalent than many drugs, in that people who smoke crack or snort cocaine can become addicted to it after the first encounter with it. Many people don’t realize this powerful grip on the mind that cocaine can have. Cocaine is active in the bloodstream immediately in people that smoke it but, takes a little longer to produce a high when it’s snorted in the nasal cavity. Injections likewise are quick with this euphoric high and pleasure stimulation.
Crack is all over the impoverished community because it’s easier to make and costs less. It’s highly riddled with impure formulas and can create serious health problems. Men mainly are addicted to the crack form of heroin, and it’s found everywhere as residue in pipes all over the homeless community. This is a drug that takes over people’s lives and makes it nearly impossible to kick the habit on their own.
Adverse effects of cocaine
Overdosing on these drugs is easier than you think and no one knows how much is too much. Cocaine and other stimulants like it have such a high rate of addiction as it provides quick highs and sharp lows. People addicted to cocaine are continuously chasing their first high that will only require more and more of the drug to feel it. Those addicted to cocaine go broke to feed their cocaine addiction and many destructive, and even dangerous activities come from cocaine use. At Cypress Lakes Lodge we have heard stories of people with a history of arrests from things like theft or prostitution just to fund their addiction to cocaine.
When someone is addicted to cocaine, there are some physical signals we can look for and notice readily. Cocaine and crack addiction will show on a person, based on the way they take the drug as well. The body will rapidly decline when cocaine or crack is consumed in high doses over time. We see heart defects develop since the high increases the heart rate as well as stress-related responses that stimulate the nervous system. Cocaine does permanent damage to the body, and to stop these issues from getting worse, treatment is required. Because of the chemically-altering effects on the brain, cognitive function changes and conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and ways that mimic schizophrenia develop.
Signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction are:
- Redness or irritation around the nostrils
- Bleeding in the nose
- Irritation and continuous fidgeting
- Jerky movements or muscle spasms
- Rapid increases in energy
- Disinterest in usual activities
- Change in social circle
- Rapid weight loss
- Hygiene decline
- Heart conditions may develop
- Hypertrophy of the heart (enlarged heart muscle)
- Reduced kidney function
- Loss of concentration
- Memory loss
- Injection marks on the body
Cocaine/crack addiction treatment at Cypress Lakes Lodge
At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we treat all of these negative effects of cocaine and treat the mind, heal the body and fuel the spirit. Our holistic approach to addiction recovery can help our patients develop life skills to motivate them to change their lifestyle and learn to treat their bodies with respect. Our patients suffering from crack/cocaine addiction take part in yoga, mindfulness and meditation exercises as well as daily counseling sessions to share their struggles and develop healthy nutrition habits. We see improvement in social interaction and self-care that was absent previously.
Each patient will go through our medical detox program to remove the substance from their system and move through a dual diagnosis to cover any concerns that can be addressed during treatment as well. We want to include all beneficial treatments for our patients and understand that it takes time, acceptance and adjustment to recover. Call Cypress Lakes Lodge today and manage your addiction the holistic way at (409) 331-2204.