If you or someone you know and love has become addicted to cocaine, please know that you are not alone and you are right to feel scared and concerned.
Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, it is our role to connect those suffering from addiction to the right treatments and drug rehabs across the UK and beyond.
We provide free help and advice to help people access the most effective rehabs to treat their cocaine addiction.
Cocaine addiction overview
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug.
People abuse two chemical forms of cocaine: the water-soluble hydrochloride salt and the water-insoluble cocaine base (or freebase). Users inject or snort the hydrochloride salt, which is a powder. The base form of cocaine is created by processing the drug with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water, then heating it to remove the hydrochloride to produce a smokable substance. 
Are they really addicted? Cocaine usage
Cocaine, ‘blow’, ‘snow’, ‘Charlie’ or crack can be extremely addictive and we have found that common usage often quickly develops into an addiction or reliance on the drug to cope with trauma, grief, depression or anxiety.
However, with all drug addictions, there are different levels of severity and cycles to be aware of.
Only medical professionals will be able to truly identify a cocaine addiction because it goes beyond the intake or amount used. However, someone taking cocaine on a daily basis could possibly point to an addiction, as it would appear that they are physically addicted or need the drug to cope. However, the same can also be said for someone who uses it every few days. Addiction is defined by how someone acts on drugs and how they use them to cope with daily life.
How to spot a cocaine addiction?
- Using alone without other people knowing
- Hiding your usage
- Memory loss
- Lying about the amount you take
- Using it to shut out negative thoughts
- Trying to forget memories or traumas
- Trying to numb any pain – physical or psychological
- Using it to turn down thoughts of guilt and shame
- Others being concerned about your behaviour
- Turning into a different person
Why do you turn to cocaine to cope?
There are many reasons someone may choose to do cocaine.
Our research and experience have shown us that repeat users and of cocaine are often battling much deeper issues and therefore, cocaine use provides them with a short escape out of their unbearable realities.
However, cocaine is a very powerfully addictive drug, and as users will know, the “invincible” sentiment is very short-lived and replaced often with more intense feelings of shame, guilt and self-loathing.
The Castle Craig hospital provides the patients with access to:
- A medically supervised detox programme
- Personalised psychotherapy plan for every patient
- Relapse prevention training
- 24/7 medical supervision
Treatment: Cocaine rehab
- Treatment programmes that last from 28 to 90 days
- 1-week detoxes
- Identifies any co-occurring mental health conditions
- Outpatient sessions
- Inpatient “life-changing” programmes
Substance abuse disorders are complex issues.
The best and most effective approach to treating a cocaine addiction will be entirely focused on the individual’s needs.
For example, addiction is hardly ever-present on its own.
Co-occurring issues like depression or anxiety may be the driving force for those to use drugs to escape from the realities of everyday life.
Therefore, specific treatment plans are often devised when entering drug rehabs so that therapists and doctors are able to provide the best chance of recovery.
The average treatment will often begin with a detox, which might typically last a week.
The next stage will be to rehabilitate the user in order to teach them skills and coping mechanisms to fight triggers and manage their mental health issues better.
One of the most important aspects of a successful treatment programme will ensure that the patient has enough time to not only overcome their addiction but learn how to cope with triggers.
The timing for this can be anywhere from 30 to 90 days, although this can also sometimes be longer.
Some rehab choices in the UK
Types of therapy for cocaine addiction
Like addiction to any substance, the long-term treatment pathway involves physical detox and withdrawal, followed by a recovery that can include group therapy and psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) undertaken in a residential rehab facility, like Castle Craig, for example.
The journey will require patience, effort, understanding and vulnerability.
Therapy is going to aim at helping you build a better, stronger relationship with yourself so that you can cope with whatever life throws at you reasonably.
Detox and therapy benefits
- Be in a secure and safe environment
- Medically managed detoxes with round the clock, 24/7 care and support
- Opens you up to a life-changing diagnosis that ensures you receive the correct help
- Experienced team of doctors, nurses and therapists (note, not all facilities will have onsite medical staff – ask us to see who does)
- Personalised rehabilitation and aftercare programmes (some facilities)
- Work on strategies to prevent relapse
Getting professional help
Cocaine can quickly train the mind into self-destructive patterns. The longer you or a loved one progresses in their cocaine addiction cycle, the more difficult it will be to deprogram the mind from its effects.
Pinpointing a cocaine addiction can be very difficult, this could also be due to the fact that drug users or those suffering from addiction are likely to be in denial of their usage and what they are going through.
Trust the experts and schedule a free drug addiction assessment today, because if there’s one thing we know; it’s that the longer you ignore an addiction, the harder it is to help somebody recover effectively.
What is often not overly spoken about are the long-term effects of cocaine usage and how it can negatively impact recovery.
Long-term cocaine use can be very difficult to come back from, users become somewhat of a recluse, become excessively paranoid and experience a complete change in personality.
When you arrive at a certain point in your addiction, we have found that there is very little that can be done to turn things around and achieve long-lasting recovery.
On top of losing yourself mentally to the drug, long-term usage can also have detrimental effects on physical health, such as:
- A collapse of the nasal structure
- Problems swallowing
- No sense of smell
- Blood clots and heart attacks
- Respiratory problems
- Aneurysms and brain damage
- The risk of overdose
What happens when you do NOTHING?
Someone who may have a serious cocaine addiction may ignore or trivialise any negative outcomes in order to favour their habits and continue to use.
Unfortunately, those who continue to ignore their problem will find themselves in really bad and difficult situations that may not be able to be reversed or rectified.
This might mean that sometimes you may not be able to come back from this drug addiction, causing the user to become a recluse, paranoid and physically as well as mentally unwell.
This might mean that any type of treatment or therapy might be ineffective, causing the addiction to become untreatable or beyond medical help.
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The Executive Rehab Guide’s staff is made up of those who have personal experiences with drug addiction and cocaine use.
We carry out studies on a daily basis, keep up with scientific journals and are in constant contact with rehabs and treatment centres in the UK and internationally to provide our visitors with accurate and helpful advice.
We have helped so many people attain long-lasting recovery by connecting them to the right treatments, therapies and nearest rehabs that are able to boast strong success rates.
That’s why we have found cocaine rehab facilities to be the best in helping people turn their lives around.