Although its prevalence has fluctuated in the wake of the recent heroin and opioid crisis facing the United States, cocaine abuse continues to be a primary substance abuse issue in many areas of the country. Of the 53,000-plus overdose-related deaths in 2015, cocaine was responsible for over 6,000, representing an eight-year high for the drug. Most of these deaths involved some kind of illicit or prescription opioid. Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that can render users addicted after a very short time. In 2014, over 900,000 Americans met the criteria for dependence on or abuse of cocaine. If you or someone you care about is one of these 900,000, allow RU Encore to provide the compassionate and effective music-based treatment you deserve. Call us today at 844-25-MUSIC.
What to Expect
Physical and Emotional Effects of Cocaine Abuse
Throughout its history in the United States, cocaine has garnered a reputation as something of a casual user’s drug; something that one can take for a quick “pick-me-up” and not get addicted. Many even assert that they can nurse a cocaine habit for years and not be affected; nothing can be further from the truth. The reality is that prolonged and untreated cocaine abuse yields a wide variety of physical and psychological effects that can cause acute and long-term damage. Some of the more immediate physical effects of cocaine abuse include rapid heart rate, loss of appetite, nasal irritation, nausea, contracted blood vessels and more. Psychological effects can include hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, depression, panic and extreme hyperactivity.
Long-term effects of prolonged cocaine abuse include, but are not limited to hypertension, permanent damage to blood vessels of heart or brain, heart attack, stroke, sexual dysfunction, permanent organ damage, severe depression, tolerance, addiction and more. If you or a loved one is experiencing these or any other symptoms related to cocaine abuse, it’s imperative that you seek treatment immediately to mitigate the prospect of any further long-term damage.
Overcoming Cocaine Abuse and Addiction
Treatment and Long-Term Management
Cocaine addiction should be treated using a targeted and customized combination of detox, withdrawal management and long-term rehab. Each patient’s treatment program will vary based upon the scope and severity of their addiction, which is why treatment centers should provide customized treatment options that address each patient’s unique care needs. Through traditional methods of rehab and our musical medicine approach, patients will experience behavioral modification and gain the knowledge and strength needed to maintain a cocaine-free lifestyle. RU Encore provides individualized plans for treatment and aftercare, drawing up a road map of long-term success for each patient.