Cocaine Addiction

At PVRC’s Cocaine Rehab, we find it necessary that our patients recognize the truth surrounding the substances that have come to exercise so much power over their lives.  This is particularly the case with a drug – and accompanying disease – as insidious as cocaine addiction.  Cocaine is a purified extract from the leaves of the Erythroxylum coca bush. Different chemical processes produce the two main forms of cocaine; powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. Cocaine users typically experience a sense of euphoria immediately after taking the drug. This blissful feeling is what makes users want to take the drug again and again, which leads to abuse and addiction. Because a cocaine high typically lasts only an hour or so, users often go on cocaine “binges”, taking multiple doses in a short period of time. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, new research shows that chronic cocaine abuse is clearly related to dysfunction in those parts of the brain involved in higher thought and decision-making (source:


Cocaine Addiction Symptoms

The two primary “delivery systems” utilized by the cocaine addict to achieve the desired effects of the drug are snorting and smoking.  Snorting is more common, but smoking the drug (often in the form of crack cocaine) is faster acting, going from the lungs directly to the heart and up to the brain.  And the more quickly a drug with addictive potential reaches the brain, the more likely it will be abused. Those who suffer from cocaine addiction can experience a wide variety of different symptoms. Most commonly, the user experiences severe paranoia, which is a temporary state of extreme paranoid psychosis. In this state they lose touch with reality and experience auditory hallucinations. Additionally, cocaine abusers can experience heart attacks or strokes. Quite often cocaine-related deaths are a result of heart attack or seizure, followed by respiratory arrest during which the user stops breathing. Common serious health problems resulting from cocaine dependency include: heart problems, respiratory effects, nervous system problems, digestive problems, contracting HIV and other diseases (by Injecting cocaine using shared needles), serious skin infections, severe allergic reactions, and ultimately death.


Rehab for Cocaine Addiction at PVRC

Once addicted, it is difficult to stop using cocaine without professional help. For most patients, treatment for cocaine addiction will begin with medically supervised detoxification. This process safely removes the drug from the patient’s system and prepares the individual for further treatment.  Following a successful detoxification, promising treatments are then used, including cognitive behavioral therapy. This method of collaborative treatment for cocaine addiction involves a close partnership between therapists and addicted individuals. After successful detox and treatment, it’s imperative to continue the lifelong recovery process through a combination of regular attendance at 12-step meetings, along with group and individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare, all of which we provide at PVRC.

If you or a loved one is suffering from cocaine addiction, please don’t let another day go by without getting help.  Contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s cocaine rehab is the right program for you.