Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant, which is native to South America. 

As a street drug, cocaine looks like a fine, white crystal powder. Street dealers often cut it with household products like cornstarch, talcum powder, or flour, or worse, with other “fillers” that have increased toxicity. Given the unpredictable composition of the cocaine most users purchase on the streets, cocaine overdoses and cocaine-induced psychosis are on the rise.

Cocaine can be ingested by:
  • Snorting cocaine powder through the nose
  • Rubbing cocaine on their gums
  • Dissolving the cocaine powder and injecting it into the bloodstream
  • Injecting a combination of cocaine and heroin, known as a “speedball”

Another popular method of use is to smoke cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal, which is heated to produce vapors that are inhaled into the lungs. This form of cocaine is called “crack,” and oftentimes leads to even more rapidly dire consequences than the powder form.

If you or someone you are close to is struggling with cocaine addiction, there is help available. Reach out to AAR Healthcare online or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more about how AAR’s San Diego cocaine addiction treatment program can help.

Do I Need Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

To determine for yourself if you are abusing cocaine or otherwise addicted, the following questions are helpful to ask:
  • Are you using higher doses with more frequency than you used to?
  • Do you question if you could function without cocaine?
  • Are you suffering withdrawal symptoms when there is no cocaine in your system? 
  • Have you had a loss of appetite or drastic weight loss?
  • Do you frequently have a runny or bloody nose?
  • Do you have uncontrollable cravings for cocaine?
  • Do you have long periods of sleeplessness?
  • Are you experiencing mood swings or irritability?
  • Do you have legal issues or financial problems due to your cocaine use?
  • Are you isolating yourself from friends and family?

If you or your loved one may be struggling with addiction to cocaine, seeking professional help is absolutely essential. 

The Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare

Cocaine addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
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Physician Services

This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Note that there are not yet any “on label” MAT protocols for cocaine addiction although withdrawal management can be used to provide comfort during the initial days following cocaine use.

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Counseling Services

This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.

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Recovery Support Services

Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

Learn More About Cocaine Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.