Cocaine, often referred to as coke, is a powerfully addictive, psychoactive, stimulant drug. On the street it is usually sold as a fine, white powder and can be snorted, injected or smoked. It is the most powerful stimulant of natural origins and comes from the leaves of the coca plant.
In the early 20th century purified cocaine was used as the active ingredient in many tonics designed to treat a plethora of illnesses and was even one of the original components of Coca-Cola. Additionally, before the advent of synthetic local anaesthetic, surgeons used the numbing effects of cocaine to block pain.
However, research has since shown that cocaine is a very addictive substance that can, if used repeatedly, alter the structure and function of the brain.
What are the effects of cocaine addiction?
Cocaine targets the brain’s pleasure and reward centre releasing a large amount of dopamine resulting a short intense high making the user feeling amazing, confident and on top of the world. The effects of snorting coke last only a short time and the high generally lasts around 20-30 minutes.
Short term effects:
Muscle Spasms and Convulsions
Feelings of Anger, Anxiety and Paranoia
When the drug starts to wear off users may feel depressed, edgy and a crave more of the drug.
Long term effects:
Permanent Damage to Blood Vessels of Heart and Brain
High Blood Pressure Leading to Heart Attacks, Strokes, and Death
Liver, Kidney and Lung Damage
Destruction of Tissues in Nose if Snorted
Respiratory Failure if Smoked
Infectious Diseases and Abscesses if Injected
Malnutrition and Weight Loss
Auditory and Tactile Hallucinations
Sexual Problems, Reproductive Damage and Infertility (Both Men and Women)
Feelings of Disorientation, Apathy, Confusion and Exhaustion
Mood Disturbances and Irritability
Potential Increased in Risky Behaviour
Delirium and/or Psychosis
Financial and Social Problems
Tolerance to the drug and a need to take more.
Why is Cocaine so Addictive
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that directly affects the central nervous system and floods the brain with dopamine, causing a short-term, euphoric high. Due to the nature of the intense and energetic high and the tolerance built up through changes in brain chemistry, it can be highly addictive.
Cocaine Withdrawal at Seasons Bali
Like with all drugs, cocaine withdrawal is very specific and symptoms vary in duration and severity depending on the overall health of the user and the length and nature of their use. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal are usually more psychologically uncomfortable than physical and often require a tapered dose of prescription medication over a period of days. Clients may feel anxious, depressed, lethargic and paranoid or even suffer from suicidal thoughts. This will depend on the individual and symptoms are always closely monitored by our skilled clinical and medical team and treated accordingly.
We believe that appropriate and accurate assessment is the basis for providing successful withdrawal and treatment services. Therefore, we collect information from our residents before they come and then, on arrival, our doctor performs a comprehensive medical assessment to determine a suitable withdrawal regime. Our team are highly experienced in providing safe and effective cocaine detox programs.
Effective Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Seasons Bali
Primary treatment for cocaine addiction follows the same basic treatment model as all our programs at Seasons Bali but with additional psychological support where needed. Our multi-disciplinary approach includes a range of clinical therapies and therapeutic activities.
Our comprehensive schedule includes one-on-one counselling, process group work, educational groups and relapse prevention work as well as exercise, recreation, massage, art therapy, drama therapy and daily outings. This is delivered by our excellent team of staff in a luxury environment that eliminates the triggers of everyday life. Housekeeping services are provided and our catering team delivers a range of healthy fayre daily. Seasons provides the time and space for clients to focus entirely on their treatment program which will successfully equip them with the right tools for living a new, happy healthy life once they leave.
The recommended length of stay for primary treatment is 90 days, although Seasons Bali also offers 28 day and 60 day programs. Aftercare options and ongoing counselling are also offered as an integral part of maintaining ongoing recovery after inpatient treatment.
The Seasons primary program is located on the beautiful tropical island of Bali, where the lush surroundings and peaceful atmosphere provide an ideal setting for healing, transformation and recovery.