Florida Cocaine Addiction Rehab
Tranquil Shores: A Cocaine Addiction Treatment Center
Cocaine goes by many names and can be taken through a variety of means, but in every case, it is a dangerously addictive stimulant drug. The U.S. is one of the largest consumers of cocaine worldwide. While our culture tends to associate cocaine use with fame and glamour, the realities of drug addiction are never glamourous. Still, the initial allure of drug use is a powerful force that draws many people in and gives way to addiction, leaving a person feeling as if they are destined to remain locked in their cycle of drug abuse.
Rehab can help you break the hold of addiction and begin living a healthier, more fulfilled lifestyle.
At Tranquil Shores, our goal is to help you reclaim your life — in addition to overcoming addiction. This means we empower you with the tools and skills you need to adapt to temptations and challenges in the future. It also means we support our alumni so that they can get additional counseling should they need it. Treatment for cocaine addiction is a life-long commitment, and at Tranquil Shores, we stand by you every step of the way.
Cocaine Addiction Services at Tranquil Shores
Cocaine addiction has claimed too many lives. In recent years, there has been a significant spike in the number of deaths related to cocaine overdose. If you are dealing with a cocaine addiction, don't continue down that dangerous road or assume that you can simply stop using on your own and leave your addiction behind without help. The best way to make a lasting change is to enter rehab, where we have a 3-to-1 client to counselor ratio to give you the personal attention you need. Tranquil Shores is a private drug and alcohol treatment center located in Tampa Bay, Florida, and is an excellent option for anyone seeking treatment for cocaine addiction. We have a location right by the beach so that you can feel safe and relaxed.
Keep reading to learn more about why people become addicted to cocaine, the symptoms of cocaine addiction, and the long-term effects of cocaine use. On this page, we will also discuss why rehab is important to your cocaine addiction recovery and why Tranquil Shores is an ideal place to experience total recovery.
If you are worried about cocaine addiction in a loved one, this page has valuable information for you, too. In many cases, a concerned family member or friend can play a critical role in helping their loved ones find healing from addiction.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Tranquil Shores understands cocaine addiction can impact your finances, job, relationships, home life, and more. Addiction does not happen in a vacuum, and neither does recovery. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the addiction. For this reason, our holistic treatment involves teaching life skills, supporting clients with counseling, getting client’s families involved, and more. We work to allow each client to leave our facilities feeling more confident in their future.
Understanding Cocaine Addiction
Those who have not experienced addiction firsthand may have trouble understanding how a friend or family member can fall into a cycle of drug abuse. One aspect of cocaine addiction many people do not understand is why someone would ever try the drug, to begin with. There are many different reasons a person may decide to try cocaine.
They may operate off of a skewed perception of cocaine as a low-risk and exciting drug, not understanding its highly addictive properties and the adverse effects it causes. Some people first use in an effort to fit in with others, who encourage or pressure them to do cocaine. This can happen when a person's judgment is already compromised by other drugs or alcohol. College students or professionals bent on getting ahead might turn to the drug to help them feel energetic and alert when they would otherwise feel tired and run down.
Whatever their reasons, a person trying cocaine will experience an increase in dopamine levels. Dopamine is a natural chemical messenger in the brain, but cocaine causes the chemical to build up rather than be recycled as it normally would. The brain adapts to become more tolerant of these surges in dopamine, which means people must increase the dosage of cocaine and use it more frequently in order to maintain the same level of high and avoid withdrawal. This repeated use of cocaine can lead to addiction. For some, using cocaine just once can cause immediate addiction. Addiction is a powerful disease, but it can be curbed.
Risks of Cocaine Use
Addiction is a major risk of using cocaine. Many people see cocaine as a harmless party drug, but this myth is dangerous because of cocaine’s addictive properties. Using cocaine is also far from harmless.
The risks of cocaine use include, but are not limited to:
- Respiratory Problems: As with other types of smoking, smoking crack cocaine can increase your risk for a whole host of respiratory issues, including asthma and even infections like pneumonia.
- Internal Damage: Snorting and ingesting cocaine can cause internal damage to the body. Snorting can lead to problems with the nose, including nosebleeds, loss of smell and runny nose, as well as problems with swallowing. Consuming cocaine by mouth can reduce blood flow, leading to serious bowel decay.
- Psychological Problems: Cocaine users can become irritable and restless and sometimes even severely paranoid. In the worst cases, people may experience hallucinations.
- Malnourishment: Cocaine decreases appetite, which can cause a person to eat less than their body needs to stay well-nourished. This could also cause an unhealthy amount of weight loss.
- Bloodborne Illnesses: Injecting cocaine into the body with a needle puts a person at risk of all sorts of bloodborne illnesses if the needle is not properly sterilized. This includes HIV and hepatitis C, among other serious infections. If you contract HIV, having cocaine in your system will cause the development of the disease to accelerate.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections: Cocaine use can remove a person's inhibitions and impair their judgment, encouraging risky sexual behavior. Failing to use protection during sex puts a person at risk of contracting an STI.
- Overdose: Perhaps the most serious immediate risk of using cocaine is overdosing. This can happen either intentionally or unintentionally, but either way, it can be deadly.
It is important to note that crack, a solid crystal form of cocaine that is smoked, is just as dangerous as powdered cocaine. Crack is less expensive than powdered cocaine, which is why many are drawn to it. Smoking crack also produces a quicker, more intense high than snorting or injecting cocaine. While the high from crack doesn’t last as long, it can be more addictive, and its damage is just as lasting.
Tranquil Shores can help you through drug detox and withdrawal safely and comfortably.
Someone struggling with cocaine addiction may hide their drug use and deny the existence of a problem. Denying addiction often delays treatment, and the addiction then becomes stronger. If you fear your loved one may be struggling with cocaine addiction, there are several symptoms that you should look for. The indicators will be both physical and behavioral and may change with the level of the addiction. Signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse include:
- Intense periods of extreme excitement or happiness, followed by intense lows
- Unexplainable paranoia and mistrust
- Extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and physical touch
- Restlessness and inability to focus
- Dilated pupils
- High temperature and blood pressure
- Twitches and muscle spasms
If your loved one has been snorting cocaine, you may notice they also exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty smelling
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Difficulty swallowing
- A near-constant runny nose
If your loved one has been smoking cocaine, they may display these symptoms:
- Frequent coughing or asthmatic attacks
- Increased susceptibility to pneumonia and other respiratory infections
If your loved one has been injecting cocaine, you can sometimes observe physical signs, such as:
- Needle holes on their arms
- Visibly damaged or collapsed veins
If your loved one has been orally consuming cocaine, you may notice they exhibit these symptoms:
- Rawness of the gums
- Issues with bowel movements
If you observe cocaine addiction symptoms in a loved one and are concerned that they have a cocaine problem, but you are not sure how to broach the topic with them, talk to one of our counselors. They can help walk you through the process of reaching out to your loved one in an effort to help them without pushing them away.
Withdrawal Effects of Cocaine Abuse
Addiction includes the high you feel when using a drug as well as the withdrawal symptoms you experience when you stop using the drug. Withdrawal doesn't just mean you're craving another high — it means your body is reeling from the change. The effects of withdrawal can be very difficult to deal with and create a powerful barrier to recovery if a person tries to quit using on their own. The effects of withdrawal include:
- Insomnia and disturbing dreams
- Unclear or slow thinking
If you use cocaine for an extended period of time, your brain becomes retrained to require heavier and more frequent doses of the drug to feel the same level of reward. As a person's brain gets more and more accustomed to the effects of cocaine, withdrawal becomes an even more difficult experience. This is why you need to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Contact Tranquil Shores today to learn more about how our dedicated team can help you or your loved one with a cocaine addiction.
Our Philosophy on Cocaine Addiction
At Tranquil Shores, our highly trained staff is ready to help you recover from cocaine addiction and improve your overall wellbeing. Many of the members of our licensed clinical team are well known for their expertise and success in treating various types of addiction, including cocaine and crack addiction.
The people at Tranquil Shores understand the grip addiction can have on a person's life and that recovery is not an easy process. That's why we approach our clients' recovery with a great deal of individuality and expertise to help them heal from addiction in the most effective way possible.
We take a holistic approach to recovery that emphasizes treating the root of addiction, which often involves providing counseling and treatment for various forms of mental illness or psychological pain. Our holistic approach also means we replace harmful behaviors with them new, healthy behaviors. This is known as the integrated recovery model.
We also believe the duration of your recovery program should not be an arbitrary length of time, but instead be defined by the progress you make. We offer private housing where clients are encouraged to bring their personal effects, relax, and be themselves. And we create a family atmosphere by incorporating visiting family members into the healing process.
Since every treatment journey is different, Tranquil Shores honors different clients by providing a range of treatments and therapies, including:
- Dual diagnosis treatment for those who suffer from trauma, PTSD, depression, self-injury, anxiety, or bipolar disorder
- E-therapy for ongoing online support from counselors
- Family support and counseling
- Long-term addiction treatment
- Short stay treatment
- Artists and musician’s treatment
- Military personnel treatment, with a special focus on transitions into civilian life and PTSD
- Accelerated resolution therapy
- Alternative healing supports
- Drum therapy
- Kai Chi Do
- Massage therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Didactic group therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Gender-specific treatment
- Motivational interviewing
Which therapies and treatments are right for you? With a 3-to-1 counselor to client ratio, our team can work with you to explore the roots of your relationship with cocaine and to uncover any impediments on previous attempts at treatment.
Once we have uncovered some of these factors, we will work with you to devise a treatment plan based on your needs and goals. If you have a mental illness, we may work to treat that illness alongside your dependence on cocaine to break the cycle that is keeping you from healing.
We can also help you deal with multi-substance addictions.
Tranquil Shores has treatment programs for the following substances:
Why Seek Rehab?
Getting help for a cocaine addiction starts with a simple phone call. You may start at a cocaine rehab center like Tranquil Shores, but any recovery resource you reach out to will encourage you to get help.
As soon as you understand your addiction, you will also understand the necessity of getting help. Like other diseases, addiction requires medical attention and treatment. Trying to recover from an addiction on your own is not an effective means of recovery. At every step of the process, you should rely on professional help and resources to make your recovery successful.
The first step of cocaine addiction rehab is a medically supervised detox. Detoxing from cocaine can be risky, and you may need medical assistance. Once you get the cocaine out of your system, however, your brain can begin healing and your body will be free from the damaging effects of regular drug use.
Unfortunately, detox alone does not stop cravings or cure your addiction. That’s why you need a robust recovery program that teaches you how to manage your disease and focus on your holistic wellbeing.
If you have a loved one struggling with a cocaine addiction, you may want to help them. This urge is only natural, but intervening in an addiction situation can be difficult and requires a delicate approach. In most cases, the power of addiction is so strong people would do or say anything to continue their habit.
Tranquil Shores has experience treating cocaine addictions and helping family members as part of the recovery plan.
Therapies at Tranquil Shores
If you need help with cocaine addiction, you can find it at Tranquil Shores. You need to choose a rehab program you can trust with your healing, and Tranquil Shores has a track record of success. Every day, we receive testimonials from previous clients that highlight the value of our programs. Our highly trained staff offers compassion and personalized attention to every person who walks through our doors at Tranquil Shores.
Our low client-to-counselor ratio is a benefit you’ll not find in other cocaine rehab centers and is one of the reasons for our success. With only 3 clients for each counselor, our counselors can focus on every detail of you or your loved one's recovery. Our integrated recovery model is another advantage for our clients, as we use it to treat not only your addiction but also all other aspects of your health and wellbeing.
Cocaine Addiction Facts
In recent years there has been an unfortunate increase in cocaine-related deaths in America. In 2017 alone, cocaine was a factor in 1 in 5 fatal overdoses. That year, overdose fatalities involving the drug rose by 34%. Cocaine-related fatalities continue to rise despite the fact that only about 2% of the population uses cocaine.
Approximately 913,000 Americans met the medical definition of cocaine addiction in 2014. In 2011, the drug was a factor in 505,224 ER visits. About one-third of all drug-related emergency hospital visits that year involved cocaine.
We can answer all of your questions about cocaine addiction and advise you on steps you can take to get your loved one into Tranquil Shores for the recovery assistance they need.