Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine is a common source of addiction for people throughout the United Kingdom. While in the past it was considered the "drug of choice" by professionals, it is now used by the general population, including an increasingly high percentage of young adults.
Cocaine is developed from the Coca plant, which is found in South America. It is a stimulant drug, considered to be one of the most addictive. The appeal of cocaine is in the immediate sense of confidence and wellbeing that seems to flood the brain and body when it is used.
For many people this initial feeling of pleasure and potential is often short-lived, and they quickly become anxious, paranoid or even angry and highly agitated. This can trigger the use of more cocaine, which over time and repeated use simply creates a shorter and shorter cycle between states.
Understanding Cocaine Addiction
Even short-term addiction to cocaine can have serious impacts on a person's physical and mental health. Physically, cocaine use can lead to nausea, loss of appetite and constant metabolic stimulation, which in turn results in dramatic weight loss. It is also linked to lack of sleep, which further stresses both the mental and physical resources of the body. Long-term use of the drug is linked to heart conditions that can be life-threatening.
In addition to the physical symptoms, cocaine also impacts the neurotransmitters in the brain, which in turn drives changes in mood, often resulting in fear and paranoia as well as anxiety, even when the drug is not present in the body.
Treating the Addiction
Depending on age, health, genetics and other factors, addiction to cocaine can have serious implications for both short- and long-term mental and physical health. By working with the counsellors and psychotherapists at Addiction Specialist London it is possible to overcome this addiction through one of our tailored treatment options, which are available on an out-patient basis. This is an important consideration for many of our clients, particularly those with careers and families.
As with all the addictions we treat, our approach to cocaine addiction is to consider the whole person - our approach includes understanding the driving factors behind the addiction, which may consist of anxiety, depression, trauma or other types of concurrent mental health concerns. By treating any underlying issues as well as the addiction recovery is more effective, and the risk of relapse or a transfer of the addiction is much lower.
Our highly trained counsellors and psychotherapists work with each patient in a completely private and confidential setting, allowing for open, honest and frank conversation. Through learning more about themselves, their addiction and its underlying issues, each of our clients can develop the tools they need to start moving forward in living an addiction-free life.