Substance abuse and addiction is something that millions of individuals throughout the world battle on a daily basis. Cocaine is one type of substance that has taken over the lives of many, leaving them entrapped in the grips of addiction. Also referred to as coke, cocaine is a stimulant substance that is highly addictive in nature. When users abuse this substance, they typically experience a drastic increase in energy, as well as a powerful combination of elation, euphoria, and excitability. The high elicited by the use of cocaine is short-lived, however, which commonly results in individuals seeking out more and more of the drug in order to continuously achieve that same desired high. As this continued use is allowed to persist, it becomes increasingly more difficult for people to overcome their addiction to coke without the assistance of qualified professionals.
At Life Healing Center, we recognize the trials and tribulations that lie ahead of individuals who are battling an addiction to cocaine, and we understand how intimidating attending rehab can seem. For over 20 years, we have provided a safe, serene, and supportive environment for those who need help, encouragement, and guidance in overcoming their chemical dependency concerns, including concerns relating to an addiction to cocaine. With specialized programming that is also catered to meet the needs of individuals who may be warring against additional struggles, such as healing from a traumatic past or struggling with an intimacy disorder or co-occurring psychiatric condition, Life Healing Center is proud to be a place of personal transformation where each individual is fully supported as he or she taps into the natural process of healing that we believe is inherent in everyone. Let the skilled, caring, and empathic staff at Life Healing Center help you start your life anew.
The Connection between Cocaine Abuse and Trauma
While it is not the case for everyone who abuses cocaine, there are some individuals who struggle with a cocaine abuse problem who have endured a traumatic past. Despite this fact, the link that exists between experiencing trauma and developing an addiction to alcohol or drugs, such as an addiction to cocaine, often remains unaddressed.
Sadly, there are many instances in which individuals are subjected to experiencing a traumatic event and lack the appropriate coping skills necessary for dealing with the emotional turmoil that results from that trauma in a healthy way. In some of these cases, trauma survivors will begin to seek out alternative means of numbing themselves from the distress that they experience, and it is not uncommon for this numbing agent to be found in substances like cocaine. Whether it be subconscious or conscious, these individuals are seeking out a means of self-medicating so that they do not have to continue to go through each day dealing with tumultuous feelings that they do not know how to otherwise handle. For this reason, it is imperative that appropriate treatment interventions are sought and implemented that address both the addiction concern, as well as work towards healing the unresolved trauma.
When cocaine abuse and trauma are left untreated, the long-term effects can be detrimental to a person’s overall wellbeing. The chronic use of cocaine alone can significantly damage an individual’s physical health, potentially resulting in damage occurring to the heart, blood vessels, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Cocaine users are also susceptible to experiencing a heart attack, respiratory failure, stroke, malnutrition, and irreversible cognitive impairment.
Additionally, the longer that a traumatic experiences stays unresolved and the more time that is allowed to go by without addressing a cocaine abuse problem, the more vulnerable people become to suffering from the onset of symptoms of other mental health conditions and to experiencing things such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Fortunately, there are comprehensive treatment options available that can help address all of a person’s presenting concerns and prevent future damage from occurring in his or her life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that you have a loved one or family member who is struggling with an addiction to cocaine can be devastating. You are likely feeling extremely concerned about what your loved one’s future holds if he or she does not receive the help needed in order to overcome this potentially deadly addiction. Part of your concern may include wondering what, if anything, you can do to be of assistance in getting your loved one the treatment that he or she needs. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Learn about the disease of addiction so that you can gain an understanding of what your loved one is going through.
- Do not throw away any drugs that you may find in your loved one’s possession. This will only result in anger, and your loved one will likely only turn around and get more of the substance anyway.
- Educate yourself on the signs, symptoms, and effects of cocaine abuse so that you can recognize warning signs in your loved one.
- Sit down and openly discuss your concerns with your loved one. Remain open-minded and try to be empathic in hearing how your loved one feels. Refrain from being judgmental.
- Research various rehab centers and present your findings to your loved one.
- Encourage your loved one to seek treatment and, once he or she has begun taking part in the therapeutic process, be an active part of his or her rehab.
- Remain a beacon of unconditional hope and support, encouraging your loved one through setbacks and celebrating his or her successes.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to cocaine, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with cocaine and/or other types of substances in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for an addiction to cocaine, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to substances like cocaine, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Creative Recovery
- Substance use
- Elemental Integration
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
- Mood disorders
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Conflict resolution
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Emotion regulation
- Healing shame
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Preparing for discharge
- Relapse prevention
- Trauma resolution
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual equine therapy
- Massage therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Shamanic drumming
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Art therapists
- EMDR practitioners
- Equine therapists
- Breathwork practitioners
- Reiki practitioners
- Recreational therapists
- Native American Shamans
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.