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 the journey to recovery 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 well-being. 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 help 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 treatment options 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 treatment.
- 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 premiere provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, intimacy disorders, and trauma-related distresses. We strive to offer patients a therapeutic environment wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect. With specific residential treatment programming options, designed for men and women, aged 18 and older, Life Healing Center is proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who is entrusted into our care.
The Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Program for trauma treatment, and our Hope Program for the treatment of substance abuse. When patients come to us battling an addiction to cocaine, they 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, patients who are struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
Life Healing Center is dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. Patients who are dealing with multiple concerns will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which they present. Patients engaged in our Hope Program will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate intervention in dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming options at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: Individuals who arrive at our center with cocaine or other types of substances in their systems will go through a medical detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The medical detoxification process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven evidence-based protocols that assist patients in remaining safe and comfortable as their bodies become rid of any toxic substances. Patients who are actively detoxing may not attend groups, depending on their physical and cognitive status. However, once they are deemed medically stable enough to do so, patients will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: All patients will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following his or her admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions in order to treat a patient’s distressing symptoms, he or she will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups in order to ensure that any medication that may have been prescribed is effectively helping him or her. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring a patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Each patient will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with him or her throughout the time spent in treatment. At a minimum, patients meet twice with their therapist for individual therapy sessions during their first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, patients may also meet with their therapist more frequently depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of successful recovery, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not family therapy sessions will be an appropriate part of each patient’s individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, permission of the patient to have his or her family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in the patient’s treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and a patient’s therapist will ensure that the patient’s 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 patients engage in these sessions, they are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to their own, while also benefiting from psycho-educational opportunities that can help them learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in their recovery. There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Living in balance
- Healthy lifestyles
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Conflict resolution
- Emotion regulation
- Preparing for discharge
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we offer, Life Healing Center is proud to supply patients with the following options for experiential therapies:
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
Ancillary therapies: Selected with the patient on the basis of his or her presenting issues, men and women engaged in the Hope Program are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Somatic experiencing
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to a patient’s ability to be successful in lasting recovery from an addiction to cocaine, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for a patient’s discharge as soon as they become engaged in treatment. Once it is deemed clinically appropriate, planning will be initiated with the patient as well. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by a patient’s primary therapist with the active involvement of the patient and other interested parties as appropriate and as agreed to by the patient. This 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 the patient’s progress in relation to his or her treatment plan.
There are a number of components included in a patient’s discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- The patient’s plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- The family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- The patient and/or family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all patients be referred to appropriate services capable of providing continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the patient 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, an intimacy disorder, or a mental health condition, 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.