Cocaine Treatment in Poughkeepsie, New York

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Cocaine Treatment in Poughkeepsie, New York

The history of cocaine can be traced to South America. It has erupted slowly over hundreds of years into one of the most popular and powerful addictive substances in many cities around the world. Cocaine is an illicit stimulant used for recreational purposes. A stimulant does two things to the user. First, it stimulates or increases physical processes in the user’s body (such as the heartbeat and breathing). Second, it makes a person feel intense emotions for a brief period. Both of these are interpreted in the user’s body as an intense high almost immediately after using the drug — anywhere from five minutes to an hour, depending on the dosage and route of entry.

How Bad is Cocaine Addiction on Your Body

Cocaine abuse has both short and long-term effects on the user. With regular use, the individual becomes tolerant to the drug and regularly needs the stimulant to feel normal again. In both short and long-term use, cocaine use is detrimental to health and potentially fatal. Years of cocaine use takes a physical toll on the body. The chemistry of the brain changes, holes develop in the nose, and cardiovascular as well as pulmonary problems develop.

When a person is addicted to cocaine or any other drug, the mind tells the body to do very specific things. Addicts usually feel the need to:

  • Take the drug regularly or many times a day
  • Maintain a supply of the drug
  • Do things they normally wouldn’t do, such as steal things or hurt others
  • Take the drug to deal with problems in life
  • Drive or do other dangerous activities while under the influence of the drug

Withdrawal begins almost immediately after cocaine use has stopped. However, unlike withdrawal from heroin or alcohol, cocaine withdrawal produces no physical effects such as vomiting or shaking. Withdrawal from cocaine happens entirely in the mind. Generally, these withdrawal symptoms can include severe cocaine cravings, in addition to the following symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Tiredness
  • General feelings of discomfort
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Agitation and restless behavior
  • Slowing of daily activities or not doing anything at all
  • Increased appetite

These withdrawal symptoms can last for many months and lead to suicidal thoughts in some addicts.

Find Cocaine Treatment in Poughkeepsie NY

Becoming a cocaine addict is fast and easy. It only takes one use of the drug— in any amount or form — to change the way the brain works and to make the user dependent on the drug to feel normal again. Although the recovery process is not going to be the same for every addict, seeking help is the first step towards sobriety. However, full recovery from cocaine addiction does not happen overnight.

Very few people can stop using cocaine on their own without some sort of help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps the brain to function again without cocaine, can take weeks, months, or in some cases, years. Group psychotherapy involves participating in a group discussion with people who have struggled with cocaine addiction in the past. Medication-assisted therapy (MAT), though still in its developmental stages, work to ease the brain’s chemical dependence on cocaine.

As hard as it could be to stop using cocaine, it is possible. We are available to discuss your options and help you find the treatment that sets you on the path to sobriety around Poughkeepsie. Our addiction helpline is always open. Give us a call today.

Addiction Resources for Poughkeepsie, NY

Residents of Poughkeepsie, NY searching for addiction help now have plenty of resources to fight substance abuse. Our team of professionals is here to guide and support you during this difficult time. We work with a variety of Hudson Valley addiction treatment programs personalized to fit your needs:

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