With a high that causes users to feel euphoric and exhilarated, cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug that can cause widespread devastation across a person’s entire life. Also referred to as blow or coke, this substance interacts with an individual’s brain increasing the brain’s supply of dopamine, which ultimately induces the enticing high that is appealing to abusers of cocaine. And while the feelings and sensations brought on by the use of cocaine can be short-lived, it is that high that quickly entraps a person in the vicious cycle of cocaine abuse. Once an addiction to cocaine has formed, being able to successfully overcome such an addiction without the help professionals can be exceedingly difficult.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we understand both the psychological and physical ramifications of a cocaine addiction. Our world class care and team of expertly trained professionals have been able to help countless men and women defeat cocaine addictions and provide them with the skills and confidence to move forward in life without the use of this life-threatening drug.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one or family member is battling an addiction to cocaine, those closest to him or her are likely experiencing a variety of emotions. Sadness, anger, frustration, despair, and overwhelming feelings of worry are but a few of the feelings and emotions felt by the friends, spouses, siblings, and parents of individuals grappling with the sinister cycle of cocaine abuse. However, as a close friend or family member, there are some things that you can do to assist your loved one in receiving the treatment needed to finally put his or her cocaine addiction to rest once and for all. Consider doing the following:
- Learn all that you can about what it means to be addicted to cocaine. Learn the signs, risks involved, and the effects of allowing a substance abuse problem of this kind to remain present in a person’s life.
- Speak with your loved one about his or her use of cocaine. Be honest, yet empathic when choosing what words you will use when talking to your loved one, and encourage him or her to seek treatment.
- Establish a plan of action with other friends and loved ones in the event the person you care about experiences adverse physical effects from using cocaine. It is also a good idea to determine a safety plan for what is to be done in the event your loved one is experiencing an overdose.
- Look into treatment options and providers that are effective in helping people defeat cocaine addictions.
- Provide your loved one with information about the treatment options and providers that you have researched.
- Encourage your loved one to contact his or her provider of choice to learn more about their programming and to schedule an assessment for admissions.
Finally, it is beneficial to do the following once your loved one has committed to going to treatment:
- Convey your intentions of offering support during his or her time in treatment.
- Participate in any scheduled family sessions or visits to your loved one’s treatment center.
- Remain in contact with your loved one outside of preplanned sessions or visits, as this will show your loved one that you will be there for him or her.
Lastly, as a friend or family member of someone in treatment for a cocaine addiction, it is important to seek your own care and support. You have likely been impacted by your loved one’s addiction and need to heal yourself. Engage in support groups, partake in your own therapy, and seek support from other friends and family members so that you can heal during this time and ultimately be able to provide beneficial support to your loved in an effective way.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
Attempting to overcome an addiction to cocaine without the help of professionals is an undertaking that is often wrought with a number of obstacles. Trying to persevere through the compulsion to abuse cocaine, abstain from actually using it, and suffering through the withdrawal effects when no longer taking this substance can be quite difficult. Professional help via a treatment center can help those addicted to cocaine understand what contributed to the ongoing abuse of this drug, and provide them with skills and plans of action for maintaining on the path towards long-term recovery. Failing to seek such treatment, unfortunately, will likely result in job loss, financial ruin, familial strife, and interaction with law enforcement due to engaging in criminal activity. Furthermore, those who continue to abuse cocaine without help are at an increased risk for experiencing an overdose and other detrimental health risks. A rapid decline in one’s mental health can also occur, and if a person is suffering from a mental illness at the same time, those symptoms will likely worsen as well. As stated, seeking treatment can prevent a person from experiencing these consequences and release an individual from the powerful and all-consuming grips of a cocaine addiction.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to cocaine. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their cocaine abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to cocaine, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their cocaine addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to cocaine, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from cocaine addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to cocaine, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.