Cocaine Addiction Program

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine creates a specific type of high that is unique when compared to other drugs. We have recently seen a decrease in the amount of people addicted to crack cocaine and an increase in the amount of people addicted to the powder form of cocaine. Our cocaine and crack addiction treatment at Northbound focuses on the environmental triggers of cocaine addiction and the biological effects of cocaine.

A Sample Northbound Cocaine Treatment Plan:

  • Education on the Effects of Cocaine on the Brain
  • Sex Addiction Education (sex is often a cocaine trigger)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Medication Assessment
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy Treatment
  • Motivation Interviewing Approach
  • Group Therapy
  • One-on-One 12-Step Work

Cocaine 101:

The drug cocaine was first extracted from the leaf of the erythroxylon coca bush, which grows primarily in South America, in the mid-19th century. In the early 1900s, cocaine became the main ingredient used in most of the tonics/elixirs that were developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses. Today cocaine can still be used for medical purposes, such as a local anesthetic in dental procedures, but has gained more popularity as a “party drug.”

There are currently two popular chemical forms of cocaine used by people to get “high”: the hydrochloride salt and the “freebase.” The hydrochloride salt, or powder form of cocaine can be taken intravenously (by vein) or intra-nasally (in the nose). In the 1980’s, cocaine gained wide acceptance as a party drug and was primarily used in its powder form. Cocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine, white, crystalline powder, known as “coke,” “C,” “snow,” “flake,” or “blow.”

It wasn’t long before people developed the freebase form of cocaine. The term “freebase” refers to the cocaine compound that has not been neutralized by an acid to make the hydrochloride salt, or powdered form of cocaine.

The freebase form of cocaine is smokable. Street dealers generally dilute it with such inert substances as cornstarch, talcum powder, and/or sugar, or with such active drugs as procaine (a chemically-related local anesthetic) or with such other stimulants as amphetamines. Crack is the street name given to the freebase form of cocaine that has been processed from the powdered cocaine hydrochloride form to a smokable substance. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound heard when the mixture is smoked. Crack cocaine is processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water, and heated to remove the hydrochloride.

Because crack is smoked, the user experiences a high in a matter of seconds, and the high only lasts a few minutes, which means that the person feels the urge to use the drug again almost immediately. This rather immediate, short lived, and euphoric effect is one of the reasons that crack has become such a harmful and addictive drug. Another reason is that crack is inexpensive both to produce and to buy. While it is inexpensive at first, eventually a person will end up spending just as much money, if not more, on crack cocaine than on the powder form of the drug.

Cocaine Addiction Can Be Treated

Habitual cocaine abuse can have ruinous effects, causing massive damage to one’s career, mental health, and family relationships.  It is important for persons addicted to cocaine to realize that help is available for them.  The trained counselors at Northbound, drawing upon years of experience with the specific problems caused by cocaine, can map out an individualized treatment plan for your recovery.

At Northbound, cocaine addiction treatment can come in a variety of forms.  We have many treatment options available in our unique Phase program, which divides programs into three 30-day segments to allow for recovery from cocaine addiction in a relaxed, graduated manner.  Depending on your individual requirements as determined by you and your counselor, you may enter one of several programs.  We have gender-specific programs that allow men and women to go through treatment in a single-sex environment.  Clients from a Christian background may find aid in our LINKS program, which employs the finest in cocaine rehab treatments in combination with Bible-based spiritual healing.  For addicts concurrently suffering from mental illness, our dual diagnosis treatment is designed to break up the mutually reinforcing relationship between psychological disorders and substance abuse.  Family-based programs are available to heal the familial damage caused by cocaine addiction.

Experts at maintaining high-quality drug rehab programs in the state of California, Northbound is committed to giving clients the tools they need to abstain for years to come from cocaine and other drugs.  Contact us today to begin the process of healing.