Cocaine Addiction Facts and Treatment in Bangkok
Cocaine production continues to break new records with more people succumbing to its seductive lure every day. If you’ve found yourself caught in the grips of cocaine addiction, The Cabin Bangkok can help you safely and effectively treat your dependence.
Cocaine is a powerful drug that has a very high risk for being addictive. Using this deadly drug come with it many dangerous side effects, and people would be wise to know the dangers before even considering it.
For those who have found themselves wrapped up in the suffocating grip of addiction, there is hope. Cocaine addiction treatment and rehab programmes around the world are helping thousands every day reach sobriety and live a life in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. The Cabin Bangkok, part of The Cabin Addiction Services Group, specialises in outpatient counselling for cocaine addiction treatment and a range of mental wellness issues.
What Is Cocaine? Is it Different from Crack?
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant. A stimulant is a type of drug, or psychoactive substance, that affects the brain and nervous system. It speeds up the processing of information, makes the user more sensitive to stimuli, and generally makes the body work harder and faster. It creates an illusion of invulnerability and a sense of euphoria.
Cocaine comes from the cocoa plant, usually grown in South America. In its street form, it will look like a fine white powder. This also makes it dangerous, because dealers will cut the powder, mix it with other substances, to make it look like there is more coke. What makes this dangerous is that it could be cut with anything that looks similar, like baking soda, rat poison, or fentanyl has been cut into coke recently.
Typically, cocaine is spread out in thin lines then snorted by the user. It can also be smoked, or injected, although that is not a common way to ingest it.
Crack cocaine, more simply referred to as crack, is a refined form of cocaine. The small nuggets or crystals are typically be smoked in a small pipe. The drug offers a cheap and very powerful high, which can last from five to 10 minutes, making it very addictive.
Common Nicknames for Cocaine Include:
- Nose candy
Rehab for cocaine users follows many of the same principles as other forms of rehab. The difficulty with cocaine addiction treatment is convincing the user to give up the high. Although, looking at the effects of cocaine abuses, there are many reasons to give it up.
Effects of Cocaine Abuse
Cocaine increases dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is the neurochemical transmitter associated with the body’s internal reward system. Normally, dopamine is recycled back into the nervous system, ending the signal between nerve cells. However, cocaine prevents dopamine from being recycled, causing large amounts to build up in the space between two nerve cells, stopping their normal communication.
This flood of dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit strongly reinforces drug use and drug-seeking behaviours. Unfortunately, the brain becomes accustomed to the dopamine in the system. As a result, people take stronger and more frequent doses in an attempt to feel the same high, and to obtain relief from withdrawal. This becomes the basis of an addiction loop; the person keeps using more and more to get the same high.
Cocaine essentially makes the body reward itself for taking it, thus making it difficult to treat. At The Cabin Bangkok, we understand the biology behind addiction and can help you with that with specific cocaine treatment methods.
The effects of cocaine between short-term use and long-term use may vary. Side effects will depend on length of use, how much has been used and what methods are used to ingest the coke. All of these factors will play a part in the effects and consequences a person has to live out before they quit cocaine.
Short-term Effects of Using Cocaine:
- Extreme happiness and energy
- Overly excitable
- Mental alertness
- Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch
Cocaine’s effects appear almost immediately and disappear within quickly, depending on how it was ingested into the body. Injecting or smoking cocaine produces a quicker and stronger but shorter-lasting high than snorting. The high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes. The high from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes.
Other Short-term Effects of Using Cocaine:
- Constricted blood vessels
- Dilated pupils
- Raised body temperature and blood pressure
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Tremors and muscle twitches
Long-term Effects of Using Cocaine
Using cocaine for longer periods of time can lead to more severe physical and mental health problems, and require cocaine detox in a professional treatment centre. Some long-term health effects of cocaine use are related to how it is taken including:
- snorting: frequent runny nose, problems with swallowing, nosebleeds, loss of smell, deterioration of inner linings of the nose and septum
- smoking: respiratory distress, cough, asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia
- consuming by mouth: severe bowel decay, bowel removal and colostomy bags
- injecting: collapsed veins, scarring, skin infections and a higher risk for contracting hepatitis C, HIV and other bloodborne diseases
Other long-term effects of cocaine include sexual dysfunctions, losing touch with reality, delusions, hallucinations, malnourishment and even Parkinson’s disease.
Am I Addicted to Cocaine?
People have many different ideas on what it means to be addicted to a drug, especially cocaine. It does not always mean that a person is sleeping in the streets, dishevelled and abandoned. It is possible to be addicted and fully functioning in all areas of a person’s life.
When it comes to cocaine addiction and treatment, there are certain symptoms you have to display before you can be officially diagnosed with a substance use disorder. If you are addicted to cocaine you will most likely be:
- Experiencing cravings and urges to use cocaine
- Taking cocaine for prolonged periods
- Progressively taking larger amounts of cocaine to get the effect you want
- Wanting to cut down or stop using cocaine without success
- Spending a lot of time acquiring, using or recovering from cocaine use
- Neglecting your work, home or school responsibilities due to your cocaine use
- Giving up important social, occupational or recreational activities to use cocaine
- Continuing to use cocaine even when it causes problems in relationships
- Using cocaine again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
- Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by using cocaine
- Taking cocaine to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms
Two or more of the symptoms listed above point to having a minor addiction. The more symptoms you display, the more serious the addiction is. If you recognize yourself in the symptoms above, it is never too late to reach out for help. You need to talk to someone who understands – someone who can tell you exactly what you should do, based on your specific circumstances.
Cocaine Detox Treatment
To safely avoid cocaine withdrawal symptoms, medically detoxing from cocaine is the best option. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a medical detox unit, fully staffed with medical professionals, for a controlled withdrawal whilst medically managing the symptoms. On average, medically detoxing from cocaine typically lasts one week. Once discharged from the cocaine detox centre, the patient is ready to graduate to cocaine addiction treatment.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
After the first week or so of detox, the worst is over, and the treatment of the addiction can begin. The Cabin Bangkok’s Intensive Outpatient Rehab Programme is catered to the client’s individual needs, offered in English or Thai, and based on our clinical assessment. Clients are given the opportunity to address mood and behavioural disorders in varying time commitments. In addition to group counselling, clients will attend individual counselling sessions anywhere from one to five times a week, depending on their specific needs. Private sessions are 50 minutes while group sessions are 90 minutes. This type of intensive counselling, which combines one-on-one counselling and group counselling, has proven to help clients overcome many different behavioural and mood disorders.
Do I Need Inpatient Treatment?
Inpatient treatment is the most intensive form of treatment available for cocaine addiction. Also called residential treatment, clients work on their recovery while receiving individual counselling, psychoeducation and other supportive services for a recommended minimum stay of 28 days. It is possible to extend for a longer period, and the exact amount of time needed depends on the severity of the addiction and how receptive and able the client is toward progressing through the treatment process.
The Cabin Chiang Mai offers world-class inpatient treatment and is staffed with Western-trained counsellors with decades of combined experience treating substance abuse disorders including cocaine addiction. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers affordable rates for its comprehensive and effective cocaine addiction treatment programme.
Getting the Help You Need for Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction treatment is not an easy process. All addictions are best treated as early on as possible. At The Cabin Bangkok, we can offer the tools and education on how to break free from a cocaine addiction. The time to act is now! If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, contact us today for a free assessment. We’d be happy to discuss what options are available and how we can help.