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Cocaine Addiction Treatment
at Ripple Ranch

Cocaine use in the U.S. has gone up in recent years and deaths from cocaine overdose have risen dramatically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 16,000 people died of a cocaine overdose in 2019.

If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine addiction, Ripple Ranch Recovery Center is here to help. But before we tell you about our services for cocaine addiction treatment, let’s take a look at how cocaine use became the serious problem it is.

Detoxing From Cocaine

Detox centers are better equipped to handle the detox process as they are specially designed for that purpose. We know detox can be scary, but we are here to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal and help you through the detox process safely. Withdrawal is never fun and many times can lead to relapse, but with the attention of our medical staff, you won’t have to revert to using illegal substances to get through it.

As of now, there is no proven medication that exists solely to treat cocaine addiction, but there are several different types of medications that detox centers can use to combat specific withdrawal symptoms. Because withdrawal from cocaine use can cause anxiety, depression, and intense cravings for the drug, there are a variety of medications that can address those issues.

Once you are through detox, it’s best to go directly into treatment so you can get to the root of the problem. Many people suffer from co-occurring disorders, which means they have a mental health disorder as well as an addiction. If the mental health aspect is left untreated, they are more likely to relapse because they have not addressed the root of their pain or trauma. If those disorders are left untreated, it can be difficult for a person to move forward because those negative experiences and feelings can keep resurfacing.

At Ripple Ranch Recovery Center, we provide all levels of care, from detox to treatment to aftercare. You’ll be joining a community that will be by your side throughout your recovery journey.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that, as explained above, originates from a plant that is native to South America. The drug is created from the leaves of the coca plant, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Cocaine can be found in a couple of different forms: a white powder or pressed into a rock-like crystalline form. When in the crystal form, many refer to it as crack or crack cocaine. Cocaine can be smoked when it’s in the crystal form. Some people may dissolve powder cocaine and then inject it intravenously. Cocaine can also be snorted or rubbed on the gums of your mouth. It also is not uncommon to see dealers mix cocaine with other things, like cornstarch, to increase profits. Cocaine can also be mixed with much more dangerous substances, like other stimulants (“uppers”) or opioid drugs like fentanyl.

What Side Effects Does Cocaine Have?

Just like any drug, cocaine comes with side effects. Common short-term side effects of cocaine use can include mental alertness; hypersensitivity to sights, sounds, or touch; paranoia (fear someone wants to hurt you); constricted blood vessels; dilated pupils; and increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Cocaine’s euphoric effects (“high”) can be heightened when the drug is used in large amounts. Also with large amounts of cocaine intake, a person’s behaviors can become unstable and violent. Some people also report they get the shakes or feel very dizzy.
Long-term misuse of any kind of substance is not healthy and could lead to some long-term effects. The long-term effects of cocaine use can vary according to how it is taken into the body. If people snort cocaine, they’re likely to develop loss of smell, nosebleeds, problems swallowing, and frequent runny noses.

Smoking cocaine can lead to asthma, respiratory (breathing) problems, cough, and a higher risk for respiratory infections. If you consume cocaine, you could experience bowel decay caused by reduced blood flow. Injecting cocaine can cause skin infections, scarring, collapsed veins, and increased risk for HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases.

There are also some much more serious health risks if cocaine is taken consistently for long periods of time. Some of these more serious side effects of cocaine use could include:

  • Tears or ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Loss of appetite that leads to unhealthy weight loss and malnutrition
  • Chest pain that resembles that of a heart attack
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Inflammation of the heart
  • Seizures
  • Aortic ruptures
  • Brain bleeds
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Loss in cognitive function (mental abilities)

I’m Fine — My Cocaine Use Isn’t Affecting My Life Negatively

That may be true, but you happen to be missing one word at the end of that statement, and that word is “yet.” Cocaine is typically used in binges, so many times people struggle to see how their actions are problematic as they don’t always cause immediate harm to other aspects of their lives, like their careers.

Unfortunately, cocaine use will catch up with you, so don’t let denial fool you. Cocaine is a substance many are able to still function on. You may be able to keep up the act for a few months or maybe even a few years, but you can’t keep it up forever. Substance use is very difficult and exhausting to hide, so please don’t put that extra pressure on yourself.

If it’s not the cravings for cocaine, it will be something else. That something else could be a DUI or even an accident. Seeking help as soon as you recognize there is a problem will ultimately save you more time, prevent more heartache, and prevent serious consequences for your health.

What Happens When You Decide To Seek Treatment?

When struggling with substance use, it can be difficult to see outside of yourself to understand when it’s time to seek cocaine addiction treatment.

If you don’t feel like you’re able to identify if you have an addiction, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Feeling out of control
  • Having problems sleeping
  • Having to use more of the substance to get the same effect you used to
  • Self-isolation
  • Not participating in activities you used to enjoy
  • Constantly thinking about the problem
  • Making excuses to use the drug
  • Not being able to stop your drug use

If you wait to get treatment or don’t get treatment at all, there is the possibility that your substance use disorder (SUD) could worsen. With cocaine and other substances, your health can really be negatively affected. It’s important to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. People care about you. We care about you, and we want to make sure you are caring about yourself. Everyone deserves the opportunity to heal, so don’t hold yourself back from doing so. You deserve to be well. You can do this

Admitting there is a problem and that help is needed to get better is one of the first steps toward seeking treatment. From there, you should try to find a detox and treatment facility that offers services tailored to what you need. In most situations, detox is the first step after recognizing you need to seek treatment.

What We Have To Offer

At Ripple Ranch Recovery, we offer a variety of evidence-based treatment programs to better serve our clients and improve their rates of success through their recovery journey. Many of our services are clinically driven (scientifically proven) treatment methods, but we can also offer an alternative 12-step program and the traditional one as well. We are also able to combine aspects of both if that resonates with our client.

In relation to cocaine, we offer top-of-the-line detox on site with medical support on the premises 24/7. We also have residential treatment that will focus not only on your substance use disorder but also on any other co-occurring disorders, meaning mental health issues such as depression. Co-occurring disorders are very common, but according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, only 8% of people who are in treatment receive care for both issues. Here at Ripple Ranch, we aim to change that.

We believe healing is best nurtured in a relaxing, caring, and home-like environment. Due to this, we offer a low staff-to-client ratio so our clients are able to receive the care and attention they deserve. We also offer a variety of state-of-the-art therapy services ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Which Program Is Right for You?

Choosing the right program yourself could prove to be a difficult task. After all, you are here because you need help, so you shouldn’t expect to have all the answers yourself. That is where we come in. At admission, we will create a specialized treatment path tailored to your needs to maximize your success and create an environment that cultivates healing.

We know how important family is and how much impact they can have in the recovery process, so we also offer a program specifically with that in mind. Ripple Ranch knows the environment surrounding a person has a lot to do with how they respond to situations or cope. If the environment is one of misunderstanding, arguing, or anger, it could push the person struggling with the SUD to use again.

This is why we are committed to helping our clients resolve family communication and support issues because to lower the risk of relapse, we need to help families create an environment that’s better for healing and less centered around punishment or shame.

Healing those relationships with friends and loved ones can really add much more motivation to those in recovery. After so long and so many struggles, being able to have good family or friend relationships again will provide great support and reward for the person in recovery.

We provide this help by incorporating family days and teaching healthy personal boundaries. Contact with friends and family is encouraged at Ripple Ranch, unlike some drug rehabs where patients are isolated from friends and family for most of their stay.

We are here to provide holistic (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) cocaine addiction treatment to beat addiction and any underlying factors while also offering our family program for staying connected with family and learning healthy boundaries while recovering.

How Do You Take Those First Steps Toward Sobriety?

Taking those first leaps of faith is scary, and we understand how you feel. Ripple Ranch Recovery is here to help you break those chains you have with cocaine. All you have to do is take that leap of faith. Help yourself by letting us help you. You deserve it, and you are strong enough to achieve it.

Our dedicated team is standing by in hopes of hearing from you. If you feel Ripple Ranch is right for you, reach out to us via phone or through our contact page. Our arms are open and our hearts are yearning for your recovery. One step at a time, your walk toward recovery will become strides in no time.

All we need from you is a little hope and a little faith. From there, we can help you with the rest.

Contact Us Today to Get Started

Our team is standing by to teach you more about what we offer and help you figure out a care plan that will be most effective for you and your unique situation.