Albuquerque Cocaine Treatment
Cocaine use has plagued New Mexico, particularly within the borders of one of its most populous cities, Albuquerque. In fact, as of 2000, nearly 35 percent of men arrested in Albuquerque tested positive for cocaine. Reaching Albuquerque through underground trade from south of the border, cocaine distribution within the city occurs via both direct transactions and drug dealing rings. However, though recent statistics show the effectiveness of new legislation to curb cocaine use in New Mexico, the accessibility of cocaine still causes residents to fall into experimentation, chemical dependency and drug addiction.
The Nature of Cocaine Addiction in Albuquerque
From the first use, cocaine acts on several important brain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters – particularly norepinephrine and dopamine. As a stimulant, cocaine leads users to experience an initial “rush,” followed by feelings of calm, energy and euphoria. Whether snorted as a powder, injected in a solution into the bloodstream, or heated and inhaled (via a process known as “freebasing”), cocaine provides a fast-hitting, short-acting high – often necessitating repeated uses in a short window in order to maintain the drug’s effects.
Regardless of the method of cocaine use, the drug alters neuropathways in the brain associated with reward and pleasure, conditioning the addicted individual towards use. Cocaine use also leads to quickly building tolerance, making the initial feelings associated with early exposure nearly impossible to achieve later on. Chemical balances in the brain shift with frequent and ongoing use, causing the user to feel restless, paranoid or depressed when the drug exits the system. Addicted individuals experience cravings for reuse, both to end negative withdrawal symptoms and to achieve euphoric effects once more.
Aspects of Cocaine Addiction Treatment
In order to break the physical dependence on cocaine, drug detoxification allows the brain to register and recognize the chemical imbalances the drug instigates. Though the patient feels the effects of these chemical imbalances during the withdrawal phase of recovery, the brain begins to resume normal production of neurochemicals as cravings dissipate. Withdrawal symptoms can be safely managed and monitored, allowing patients to safely undergo a transition to a drug-free body.
Once physical detoxification from cocaine has been achieved, the psychological portion of cocaine addiction can be addressed. Treatment can be customized to the individual and may involve a combination of therapies.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment and Recovery for Albuquerque Addicts
Behavioral therapy, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), has been shown to be the most effective treatment for reducing cocaine use and preventing relapse. Unresolved traumatic incidents, grief, negative or limiting self-beliefs or deficient life skills may all contribute to the mental reasons behind cocaine addiction. In fact, in some cases, cocaine users may have underlying mental disorders that require specific therapies to resolve, as patients may have been using the drug to self-medicate. Holistic therapies that address nutritional deficiencies, exercise needs, and stress, anger and organizational management may also be incorporated into recovery.
Information on Cocaine Treatment Programs
If you or a loved one has a cocaine abuse problem, we invite you to take the first steps towards sobriety by calling our toll-free number. Our expert staff members are available to help you 24 hours a day and ready to provide you with customized referrals and information about your options for drug rehab.