Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is often abused because of its ability to elicit a temporary rush of energy, euphoria, increased confidence, and similar pleasurable feelings. Most commonly abused as either a powder or in crystallized rock form, cocaine’s ability to induce intense yet short-lived effects often prompts users to abuse the drug multiple times, which increases the risk of both immediate and long-term damage. Becoming addicted to cocaine, which is also known as developing a cocaine use disorder, can expose an individual to a variety of risks, including diminished physical health, impaired cognition, the development or exacerbation of co-occurring mental health disorders, and even death. Cocaine addiction can exert a powerful hold on an individual, and can be difficult to overcome without effective professional intervention.
At Wilmington Treatment Center, we have more than three decades of experience working with men and women whose lives have been impacted by cocaine addiction, and we have developed specialized programming that has proved to be quite effective at helping individuals overcome the compulsion to abuse cocaine. At Wilmington Treatment Center, women and men who have been struggling with cocaine addiction and certain co-occurring disorders can receive the intensive comprehensive care that will allow them to achieve long-term sobriety, and live healthier and happier lives, free from the devastating constraints of cocaine abuse and addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a loved one has been abusing or has become dependent upon cocaine can be a disconcerting experience. Cocaine use disorder is a serious problem that requires effective professional intervention, and getting your loved one into treatment is vital. Please consider the following:
- Research the types of treatment that have helped others who were experiencing problems similar to what your loved one is going through.
- Identify specific programs that provide the type and level of care that your loved one needs. Be sure to confirm that the programs you are looking into offer comprehensive services that will address any co-occurring disorders that your loved one may be experiencing.
- Learn how to talk to a loved one about his or her cocaine abuse and addiction. Remember that the interventions you may have seen on TV or in films are scripted and/or edited to heighten the drama. Do not use these as guidelines. Consult experts and visit reputable websites to learn what to do and what not to do.
- If possible, enlist other loved ones to assist you. You do not want your loved one to feel as though he or she is being ambushed or ganged up on, but at the same time you should not feel that you must bear this burden alone. A small group of loved ones is ideal.
- When your loved one has agreed to get treatment, remove all logistical obstacles that may preclude him or her from following through. Provide transportation, set up appointments, arrange for childcare, cook meals, and do whatever else you can so that your loved one can focus on getting well.
Of course, treatment is just one step on the lifelong path of addiction recovery. Realize that your loved one will need your continued support both during and after he or she is in treatment, and leave no doubt in his or her mind that you will be a source of ongoing love and support.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
The continued abuse of cocaine can have a devastating impact on virtually all aspects of a person’s life. The physical impact of chronic cocaine abuse can include, but is not limited to, respiratory depression, heart damage, muscle weakness, malnutrition, and damage to the nasal cavity. Cocaine abuse has also been associated with the development or exacerbation of a variety of psychological and cognitive problems, including anxiety, paranoia, delusions, and disrupted thinking patterns. When a person becomes dependent upon cocaine, he or she will prioritize the drug over essential responsibilities such as maintaining interpersonal relationships, being a good partner and parent, performing to expectation at work, and maintaining financial stability. As a result, people who fail to get effective professional help for a cocaine use disorder are likely to experience family discord, job loss, financial distress, and legal problems including arrest and incarceration. It is not unheard of for a person who has become addicted to cocaine to lose his or her family, friends, and place of residence. Homelessness, helplessness, and an abiding sense of despair are likely outcomes if the person does not get the help that he or she needs. But it does not have to be this way. By seeking treatment, the devastation of cocaine addiction can be transformed into the promise of a healthy drug-free future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital, and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from an addiction to cocaine, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as cocaine, can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to cocaine can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experiences had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to cocaine often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we make available to our patients:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of a cocaine addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of cocaine or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows patients to participate in activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in psychical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to cocaine has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to cocaine. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment that will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about leave an addiction to cocaine in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you, and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.