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Cocaine Rehab
Updated on 31/03/2023
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

If you’re ready to seek treatment, cocaine rehab is just a phone call away. Or, do you have a loved one who could benefit from some hands-on care and support while they seek to begin recovery? In either case, it’s vital to address the cocaine addiction head on and get back on your feet.

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Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction can deviate from person to person.

The stimulant is known to cause differing experiences, including its direct symptoms. However, the most commonly noted side effects of this powerful stimulant, include:

  • Psychological Symptoms: Cocaine is a mental stimulant that can cause severe damage if abused over a long time. Psychological symptoms include depression in everyday life, psychosis, irritability, restlessness and changes in mood.
  • Physical Symptoms: Physical symptoms to identify a cocaine addiction include high blood pressure, loss of appetite and weight loss, increased risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular problems, liver damage and insomnia.
  • Behavioural Symptoms: Through abusing cocaine, behaviours and outlooks will likely change. From behaving recklessly and carelessly to making poor decisions, changing personal beliefs can transform a user’s persona for the worst. This can be very difficult for your support network, communities and hard on relationships when you need them most.

Most Common Cocaine Addiction Signs include:

  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • High blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • High energy
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Runny nose and persistent nosebleeds
  • Appetite loss
  • Increased body temperature

If you believe that you’re currently experiencing these common symptoms of cocaine addiction, it’s time to consider professional support.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Options

People talking in therapy about cocaine rehab

Cocaine rehabilitation can come in different forms, depending on the treatment programmes you have chosen, either inpatient or an outpatient.

Nonetheless, both require professional treatment and include a drug use detox period, depending on how heavily you use cocaine and the nature of you addiction.

Beyond this, further group therapy and 1-2-1 therapy sessions will be a part of your treatment plan as we seek a long term solution to your cocaine abuse issue. That in mind, let’s see your options for cocaine rehab.

Depending on if you are a heavy cocaine user, or somebody who takes cocaine of a weekend and feel you are picking up a dangerous habit, our team will give the best advice on a recommended treatment, whether that be residential rehabilitation or visiting a treatment centre as an outpatient to fight your cocaine addiction.

Inpatient Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

A bedroom within a luxury cocaine rehab

If you are a heavy user of cocaine, it is likely that residential rehab is the most beneficial option.

This kind of rehab treats cocaine dependency and eases the intense cravings through addiction therapy that is designed to put you on the path to a healthy life for the long run.

Substance abuse disorders are best tackled with ongoing support from professionals, which is applied when you stay in a residential rehab. You can stay in a home-away-from-home in with this option, it physically takes you away from the place where your addiction was able to thrive making it an incredibly effective method for recovering addicts.

Outpatient treatment programme for Cocaine Addiction

two people talking over webcam about cocaine withdrawal

Another option is to look for services that don’t require a residential stay. Some of these include:

Treatment Programmes

  • NHS: You can see your GP too seek cocaine addiction treatment or other drugs, alcohol etc. You can also seek help for your drug addiction through this NHS location treatment services finder. [1]
  • CBT: You can find free cocaine addiction treatment through cognitive behavioural therapy sessions that you can self-refer for through the NHS. Do be aware however that there are often long waiting lists.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: These are popular group therapy sessions that are focused around narcotic addictions.
  • Visiting a Private Cocaine rehab: If you don’t want to stay in a residential rehab, but still want fast response to cocaine dependence, visiting for treatment is still an option.

If you’re trying to decide which approach to addiction treatment is for you, you can ask Addiction Advocates for advice.

After you get in touch with us, we arrange for admission into many reputable CQC approved private rehabilitation centres across the UK. Also, if the need arises, we can facilitate urgent or priority admission.

How to treat a Cocaine use Disorder: What to Expect in Rehab

To fully recover from a cocaine addiction, you need to heal both physically and psychologically.

With this in mind, it is imperative that cocaine users who are determined to recover source professional support and effective treatment.

By attempting to brush addictive characteristics under the carpet, underlying causations will refuel cocaine consumption; again, causing concern for greater substance abuse. If you are intimidated by the thought of a cocaine rehab centre, then allow us to put your mind at ease.

Here is what you should expect from cocaine addiction treatment.

Step 1: Cocaine Rehab Assessment

somebody speaking to a doctor

Before we put you through a cocaine rehabilitation programme you will be assessed at one of our CQC registered rehab clinics.

During this process, we will find the right treatment for you and explain how the rehab process will go. We will initially identify the severity of your addiction by getting to understand more about, your personal circumstances, and your current coping mechanisms.

Also, during your cocaine addiction treatment programme, there could be a dual diagnosis. This means that you have a co-existing mental health condition that may be making the process of treating cocaine addiction and your recovery journey much more difficult.

By gathering all this information, we can then plan the right course of action and the steps involved in your addiction recovery. As every individuals addiction is different, rehab programmes are not standardised but flexible.

Step 2: Cocaine Detoxification Process

A woman doing skincare detox

Cocaine rehab typically starts with medical treatment options, users will need to complete a cocaine detox programme.

This will kick-start the preparations for a cocaine-free life and the 1st big step of your rehab programme.

By removing all sources of the substance from the body, optimal health will be aimed for, along with preparing for physical sobriety. A detox programme can take some time, along with alternative therapies and medications to reduce withdrawal symptom severity.

Detox or “cold turkey” can be challenging. The benefit of undertaking this at a rehab clinic is that you are monitored on a 24/7 basis and medications applied to help you through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms if necessary.

Step 3: Therapy and Counselling Addiction Treatment

Somebody recieving addiction treatment through a consultation
Alongside detoxification, it is vital that psychological support is offered and incorporated into a cocaine addiction treatment programme. As addiction is a psychologically driven illness commonly maintained in the brain, therapy must be a staple part of the recovery process.

Likewise, there are usually vast numbers of causations influencing the initial cocaine abuse.

It is important that when you see treatment, you work with the cocaine rehab to find the reasoning behind the intense cravings and cocaine use.

When causation is uncovered, it helps to reduce future relapse opportunities. A different outlook on drug abuse will be aimed for through the likes of:

Although this combination may seem demanding, a range of treatment options is imperative to tackle cocaine addiction from every angle.
Two people having therapy over withdrawal symptoms
There are usually various mental health issues linked to cocaine addiction, which thus, require additional rehabilitation. With this in mind, we urge all clients to embrace this consistent and targeted approach to care, known to advance success rates further.

Another reason it’s important to be in the right environment during this drug rehab stage is that the detox on its own is not enough. Every addict needs counselling coupled with a range of psychological exercises. All this is necessary because strengthening the mental will is just as important as staying clean.

How to Combat Cocaine Addiction with Further Therapy

A therapist talking to a patient

It’s been established that detox on its own is not enough to keep a cocaine addiction at bay.

That’s why there are so many cases involving relapses; there’s not enough work done on the mind, making it incredibly easy to relapse if you don’t have professional assistance guiding you through the process.

So, to ensure that you or your loved one have a fighting chance when it comes to staying sober, there’s an array of different treatments to be explored once you have completed the residential stay.

Once you’re integrated into our cocaine rehab program, you’ll definitely find treatment services that’ll work for you. Some of these include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Hypnosis
  • Meditation
  • Art therapy
  • Support groups
    • Cocaine anonymous
    • Narcotics anonymous
    • 12-step work

This is of course alongside other activities included in a relapse-prevention aftercare programme . This is just a cross-section of mental health treatment programs and ongoing care that keeps at-risk individuals in check even long after they leave our facilities.

Why Do People Take Cocaine?

Before deciding to kick cocaine use addiction, it’s vital to know why getting hooked on this drug is so easy.

In a nutshell, this drug creates a heightened sense of euphoria. No one can dispute that life is hard, and for some people, that feeling of euphoria is a getaway. But, the price to pay here is too high, especially in the long run.

This drug inhibits the recycling of dopamine (a hormone that regulates happiness) in the brain. Since cocaine causes the production of this hormone to spike, at some point, the brain solely depends on the drug as an indicator to release dopamine.

When you factor intolerance, it’s a different ball game.

Users are bound to get more dependent on the drug as their tolerance increases and will need stronger doses to achieve the same level of euphoria. From this point, it’s a vicious cycle, cocaine addiction is in full swing.

The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

The fact that it is a highly addictive substance barely scratches the surface when it comes to what cocaine can do to your body.

The Physical Affects of Cocaine Addiction

It all starts in the brain, where the drug plays with the area that dispenses dopamine and serotonin. This is dangerous because these two hormones are in charge of both your mood, and the feeling of happiness.

Once the drug is introduced, the production of these hormones will be on the fritz. But, here’s the catch, soon enough your brain will start depending on cocaine to trigger the release of these hormones.

That’s when feelings of worthlessness and depression start to set in causing long term damage after mere minutes of elation.

Another part of the body that takes a blow here is the nose since cocaine is commonly snorted. This could lead to breathing difficulties, bleeding and eventually, wounded septa. That’s not all, cocaine users can attest to the fact that there’s a spike in the speed of the heartbeat after taking the drug.

As such, frequent use could lead to heart problems that are fatal on their own.

In fact, this recreational drug has wrecked more lives than you can imagine and there are a handful more getting sucked in on a daily basis.

The momentary high and euphoria it offers come at a deadly price. Apart from heart diseases, sexual problems, seizures, and headaches, users are susceptible to HIV & Hepatitis as well as bowel decay.  In a nutshell, it’s going to be one health problem after another, hence why it is quite the slippery slope to regular drug use.

The Phycological Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

As touched on above, cocaine is one of the most addictive substances on the market, making it easy to rely upon.

lady with head in her hands stressed
Yet, its addictive tendencies can soon turn drug abuse into a life-threatening behavioural habit. This is down to the short-term effects of cocaine, providing a short high that soon becomes sought-after consistently.

There are great concerns for all individuals suffering from any degree of addiction, behavioural habit or mental health disorder. However, ongoing cocaine abuse can result in severe cognitive damage and physical health deterioration.

From mental health worries, including depression, paranoia and psychosis, to heart failure and cardiovascular problems, long-term consumption of the drug can result in great damage.

Alongside a reduced quality of life, there is a large focus on health, relationships, careers and general everyday responsibilities. The list of further dangers linked to cocaine abuse is long.

The Unknown Implications of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is an illegal drug, it will usually be purchased through a dealer.

The concern here is that a large proportion of cocaine users will have little knowledge of the ingredients mixed with their exclusive white powder. Unfortunately, there have been vast fatalities linked to cocaine overdoses, commonly down to low-quality produce.

With this in mind, the ongoing purchase and consumption of cocaine is precarious, either resulting in long-term damage or immediate life-threatening scenarios. If you’re currently consuming cocaine, we ask you to think of the bigger picture surrounding risks.

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So, don’t hesitate to inquire; there are no ‘stupid questions’ here, just steps that will lead you to a place where your mental health cannot be threatened.

Whether it’s for a loved one or you, you’ll appreciate the help we offer, and it all starts with you getting in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does rehab cost?
This factor again is based on personal needs. Pricing structures do fluctuate depending on the necessary treatment services, required through rehab. For greater accuracy, get in touch with our team today. Please be aware that some insurance policies can be activated through rehab. This will however depend on your policy, along with your selected drug rehab facility.
What type of drug addictions do you treat?
Most drugs are highly addictive. There are of course a group of drugs which are abused more frequently. However, a large range of drug addictions can be worked through, through rehab. From illegal drugs, usually carrying highly addictive tendencies, to prescription drugs, commonly abused unknowingly, treatment options are available.
What usually causes a drug addiction?
Addiction causations will always vary. However, in today’s world, a large number of diagnoses are based around life stresses, mental health conditions, previous distressing episodes and environments. Factors such as genetics and pre-existing behaviours can also influence drug abuse. With this in mind, it is important that the underlying causation is identified and worked through, helping to advance long-term recovery rates.
How effective is visiting a drug rehab?
Visiting a drug rehab is the most effective route to consider if you’re hoping to recover. Offering everything you need under one roof, while prioritising your health, you’ll have a reliable chance of combatting your drug addiction. It is important to remember that there are no quick fixes when considering addiction recovery. Great effort will be required, along with your determination to progress through rehab. With this mindset and a personalised treatment plan, rehab can be highly effective.
How to overcome cocaine addiction without rehab?
It isn’t always advised to try and overcome a cocaine addiction without medical assistance. The more severe your addiction the more dangerous it can be. You must first stop taking the substance, but before going “cold turkey” seek medical help from a professional such as your GP. Once you have done this, make sure you try and include exercise into your lifestyle as this can boost your mood and help your sleeping pattern. Ensure you are well hydrated and eat well too.
Where to get help for cocaine addiction?
We would always recommend that you consult with your GP first, but for some people this can be a difficult experience. If this is the case then you can consult with a local drug treatment service. Typically your GP will find a solution for you with the initial consultation and will often refer you to the local drug treatment service, but the Talk to Frank website has a great local drug treatment finder service here.
How long does cocaine stay in your system?
Once you have consumed cocaine, your body will instantly break it down into metabolites. These metabolites remain in your system for a while and can be detected on tests. Cocaine can be detected in your hair for up to 90 days after consumption, but for blood and saliva it can be detected for up to 2 days after taking it. As for urine, cocaine can be detected in your system up to 4 days after taking it.


  • [1] NHS location treatment services finder. [1] -

Seth is an author, addiction recovery expert and fully accredited member of the national counselling society. He has experience working with a wide range of addictions and mental illnesses using a number of evidence-based therapies and programmes such as the SMART models of addiction recovery.

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