A potent stimulant that often comes either in the form of a white powder or a crystal known as “crack,” cocaine is an illicit drug that has the potential to cause enormous devastation in the lives of those who abuse it. Cocaine is made from the South American coca plant, and when ingested, it produces powerful feelings of pleasure, euphoria, and excess energy. Because the high from cocaine is relatively short-lived, typically no more than about a half hour, individuals who use this drug may find themselves caught in cycles of binging that can last hours or days, and there is virtually no limit to the amount of damage that cocaine abuse can cause in an individual’s life.
Fortunately, at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, our team of caring professionals understands the struggle that can accompany cocaine abuse. Together, we have decades of combined experience in helping people break addictions to drugs such as cocaine, allowing them to live life to its fullest potential.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be a disturbing and distressing revelation to learn that a loved one has been using cocaine. You may feel a range of different emotions, from confusion to frustration to fear and everything in between. However, the one emotion you do not need to feel is helplessness since there are a number of ways that you can help your loved one overcome an addiction to this powerful substance. Consider the following:
- First of all, make sure to take care of yourself. You will be much less helpful to your loved one if your reserves are drained. Make sure to spend time engaging in activities that rejuvenate you. Keep up with your hobbies and lean on the support of close friends and family, and be sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat healthy.
- Read reputable websites, find books, and talk with treatment professionals so that you can build your knowledge about cocaine and the effects that this drug can have on those who abuse it. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of cocaine intoxication and overdose, and make a plan for how to handle these situations if they arise.
- Along with the above, research options for treatment that might help your loved one overcome his or her cocaine use. Make a short and manageable list of a few treatment centers that might be a good fit for your loved one.
- Perhaps the most difficult part of this process is also one of the most necessary: Talk with your loved one. These conversations are likely to be difficult, but it is important that you share your observations and concerns openly and nonjudgmentally while also listening to your loved one’s responses and encouraging him or her to get help. Do not issue ultimatums, no matter how afraid or angry you may be, and try to prevent these conversations from turning into arguments.
- When your loved one decides to enter treatment, share the list of treatment centers you found with him or her and discuss some good options for care. Help your loved one with logistics while also supporting him or her. For example, you might consider setting up appointments with treatment center staff members, while also offering to accompany your loved one to those appointments.
- During your loved one’s time in treatment, remain an active source of support and participate in any family sessions and psychoeducation that your loved one’s treatment center may offer.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Substances of abuse are known to cause widespread damage and devastation in individuals’ lives, and cocaine is certainly no exception. Individuals who abuse this drug may find themselves struggling at work and at home. They may lose interest in relationships, causing separation, divorce, loss of child custody, and even complete social isolation. Cocaine use can also cause damage to numerous organ systems in the body, including the mucous membranes, cardiovascular system, digestive system, reproductive system, and the nervous system. Individuals who abuse cocaine may suffer injury as result of accidents while intoxicated or drug-related violence. Of course, the prospect of a potentially fatal overdose also looms over every instance of cocaine use. Fortunately, with proper treatment, individuals who experience a cocaine addiction can overcome the grip this drug has on their lives and can regain the hope of a sober future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Overlooking a quiet cove in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a state-of-the-art hospital designed to provide mental and behavioral health care and addiction treatment services for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults over the age of 18. Surrounded by trees, fields, and seasonal flora and fauna, Crestwyn’s setting offers an ideal, tranquil environment where true healing can occur. With safe, comfortable, and bright patient-care rooms for respite, courtyard areas for relaxation, and a large gymnasium for exercise and recreation, Crestwyn prides itself on being a place where patients can regain hope in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
In order to be revered as a world-class hospital, Crestwyn Behavioral Health implements an integrated application of the most current practices of psychotherapy, psychodynamic clinical care, and psychoeducation. In doing so, patients can benefit from receiving the most well-rounded approach to treatment available.
All patients will be provided with individualized treatment plans that will guide them throughout their stay at Crestwyn. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and activity therapists round out the exemplary staff that delivers care at this hospital. In addition to various levels of licensure and certification, many of the staff members have specialized training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR). As such, patients who choose to receive treatment at Crestwyn can rest assured that they will be supplied with a comprehensive approach to care.
The following interventions may be included as part of each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Detoxification: When individuals are battling an addiction to cocaine, they may benefit from participation in the detox services that are offered. As part of detox, individuals will have any substances of abuse physiologically removed from their systems in a monitored environment where their comfort and safety are ensured.
Medication management: If an individual is suffering from the symptoms of a mental health disorder in addition to an addiction to cocaine, certain psychotropic medications may be included in his or her plan of care. Psychiatrists work with patients to determine whether or not medications would benefit them, and nurses and nurse practitioners oversee the administration of any medications that are prescribed. Medication management services, including meetings with a psychiatrist, occur on a daily basis.
Individual therapy: Provided on a daily or as-needed basis, individual therapy sessions offer patients a time to meet one-on-one with their primary counselor in a safe and confidential setting. During these sessions, patients have the opportunity to openly discuss any concerns that they have and to process through their experiences in treatment. Individual therapy can also be an ideal setting for patients to work through how their cocaine addictions have impacted their lives, and learn ways that they can prevent future relapse.
Group therapy: Counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians lead the various group therapy sessions that patients can participate in during their time at Crestwyn. Group therapy provides individuals who are battling an addiction to cocaine with an opportunity to come together with others who may be experiencing similar struggles and challenges. In this forum, they can give and receive support to and from their peers, which offers an additional benefit of helping patients come to realize that they are not alone. Group therapy sessions are held daily and can include community groups, psychoeducation groups, and 12-Step recovery groups. The topics covered during the different sessions will vary, but may include the following:
- Anger management
- Medication support
- Suicide prevention
- Treatment options
- Recovery skills
- Healthy relationships
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions can be an optimal setting for patients to process through their addictions to cocaine with those closest to them. In this setting, family members can discuss how their loved one’s addiction has impacted their lives, which can be the beginning step towards healing within patients’ most important relationships. Additionally, family therapy sessions can provide patients’ loved ones with an opportunity to learn both about addiction and about the ways in which they can support and encourage their loved one during and after treatment. When indicated, family therapy is incorporated into each patient’s treatment plan based on his or her needs and/or the proximity of his or her family members.
With a recognition that inpatient treatment is often only the beginning step towards ongoing recovery from an addiction to cocaine, the staff at Crestwyn Behavioral Health work with patients to form thorough discharge plans so that appropriate continuity of care can be assured as patients’ time at Crestwyn comes to an end. Assessment counselors, treatment teams, and patients’ individual therapists will all work in collaboration with each patient to determine which aftercare options are most appropriate for him or her.
If you or an important person in your life is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out the knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced professionals at Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Your or your loved one’s suffering does not have to continue; healing is only a phone call away.