Christian Cocaine Addiction Treatment
In 2014 alone, over 5,400 people died when they overdosed on cocaine. You don't need to take a large amount of the drug to put yourself in danger, either. Just a small amount mixed with the wrong medication or alcohol can cause serious health concerns or a shutdown of organs, and some dealers mix other powders in with cocaine to dilute it and extend their profits. When you inject, snort or smoke cocaine, you don't really know what you're putting in your body.
Most individuals who are addicted to cocaine realize some of the dangers they face. One of the traps of drug addiction is that you can rationally understand the risks associated with your actions and take those actions anyway. Many people who have never dealt with addiction don't understand that even if you have faith in a higher power, you can't always pray or study your way out of the addiction cycle.
At Road to Freedom, we understand your struggle with addiction and we can offer real help. Our faith-based treatment processes combine Biblical principles with proven medical and therapeutic options, helping you get past withdrawals, understand root causes for your drug use and develop healthy and spiritual coping mechanisms to stay sober in the future. For more information about how we can help, call us today at (844) 402-3605.
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant that disrupts certain functionality in the brain. Specifically, cocaine stops the brain from processing dopamine, causing dopamine to build up beyond normal levels. This accounts for the high or euphoric feeling someone experiences when using cocaine. Continued use of the drug can completely disrupt the body's normal dopamine functions, which means the brain doesn't experience pleasure from normal activities and requires more and more cocaine to achieve a high.
What is the Difference Between Cocaine and Crack Cocaine?
Cocaine can be used in a number of ways, making it easier for someone to obtain a high. Common ways of using cocaine include snorting it or smoking it, injecting it or rubbing it onto the gums. Each way of using cocaine requires a different form for the substance. Injecting cocaine requires that the user dissolve the powder in water, for example. The powder itself can be snorted.
Crack cocaine is a form of the drug that has been processed from powder into a rock. These rocks can be heated in a crack pipe and they give off vapors that can be inhaled. While both powder and crack cocaine are still cocaine, the rock or crack form has been processed and is "freer" in some ways, which means that it can be rapidly absorbed by the body when smoked for a fast, hard-punching cocaine high similar to the high felt when injecting cocaine.
The high that occurs from snorted cocaine hits the body in 1 to 5 minutes and it can last up to 2 hours after peaking in about 20 minutes. The high that occurs from injected or smoked cocaine peaks in just a few minutes but only lasts up to an hour. This means someone using injected or smoked cocaine might have to use it more often to maintain a high.
What Is Cocaine Addiction?
Like any addiction, cocaine addiction is a chronic disease that requires professional intervention and treatment. Many experts use other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, as a metaphor for addiction. Diabetes isn't something most people are cured of – it's something someone has to manage for a lifetime with good eating habits, exercise and medication. An addiction is similar – and rehab and treatment helps you understand what habits, medication and exercises you must perform to manage it. One area where Christians often hurt themselves or loved ones is in a misunderstanding of addiction and how best to approach it.
Christians often use verses such as those found in Galatians 5:19-21 to attempt to combat addiction. The verses say, "Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
On the surface, you could interpret that to mean that if you are impure or drunk with drug use, then you cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Well-meaning Christians try to use such logic to shame someone out of drug use and addiction – as if you aren't already dealing with enough guilt and shame. If guilt pushed someone out of addiction successfully, very few people would struggle with it at all!
In reality, that verse means that people who choose flesh over God lose out on the kingdom of God. If you are dealing with chronic addiction, you aren't always choosing flesh over God. You are struggling – just as every person struggles – and you need help.
You can choose God by taking a single step toward help. He knows you might fall down along the way, and he's not looking for you to "beat a bad habit by sheer willpower." He's looking for you to take his hand, and the hand of those professionals he puts in your life, and accept help.
What Effects Does Cocaine Use Have on Your Health and Life?
Remember that God did not put you in this world simply to suffer an addiction, and you don't have to keep dealing with the effects of cocaine on your health and life. Those effects can be very serious, too. Some ways cocaine impacts your body include:
- A decrease in appetite, which can lead to unhealthy weight loss
- Problems sleeping
- Digestive disorders
- Higher-than-normal body temperature and blood pressure, which strains your organs
- Increased risks of heart attacks and stroke
- Unpredictable moods leading to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
- Impaired judgment that can lead to risky and dangerous behavior
What Are Some Signs of Cocaine Use?
Someone who is abusing cocaine might show certain physical and behavioral signs. Some signs of cocaine use include:
- Dilated pupils during a high
- Nosebleeds or unexplained runny nose
- Track marks at injection sites
- Unexplained or commonly burned fingers and lips from smoking crack cocaine
- Overconfidence and risky decision-making
- Paranoia or agitation
- Apathy about things that used to interest them
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Lying or stealing
- Poor performance at work or school
- Suddenly missing or not caring about social or family obligations
If someone you know is displaying some of these symptoms, they could be struggling with drug use. You can't make a decision for them to seek sobriety, but you can do something to help them. Call us at (844) 402-3605 to find out what options you have to assist a loved one in need, or if you are struggling with cocaine use and want a way out.
How Is an Inpatient Christian Facility Able to Help?
Our inpatient Christian cocaine treatment facility helps you face cocaine withdrawals and begin to work toward long-term sobriety. We know that dealing with an addiction can be frightening, but we also know that you weren't meant to deal with this alone.
Our Christian counselors, medical practitioners and pastoral caregivers work with you. An inpatient program lets you put the world on hold for a while so you can concentrate on getting healthy again. Learn more about why you should choose Road to Freedom.
Combining Faith with Proven Clinical Approaches
"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
Many people who struggle with addiction feel that God has abandoned them, but he has not left you alone. Not only did he send his Son for you and to walk by you, but he also provides numerous ways for you to seek help. We believe Road to Freedom is one of those ways. Our programs include:
- Medical detox to help you remove cocaine from your body without suffering severe withdrawal symptoms.
- Pastoral counseling and Bible study to help you build up your faith for future battles.
- Group and individual therapy so you learn to recognize root causes and triggers for your drug use and deal with them via appropriate coping mechanisms.
- Family therapy when applicable to help create a viable support structure so you can lean on others when needed after discharge.
- Court liaison services to help you resolve legal issues that might stem from your drug use in the past.
Staying Off Cocaine in the Future
While God loves you and wants you to have abundant life, he never promised that this life would be easy. Unfortunately, your struggle with addiction doesn't completely end because you successfully complete an inpatient recovery program. We know this, and we help you develop a plan for aftercare to give you the best change at sobriety and a drug-free life.
Don't wait to take a step toward that life. Call us now at (844) 402-3605. All calls are confidential, and we answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.