HISTORY OF COCAINE USE
Cocaine use and dependence have been problems in the United States since the late 1800s. The drug has actually been used for thousands of years, beginning with ancient South American civilizations’ use of the naturally occurring coca plant. European explorers discovered the plant on their travels and quickly capitalized on its stimulant and anesthetic effects. Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center provides an adolescent cocaine use treatment program to combat its growing usage.
Cocaine became popular in the 1850s as a recreational supplement and “medicinal” solution for problems ranging from cold sores to exhaustion. It was added to everyday beverages (including early recipes of Coca-Cola), marketed to soldiers as “pep pills,” and used among workers with labor-intensive jobs.
By 1906, people began to recognize the ill effects of cocaine, and the US government began requiring labeling on all products that contained the drug. But it wasn’t until 1970 that it became heavily regulated as an illicit, harmful substance. Now considered a Schedule II drug — which means it has limited medical uses, but a high potential for misuse and dependence — recreational use of cocaine is illegal and proven to be medically dangerous. Due to the dangers and popularity, our teen boys’ cocaine use treatment program was established to create sober lifestyles.
Unfortunately, this proven medical danger does not stop over two million Americans from abusing the drug every year. Among these numbers, adolescent cocaine misuse and dependence is a concern: in a 2017 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an estimated 26,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 had reportedly used cocaine within the last month. In the same age group, 19,000 adolescents met the criteria for a cocaine use disorder. These numbers include both powder cocaine (“coke”) and crystallized cocaine (“crack”). Some teens may be at a higher risk than others; factors like family life, access and exposure to drugs, mental health, socioeconomic status, and geographic location can influence whether a teen discovers cocaine and begins using it.
Cocaine and crack cocaine are highly addictive for people of all ages and can cause serious physical and mental health problems with long-term use. If you think your adolescent is using coke or crack, it’s important to get them into our teen boys’ residential substance use center as quickly as possible. It’s time to reach out for help. Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center provides an adolescent cocaine use treatment program.
HOW COCAINE DEPENDENCE WORKS
Cocaine is a stimulant that is often used recreationally. “Stimulant” means that it causes over-activity in certain pathways in the brain — notably the areas that control things like mood, reward, alertness, and inhibition. When you are high on a drug like coke or crack, you feel a rush of happiness, pleasure, energy, and sociability. Cocaine use also trains the brain to know that using it will deliver these pleasurable feelings, which results in uncontrolled cravings and the development of a cocaine use habit.
Continued use leads to tolerance, which means that users require increasingly higher doses of the drug to achieve the same high. This introduces a growing danger of overdose, which can be fatal with both coke and crack. Larger doses also make the highs and lows of cocaine use more drastic — the highs will be more intense, but, as the chemicals produced by cocaine use wear off, the overactivated pathways in the brain feel drained and empty. This leads to withdrawal symptoms and more intense cravings — characteristics of cocaine dependence. Seek help at a teen boys’ cocaine use treatment program to lessen the pains of withdrawal and gain a life of sobriety.
When adolescents use coke and crack in particular, the drastic effects on the brain are especially concerning. Because the human brain does not stop developing until around the age of 25, when teens use drugs like cocaine, interruptions are created that interfere with their normal brain development. This puts the adolescent at high risk for long-term problems such as mental health disorders and other nervous system issues.
SIGNS OF COCAINE DEPENDENCE
Cocaine — both powdered coke and crystallized crack — is a substance that causes significant changes in an individual’s behavior, lifestyle, appearance, and more. There are ways to tell if your teen is using cocaine or other drugs based on the way they act and their overall health. If you suspect that your child is developing a substance use disorder, it’s best to talk to a healthcare professional, mental health counselor, or other recovery professional to learn more about the signs of dependence and get your teen evaluated.
Signs and symptoms of cocaine and crack use in adolescents include:
- Changes in usual interests or friend groups
- Poor performance in school or extracurricular activities
- Lying or avoiding questions about whereabouts
- Seeming overly energetic, talkative or excited (during a high)
- Seeming depressed, anxious or irritable (after a high)
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
- Sudden weight loss or loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Insomnia or disrupted sleeping patterns
- Frequent nosebleeds or other nasal problems
- Injection site “track marks”
- Burns around the lips or hands
You may also see signs of the drug itself in your teen’s room or belongings, including drug paraphernalia (needles, rolled paper, razors or pipes), powders, pills, or crack “rocks.” Cocaine can be snorted, ingested, or injected in powder form, or smoked in crack form.
If cocaine use goes ignored or untreated and without help at our teen boys’ cocaine use treatment program, your adolescent may be at risk for serious long-term physical and mental effects. Issues that individuals who struggle with untreated cocaine dependence can experience include:
- High potential for stroke or heart attack
- Liver and kidney problems
- High blood pressure
- High risk for blood clots
- Nasal difficulties (from snorting powdered coke)
- Mouth and throat problems (from smoking crack)
- Increased resting heart rate
HELP AT OUR ADOLESCENT COCAINE USE TREATMENT PROGRAM
Identifying cocaine use and seeking appropriate treatment right away at our adolescent cocaine use treatment program is critical to your adolescent’s immediate and long-term health. Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center specializes in helping teens who struggle with substance use, including dependence on coke and crack cocaine. The programs at our dual-diagnosis treatment center last from 30 to 90 days. Beginning with detox and following through aftercare, the process in our adolescent cocaine use treatment program begins with a foundation of treatment for 2-4 months. The teens in our programs don’t fall behind in their academics; we offer an on-site, nationally accredited academic program and can accommodate remote schoolwork under the supervision of our educators.
We work closely with every resident and their families to ensure that everyone involved understands the disease of chemical dependence, the possible consequences of cocaine use, and the importance of open communication and trust. We emphasize emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness to help the residents at our boys’ cocaine use treatment program build a strong foundation for their health and renew confidence in themselves, substance-free.
The team at Stonewater is uniquely trained and experienced in helping teens through the specific pressures and worries this age group encounters in independent life. We are an adolescent-only program for ages 12 through 17, and we work to ensure that our residents go on to live long, happy, and healthy lives. We help the residents in our adolescent cocaine use treatment program overcome whatever drove them to start using cocaine so that they know how to avoid relapse and find fulfillment in sobriety.
Stonewater provides a continuum of care for adolescents who are struggling with cocaine use and other substance use disorders. Our treatment options include:
- Medically monitored detox
- Inpatient residential treatment
- Family therapy
- Aftercare recovery program
- Full-time monitoring and screening
Cocaine often requires a medical detox to help individuals get the drug safely out of their brain and body before attending the adolescent cocaine use treatment program. But physical sobriety is not enough to establish long-lasting recovery – a complete program of teen boys’ substance use treatment therapies such as group and individual talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and experiential therapies is needed to create healthy behavior patterns, build essential life skills and restore self-confidence. At Stonewater, our residential curriculum incorporates all of these modalities, among others. Our programs are individualized to each resident’s needs according to our process of admission, evaluation, and psychological testing. We provide a recovery experience that engages and excites the adolescents in our programs, so they can rediscover passions, strengths, and talents and find new hope in their future.[/vc_column_text]
REACH OUT TO STONEWATER TODAY
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center provides recovery treatment for adolescents aged 12 to 17 in Oxford, Mississippi. We welcome residents from all locations and backgrounds who are struggling with substance use, including cocaine and crack cocaine dependence. No matter what your adolescent or your family has experienced from the time this substance entered your lives, we are here to help you get the treatment you need to heal together. Please call us at 662.373.2828 to learn more about adolescent cocaine use treatment. Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center to start the admissions process.