Cocaine Addiction Rehab

    What is really going on with cocaine?

    Have you ever been bullied? Or overlooked? Or told that you are not good enough?

    Perhaps you have been in an abusive or dysfunctional relationship?.
    Maybe this relationship was with your mother, your father, your siblings, friends or even someone at work.
    Maybe it is your partner that is perpetuating your feeling of “not being enough”.

    Well, this is why one of the reasons why cocaine is such a nasty substance. Simply put, cocaine is powdered self-esteem. Cocaine takes all of these feelings away – for a little while.

    Understanding Cocaine Addiction and Recovery in South Africa

    When you first use cocaine socially, it may very well seem fun and a great way to let your hair down. However, before long, you may find that you are using cocaine to combat your feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy – without even realising it! This is when we find that our clients have been using cocaine not to ‘get high,’ but rather just to feel “good enough”. Good enough to get out to bed, to go to work, good enough to interact with people, to speak openly, to make difficult phone calls, to open up to people and to ignite feelings that you crave and wish you could have all the time.

    All those horrible feelings that you have, which you don’t like, don’t choose and (very often) might not even realise are there – these all impact your core belief about yourself. With a core belief system that is not operating in a healthy way, you may find yourself turning to cocaine as the ‘fun time’, which is not all that fun (after the feelings of being good enough pass).

    During cocaine use – euphoria, confidence, your self-esteem is elevated. Then, an elevated heart rate, increased anxiety, feeling skittish, paranoid and potentially suicidal. Along with the way in which people look at you when you ‘need to go use the toilet again’ or ‘just have hayfever’ (even when there is no pollen in sight). Poor business decisions, bad relationship choices, etc etc etc……

    After cocaine use – a bleeding nose (complete with scabs, which have to come out at some stage), horrible coughing by irritated lungs, deeper depression, regrets about your actions and the effects thereof. Wait, there’s more: erratic sleeping patterns and perhaps the need to take medication to dampen the effects of cocaine as a stimulant (such as alcohol, benzodiazepines or opiates – DK to insert link here).
    In no time at all, what seemed like the magical cure to a battered sense of self-worth, or maybe just a bit of recreational fun, can lead to poor quality of life. This may happen very quickly (in weeks or months), however, sometimes it may take much longer – 10, even 20 years! At some stage, you will reach the point where cocaine is just not fun anymore. Well, honestly, perhaps it never really was.

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    To help you, we need to look at two key things:

    1. Why have you formed this dysfunctional relationship with cocaine? How has it become your best friend and worst enemy all at the same time? What is underlying your compulsion to use? Your battered self-esteem, for example, must stem from an underlying trauma or a number of such traumas. We need to treat the root cause of your need to use this substance that is killing you. Take away the pain (effects of trauma), then you no longer need the ‘medication’ (lines, rails, bags, grams – so many names!).
    2. What needs to be done about the other ‘comorbidities’ that you are struggling with? Ignore the fancy word – we are referring to things like an underlying depression, anxiety, or some other form of disorder that can be managed through much more sustainable means.

    So to be technical (as an afterthought): Cocaine addiction treatments are often both behavioural and pharmacological. Behavioural therapy focuses on psychosocial issues to deal with the underlying motivations and psychological problems associated with cocaine addiction. Pharmacological treatment administers medication to alleviate cocaine withdrawal symptoms.

    Cocaine withdrawal plummets patients into deep depression which is a traumatising process that needs to be managed carefully.

    We help you through all of this. You don’t have to do it alone.

    So what actually happens? Well, our Recovery Services Include
    If you have a cocaine use disorder, you will likely need a therapeutic, non-punitive, carefully managed environment to heal in. The environment must typically have the following professionally attended services.

    • Medical monitoring/medication
    • Individual, group and family therapy (mainly individual therapy, as even though the problem is not unique, the person who is struggling has their own unique story and unique history and current life circumstances)
    • Sober activities and psycho-education (once you understand whats really going on, its much easier to actually do something about it)
    • Relapse prevention training and aftercare

    We know that you have a life which carries on while you are receiving treatment. We make it work. If you have a business, keep running it. If you have a job, lets see how we can help you to keep doing what you are doing. Keep your cellphone, keep your laptop – lets maintain your communication with the outside world because treating you in isolation is really not an effective way to go about things.

    Cocaine addiction can push families to breaking point. Unity, finances, and wellbeing deteriorate as sufferers manipulate, lie, justify and deny their addiction – this is not their fault, but think about it as them protecting the substance that is medicating the pain that they feel underneath all of it. “Don’t hate the person, hate the drug” are seemingly meaningless words in the face of an active cocaine addiction where so many life-altering things have transpired within the family dynamic. Understanding that families of people that are dependent on cocaine need as much support as these people themselves is an important part of the recovery process. Chat to us about how we can help you to re-establish a healthy family system, complete with open communication, new boundaries and happiness.

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    In short: if there is someone that you know that is battling, struggling to cope or at all not living their life in the best possible way, then that person may need help.

    This help can sometimes be provided before a substance use disorder gets into full swing, however it is often after the fact – both cases are completely manageable and at no stage should you lose hope.

    We are skilled in providing services where we can help the person that is struggling, to understand that they are struggling – and that they need help. This is called an intervention.

    Interventions are structured meetings that help people with cocaine addictions to understand how the drug connects to the problems in their lives. Interventions provide an opportunity for someone to accept help for the problem that they are facing. Interventions also serve to educate the family, friends, employers (and all the rest) on how to move forward in a positive and constructive way.

    This process should be guided by an addictions counsellor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist in prior collaboration with the family. We have all of these resources at our disposal.

    If you have been struggling with substance use and you require inpatient treatment, then an important aspect to look at is ‘What Next?’

    Our aftercare programme is one-of-a-kind in South Africa. Its not according to the bare minimum of what we need to do legally, but rather it is what we can best do in order to make sure that you are looked after in the way that is best for you.

    For an exciting conversation on everything that we can offer you, give us a call and we will talk you through it.

    As a taster: our aftercare integrates with your life, to fit within your day to day work, family and social life so that you are kept feeling safe and guided throughout your reintegration phase. This comes in the form of……. (call us and we’ll explain!)

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    Recovery Direct operates a rehab facility in Johannesburg designed specifically to support, uplift and help people suffering from substance use disorders, including cocaine addiction and all that comes with it. Our team have successfully been through the process of treating cocaine problems – many times..

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    Johannesburg Cocaine Rehab

    Our specialist cocaine addiction treatment program is designed around each individual’s unique needs. The non-punitive approach to cocaine addiction treatment allows each person to manage their own pace of treatment. Johannesburg is an iconic destination known globally for its natural beauty and mountainous landscapes. As a popular holiday destination, Johannesburg plays host to range of visitors seeking high quality addiction treatment services in a tranquil upmarket setting. While the majority of patients for cocaine addictions stem from Johannesburg and other regions of South Africa, there is a steady and growing stream of patients coming for treatment from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States and Germany. The favourable exchange rates and availability of expert skills make the prospect of treatment in Johannesburg more appealing.

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