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Medically Reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Last Updated on December 13, 2023


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Addiction cannot be treated by treating the symptoms alone. We use holistic and evidence-based methods to treat the entire individual.

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we understand the depth of struggle associated with cocaine addiction and the importance of quality treatment. Our team has dedicated expertise to those affected by substance abuse issues ranging from casual use to complete dependency from all socio-economic backgrounds. We strive to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based and holistic treatments for cocaine addiction in our facilities near Atlanta.

Our treatment program is tailored for each individual based on their history with addiction and recovery goals, so clients can trust that they are receiving uniquely specialized care. Equipped with years of experience helping people overcome this issue, our team provides an effective path to successful recovery and continued aftercare support to help them achieve long-term sobriety.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug extracted from the coca plant leaves. It is usually snorted, injected, or smoked and affects how dopamine interacts with neurons in the brain to create a powerful euphoric high. Unfortunately, use can quickly lead to addiction due to the pleasurable effects this drug has on many people. 

How is Cocaine Used?

Cocaine is usually snorted, injected, or smoked. Snorting is the most common form of use for those who do not want to “shoot up” with a needle. Smoking cocaine, commonly referred to as “crack,” provides an even quicker high that lasts for a shorter amount of time. Any method of use is highly addictive and can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s health and well-being.

Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine abuse can have severe consequences on both mental and physical health. Physically, long-term cocaine use has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, seizures, liver damage, and potentially respiratory failure. Mentally, it can disrupt brain chemistry leading to depression and anxiety in addition to disruption in the brain’s reward pathway resulting in cravings for more of the drug.

Cocaine Statistics

According to the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 4.8 million people aged 12 or older reported using cocaine within the past year, consisting of the following age groups:

  • 12 to 17-Year-Olds: 40,000 adolescents reported cocaine use.
  • 18 to 25-Year-Olds: 1.2 million young adults reported using cocaine.
  • 26 or Older: 3.6 million people used cocaine.

In addition, almost 1 million people aged 12 or older reported using crack cocaine in the past year. Overdose deaths involving cocaine were 22 percent higher than in 2020. This increase is partly due to the rising numbers of synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, mixed with cocaine.

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

The signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction can vary depending on individual use, frequency, and intake method. Generally speaking, they may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Change in behavior patterns
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased social isolation
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • High levels of euphoria followed by depression or excessive anxiety
  • Financial issues
  • Physical appearance changes
  • Weight loss
  • Injection marks on arms
  • Decline in job or school performance
  • Paranoia
  • Increased risk-taking behaviors
  • Insomnia followed by crashing
  • Dependence and cravings for cocaine

How Does Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Georgia Work?

Cocaine addiction treatment at North Atlanta Behavioral Health comprises a variety of holistic and evidence-based approaches to best match each individual’s unique needs. Our cocaine addiction treatment programs may include any or all of the following:

  • Detoxification: Medically-supervised detox from cocaine and other substances.
  • Individual and group counseling:  Therapeutic interventions intended to restore emotional balance and positive coping skills.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Goal-oriented therapy focused on changing destructive patterns of thinking.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Evidence-based psychotherapy for those with severe difficulty managing emotions.
  • Education and Life Skills Development: Training intended to increase awareness of drug use disorders, how sobriety can improve quality of life, and develop effective coping mechanisms.
  • Holistic Therapies: Yoga, meditation, and wellness programs to help the body heal and assist with maintaining long-term sobriety.
  • Family Therapy Sessions and Support Groups: Supporting family and friends of those suffering from an addiction is essential for successful long-term recovery. Family therapy helps everyone heal wounds and rebuild trust. Multi-family support groups provide education, insight, understanding, and resources for those supporting loved ones in treatment.

Overcome Addiction with evidence-based, expert care.

Types of Cocaine Addiction Treatment We Offer

We offer partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for cocaine addiction treatment. Our PHPs are well-suited for individuals that need a highly structured treatment program but do not require 24/7 monitoring. Our IOPs are for people with outside commitments that would otherwise stop them from seeking treatment.

Our daytime IOP is perfect for people with commitments in the evening, like being home with family or working on second or third shift. Our evening IOP is for people with daytime obligations who desire the flexibility to attend treatment at night.

All of our cocaine addiction treatment programs allow our clients to return home in the evenings and spend the weekends with their supportive family and friends.

Start Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Atlanta Today!

When you are ready to take the first steps to recovery and a new life, North Atlanta Behavioral Health near Atlanta is here to help. Our personalized Atlanta psychiatry and addiction treatment programs provide you the opportunity to build a solid foundation for lasting change and long-term sobriety. Contact us for further information or to start your treatment today.

Treatment Philosophy

North Atlanta Behavioral Health is dedicated to the health and happiness of our clients. We offer personalized treatment plans that put each individual's needs first. 

Meet Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team wants nothing more than for our clients to achieve a lifetime of recovery and sobriety. Let us help you get the most out of treatment.