A small mountain of white powder lays in front of a young man on the counter of his one-bedroom apartment that he shares with his girlfriend. He had promised her that he would stop using cocaine. Yet he finds himself, at midnight, face-to-face with it once again. The tightly rolled-up dollar bill beside the mountain promises him a night of fun. He always enjoys using cocaine. He wonders if he can ever pull away from cocaine’s draw. Can anyone help him when the cravings are the highest in the middle of the night?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 14,000 people over 18 used cocaine in Delaware between 2019-2020. At SUN Delaware, we know that crisis can happen at any time of the day and is often when it is least convenient. To help make crises more convenient, we offer a crisis care service that allows us to admit those in an emergency at any time of the day or night. You can get the help you need at the moment instead of having to wait.
The needs of every person as they enter treatment can look different. However, finding recovery can be empowering. Here at SUN Delaware, we offer various options that can allow you to get your life back from your cocaine use. You can maintain your life outside of treatment while receiving the care necessary for recovery. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, private pay, and commercial insurance, and typically people undergo treatment for 30-90 days.
At SUN Delaware, you will participate in 5 group sessions daily, 5 days a week. You will focus on learning skills and techniques that will benefit your recovery as you progress. These skills will come from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a wellness recovery action plan (WRAP), and other coping skills. WRAP provides you with wellness techniques that are important to prevent relapse, while CBT helps you recognize your thought processes and learn how to change them. You will also meet with psychiatrists who will manage any medications that you might be on during your treatment with us.
This level of treatment is less intensive than PHP but more intensive than traditional outpatient therapy. You will attend 3 group sessions a day, 5 days a week. This level of care focuses on working through any current concerns and developing skills taught in CBT and WRAP. At SUN Delaware, we offer an 18 and older evening outpatient. This occurs Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6 PM until 9 PM. This is best suited for those unable to attend treatment during the day. For the evening outpatient, we accept insurance such as Medicaid from Maryland and Delaware, Medicaid, military and veteran plans, and commercial insurance.
At SUN Delaware, you will participate in customized sessions throughout the day. You will be able to maintain your life outside your treatment. You can expect the following things to go alongside your treatment:
Cocaine is a stimulant substance sometimes used by doctors who perform eye, ear, and throat surgeries. However, most who use cocaine do so illegally. Dealers might mix cocaine with other substances, such as talcum powder or cornstarch, to increase their product and lower costs. It is a white powder that comes from coca leaves. Some popular names for cocaine include coke, snow, and crack. People will consume cocaine by snorting, smoking, or injecting it by dissolving it in water.
Cocaine abuse over some time can result in side effects. People might experience the following side effects:
In the United States, approximately 1.4 million people have a cocaine use disorder. In Delaware in 2018, 28.78% of substances seized and analyzed were cocaine.
Several factors go into developing a cocaine use disorder. One of those factors is genetics. However, other factors can be at play. If you have a mood disorder such as depression, you might be more likely to develop one. Also, having unresolved childhood or adult trauma increases your risks. Growing up with a parent who used cocaine might contribute to your chances, as does having friends who partake in cocaine use.
Other factors include lower education and lower income. All hope is not lost if you have developed a cocaine use disorder because recovery is possible at any point.
One of the hardest things anyone can do is ask for help. When you need help for a cocaine use disorder, you might feel like nobody understands what you need help with, or even if you need help in the first place. One of the main ways to know if you need help is if cocaine is always on your mind. If you are thinking about cocaine and getting more cocaine than anything else in your life, it might be time to seek help.
Another way to know if you need help with a cocaine use disorder is if your family or friends have distanced themselves from you since you started using cocaine. You might also be facing legal trouble due to your cocaine use. Legal trouble could include possession of cocaine, theft to buy cocaine, or distributing cocaine.
A cocaine use disorder includes intense cravings. A person with a cocaine use disorder might steal or lie to get or hide their cocaine use. They might start to spend time with other people who are using cocaine. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue or agitation when they haven’t had cocaine in a few hours might also be a sign.
When your loved one has a cocaine use disorder, you might feel like you don’t know what to do. You will feel several emotions yourself, and those emotions are valid. However, the best thing to do is converse with your loved one. Treat them as a person first, and don’t label them as a condition. They might not immediately be receptive to getting help because it can be difficult for someone to admit that they need help. If it comes to a point where they won’t get help, you should find a way that you can safely distance yourself from them.
Cocaine use can cause strokes, headaches, seizures, and comas. People who continue to use cocaine might experience restlessness, irritability, paranoia, and vertigo.
SUN Delaware is located in Georgetown, DE. We strive to solve unmet needs in our community by offering no-cost care assessments that allow our future patients to know what their care will look like once they attend treatment. These assessments can also be done online through telehealth options. For more information about receiving cocaine use treatment, call us today at 302-604-5600.