Cocaine addiction; the ‘high’ and lows.

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant extracted from the Coca plant and can damage one’s brain severely. Being addicted to cocaine is detrimental and has various ill-effects. Are you addicted? Or know someone who is? Learn how you can help them.

Cocaine is a white powdery substance. It’s a powerful stimulant extracted from the “Coca” plant. There are two types of cocaine: Cocaine Hydrochloride and Crack Cocaine. The first one is made from white crystalline cocaine powder and sugar, cornstarch, and baking soda. This type of cocaine is either ingested, injected, or snorted. Crack Cocaine is processed with ammonia or baking soda to form a rock-like substance, and is smoked by addicts.

Cocaine’s effect on the brain is damaging. Upon intake, it causes immediate pleasure. This is because it floods the brain with dopamine. Though, with regular use, dopamine receptors in the brain shutdown. With that, cocaine users become dopamine deficient. When this happens, the addict becomes cocaine tolerant. It’s at this point, they need higher and more intensive doses of cocaine to replicate the original high.

In seeking that “high”, cocaine use develops into an addiction due to tolerance. The damage results when cocaine replaces everything in life. At this point, the addict will need treatment to recover from cocaine addiction.

Treatment for Cocaine addiction at Solace

At Solace, we treat addiction as a holistic illness, targeting all aspects of the addict by adopting a “Biopsychosocial-Spiritual” model of treatment. Biologically, we address the body and health concerns, to ensure efficient physiological function. Psychologically, we treat the thinking processes that are related to the addiction mechanism called the addictive personality. Next, we have a community of recovering addicts to support the healing process which denotes the social aspect of sustainable recovery. Lastly, the element of spirituality is embedded into the treatment program to create a sense of belief and faith directed towards one’s recovery. Solace has vast research and success in implementing this model, immensely supporting patients with various types and levels of addiction. This model has proven to address various elements of recovery due to the nature of addiction, and its effects on various parts of the addicts’ life. 

Our program includes various therapies and modules that supplement the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual model. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) addresses problem thinking and core beliefs of the relevant individual. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) helps addicts to accept themselves, embracing various elements within their respective lives to create a more effective treatment process. Lastly, the Interpersonal Group Therapy (IPGT) integrates the addict into the recovering community, creating a healthy social mechanism for sustainable recovery.

Besides therapies, the Solace treatment facilitation provides various activities. These activities assist the recovering patients to grasp life beyond addiction, exposing them to other sources of ‘fun’ and ‘excitement’. The program structure even includes various outings to scenic and exciting locations for natural stimulation. Aforementioned activities will include sports, fitness, creative arts therapies, alternative therapies, and massages. In summary, the treatment module includes these activities to help in the healing process from addiction. 

In Solace, the continuum of treatment is vital for recovery and healthy living. Every treatment facilitated within Solace will require a transition. This is an essential part of any treatment to ensure that relapses are properly mitigated, reduced or resolved for sustainable healthy living. The transition programs are cleverly designed by clinical practitioners and consultants to ensure that patients are correctly phased into ‘real life’ situations and conditions. Every addiction treatment program in Solace is followed up with an 18 month after-care support for this reason. Solace will support recovering patients with materials and tools to enable self-reliance and sustainability. 

Why Solace?

Solace is a luxury addiction rehabilitation facility located in Malaysia, with various supplementary service facilities to ensure world-class treatment provision. Located in Kuala Lumpur, it is conveniently accessible for all international patients seeking luxury destination addiction treatment, complemented by other factors like geography, culture, society and modernity. 

Malaysia is a country with majority of its population practising Islam as a religion. 61.3% of the population is Muslim and the infrastucture around this is conducive for anyone seeking treatment from the Middle East. At Solace, all aspects of treatment are carefully constructed, including the food and beverages; ensuring that it is all Halal. In addition to that, we embrace the practice of religious lifestyles and provide mosque visits for observation of prayers.  

Subsequently, our clinical, consulting and administrative staff are made up of local and international experts from various countries including the United Kingdom, United States of America, Netherlands and South Africa. Solace ensures that all clinical staff are specialists and experts in their respective fields of therapies, to ensure the best possible treatment is provided for all those seeking assistance. Contact Solace to learn more.

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