Cocaine use remains rife in the UK, a popular choice of drug across the whole spectrum of society. In 2020, cocaine in powder form was the second most commonly used drug among adults in the 16-59 years age bracket, and has become increasingly commonplace amongst middle-class drug users. This rise has been dramatic in recent years, with cocaine use four times more prevalent now than it was in 1995. The proportion of adults using cocaine has also increased by 37% compared to this time last year. Sadly, cocaine related drug-deaths are one of the major consequences, with deaths due to cocaine use doubling between 2015 and 2018.

The accessibility and availability of cocaine is unprecedented, and the purity of the drug being sold on the streets is higher than ever. Professor Dame Carol Black, who advises the government on health and wellbeing, led a major independent drug review in February 2020. She describes the situation as a “perfect storm”, with “an abundant supply of drugs coming into our countries from around the world, more than ever before. It’s purer, it’s more available….”. Couple this with the reduced access to drug rehab treatment and recovery, and the severity of the problem becomes more apparent.

Has Coronavirus impacted cocaine use?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects across the nation, and the three lockdowns implemented by the UK government have led many to complete exhaustion and mental fatigue. Are you fed up with the endless restrictions, financial worries, rising unemployment, loneliness and isolation?

For those suffering with addiction or trying to maintain their recovery, there have been concerns around the impact of stress, job loss, illness and bereavement. The triggers for relapse for most addicts include boredom, loneliness, lack of structure and purpose, and increased anxiety or depression. These triggers are especially pronounced in the current climate: experts are predicting a surge in addiction rates and the number of relapses we see as a result.

But how much of an impact has the pandemic had on cocaine use across society? A survey led by the Global Drug Survey found that 40% of participants had decreased their cocaine use, whereas only 20% had increased their usage. Many stated that they had less opportunity to use the drug, and less contact with other drug users. Others stated the lockdowns had provided motivation for them to develop new, healthy habits, or want to focus on spending more quality time with family and friends. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. The support and recovery group Cocaine Anonymous predicted significant increases in drug use during the lockdown, given the lack of structure and sheer amount of spare time people have – where every day turns into a weekend.

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Do I have a cocaine addiction?

Cocaine is a sociable drug. When people think of cocaine, they tend to associate the drug with partying, groups of young men, a certain type of person. They might think of the middle-class dinner party, where cocaine is ordered on a Friday night for recreational purposes. However, research has found that Class A drug abuse is on the rise and cocaine is being used by a variety of different groups of people.

You might start using cocaine as an experiment on the weekend, at a party, or as a one-off, just for a special occasion. The reality is that for many, once is simply never enough. The addictive nature of the drug can quickly lead to a dependence. Cocaine users who use frequently and in large amounts, may be at a higher risk of addiction. As things start to get out of control, many will want to stop or at least cut down, setting goals of only using on the weekend. But after a period of time, they find they cannot.

Repeated use of cocaine can damage the brain and its reward circuit – every time they use the brain becomes accustomed to the drug, and comes to expect it to feel ‘normal’. The brain quickly adapts to the extra dopamine released by the drug, until the user has developed a tolerance to cocaine and ends up needing more and more cocaine to achieve the initial, pleasurable ‘high’. Given the advances in technology and social media platforms, cocaine is also increasingly easy to get hold off, even amongst teenagers.

If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, and think you may have a problem with cocaine, call us today on 0800 955 0945. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and you can take it today and begin your recovery at a cocaine rehab centre.

Cocaine rehab

Choosing to get help for your addiction problem requires much bravery, honesty and determination. It isn’t easy. We know the rewards on offer and we have seen the joys that recovery can bring. Making the decision to enter a cocaine rehab programme puts you in the best possible position to achieve lasting recovery and sobriety. Every individual is different, and will have different requirements when it comes to choosing the right cocaine rehabilitation clinic for them. Cocaine treatment is available in most rehab centres across the UK – but it’s so important to do your research and find the best available option for you.

The first stage in treating cocaine addiction is to detox you physically from the substance. Whilst there is no specific cocaine detox medication, being supported by professionals throughout the withdrawal process is paramount to your chances of success. Here at the Providence Project, we have a team of leading therapist and doctors who provide a safe, supervised detox for all our clients undergoing detox. Often, our medical team will prescribe alternative medicines, vitamins and sleeping tablets to help recovering addicts through the uncomfortable symptoms associated with detoxification.

The second and equally important part of the rehabilitation process is engagement with the therapeutic programme. The Providence Projects incorporates leading, evidence-based therapies to help addicts understand the psychological issues underlying their addictive behaviours. Cocaine addicts often require much emotional and psychological support at such a difficult time in their lives. Our team of addiction counsellors and therapists have years of experience in providing this. The timetable is intensive, but the rewards are priceless. Clients have a packed schedule, involving individual counselling, group therapy, CBT, alternative therapies and workshops covering different aspects of addiction.

We know from experience just how important it is for recovering addicts to tackle the psychological issues at the root of their drug addiction. By talking openly with trusted therapists, you are able to heal and move forward in your recovery. We also provide family therapy sessions for the loved ones of the addict. Addiction is a family illness and often, family members suffer the most. Our trained counsellors will facilitate family meetings to enable the family unit to address the issues and make positive plans for the future. There is a way out of cocaine addiction, and we are here to help. By entering a residential, structured setting such as a cocaine rehab clinic, your chances of success are strong.

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Help is available

It is clear that cocaine addiction remains a prevalent issue in society, and that this illness is serious and potentially life-threatening. One of the hallmarks of the disease is isolation. Addiction wants you cut-off, alone, in a room, without friends, family or any support network. We want you to know that you’re not alone. Recovery from addiction is about seeking support from professionals, building friendships with other recovering addicts, and Cocaine addiction is a serious, life-threatening illness. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, please get in touch today. Our private rehab clinic in Bournemouth has been helping thousands of individuals to find recovery since our doors opened in 1996. Our expert team of counsellors and therapists are on hand to provide you with confidential, no-obligation support and advice, over the telephone or in-person. Call us today to find out more about the services we can offer, and to schedule your free, initial consultation. Remember, addiction is a treatable illness and we believe anyone can recover.

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