Cocaine Addiction in New York
Dr. Arnold Washton, founder of Recovery Options, provides private confidential treatment for cocaine addiction in New York. With personalized treatment plans designed to help professionals, executives, and other high-functioning persons, Dr. Washton offers an alternative to standard addiction clinics and programs for discerning clients who want discreet treatment for problems with cocaine and other substance abuse.
If you want personalized treatment for a cocaine problem in Manhattan, Dr. Washton can help. At Recovery Options, you’ll have the freedom to choose what type of treatment works best for you (e.g., individual sessions, small group sessions, etc) and fits into your lifestyle. In addition to your cocaine problem, we address the emotional and psychological issues underlying your substance use to prevent relapse over the long term.
Our personalized approach is designed to help you make the needed changes to successfully recover from cocaine addiction and get your life back on track. Our private confidential practice offers private one-on-one therapy sessions as well as group therapy, based on what is needed and makes the most sense. If you’re a high-functioning person ready to end your cocaine addiction in New York, Recovery Options is here to help you reach that goal.
Identifying Cocaine Addiction in New York
Cocaine addiction in New York is marked by continuing to use cocaine despite suffering negative consequences resulting from your cocaine use. You may also feel cravings, urges, and a compulsion to use cocaine that leads to you to obtain and use the drug even after you’ve made a decision to stop. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system, especially the brain reward center, which makes it powerfully addictive.
Understanding Cocaine Addiction in New York
Cocaine affects the central nervous system by increasing the release of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, in reward centers of the brain. Over time, with repeating cocaine use, this eventually creates a shortage of dopamine such that using cocaine no longer produces the desired “euphoric” effects and eventually leads to a compulsive drive to recapture the original high (which cannot be achieved) coupled with increased depression and anxiety.
Unlike heroin and other opioids, chronic cocaine use does not lead to a physical withdrawal syndrome which deceives many people to mistakenly think that cocaine is not addictive.
Some of the consequences of chronic cocaine use include:
- Low energy
- Poor attention and concentration
The severity and length of these symptoms depends on the amount, frequency, and chronicity of cocaine use. For some individuals, these symptoms can persist for several weeks or more after stopping cocaine use.
Dangers of Cocaine Addiction in New York
Cocaine can cause profound changes in brain activity that a person’s ability to function. Cocaine desensitizes the areas of the brain associated with reward and pleasure, making pleasurable feelings more difficult to experience without the drug. Many use cocaine in binges that can last for days or weeks at a time. The extraordinarily high doses of cocaine used during these intensive binges markedly increase the risk of suffering negative consequences.
Treatment and Recovery for Cocaine Addiction in New York
Recovering from cocaine addiction in New York is achieved in stages. The first stage involves stopping the cocaine use by breaking away from people, places, and situations associated with cocaine use — especially drug dealers and anyone else who has made cocaine available to you. The second stage involves learning and practicing relapse prevention strategies that will help you resist the gravitational pull toward using again. The third stage involves identifying and working through the emotional and psychological issues underlying your cocaine use to help you prevent relapse over the long term.