Cocaine Addiction

While alcohol and tobacco dependency are more common, and “meth” is more often in the news today, cocaine addiction continues to be an enormous problem in Northern and Central California. If it’s your problem, come work with us at Gracer Behavioral Health Services — we can help.

Cocaine addiction is at the root of many issues in our country. It’s a major cause of crime. Children are born with their health compromised when their mothers use the drug, and many end up in foster care when their parents are in jail or otherwise incapable of caring for them. These problems occur not only in major urban areas such the San Francisco Bay area. In Central Valley towns large and small cocaine abuse is huge concern as well.

At Gracer Behavioral Health Services, we serve patients from all these areas. Men and women from Bakersfield to Chico, including Stockton and Sacramento, see us for addiction treatment. For San Jose and Oakland patients, it’s a short trip to our office in San Ramon. To find out more, call 925.277.1100 or send us email.

How Cocaine Causes Addiction

Unlike with alcohol and tobacco, genetics plays only a small role in who gets hooked on cocaine. The free base form, “crack,” which is smoked, can cause brain damage the first time it is used and the harm may be irreversible. We have seen many college students, business men and women and stay at home parents with this addiction.

It often starts when young people try “coke” to stay up and study or to party with friends. In a short time, the motivation changes. Without cocaine to stimulate the brain, the user suffers from exhaustion, depression and body aches. With these symptoms, users will go to extraordinary lengths to get their next “hit.” After a while, their nutrition suffers and they develop serious nasal or lung problems.

With prolonged cocaine abuse, he brain physically changes so that normal things that make us happy or give us energy are just not enough to matter. When a cocaine user quits they go through a long period of exhaustion and require lots of sleep. After this they slowly start to feel better, but the underlying depression, lack of energy and moodiness persists. It can last for months, years, or for some, forever. Sooner or later, under stress or with other triggers, the majority of coke users relapse. In fact, the overall success rate for stopping cocaine use may be as low as 15%. For crack cocaine, the most addictive form, it is under 5% in many areas.

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment

At Gracer Behavioral Health Services we have developed a comprehensive program to deal with all aspects of cocaine addiction: the psychosocial, nutritional and most importantly, the brain disease. We use new treatments that aim at the underlying physical brain problems. We also use nutritional supplements tailored to each patient’s needs, and we treat depression and anxiety.

We also employ the Recovery Maintenance Mode (RMM). The program starts with a comprehensive evaluation before treatment begins. We design a flexible, long term treatment plan that’s adjusted as your needs change over the next several months. Our system gives you a real head start on your path to a new drug free life.

With the use of Prometa and other treatments our patients can usually bypass the months of tiredness and depression. In fact, at Gracer Behavioral Health Services our success rate for cocaine patients who stay in our program for a least one year is about 65%!

To learn more about cocaine addiction treatment in Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento, call 925.277.1100 or send email. Gracer Behavioral Health Services on Norris Canyon Road in San Ramon—just off Crow Canyon Road—serves many cities in Northern California including the nearby communities of Walnut Creek, Danville, Dublin and Pleasanton.