Cocaine is a potent, illicit, and devastating drug that may appear in powder form or crystalized into a more solid form known as “crack.” This substance, derived from the coca plant, produces euphoric feelings of power and energy that hold many in the grips of compulsive use. The high produced lasts only about half an hour. Thus, users return again and again to get the same reaction. This behavior is not without consequence, though, as each time cocaine is used, harmful effects devastate the body and brain.
The treatment team at Serenity Knolls understands cocaine and the compulsion that drives many into a cycle of abusing it. We know that life after addiction is not only possible, but that it can be healthy, productive, and enjoyable too.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The realization that your close companion or family member has established a habit of cocaine abuse will undoubtedly be a source of grief and emotional distress. Many report feeling confused, angry, or afraid after such a discovery. The good news is that there is much that can be done, so at the very least, you do not ever need to feel hopeless. Please give serious thought to the following suggestions regarding what role you can play in the recuperation of your loved one:
- Stay healthy yourself and try not to get too stressed out. Anger and frustration will cause physical health conditions for you. Getting good rest, nutrition, and support will put you in a better position to help someone else. Do not drain your physical or emotional reserves of energy.
- Get educated about this drug and addiction through government or other reputable websites or books, or perhaps by speaking to professionals. Objectively develop a plan that outlines what might happen if your loved one continues to abuse cocaine, including possible overdose, and how you will react.
- As you learn more about the effects of cocaine abuse, you will likely come across certain treatment options. Take note of any that you think could help in this case, as well as contact information for centers that provide such treatment options.
- Talk to your loved one and calmly, honestly, sincerely and lovingly share your observations. Do not accuse, do not judge, and do not criticize. State how you feel and listen. Your loved one may become defensive or even angry. Do all you can to prevent this conversation from becoming an argument and remember to be patient.
- When you discern that it is appropriate to do so, share what you have found regarding treatment centers. Make appointments for him or her with consent, and assist your loved one in getting there. Stay for the length of the appointment.
- The treatment center will probably offer family therapy or other programs to educate or include friends and family. Take full advantage of these all through the treatment program. They will provide the additional steps that you need to take.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Lives are devastated by substance abuse, including cocaine abuse. Work life and home life alike become increasingly difficult. A person who maintains a cycle of cocaine abuse might lose his or her job, money, home, health, children, marriage, or life. Cocaine abuse, in particular, is damaging to the body. Risk of heart attack or stroke drastically increases. Cardiovascular, reproductive, and digestive functions can shut down. Nervous system and mucous membranes can also become severely damaged or destroyed. The intoxicated state that the drug causes might result in fatal accidents or serious injury or overdose. Sufficient treatment is absolutely necessary in order to avoid such results.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to cocaine and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with experienced alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome an addiction to cocaine.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from an addiction to cocaine. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to cocaine and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- Process groups
- Women’s groups
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as the work towards overcoming an addiction to cocaine.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction to cocaine. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by an addiction to cocaine and would like to partake in top-notch treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Our staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.