Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Acadiana Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Cocaine Abuse & Addiction Signs, Effects & Symptoms

Acadiana Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with cocaine addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Louisiana, Acadiana is the premier provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults.

Understanding Cocaine Addiction

Learn About Cocaine Abuse & Addiction

Cocaine, also called coke or blow, is a dangerous stimulant that can be found in both powdered and crack rock form. Powdered cocaine is used by snorting it or liquefying the powder and injecting it. Crack cocaine is consumed by heating the rock in a pipe and inhaling the smoke. The high resulting from cocaine varies depending on the method in which it is consumed.

The high achieved from cocaine use last only a short amount of time which causes the addict to abuse in a binge and crash pattern. When first consumed an individual will experience a rush of pleasurable feelings. After a short period of time the good feelings dissipate and the addict is left in a state of depression and exhaustion. In order to avoid the negative symptoms brought on by a crash, individuals will take more cocaine. Sadly, once an addiction to cocaine has developed, it can be extremely challenging to overcome without effective professional help.

Cocaine addiction is caused by the changes in the structure and function of the brain. When used cocaine affects the central nervous system and increases the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Eventually cocaine stops the natural process of dopamine production in the brain preventing it from being recycled back into the brain cells. The individual will require more and more cocaine in order to experience the good feelings they initially had, this is when treatment is recommended.


Statistics for Cocaine Addiction

It is estimated that 1.9 million people use cocaine each month. Adults between the ages of 18-25 years report higher rates of cocaine usage with 1.5% reporting cocaine usage in the last month. Additionally, it has been reported that more men abuse cocaine each month than women.

Causes & Risks

Causes & Risk Factors of Cocaine Addiction

It is most likely that many factors such as genetic, environmental, biological, and psychological work together and cause the development of a cocaine addiction. Some of the most common theories include:

Genetic: Over the years research has shown that individuals with relatives who have addiction problems are more likely to develop an addiction themselves. The chances are higher if it is a first degree relative like a parent.

Biological: Biological factors like changes in the structure and function of the brain have been linked to addiction problems. When dopamine levels are low an individual may abuse substances in order to maintain pleasurable feelings.

Environmental: It has been hypothesized that individuals who have come from unstable home environments have a greater chance of developing an addiction problem. Additionally, life stressors such as child abuse, death of loved ones, or traumatic events cause stress and individuals turn to substance abuse as a type of self-medication.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

The following is a list of some common signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse:

Mood symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of superiority
  • Euphoria
  • Panic
  • Irritation
  • Fearfulness

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Extremely talkative
  • Increased energy
  • Stealing or borrowing money
  • Erratic, bizarre behaviors
  • Violence
  • Abandonment of activities once enjoyed
  • Reckless and risky behaviors

Physical symptoms:

  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increased need for sleep after usage
  • Headaches
  • Muscle twitches
  • Malnutrition
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Constriction of blood vessels
  • Chronically runny nose
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nasal perforation
  • Hoarseness
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Gangrene of the bowel
  • Risks for HIV, Hepatitis and other blood borne pathogens
  • Tremors
  • Cravings

Psychological symptoms:

  • Intense paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Violent mood swings
  • Hallucination
  • Break from reality
  • Unable to exert good judgment
  • Rationalization of drug use
  • Lack of motivation

Effects of Cocaine Addiction

Some common side effects of cocaine abuse may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Changes in heart rhythms
  • Blood borne disease
  • Legal problems
  • Unemployment
  • Marriage problems or divorce
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

Co-Occurring Disorders:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Additional substance abuse disorders
  • Depression
Withdrawal Effects

Effects & Symptoms of Withdrawal from Cocaine

Although cocaine withdrawal is rarely serious it produces a number of very unpleasant side effects. Symptoms generally only last for about a week or two and may include the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Tremors and shakiness
  • Pain
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Exhaustion
  • Challenges in concentration
  • Intense craving for cocaine

Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help abusers of cocaine overcome their addictions and rediscover a sober life.

A Foundation for Recovery

At Acadiana Treatment Center, we aim to help each client attain a thorough understanding of the concerns they're facing and learn how to find relief. Our treatment focuses on thorough education and employs proven methods of individualized treatment.

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An assessment is an important first step toward treatment of and recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health issues.

My son was addicted to coke. He came to us looking for help and we didn't know what to do.. so we looked online to rehabs. Acadiana gave us hope that he could find sobriety and get his life back on track. Now, after completing his program, he is sober and is doing great.

– Jeff R.
We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality mental health and addiction treatment.
  • Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Jason Foundation