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Teen Cocaine Addiction Treatment Los Angeles

Cocaine abuse among Los Angeles teenagers is a notorious trend, as the drug becomes more available to the younger generations.

Is there an adolescent in your Los Angeles household suffering from a cocaine addiction? We can help.

Learn about our Los Angeles Teen IOP.

At Key Transitions, our group therapy program encourages clients to actively participate in their recovery in a safe, supportive environment. We use evidence-based, cutting-edge, and diverse approaches including mindfulness, family system, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions.

In addition to Teen IOP, we offer individual therapy, medication evaluation, and monitoring, relapse prevention groups, and family. We provide urine drug screens, reports for formal litigation processes, and collaborative care with other providers on your treatment team. That’s what makes Key special- we have your whole team under one roof that knows your story and can collaborate to work out what’s the best treatment path for you.

Throughout the duration of our Los Angeles Teen intensive outpatient program, you will attend group meetings and individual counseling to explore the root of your substance abuse problems.  The group program focuses on providing skills and advice to cope with those core issues. The main goal of this essential service is to encourage people to actively practice implementing a host of skills in a supportive, didactic environment.

Learn more about what Cocaine actually is, and how it can affect your teen:

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the coca plant, which grows mainly in South America. There are two primary forms of cocaine:

Crack: It’s processed into a rock crystal. Smoking is the primary method of consuming crack.

Powder: It occurs as a white powder. Drug dealers could mix it with other stimulants such as synthetic opioids and amphetamines to produce a highly effective substance.

Do teenagers use cocaine?

Cocaine abuse among adolescents is lower than among adults. According to a 2015 report, 968,000 people aged 12 had used cocaine, an increase of 26% compared to 2014. Deaths from cocaine use have risen to 6,800.

The most common methods of cocaine use among adolescents are smoking, snorting, and injection.

What are the effects of cocaine on the brain?

Given the stimulating effect of cocaine, we can say that it mainly affects the brain. When cocaine enters the bloodstream, it activates the production of dopamine. High dopamine levels increase the pleasure and reward effects in other parts of the body. The chemical components of cocaine also block the return of dopamine to the brain and prolong the duration of the high effects. Continued euphoria could impair the brain and make it tolerant of cocaine. Long-term cocaine use leads to addiction and dependence. The effects are fatal for adolescents, as their minds are still developing.

What are the effects of cocaine on the body?

Given the euphoric effect of cocaine, it is easy to identify the effects on the body. The intensity and duration of the effect depend on the potency of cocaine and the method of consumption. The short-term effects of cocaine on the body include:

  • High body temperature.
  • Constriction of blood vessels and dilation of pupils.
  • A reduction in appetite and a consequent weight loss.
  • Hypertension, increased heart rate, and risk of a heart attack.
  • Paranoia
  • Restlessness
  • Sensitivity to sound, touch, and sight.

The long-term effects of using cocaine include the following:

  • Intestinal damage due to low blood flow
  • Lung damage, cough, and asthma due to smoking.
  • High risk of HIV infection due to sharing injection needles.
  • Loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, and nasal damage.
  • What are the dangers of cocaine abuse as a teenager?
  • Cocaine carries several risks in adolescents.

First, cocaine poses a high risk to adolescents, as their brains and bodies are still developing. Cocaine is illegal, so the production of cocaine takes place on the black market. As a result, production standards for the drug are ignored making cocaine even more dangerous.

Second, cocaine use affects brain coordination and has a significant impact on school performance. Teenage addicts give academics fewer priorities and may even drop out of school.

The relationship between teenagers, peers, teachers, and family members also weakens due to mood swings, poor concentration, and high irritability. If the addictive value is very high, the teenager isolates themselves and avoids accompanying other people. Also, the teenager can become violent, which makes interaction more difficult.

Does quitting cocaine cause withdrawal symptoms?

When a person stops taking cocaine, the body becomes disoriented, and the person can develop acute withdrawal symptoms that, at worst, can lead to death. Among the most common withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are:

Restlessness and anxiety: The addict may become restless due to the high cocaine content in the blood.

Depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors: High levels of cocaine in the brain lead to mental disorders that lead to confusion. In some cases, the person may start thinking and even attempt suicide.

Nightmares and paranoia: Impairment of thoughts can also lead to nightmares at night or paranoia, especially in the dark. The person may hallucinate being chased by an invisible creature, leading to manic symptoms.

Sluggishness and lethargy: As soon as the euphoric effects of the body and brain subside, lethargy and inertia set in. Teenagers “productivity abruptly decreases.

Teen Cocaine Rehab and treatment in Los Angeles

If your teen is struggling with adolescent cocaine addiction in Los Angeles, we can help. 

Contact us today.