Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034 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 Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Common Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Get in front of an cocaine addiction by learning the signs and symptoms. Read what causes cocaine addiction, what signs to look out for, and potential long-term effects. Understanding your symptoms is the first step to successful healing.

Understanding Addiction

Learn about cocaine and substance abuse

Cocaine is a dangerous and highly addictive stimulant.  

When you ingest cocaine, you typically experience a powerful but temporary boost in energy, mood, and motivation. The intensity of these effects, and the emotional crash that occurs when they wear off, can compel you to use the drug again and again. 

Every time you use cocaine, you put your health at risk. Continuing to use the drug can expose you to increasingly dangerous outcomes, including addiction. 

Cocaine addiction can be extremely difficult to overcome on your own. Without effective care, you may feel as though you are trapped in the downward spiral of continued cocaine use. However, cocaine addiction is treatable. With the right type and level of treatment, you can regain control of your behaviors and achieve long-term recovery. 

Statistics

Cocaine addiction statistics 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have reported the following statistics about cocaine abuse in the United States: 

Causes & Risks

Causes and risk factors for cocaine addiction  

The following are among the many factors that can influence your risk for cocaine addiction: 

  • Family history of substance use, addiction, or mental illness 
  • Having a parent or sibling who has struggled with addiction 
  • Prenatal exposure to cocaine 
  • Prior personal struggles with substance use or mental illness 
  • Adversity during childhood (such as having an unstable home environment or being exposed to community violence) 
  • Having an impulsive personality 
  • Associating with friends who abuse cocaine 

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction 

A person who is struggling with cocaine addiction may demonstrate a wide range of symptoms, including the following: 

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Acting with uncharacteristic energy, aggression, or recklessness 
  • Talking extremely rapidly 
  • Demonstrating uncharacteristic self-confidence 
  • Withdrawing from family and friends 
  • Attempting to borrow or steal money 
  • Losing interest in activities that were once of great importance 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Dilated pupils 
  • Frequent nosebleeds 
  • Insomnia 
  • Significant changes in energy level 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Diminished appetite 
  • Weight loss 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Racing thoughts 
  • Inflated self-esteem 
  • Dramatic mood swings 
  • Angry outbursts 
  • Irritability 
  • Paranoia 
  • Delusions 

Effects

Effects of cocaine addiction and substance abuse

Failing to get effective treatment for cocaine addiction can lead to a wide range of negative outcomes, including the following: 

  • Liver and kidney damage 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Heart damage 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Physical injury due to behaviors while under the influence of cocaine 
  • Strained or ruined friendships 
  • Family discord 
  • Poor performance in school or at work 
  • Inability to find or keep a job 
  • Financial problems 
  • Arrest, incarceration, and other legal problems 
  • Social withdrawal and isolation 
  • Onset or worsening of co-occurring mental health disorders 
  • Pervasive sense of hopelessness or helplessness 
  • Suicidal thoughts  

The good news is that when you enter treatment, you can avoid further harm and start to heal from past damage. With the right help, you can end your dependence on cocaine and pursue a healthier future. 

Co-Occurring Disorders

Cocaine addiction and co-occurring disorders

If you have become addicted to cocaine, you may also have an elevated risk for the following co-occurring disorders: 

  • Other substance use disorders 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Antisocial personality disorder 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Gambling disorder 

Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of drug withdrawal and overdose

Effects of withdrawal: One of the characteristics of cocaine addiction is that your body will adapt to the presence of this substance. Then when you try to stop using cocaine, or when you’re unable to acquire the drug, your body responds with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as the following: 

  • Powerful cravings for cocaine 
  • Persistent fatigue 
  • Sleep problems (either insomnia or hypersomnia) 
  • Intense nightmares 
  • Agitation 
  • Depression 

Effects of overdose: When you ingest more cocaine than your body can safely process, this experience is known as overdose. The following are common signs of cocaine overdose: 

  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Extremely rapid or otherwise irregular heart rate 
  • Dangerously high body temperature 
  • Intense confusion 
  • Psychosis 
  • Twitches or tremors 
  • Loss of consciousness 

Cocaine overdose can be extremely dangerous. Anyone who demonstrates the symptoms above after using cocaine needs immediate medical attention.