Cocaine addiction and abuse is a growing concern among veterans, as many of them face unique challenges that can contribute to substance abuse, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. Cocaine use disorder can have severe physical, mental, and social repercussions and often requires specialized care to overcome. Veterans addicted to this stimulant can find the care and support they need with our cocaine addiction treatment in Alaska. As one of few treatment centers in Alaska, our Banyan rehab is dedicated to providing communities with the highest quality of care possible. Keep reading below to learn more about our tailored treatment plans and services offered in our cocaine rehab program.

The Extent of Cocaine Abuse Among Veterans

Cocaine is a highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that’s extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, which is native to South America. Also known as coke or crack, cocaine works by blocking the reuptake of dopamine in the CNS, allowing the chemical to flood the brain. As a result, users may experience feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and mental alertness.

Those who use cocaine typically either snort or smoke it as a powder (a practice called freebasing), or they dissolve it in water and inject it into the bloodstream intravenously (IV). Regardless of how it’s used, cocaine can have short and long-term health consequences, including heart attack, stroke, seizures, respiratory failure, and addiction.

Common cocaine addiction signs include:

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Craving cocaine
  • A decline in performance at work, school, or home
  • Dilated pupils
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased tolerance to cocaine, requiring higher doses of the drug to experience the desired effect
  • Isolation and withdrawal from others
  • Loss of control over one’s cocaine use
  • Paranoia, anxiety, and depression
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Relationship problems as a result of cocaine use
  • Restlessness
  • The occurrence of withdrawal symptoms when cocaine use is cut down or stopped

Cocaine abuse is a growing issue among veterans, as they’re more likely to have experienced traumatic events that could contribute to mental illness and substance abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6% of veterans were admitted into addiction treatment facilities for cocaine addiction.1 While this may not seem like a large number, 6% of the millions of veterans in the U.S. is a troubling statistic.

Regardless of how many are struggling, all individuals who are battling cocaine use disorders deserve professional care and support. Furthermore, veterans may face unique challenges when seeking cocaine treatment, such as stigma, access to care, and confidentiality concerns. The healthcare providers at our Alaska treatment center understand these challenges well and provide tailored treatment plans to aid veterans in overcoming their addictions and achieving long-term sobriety.

Our Treatment for Cocaine Addiction in Alaska

Our Alaska rehab for cocaine is one of few in the state that offers individualized care for veterans. As with our other substance-specific programs, our cocaine addiction treatment is administered on an outpatient level of care. Outpatient treatment involves a range of therapeutic interventions designed to help individuals overcome their drug use disorders while allowing them to continue living at home and working or attending school.

Components of our outpatient cocaine addiction rehab include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Counseling
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Relapse Prevention Skills Training
  • SMART Recovery
  • & More

Individual and group counseling are especially crucial aspects of our outpatient treatment for veterans. Individual counseling or therapy provides a one-on-one environment where therapists can work with clients to identify triggers for their drug use, develop coping skills, and work through any underlying mental health problems that may contribute to their addiction.

Group therapy provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment in which individuals can share their experiences and receive support and encouragement from others in the recovery community. It’s important to note, however, that outpatient treatment is not suitable for individuals with severe drug use disorders who require medical treatment and round-the-clock care. Our outpatient Wasilla rehab is designed to support individuals who do not require medical detox or who are already medically stable and can sustain a more flexible schedule.

Contact Banyan Treatment Centers today to learn more about our Alaska drug treatment and verify your insurance for rehab.


  1. NIH - Substance Use and Military Life DrugFacts

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At Banyan Alaska our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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