It’s the second most widely used illegal drug in the US. That means that every year there are thousands of people who seek out cocaine treatment. In fact, it accounted for about 6% of all rehab admissions in 2013.
Plus, nearly 70% of these users reported also being addicted to other drugs. For example, many cocaine addicts are also addicted to alcohol. This means that getting professional treatment is usually necessary.
How Do You Treat Cocaine Addiction?
Treating any addiction is challenging. Cocaine addiction can be especially difficult to treat. That’s because this drug is highly addictive. It can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Plus, it does not last long, so a person has to quickly use it again to get high.
It can be treated a number of different ways.
- Contingency Management (CM) has shown a lot of promise. Basically, the patient “earns” healthy and positive prizes in exchange for staying clean. In other words, they’re “motivated” to make the right choice by being rewarded for their hard work.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment. It’s especially effective in preventing and reducing relapses. The goal of CBT is to identify underlying reasons for using drugs. It also focuses on teaching coping skills to prevent drug use. CBT teaches you to avoid triggers and situations that cause relapse. It also teaches how to deal with situations that make a person want to use drugs.
- Going to rehab or treatment facility. This is where a group of recovering addicts come together (either inpatient or outpatient). In most cases, you work with a counselor, attend group meetings, and are introduced to 12-step programs.
At the end of the day, the most important part of treatment is going to rehab. These facilities then use treatment methods like CM or CBT to help people get and stay clean.
What Are The Different Types of Rehab?
As we mentioned above, rehabs are one of the ways you can treat cocaine addiction. There are different kinds of rehabs all over the country. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that there are over 14,000 in the US alone.
These rehab types include:
- Outpatient detox for mild to moderate physical dependence to avoid withdrawals.
- Inpatient detox for severe physical addiction to avoid serious withdrawals and treat medical effects of withdrawal.
- Partial hospitalization if the patient is experiencing psychosis or seizures. This is necessary to keep them and others safe.
- Outpatient rehab for mild to moderate addiction. These are non-residential and usually last 30, 60, or 90 days.
- Inpatient rehab for severe or long-term addiction. These are residential facilities that can last from 30 days to 12 months.
- Sober living facilities are usually the next step following inpatient rehab. This is a residence with multiple recovering addicts living together. They require randomized drug tests and a certain number of 12-step meetings per week.
When trying to decide what kind of rehab to attend, it’s absolutely essential that you be honest with yourself or any doctor treating you. Plus, detox is not usually necessary for cocaine. This is because it does not cause physical dependence like alcohol or heroin. However, the withdrawals may cause paranoia, psychosis, or violent behavior. In these cases, inpatient detox or partial hospitalization are strongly recommended.
Finally, it’s important to note that the longer the stay in rehab, the greater the chance of recovery. For example, a 30 or even 60 day inpatient stay is usually not enough to break the cycle of addiction and cravings. In most cases, 90 days is the minimum length of time for a successful rehab stay.
Cocaine Treatment and 12-Step Programs
Once you finish rehab, it’s strongly recommended that you continue your recovery in a structured way. This usually means attending 12-step meetings. These recovery programs include:
- Cocaine Anonymous, also known as CA.
- Narcotics Anonymous, also known as NA.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA.
These are all based around the 12 steps. This is a structured program of recovery that focuses on accepting the addiction, taking responsibility, making amends, self-forgiveness, and helping others. These groups are all free, but each meeting accepts donations.
Although there are subtle differences between the three programs, they are largely the same. They all come from AA and are based on “The Big Book”. This is the central text in AA. It lays out the 12 steps in detail and describes how recovery is centered around helping other people and “being of service”.
People in 12-step recovery will tell you that attending meetings isn’t enough. You also have to have a sponsor. For people who are new to recovery, there is a great deal of confusion as to what a sponsor does. In the simplest terms, they’re someone who takes you through the 12 steps of CA, NA, or AA. It’s absolutely crucial that you be 100% honest with them.
Once you complete the first 11 steps, the 12th step is when you become a sponsor and help someone else. Remember, “being of service” is critical in treating cocaine addiction. By becoming a sponsor, you “pay it forward” and can continue living clean and sober.
What Happens If I Relapse?
Relapses happen. That’s the simple truth. Although they can be very demoralizing, it’s important to stay positive and strong. No good will come of beating yourself up or self-loathing. Instead, it’s vital that you jump back into your recovery and stay honest with yourself.
The period immediately before a relapse is sometimes called a “pre-lapse”. This is an informal term used in recovery circles. It refers to the period of time before the actual relapse when the addict starts backsliding into old behaviors. Signs of a pre-lapse include:
- Romanticizing and feeling nostalgic about previous cocaine, alcohol, or drug use.
- Making justifications to yourself that using “just once” will be fine.
- Falling back into old behaviors like lying or dishonesty.
- Spending less time with clean and sober people in order to “self-isolate”.
- Skipping 12-step meetings or therapy sessions.
- Spending time with old drug buddies or people who aren’t clean and sober.
There are multiple factors that can lessen the likelihood of a relapse. These include coping skills, support from family and sober friends, steady employment and housing, a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise), access to health care, and lower levels of stress. It’s important to remember that treatment is a holistic process.
There is no single magic bullet that will cure you. Instead, always remember that addiction is an incurable condition—this means you can’t ever use cocaine in moderation if you have been addicted. However, it can be managed and you can live a happy, full life if you remain honest and devote yourself to recovery.
How to Find Cocaine Treatment
Are you or a loved one struggling with cocaine addiction? Are you tired of living a life filled with pain and misery?
There’s hope for you! Finding freedom from your addiction is possible. You just have to find the right treatment program and build a sober support network. If you want to start living that new life today, be sure to contact our compassionate team at Bedrock Recovery Center today. You can break free and live a new life right away!