Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Once you know that you or a loved one has a dependency on cocaine, the next thought will be how to get help. Getting treating for yourself or a loved one for a dependency can be a daunting concept. For most people just figuring out where to start can be confusing and overwhelming. An important thing to remember is that addiction is a medical condition. Years or even months of putting this substance in the body has created a situation that is best healed in a controlled and supervised environment.

There are many reasons why it is not recommended to try and cure anyone from cocaine dependency outside of a facility. Rehabilitation Centers are staffed with people who not only are trained to watch for possible mental blocks on the road to recovery, but also potential health risks. When a person is using cocaine regularly, health issues that already exist may have been masked. So when the body is no longer receiving the drug, suddenly frightening symptoms become noticeable. Some of these may require medical care; others may be just the drugs leaving the system and fear is the danger. Being in a facility with a staff trained to know which is which, takes that burden away so that the addict can stay focused on getting better.

Short term treatment may seem like a great idea, very little time away from work or family; however a short term program may not be a very good value, as the person can experience a relapse and go right back into substance abuse. Studies have proven that there is a much higher success rate with a 90 day or longer rehabilitation program.

There are also health risks considering a panic attacks can mirror heart attack symptoms; this is an incredibly frightening experience. Cocaine use can and does cause heart and other cardiovascular problems. Also cocaine can cause elevated blood pressure, so there is also the possibility of a stroke. Someone who is not trained could easily mistake one for the other, putting the individual in question at extremely high risk.
Treating Cocaine addiction is multifaceted process the first is the actual detox, getting the drug out of the system. That is just the beginning. Once the drug has been flushed from the system, the real work begins. It is important to keep in mind, that when a person starts abusing a substance, the drug isn’t there in the body. There is a reason why this happened. A big part of treatment is finding out why and giving a person the tools to not fall back into the cycle of abuse.

Knowing why is important, so is removing the addict from the people and the places that encourage continuing use. It could be a neighborhood, a friend, a boyfriend/ girlfriend, or even a spouse or family member. Since drug abuse is an illegal activity, addicts know how to hide their use. They leave breadcrumbs to find their way back to the abusive lifestyle. Treatment in a facility removes this temptation and allows the person to be strong when they feel the weakest. If you have never been addicted to a substance, it is hard to comprehend how great the desire is for that which addicts you.

One of the stumbling blocks to successful treatment of cocaine addiction is fear. Fear of not being able to be normal anymore, fear of repercussions from what the user has done while addicted. Often the only consistent people that are left in the cocaine addicted person’s life are other addicts. There is acceptance and understanding in that group. Getting free from the dependence can seem like a betrayal of these friends. This is a powerful thing, to feel that without these people and this life, there is nothing else. The user can feel that loss of this one thing can result in being alone. Going through a treatment program can show this person that there is another way. Just saying that there is another way isn’t enough, the value comes from experiencing it firsthand.

Cocaine use causes a spike in dopamine in the brain, when this is stopped the abuser may not be able to find pleasure in normal activities, depression very commonly sets in. Part of treatment is addressing that. Treatment also, if done correctly, gives the person the tools to be able to cope with life drug free. A successful treatment not only safely gets the drug out of the system, but keeps the person from reverting back to that lifestyle going forward.

Knowing that you or a loved one has a dependency on cocaine does not have to be a confusing or overwhelming problem. Getting help is not difficult; it can be as easy as a phone call to a reputable rehabilitation center. There you will find trained staff to help you or your loved one safely and successfully navigate the way from an addicted life, to a happy drug free life.