Cocaine is highly addictive and can lead to dire physical, financial, and emotional trauma. In addition, it is illegal in most nations across the world, so users could also be facing criminal charges as well. Although cocaine abuse has serious consequences, there are cocaine addiction treatments that can help you or your loved ones overcome this deteriorating addiction.
This article will discuss some of the options available to treat cocaine misuse or addiction.
Start The Recovery With A Detox
Many substance abuse treatment professionals, including at The Cabin, highly recommend that those suffering from drug addiction undergo a detox programme as their first step to recovery. As you may be aware, during the cocaine detoxification process, your body flushes the substance out of your system so that you can start lowering dependency on the drug.
Cocaine can stay in your system for a long while. Urine tests can detect cocaine up to 4 days after last use – so it may take at least that long to clean out your body, but detox may cause withdrawal symptoms to occur as your body adjusts to the absence of cocaine, which could range from mild to severe, and may require close medical attention.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms may include vomiting, depression, anxiety, paranoia, erratic sleep patterns, and concentration issues.
To support cocaine users toward a healthy recovery, detox programmes are designed to address withdrawal. This could include:
- Managing a patient’s diet, possibly with additional supplements or fluids
- Providing medicines such as anti-nausea or anti-depressants. The key is to ensure that any medication is non-addictive, including any sleep aids to help normalise body cycles.
Treatment Options For Cocaine Addiction
After detox, recovery continues with further treatment. However, it is important to note that there is no one real ‘cure,’ as every individual’s battle with addiction is different. Nevertheless, there are several approaches for cocaine addiction treatment, many of which have proven track records of success in helping people overcome their dependence on cocaine. They include:
At present, no medications have been approved by governmental regulatory agencies, including the US Federal Drug Administration, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and the EU’s European Medicines Agency. Despite that, there is research into medications that help control dopamine or that help restore balance in an addict’s neuroreceptors and transmissions, but they are all still in the early testing phases. Some healthcare professionals may use medications to treat withdrawal or other issues, such as mood stabilisers to handle depression or sleep aids for insomnia.
Because there are no approved and proven medicinal options for cocaine addiction treatment, most programmes rely on behavioural approaches. This could include cognitive-behavioural therapy, during which patients learn how to recognise their triggers, how to cope with them, and how to avoid using again. There are also 12-step programmes that offer peer support and a structure of sharing and goals to encourage them to stay sober. They could also have a blended programme of those just mentioned, along with such therapies as individual or group counselling, mindfulness practices, and art or vocational therapy. Friends and families could get involved through education and support to help bolster a patient’s support network.
Outpatient & Inpatient Treatment Programmes
Some people may be able to receive treatment in an outpatient setting if they can cope with triggers and avoid relapses with little or no supervision. This means that they can live at home and travel to receive treatment at a facility, which could include group or individual therapy. The frequency and duration would depend on the patient’s needs. Sessions could last a few hours or even six hours, and they could occur once a week or more. As the patient improves over time, treatments may be less frequent, possibly down to ad hoc counselling sessions or to 12-step programme support.
For those who need more supervised cocaine addiction treatment, there are inpatient or residential rehab programmes. It is specifically designed to cater to those extremely dependent on the drug or highly susceptible to influences that could cause relapses. These facilities, like The Cabin, are not necessarily hospital-like, but they would always have trained personnel who could help with medical issues while providing the psychological and social support needed to recover. Residential facilities are safe spaces where you can focus on understanding the reasons for your addictions so that you can change your behaviours and learn how to avoid using cocaine or other addictive substances.
Let The Cabin Help With Cocaine Addiction Treatment
If you are not sure about what type of cocaine addiction treatment you or someone you care about should acquire, contact us at The Cabin Rehab in Thailand. Our experienced professional team can help you determine what course of action would be the best after discussing the situation with you. We offer comprehensive addiction recovery programmes, and we can help with any concurrent mental health issues, with such therapies as depression, anxiety disorder, or trauma treatments. The Cabin can also help you access our global network of outpatient treatment centres. Our compassionate and caring staff are available to listen to you 24 hours a day, so you can get help now.
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