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Before examining the topic of cocaine treatment, let us consider some statistics about cocaine. Only alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, are more popular than cocaine as the drug of choice among Americans. Recent statistics reveal that more than 50 million Americans have used cocaine. Since the 1970's disco era, when cocaine became the drug of choice, it has continued to be associated with the swank parties of the rich and famous, Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, superstar athletes, etc. So, it is not surprising that so many young people try to imitate these popular celebrities when they attend their own friends' parties.
Many cocaine users will tell themselves that cocaine is not physically addictive so it is not that dangerous. But they completely ignore how psychologically addictive cocaine is! There are countless sad stories of people who lost everything, their job, their home, their family because they couldn't stop using cocaine. Sometimes these were people who were high level business executives or medical professionals or other highly accomplished, intelligent, hard working people but they too could not stop their cocaine use.
Hopefully if you are reading this, it is before you or your loved one has begun to start losing everything that is important in your lives because of cocaine. Even if you or your loved one are already suffering from severe cocaine addiction, you'll still want to receive quality cocaine treatment to physically save you or your loved one's live and physical health from further deterioration.
What Does Cocaine Treatment Entail?
Detoxification is always the necessary first step in any quality cocaine treatment program, immediately followed by behavioral health therapy as part of a holistic approach to cocaine treatment. The best cocaine treatment centers have a behavioral health educated and trained staff to help them identify what may be the reason the patient developed their addiction to cocaine in the first place. They can also help patients develop alternate methods of coping and resist the temptation to use cocaine again after they have successfully completed their cocaine treatment program.
Behavioral modification-The behavioral modification stage of treatment should include a mix of psychotherapy, spiritual and emotional counseling and general lifestyle education and alteration. Many addictions stem from previous mental disorders. Very often, cocaine addiction can be linked to an underlying psychological problem. It’s important that abusers and addicts fully realize that cocaine is no longer an acceptable method of dealing with their problems. Behavior modification is the best way to accomplish this change in their thinking.
Medication- Medications can be incredibly helpful in mitigating cocaine withdrawal symptoms. Usually designated for addicted patients, anti-depressants are administered to soften the blows of the detoxification process. The FDA is now aggressively pursuing other drugs to help with the cocaine treatment process.
Cocaine Treatment Can Mean the Difference between Abuse and Addiction
Even if you think you have your cocaine use under control (that you only do it when you’re with your friends, that you’re mindful of its consequences and know when to stop, etc.), cocaine is a powerful and dangerous substance. It is only a matter of time before cocaine will have you under its control and then you won't be able to stop using it. Don't let yourself or your loved one become another statistic, because you didn't realize how quickly cocaine use can become cocaine addiction.
The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of cocaine treatment centers in your local area, as well as the leading recommended cocaine treatment centers in the United States and around the world.