Before examining the topic of cocaine treatment, let us consider some statistics about cocaine. Recent statistics reveal that more than 50 million Americans have used cocaine. Since the 1970s, when cocaine became popular, it has continued to be associated with wealth and celebrity. So it is not surprising that it has managed to endure as a drug of choice for so many young people.
Many cocaine users will foolishly tell themselves that cocaine is not physically addictive, so it is not that dangerous. There are countless stories of people who lost everything-their job, their home, their family-because they couldn't stop using cocaine. Sometimes these were high-level business executives or medical professionals or other highly accomplished, intelligent, hard-working people.
Even if you or your loved one are already suffering from severe cocaine addiction, it's never too late to get help and prevent further physical and emotional deterioration.
Detoxification is always the necessary first step in any quality cocaine treatment program, immediately followed by behavioral health therapyt. The best cocaine treatment centers have a behavioral health staff to help patients explore the origins of their addiction to cocaine. They can also help patients develop alternate methods of coping to 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.
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 it will have you under its control. Don't let yourself or your loved one become another statistic.