Cocaine rehab provides specialist treatment for those struggling with an addiction to the stimulant drug. The purpose of cocaine rehab is to break the physical addiction through the detox process, and to address the psychological aspect of the addiction through individual counseling and therapy. Cocaine rehab therapy is particularly complex, due to the severity of this addiction.
A report published in the psychiatry section of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, confirms that a good percentage of cocaine dependent people respond well to drug counseling and go on to achieve recovery from addiction. However, the same report notes that some people find that standard treatments are inadequate, with many of them reverting back to self-destructive drug abuse patterns.
For this reason, cocaine rehab programs focus on tailoring individual drug treatment programs designed to address each individual’s unique addiction triggers. No addiction is the same, so it is crucial to develop a treatment plan that works with the specific individual’s characteristics, the severity of the addiction, and any underlying mental health issues that may need simultaneous treatment. The right combination of treatments and therapies need to be integrated to ensure the best possible chance of achieving recovery.
At this time there are no effective medications for treating cocaine dependence, so treatment is centered predominantly on psychosocial treatments, counseling and other therapies.
Rehab treatments begin with the detox process to eliminate the drug’s toxins from the body. Many people will experience withdrawal symptoms once their drug intake stops, which can include fatigue, vivid nightmares, increased appetite, agitation, profound dysphoria, and deep depression that is often associated with suicidal thoughts.
One of the biggest challenges for treating cocaine addiction is overcoming the powerful cravings users experience to take more of the drug. In most users, cravings for the drug can be nearly uncontrollable, leading many to do almost anything to acquire more.
Detox treatments on their own are not sufficient enough to break a cocaine addiction, as detoxing only eliminates the physical dependence on the drug. Treating the psychological aspect of the addiction requires a combination of therapies and ongoing daily management to reduce the risk of relapse.
Statistics show that cocaine addicts are at the highest risk of accidental overdose during the detox process. Returning to drug abuse after a period of abstinence can increase the risk of overdose dramatically. Many other cocaine-related deaths are linked to suicide.
However, a person undergoing treatment in a rehab facility has a safe environment in which they can complete the medical detox process away from people and places associated with drug use. Medical staff can also begin therapy to treat the psychological aspect of the addiction. Medical supervision and monitoring throughout the process is available and staff can administer prescription medications to alleviate the worst of any withdrawal symptoms (e.g. antidepressants or anticonvulsants).
The principles of effective treatment includes breaking the physical and mental components of the addiction using a combination of therapies tailored to each individual person. Individual counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy work to correct dysfunctional behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive new habits. Treatment also needs to include a solid relapse prevention plan, as well as ongoing aftercare management to reduce the risk of relapse.
Regular attendance at group meetings can help a person in recovery to develop new social networks among peers, and also reduce feelings of isolation during recovery.
Seeking professional rehabilitation for cocaine addiction increases the chance of achieving a successful recovery. Inpatient rehab treatments require admittance into a licensed facility for a period of time in order to complete treatments. In comparison, outpatient rehab programs allow the recovering person to return home each evening, but still requires a considerable amount of time and commitment.
The objective of relapse prevention programs is to teach those recovering of ways to recognize and identify early warning signs of relapse and how to implement new skills in order to avoid returning to drug abuse.
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