Cocaine Addiction and Treatment Options

In recent years over 40 million Americans reported using cocaine at some point in their lives. It’s a big problem, and it’s no secret that ongoing cocaine use can lead to a serious addiction, resulting in emotional, physical, financial, and legal consequences.

But you can learn to live a free and fulfilling life.

Seeking professional help is essential. Addiction treatment can support you in finding new ways to live without cocaine.

Signs and Symptoms of a Cocaine Addiction

Some cocaine addictions are more severe than others, but without treatment, milder addictions can get worse quickly.

The common signs and symptoms of a cocaine problem include:

  • Spending excess time obtaining, using, or recovering from cocaine
  • Frequently bingeing on cocaine (taking as much as you can until you run out)
  • Continuing to use it despite it impact on your relationships, school, or work
  • Continuing to use it despite legal or financial problems
  • Needing to use more to feel high (This is called developing a tolerance.)
  • Lying or downplaying to others how much cocaine you use
  • Becoming angry or hostile when others ask you to stop or cut down from use
  • Experiencing psychological distress (depression, anxiety, irritation) when you stop using
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, or other parts of your routine

Excessive cocaine use can result in an overdose. Cocaine overdoses can be fatal. Currently, no specific medications reverse these effects. Instead, medical professionals treat an overdose with IV fluids and various medications.

Cocaine overdose symptoms include:

  • Excessively fast or slow heartbeat
  • Confusion or psychotic symptoms (hallucinations or delusions)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Seizures
  • Dramatic changes in body temperature

A cocaine overdose can be fatal. If you suspect one, immediately call 911.

How Do I Recover from a Cocaine Addiction?

Addiction is a disease. That means it’s not a matter of choice or willpower. And it can fundamentally change your brain chemistry, which is why quitting can feel so challenging.

Recovery often involves five steps:

  1. A thorough assessment
  2. Medical detox
  3. Withdrawal management
  4. Long-term treatment and therapies
  5. Aftercare

Not all of these are necessary to successfully stay sober, but, together, they give you the best chance at a happy and healthy life without cocaine.

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What Path of Treatment Is Right for Me?

Professional treatment can help people struggling with cocaine use. Treatment provides a safe and nonjudgmental opportunity to quit cocaine and stay sober. The staff at Footprints to Recovery will help you determine the best path for your needs.

Detox for Cocaine Addiction

Many people first check into treatment while still under the influence of cocaine or during acute withdrawal. If this is the case, you will likely need to detox. Detox allows your body to safely eliminate the toxins associated with drug use. How long cocaine detox lasts and the symptoms you experience depend on various factors, including:

  • The frequency and intensity of your cocaine use
  • Your history of relapses and treatment
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders, like depression or anxiety
  • Any medical conditions
  • The presence of other substances in your bloodstream

Most detox lasts a few days to a week. During a cocaine binge, people often forgo sleeping and eating, so many clients spend their days in detox resting, eating, and regaining mental strength.

There are no FDA-approved medications for treating cocaine use. Some people benefit from medications that treat other issues, like insomnia, depression, or anxiety. Stabilizing those conditions may also decrease your craving for cocaine.

Ongoing Treatment Options for Cocaine Addiction

After completing detox, you may want to move on to one of these treatment programs to continue your recovery:

Inpatient (residential) treatment

This consists of 24/7 monitoring, supervision, and ongoing care. You may benefit from this treatment if you struggle with chronic relapse. Inpatient cocaine treatment is usually best for a severe addiction. The length of inpatient treatment ranges from about 28 to 90 days.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

This treatment includes extensive structure and support for clients who don’t need full 24/7 monitoring. You may transition into this level of care after completing inpatient treatment. You’ll receive clinical services at a treatment facility throughout the day, but you won’t live there.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Less structured, IOP is often recommended after clients complete inpatient or partial hospitalization programming. Many clients work or attend school while in IOP. They learn how to integrate their recovery in the real world.

Outpatient treatment

This treatment is best if you suffer from a mild cocaine addiction. It also usually refers to long-term aftercare. Many clients remain in outpatient treatment for several weeks or months for ongoing support.

All treatment methods typically include a combination of group and individual therapies. These therapies support you, teaching you the skills you need to pursue a life without cocaine and offering insight into these areas:

  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Trauma
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family dynamics
  • Life skills (employment, legal issues, housing, etc.)
  • Creative expression (writing, music, art)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Peer support

How Long Does Recovery from a Cocaine Addiction Take?

Everyone is different, so their recovery timeline is different. Withdrawal is the first step, and it typically lasts a few days. Things that impact that time include:

  • The length of time you used cocaine
  • The amount of cocaine you took each time
  • How frequently you used
  • The method by which you used cocaine
  • The presence of underlying medical or mental health issues

Recovery itself is a lengthy process. Many people consider it a lifelong endeavor. That’s why most treatment professionals recommend ongoing therapy, peer support, or groups.

Does Footprints to Recovery Accept My Insurance?

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We accept most insurance plans. We will work with you to determine the best coverage possible. You can verify your insurance here.

What If I Don’t Have Insurance?

Our trained admissions coordinators work with you and our financial team to determine the best financial plan for your care. We also offer financing and private pay options. Learn about payment options here.

Some of the options for cocaine addiction treatment include:

Medical detox for cocaine

Inpatient residential treatment for cocaine

A partial hospitalization program for cocaine

Intensive outpatient treatment for cocaine

Outpatient treatment for cocaine

Addiction therapy for cocaine

What Happens When I Leave Footprints to Recovery?

Recovery doesn’t end once formal treatment is over. Aftercare, like 12-step groups and alumni programs, can help you avoid relapse. You need to practice coping skills to ensure a drug-free life.

We encourage you to take a curious approach to your recovery. That means having the willingness to learn new things. We’re here for you every step of the way!

We Can Help You Beat Cocaine

Cocaine recovery is possible. At Footprints to Recovery, we’re ready to support you or your loved one. We feel passionate about recovery, and we’re here for you from detox to when you leave us and beyond. Contact Footprints to Recovery today to take the next step in building your new life. 

References

  1. https://drugabusestatistics.org/
  2. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHDetailedTabs2017/NSDUHDetailedTabs2017.pdf
  3. https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/cocaine/a-short-history.html
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6831a2.htm
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/cocaine-and-related-disorders

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