Cocaine Addiction Rehab and Treatment Options

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that causes a rush of euphoric feelings in its users. Over time, these same users will require more of the drug to satisfy their cravings, leading to a dangerous cycle of addiction. However, treatment is available to help those with cocaine addiction.

Cocaine Rehab Options

There is no one medicine or treatment that can cure an addiction to cocaine. Addiction is different in every person so there is no generalized treatment that will work for everyone. It takes support and the right combination of medication and treatment programs for someone to reach sobriety.

In 2007, cocaine accounted for about 13 percent of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs.

The popularity of cocaine has sparked large efforts to create better medications and treatment programs. Treatments must address every aspect of addiction from the change in brain chemistry to the environmental factors that cause someone to fall into addiction.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Programs

The most successful addiction treatment programs utilize one or more of the following methods:

  • Therapy sessions with a licensed professional
  • Individualized therapy
  • Education about addiction and recovery
  • Group sessions to encourage open conversation about addiction and recovery
  • Family therapy
  • Twelve-step facilitation
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Trauma awareness and recovery

Cocaine Pharmacological Treatment

There are no FDA-approved medications to treat cocaine addiction but many are being tested in hopes that a safe and effective medicinal treatment can be found.

Some of these medications are:

  • vigabatrin (typically used to treat seizures) and
  • disulfiram (typically used to treat alcoholism)

A successful cocaine medication would be one that could reverse the changes in brain chemistry that the addiction creates. The communication between dopamine and neurotransmitters would also have to be prevented to keep addicts from feeling the pleasurable result. Scientists are also working on a cocaine vaccination. It would prevent cocaine from being able to make changes in the brain. This would prove most helpful for preventing relapse in patients trying to quit.

Behavioral Interventions for Cocaine Addiction

The most effective treatment for cocaine addiction is currently behavioral interventions and programs.

Motivational incentives

Programs use motivational incentives to keep patients on the right path and in treatments. The incentives are prizes or vouchers that are rewarded to patients as they reach sobriety milestones in their therapy.

Patients are given urine tests that determine if they have maintained sobriety. The prizes are usually points or chips that can be exchanged for more valuable things. This approach is widely used in therapies and rehabilitation centers and has been proven very effective.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

This therapy is most helpful when used alongside other methods. This method helps prevent relapse by educating the patients on addiction and helping them identify the triggers in their lives that lead them to take drugs. Solutions and coping methods are offered on an individualized level so that steps can be taken to avoid triggers when they appear.

Addiction stems from a wide variety of risk and environmental factors, but this method aims to aid patients to realize that they can beat the addiction and be in control of their actions.

Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic communities or residential programs are rehabilitation centers where people suffering from addiction can stay for extended periods of time to get active treatment. Here, patients are surrounded by support from doctors, staff and other patients.

These centers often also provide supportive services that help recovering addicts reintegrate back into society when their stay is over.

Recovery Support Groups

Local support programs like Cocaine Anonymous are good resources for people who want the support of others but cannot afford to go to a residential community. Support groups often utilize motivational incentives and 12-step programs to encourage sobriety. Participants are encouraged to share open conversations about addiction and encourage one another’s journey. To find a Cocaine Anonymous group in your area, use the organization’s website to find a local meeting.

Although behavioral interventions are proven to be effective, the most effective treatment is the integration of more than one approach into healthy and positive lifestyle changes.

If you are seeking help for cocaine addiction and want to find behavioral health treatment services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Treatment Locator that allows you to search for treatment facilities in your area.

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Jessica Miller is a USF graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She has written professionally for over a decade, from HR scripts and employee training to business marketing and company branding. In addition to writing, Jessica spent time in the healthcare sector (HR) and as a high school teacher. She has personally experienced the pitfalls of addiction and is delighted to bring her knowledge and writing skills together to support our mission. Jessica lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband and two dogs.

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