Cocaine Addiction Treatment Options
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Cocaine addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. Once someone decides to get treated for cocaine addiction, it is important to know the options available. After becoming addicted to cocaine, formal treatment is often necessary for recovery.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment Facilities
There are two types of facilities that treat cocaine addiction: outpatient facilities and inpatient facilities. Outpatient facilities allow the patients to return home every night, and sessions can last anywhere from an hour to all day before the patient leaves. Inpatient facilities provide a controlled environment where the patient stays at the facility for a length of time. Both of these options are viable for cocaine addiction treatment, and choosing one depends on your needs as a patient.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I addicted to other drugs besides cocaine?
- Do I have the ability to leave my responsibilities for at least “90 days” so that I may have a better chance at achieving a “positive outcome” from my treatment? (NIDA)
- Am I without a strong support system at home and, therefore, in need of one from my treatment facility?
- Do I have any other mental disorders in addition to my cocaine addiction (bipolar disorder, depression, etc.)?
- Is my addiction to cocaine severe enough for me to need 24-hour care and surveillance during my rehabilitation process?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to consider inpatient treatment. However, if these questions do not describe your needs, then perhaps outpatient treatment would be a better fit for you. The latter is also less expensive for the most part, so consider your needs before you choose a facility.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment Plans
Once you have chosen a facility, you will have the ability to work with your doctor to choose a treatment plan. Unfortunately, “there are no FDA-approved medications to treat cocaine addiction” currently (NIDA). That being said, there are compounds and medications which are being tested for use with cocaine addicts.
Behavioral interventions are almost always used in cocaine addiction treatment. The NIDA states that “one form of behavioral therapy this is showing positive results in cocaine-addicted populations is contingency management, or motivational incentives” (NIDA 2). This type of behavioral therapy allows patients to receive a reward for abstinence from cocaine. It also helps patients stay in treatment.
Other types of behavioral intervention options for cocaine addiction are:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing
- Group therapy
Any of these types of therapy can usually be found in addiction treatment facilities. While motivational incentives is known to often be the most effective treatment for cocaine, people should have options in the event that this particular treatment does not work as well for them.
Other Treatment Types
Some patients may need other treatment types in addition to formal addiction treatment. “For example, if a patient is unemployed, it may be helpful to provide vocational rehabilitation or career counseling” (NIDA 2). Other possible treatment are:
- Marriage or relationship counseling
- Family counseling
- Exercise therapy
Some patients may leave treatment and need to attend another type post-recovery program. There are also options for these patients, such as halfway houses, sober living facilities, and mutual-help groups. Depending on your needs, there are many options for cocaine addiction treatment.