A cocaine addiction is not an easy one to deal with, either as the addict or as a friend/loved one of an addict.
Through time, trial and error, and plenty of research, it has been determined that a successful treatment plan for cocaine addicts
involves a mix of medical assistance, psycho-social support, and most importantly, an aftercare contingent.
Step one in breaking a cocaine habit is detoxification. Detox is a physical cleansing of the system, hence the need for medical supervision to protect against physiological effects of withdrawal, such as heart and circulatory problems. Addicts undergoing detox are also often depressed, tired yet restless, and subject to rants of agitation and anger. Withdrawal-induced dreams can be vivid, and scary, during this time, which only further serve to drain the patient.
After detox the real work begins for an addict—learning how to cope and stay sober to fully kick cocaine. Having a social support system and therapy plan of action to follow is now key. Chances for relapse are high if an addict is not encouraged to follow through with these things after medical detox.
What a Cocaine Addict Can Expect During the Course of Addiction Treatment:
- To be medically monitored and given medications when needed
- Asked to attend individual, group, and family therapy sessions
- Asked to attend group meetings such as Cocaine Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
- Invited to participate in sober recreational activities
- Attend classes regarding the nature of cocaine addiction
- Establish a plan for relapse prevention with yourself, your doctor, and your support system
So how can you help?
First, educate yourself on dependence, addiction, and disease—especially the fact that addiction in itself is a disease. A cocaine addict can have a physical dependence on the drug, meaning they need it to function no matter what, while an addict isn’t always dependent on it, they simply crave the drug and the escape it brings. Often an addict will fall into both categories, however; and as such you need to be prepared to deal with a person’s physical needs as well as the mind games that come with addiction.
It’s important to understand that you will only be able to do so much. You can love them and support them, but at the end of the day, the responsibility of sobriety belongs to the addict.