Cocaine Outpatient Treatment

Once someone has become addicted to a powerful substance like cocaine, it is difficult to recover without help. Fortunately, help is available and comes in many different forms. One option for cocaine addiction help is outpatient treatment.

Deciding on a Residential or Outpatient Cocaine Treatment Program

Outpatient treatment isn’t right for everyone. People with severe addictions need the structure and additional support that a residential treatment program provides. Outpatient therapy is often a good choice, though, for those wishing to maintain employment, for those with childcare responsibilities or for those who have strong support networks.

Key Elements of Cocaine Outpatient Services

Programs vary greatly, but most of the key elements that are part of inpatient care are also part of outpatient treatment. These elements of recovery include the following:

  • The first step in cocaine recovery is generally a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of needs. A program should be tailored for each client depending on the needs identified. If clients have mental or physical health conditions in addition to their addiction, it is best to identify and treat them simultaneously.
  • Group counseling is a standard part of addiction treatment. Education as to the nature of addiction and what to expect during the recovery process is often part of this element. People addicted to cocaine will learn about the cardiac and respiratory effects of using cocaine and about the dangers of combining it with alcohol. They will discuss the physical and emotional signs that may accompany recovery.
  • Individual counseling can help clients increase motivation by identifying disparities between goals and current behavior. Clients are also helped to realize the situations and emotions that tend to trigger their drug cravings and to develop awareness of them. They will work with counselors to identify and practice alternative coping strategies.
  • Accountability to counselors and peers is an effective element of addiction treatment. This may involve regular or random drug testing.
  • Attending peer support groups may begin during outpatient treatment. These groups can help people learn and draw strength from others who share the same struggles and are on the same journey to recovery.
  • Family or couples counseling can be helpful both for identifying and addressing relationship strains that may have contributed to the addiction and for rebuilding relationships that addiction may have damaged. It is offered by many outpatient addiction treatment programs.

The length of time that an outpatient addiction program lasts varies, but four to six weeks is common. After that time, many programs offer aftercare or step-down programs, in which clients meet with counselors on a less frequent basis. Attending ongoing peer support meetings is often recommended.

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