If I’m Addicted to Cocaine, do I have to go to Rehab?

Cocaine is extremely addictive both physically and psychologically. Cocaine addiction can cause disastrous consequences to a user’s life. Cocaine addiction is extremely difficult to overcome on your own, and less intensive, outpatient programs generally do not provide the level of treatment needed to overcome addiction to cocaine. Inpatient rehab is the best course of action to treat cocaine addiction.

Drawbacks of Outpatient Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction is very hard to overcome on your own. Withdrawal will induce intense cravings for the drug; despite your best intentions and strength of will, if you are alone when the cravings set in it will be difficult to resist the urge simply to go out and use drugs.

Similarly, outpatient treatment programs do not provide the secure environment and around-the-clock support that patients need to prevent relapse. Detox is a critical phase of recovery as it sets patients up for rehab. You may feel sure of yourself and your resolve to stop using when you are in group therapy with other addicts sharing stories about the damage that addiction has caused. However, when you are alone at night, can’t sleep and the cravings set in, the addict in you with her well-developed technique of justification is likely to take over and convince you to indulge the cravings “just this once” in order to get through the night. Before you know it you are in the familiar situation of calling your dealer, scraping together the money and going out to buy drugs.

Finally, even after initial treatment, when you are well along in your recovery, many feelings and situations can induce you to relapse. Without the follow-up therapy provided by a good rehab center you are denying yourself a powerful tool to support long-term sobriety.

Benefits of Inpatient Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Given the highly addictive nature of cocaine, inpatient treatment programs offer by far the best chance for a successful recovery from cocaine addiction. The benefits of inpatient treatment programs for cocaine addiction include the following:

  • Medically supervised detox to ensure the patient’s safety and address any medical complications that may arise
  • Detox in a secure facility in which it will be impossible to procure or use cocaine
  • Access to a psychologist/psychiatrist to help you deal with the depression that is a common withdrawal symptom of cocaine
  • The support, empathy and encouragement provided by fellow patients who are sharing the experience
  • Access to follow-up counseling to provide support for long-term sobriety and to help avoid and deal with relapse triggers

Help Finding Rehab for Cocaine Addiction

If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction we can help. Our staff is happy to speak with you, answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment options available. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today.

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