Replacing Cocaine Abuse With a Healthy Activity

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol and drug abuse contributes to more than 100,000 deaths each year in America, and relapse rates remain between 60 and 90 percent in the first year after treatment. A 2008 survey conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that there were approximately 1.9 million cocaine and crack users in the United States. Changing the behaviors surrounding cocaine abuse is an important part of the solution to the problem. Developing new routines to replace those associated with drug addiction bridges the gap left by addiction and promotes healthy living.

Cocaine Rehab Basics

One of the most important steps in cocaine recovery is spending time in a drug rehab program. Drug rehab programs can be inpatient or outpatient, depending on your insurance coverage. Rehab facilities have intake counselors to help you understand your individual insurance plan. The initial phase of treatment involves medically supervised detox. During detox, the body has the opportunity to rid itself of the toxins of the drug in a safe and supervised way. After detox, a team of doctors and therapists will determine whether there is any undiagnosed mental illness contributing to or causing the addiction. Once a diagnosis is reached, your rehab team will design a program of counseling, psychotherapy, group and individual therapy sessions and other holistic programs to help you learn to live life free from cocaine addiction.

Replacing Old Habits with New Ones

During rehab you will be able to take advantage of exercise and nutrition programs, meditation and yoga and spiritual counseling. Each of these activities helps those in treatment learn to make better choices that they can then translate into everyday life. Replacing old habits of cocaine use with exercise routines, new hobbies, new friends and new ways of thinking can retrain the brain to live life without the influence of drugs. After treatment, making new friends, finding a new occupation or developing a new career, giving back to the community and learning a new sport or activity are all ways to replace old, negative behaviors with positive new options.

Finding Help for Cocaine Addiction

Getting clean and sober without replacing old behaviors with new ones can increase your risk of relapse. Learning new habits can help you build your defenses against cocaine use. If you or a loved one struggles with drug addiction, we are here for you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.

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