Cocaine is one of the most addictive substances known to man and one of the hardest addictions to recover from successfully. It is the powdered extract of the Cocoa plant that when taken creates short-lived euphoria and gives a false sense of control of one’s life circumstances. Because the high is short-lived, usually only an hour, another dose is required to maintain the high. This can lead to addiction in a short amount of time. Cocaine alters the brain’s chemistry, making the ability to enjoy normal life without it very difficult. Since Cocaine addiction is so powerful, it is crucial that a recovering addict be surrounded by a strong support system.
An important part of drug-free living after cocaine rehab treatment is the support group. These groups can provide encouragement, emotional support, and strategies to remain clean. There are a variety of different types of support groups, the most well-known being Narcotics Anonymous (NA). This organization of support groups is open to all addicts and is not drug-specific. While it is a non-religious program, it does focus much of its attention on the Twelve Steps, which utilizes belief in a higher power to strengthen and bring about positive change. Another option is Cocaine Anonymous, which is patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, but is specific to Cocaine addiction and its special difficulties.
Twelve-Step support groups can incorporate different formats and meet in a variety of places; anywhere that can accommodate a meeting is a possibility. At any given meeting there will be people with various lengths of clean times. Those who have been drug-free for a longer period of time offer encouragement and advice to those who are newer to recovery. An addict should connect with a sponsor in the group who can share their experience and insight into successful drug-free living. Meetings will typically incorporate 12-step literature and sharing time and will sometimes celebrate successes of members’ recovery, such as ‘cleaniversaries,’ anniversaries of a person’s clean time.
There are other support groups that do not subscribe to the 12-step method, though they have been shown to be less successful than their 12-step counterparts. These use different methods to enable cleanness, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. Many of these are entirely secular and do not subscribe to a belief in a higher power. Some of these include SMART Recovery, Moderation Recovery, and Secular Organizations for Sobriety. Gaining in popularity are Internet support groups, which are available anywhere 24 hours a day. Their ease of access can make them a helpful alternative or supplement for an in-person support group. (See Holistic Cocaine Treatment.)
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