What Happens in Cocaine Rehab?

Cocaine addiction is essentially the search for a greater high as increased use triggers a bigger or more frequent fix to affect the pleasure/reward centers found in the dopamine system of the brain. With this need for a fix, individuals have been known to lose focus on everything else of importance. In some cases, in only a few weeks addicts lose everything to cocaine.

Recovery from Cocaine/Crack Addiction

Recognizing the need for treatment is the first step in recovery, often leading to drug rehab, possibly in a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) accredited treatment center or hospital. While in drug rehab a variety of methodologies will be used to help the individual overcome the physiological and psychological triggers to their addiction. Recovery is a long process and is determined by a number of factors, including the individual’s willing participation to change.

What Happens in Cocaine Rehab?

The first few days of rehab will involve medically-supervised detox. Once the person is off of the drug, structured programming will come into play. For 12 hours or more, usually between 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., addicts attend individual counseling, group therapy, meals with other recovering addicts, 12-step program meetings as indicated for their addictions (most addicts are addicted to more than one thing), exercise, self-care and life skills, positive leisure and creative experiences, and educational workshops dealing with addiction.

In some rehab centers, there is a chaplain available, as well as regular worship, providing a faith-based approach to recovery apart from 12-Step work.

Meditation and journaling may be encouraged as another recovery tool.

Visitation time for family members is scheduled usually on the weekends. In addition to the individual’s recovery, family members, who are also affected by the addiction, are asked to experience 12-step program meetings for family members (like Al-Anon for family members of alcoholics), as well as educational/informational workshops and meetings to learn about the disease of addiction.

There is little down-time during rehab—the focus is almost entirely on recovery, sobriety and life skills and cognitive/behavioral changes.

Most rehab programs are about 28 days long, depending upon a number of factors—cost, availability of space for that program, urgency of care, being able to meet special needs momentarily, insurance, and any criminal activity associated with the individual’s drug abuse.

Outpatient care usually lasts about a year after the individual is released from rehab. Often referred to as aftercare, outpatient programming provides a continuum of care and ongoing support from friendships formed during rehab.

If you are looking for help with cocaine addiction, research your options and find a center experienced in cocaine addiction treatment. Ask about the professional credentials of their staff, and discover if they are accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—the federal government’s standard for cocaine addiction treatment and probably the highest standard for drug treatment facilities in general. If you can, check out the setting and staff in person to see if you might benefit from their services.

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