Scientists first discovered cocaine in the mid-1800s. At first, they were delighted by the many effects it had on human health. Although, it didn’t take long to realize its dangers. The United States government banned it across the country by 1914. Today, people need to go through a cocaine addiction treatment program to recover from its effects.
Cocaine is a stimulant. It motivates one to increase their activity level. People describe feeling exhilarated and energetic when under its influence. These effects are temporary. In just hours, they’re replaced by uncomfortable physical and mental sensations.
There are two ways to misuse cocaine. Some people snort, inject, or swallow powder cocaine. Others smoke crack. The Drug Policy Alliance explains the difference. “Crack cocaine tends to be cheaper, faster acting, and the high lasts for a shorter period of time, compared to powder cocaine.”
Cocaine is highly addictive. A cocaine addiction can certainly sneak up anyone. Once an addiction takes hold, one must continue a steady stream of the drug just to feel normal. If too much time passes between fixes, withdrawal symptoms set in. These frequently include anxiety, erratic sleep, irritability, depression, sadness, and more.
The good news is that a cocaine addiction isn’t necessarily a death sentence. Recovery is possible. A cocaine addiction treatment program is the answer.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program
We’re a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment program. Our addiction specialists individually tailor treatment programs for our patients. Each program is comprehensive and immersive. They take place several hours a day, almost every day of the week. Then, patients go home to their families for rest at night.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is the backbone of addiction treatment. But other elements of treatment are effective components, as well. At Recovery in Motion, a variety of treatments are available for our patients’ individual needs. Yoga, art therapy, music therapy, and life skills are just a few that could be a part of your program.
Partial hospitalization programs involve more time in treatment. Generally, patients attend treatment for most of the day. It’s more intensive than intensive outpatient treatment.
Intensive outpatient programs are about three or four hours per day, three to five days per week. After completing these programs, patients may be ready to reduce treatment to either outpatient treatment or sober living. We discuss more on sober living below.
First, let’s discuss cocaine addiction treatment program therapies. Addiction is a mental health disorder. Evidence shows that these treatments are effective components of a successful treatment program.
Common Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program Therapies
Although we tailor every treatment plan to each patient’s needs, all will include a combination of some addiction therapies. Recovering from addiction isn’t a race. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long-term commitment to oneself. Indeed, it may be the most important commitment you make. NIDA lists “a number of behavioral therapies that research shown to be effective in addressing substance abuse.”
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Contingency Management Interventions/Motivational Incentives
- Community Reinforcement Approach Plus Vouchers
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- The Matrix Model
- 12-Step Facilitation Therapy
- Behavioral Therapies Primarily for Adolescents
- Family Behavior Therapy
Family therapy is appropriate for adults and adolescents in a cocaine addiction treatment program. In fact, it’s a liberating part of treatment for the patient and their families, alike. During family therapy sessions, loved ones may have a hard time coming together, at first. However, instead of working against each other, they learn to relate as allies. In other words, the sessions are a safe place to rebuild the family unit.
Furthermore, family members may be unwittingly playing a role in enabling the addiction. Family members generally want to help their addicted loved one. But addicted people need treatment to “unlearn” addiction habits. Family therapy teaches the family how to help without perpetuating the addiction. It specifically teaches families how to productively help their addicted loved one.
What about sober living after treatment?
Instead of living at home, one may feel more comfortable or have more success in a sober living environment. This may be especially true in early recovery. Brand new sobriety is certainly most vulnerable right after a treatment program.
Studies have repeatedly shown that sober living environments are effective for long-term recovery. For example, one study examined sober living residents at six-month intervals. Chiefly, they noticed a pattern surface. Residents decreased or ceased substance use in the first six months after entering treatment. Sober living residents either maintained or improved their progress in subsequent intervals, too.
Sober living environments certainly play an important role in recovery. For that reason, Recovery in Motion has partnered with Paxton House Sober Living. After completing a cocaine addiction treatment program, our graduates can transfer to one of their multiple locations in midtown Tucson. Paxton House residences are clean and comfortable. A house manager, internet, and laundry facilities are on site. They’re conveniently located near bus routes, as well.
A happy, healthy life is within your reach. Take the first step to healing and rebuilding. Contact us today.
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