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Treatment for Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine Abuse Facts

Cocaine is one of the most widely used illicit substances in the United States, and it is also one of the most dangerous. The number of people dying from a cocaine overdose in the US has increased significantly in recent years, with an estimated 19,500 such deaths in 2020.

The rise in deaths from opioid painkillers and heroin bears some resemblance. As of 2020, around 40 million people in the US had used cocaine at some point in their lives, a significant rise from the approximate 39 million who did so in 2016. In addition, about 5.2 million persons in the United States are actively using cocaine.

How Do You Know You Are Addicted To Cocaine?

Cocaine is a CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant that is highly addictive and known to cause numerous mental and physical health problems. Cocaine is legal for medicinal use, but being highly addictive, its use as an anesthetic is limited; hence many people use it illegally. To overcome your cocaine addiction, you need a good treatment regimen that is holistic.


Addiction is a disease that affects the inspiration and reward circuitry in the brain. When the cocaine leaves your bloodstream, you will need to seek the drug to relieve mental and physical withdrawal side effects or to feel stability.


Regular use of cocaine makes you tolerant of the drug. Therefore, your body requires a higher dose to achieve a similar high. It is the onset of addiction since you need to use the drug more, and harder to control.


Recognizing the warning signs that you or a loved one is abusing cocaine is advantageous. Withdrawal signs may include:


  • Drug cravings- the persistent need to use cocaine.

  • Drowsiness. 

  • Irritability- is brought about by the downtime since your body is yearning for the euphoria related to the high. 

  • Nightmares- especially for those injecting cocaine, dream of insects crawling under your skin.

  • Mood swings- usually, after the intense high, downtime leads to changes in your mood. 

  • Increased intake of food.

  • Fatigue.

  • Depression.


The emotional toll can be difficult to manage without help; hence, seeking professional help for anyone with cocaine addiction is imperative. Many people who suffer from cocaine addiction struggle to realize that they have a problem with cocaine or are in denial. In this case, professional intervention is recommended to encourage the person to get professional assistance.

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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Treating Cocaine Addiction

It is a long and hard road ahead but worth every struggle in the long run. In the back of your mind, you need to remember that it is uncomfortable and taxing at the beginning of treatment. Still, with time it becomes comfortable, and sobriety is your new normal. Some of the professional interventions and holistic treatment regimens include:


Medical Detox: is the gradual reduction of cocaine or other drugs from the bloodstream. Its purpose is to manage withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking cocaine safely. It is usually done with medical professionals at a detox center.


Residential Treatment: In this mode of therapy, the setting is residential, where 24- hour care is provided by a well-trained medical staff who respond to your needs immediately around the clock. Supposing you have suffered a severe cocaine addiction for a prolonged period. In that case, an outpatient setting might not work for you. A combination of medically supported approaches and different types of therapy is likely to result in a better outcome for long-term maintenance of recovery. The services offered here include:



Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs): are treatment programs that tackle different types of addictions, not requiring round-the-clock intensive detoxification. You are allowed to live at home while accessing an Intensive outpatient program, hence able to perform your day-to-day activities. They are often used together with inpatient programs to help you integrate into the community by establishing robust support mechanisms.

Transitional Living/Sober Housing Program: After treatment, rehabilitation comes next. Sober homes form an excellent structure if you can’t immediately cope with straightness. Diving back into the community where the chances of relapse are more rampant. Living in a sober house is a buffer between returning to the old habits or staying sober for many people in recovery.

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Therapies at Rolling Hills Recovery Center

Rolling Hills Recovery Center provides a conducive environment where you won’t be tempted to use cocaine. Depending on your individual needs, the treatment duration could last between 30 to 90 days or longer. Therapies at RHRC include:


  • Trauma therapy.

  • Art therapy.

  • Equine therapy teaches the importance of nonverbal communication and cues and how they affect those around you.

  • Support groups.

  • Relapse prevention training- majorly tackles coping skills to prevent relapse.

  • Alternative programs.

  • Aftercare planning.


Motivational interviewing (MI): This is a collaborative, empathic psychotherapeutic approach that avoids confrontation and focuses on enhancing your motivation to stop using cocaine. MI comprises a sequence of four processes.


  1. Engaging - Building a rapport between you and the interviewer, in this case, a counselor or handler.

  2. Focusing - Establish the direction of the conversation by ensuring you only discuss the treatment and therapy-related process.

  3. Evoking - The interviewer discusses and elicits your reasons for change.

  4. Planning - Make plans to manage your aftercare treatment and discuss the milestones you have overcome and others yet to achieve.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioral therapy was developed as a method of treatment to prevent relapse for cocaine addicts. The learning process is critical based on the theory of maladaptive behavior patterns like cocaine abuse. In this therapy, you will learn how to identify and correct problematic behavior by using a range of skills that you can use to stop drug abuse and related problems. You will learn to cope effectively by enhancing your self-control, exploring positive and negative consequences of relapse, self-monitoring to identify cravings early, and avoiding situations that make cravings unbearable.


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The Bottom Line

Nobody can help you quit using cocaine unless you are willing to help yourself! It's absolutely up to you to make your mind up and seek professional help. It will be physically and psychologically demanding for you. However, you will have gained the required skills to lead a more productive life by completing treatment. Managing a relapse is significantly more complex than treating an addiction. You will succeed, however, if you are determined. Many people have done it before you, and you can also go.

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