A person who is addicted to cocaine can get better. It means learning how to build a life with no drugs. The first step is getting help. The next is stopping the cycle of drug abuse. Then a plan to fight relapses is needed. Long-term support is needed for a cocaine user to stay drug-free.
Get help from a professional drug dependency counselor. This type of counselor helps a person see their drug addiction more clearly. They can also help family members deal with the user’s drug addiction.
Have a professional evaluation with a health care provider or psychologist who specializes in addiction. This helps assess the drug user’s needs and plan a course of action.
Start professional treatment. This type of treatment may be inpatient or outpatient. It may take place in a hospital or treatment center. It involves group or individual therapy. In some cases, medical treatment is needed.
Find self-help groups. These give support to help people stay free of drugs. They help a person make lifestyle changes that keep them away from cocaine. An example of this type of group is Cocaine Anonymous. See the blue box for contact details.
Drug-free living is the goal of the recovery process. Cocaine addiction is a long-lasting illness that can come back again and again. The user may relapse. There can be a constant urge to go back to using. The user may think, “This time I’ll keep it under control.” A former user needs continued support to remain drug-free.
For more information, go to:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration