Abuse Cocaine Treatment
Initial therapy for cocaine abuse involves cocaine withdrawal treatment, which may require a drug detoxification center or admission to a hospital. After treatment for cocaine withdrawal, a person usually requires medications that help reduce anxiety and agitation. Successful long-term treatment for cocaine abuse requires the strict avoidance of cocaine. In order to maintain abstinence from cocaine, most benefit greatly from life-long participation in addiction support groups and psychological counseling.
Treatment for cocaine abuse may include:
- Outpatient treatment for cocaine withdrawal:
- Medications may be prescribed to control cocaine withdrawal symptoms
- Medications that reduce anxiety and agitation:
- Drug detoxification center:
- Careful medical management is provided for moderate to severe symptoms of cocaine withdrawal.
- Mental health counseling
- Drug addiction support groups:
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Family support for cocaine abuse:
- Social services
- Nutritional support:
- Cocaine abusers may be malnourished
- Vitamin supplements may be needed
Abuse Cocaine Behavior Therapy
There are two main types of behavioral therapy that may be used to treat cocaine abuse:
Contingency management uses a voucher-based system to give positive rewards for staying in treatment and remaining cocaine free. Based on drug-free urine tests, the patients earn points, which can be exchanged for items that encourage healthy living, such as joining a gym, or going to a movie and dinner.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term, focused approach to helping cocaine-addicted individuals to stop using the drug. The underlying assumption is that learning processes play an important role in the development and continuation of cocaine abuse and dependence. These same learning processes can be employed to help an addicted individual reduce drug use. This approach attempts to help patients to recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations that are most likely to trigger cocaine use. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps patients to avoid these situations when appropriate, and cope more effectively with a range of problems and problematic behaviors often associated with drug abuse.
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