5 Important Reasons To Tackle Cocaine Addiction In A Residential Rehab Setting

Posted on: 13 March 2015

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You realize you're addicted to cocaine and you're ready to quit. Someone who cares about you is encouraging you to get some professional help rather than trying to kick this habit on your own. Do you really need to go to rehab? Don't some people handle this problem without professional assistance? It's possible to stop without help, but having the support of a residential rehab center will make your initial recovery easier. Also, you'll get the tools you need to avoid relapse. This article will discuss the benefits of a rehab clinic. 

Handling Withdrawal Symptoms

Normally, a person who stops using cocaine doesn't have withdrawal symptoms associated with physical addiction, such as nausea, tremors and muscle pain. Cocaine is not physically addicting, but the mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms can still be very bothersome. You could experience:

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • vivid dreams
  • paranoia

Since cocaine acts as a stimulant for most people, you may miss the stimulant effects. You could feel a lack of energy, motivation and enthusiasm. 

Managing Craving

Powerful cravings for this drug may last for weeks and, at times, may feel overwhelming, depending on how much you have been using.

During residential rehab, you don't have access to the drug, and you have a full schedule to keep your mind occupied. You're surrounded by a support group of staff and peers who understand what you're dealing with. The trained, skilled staff members are valuable for helping you through this difficult time.

Avoiding Coping by Using Other Drugs

People in cocaine withdrawal may turn to other substances for relief. However, it's important not to start taking sedatives, drinking alcohol or using marijuana. You could easily become dependent on the new drug you take. Also, drugs that lower your inhibitions -- such as alcohol -- could lead you to use cocaine again. In residential rehab, none of these substances are available.

Getting Psychological Help

In rehab, you'll get the psychological help you need to make your recovery successful. This will include psychological or psychiatric counseling, and may include prescription medication if you're diagnosed with a mental disorder. You may have unintentionally been using cocaine as a way of self-medicating.

For example, although cocaine is stimulating for most people, it has a different effect on people with ADHD. Like certain other stimulants, cocaine helps them concentrate and prevents the mental distractions associated with this condition. Research indicates that up to 25 percent of people with a substance abuse problem also have ADHD, and cocaine is one of the most common drugs of choice for these individuals. 

If you are diagnosed with ADHD, a doctor at the center may provide you with a prescription stimulant that does not have the harmful effects of cocaine.

Major depression is another disorder commonly associated with cocaine addiction. You could benefit from ongoing psychological counseling and from prescription antidepressants. 

Avoiding Relapse

You'll learn strategies to help you avoid relapse. This is essential because you may have mental and emotional cravings for cocaine for quite some time. 

Another problem involves response to cues or triggers that you associate with the pleasant effects of the drug. You don't even have to be consciously aware of these triggers to be vulnerable to them. During rehab, you'll learn how to identify feelings that alert you to what's happening before you impulsively turn the steering wheel and head off to your old haunts.

In addition, you'll have the strong support of peers not only during group therapy, but simply during daily life at the center. After you go home, you can continue to participate in counseling sessions, group therapy and supportive groups such as 12-step organizations.  

What You Can Do Now

It seems like a huge step and you're probably nervous, but don't hesitate to contact addiction rehab centers that look promising to you. You'll be greeted with a warm, compassionate and nonjudgmental welcome. Soon you'll be on the road to recovery and glad you made this decision.