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Cocaine: Getting Help

Those addicted to cocaine can recover by learning to reshape their lives without drugs. Family members can initiate this change by getting help for themselves and then intervening in the addict's drug abuse cycle. The recovery process begins with getting help. But with cocaine addiction, crack use especially, relapses may occur. The user usually will require long-term continued support to remain drug-free.

Resources on the Web

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) www.ncadd.org

National Substance Abuse Web Index nsawi.health.org/compass

Narconon - Crack and Cocaine Addiction and Recovery www.cocaineaddiction.com

National Institute on Drug Abuse www.nida.nih.gov

The Steps to Treating Addiction

Getting help from a professional drug dependency counselor allows family members to learn ways to free themselves and the addict from cocaine addiction.

Professional treatment is available on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. Treatment may take place in either a hospital or treatment center and involves group or individual therapy. Some addicts may require medical detoxification.

Self-help groups such as Cocaine Anonymous provide continued support to help addicts remain drug-free. These groups support the addict in making lifestyle changes, such as establishing drugfree friends and activities, necessary to maintaining abstinence.

Intervention by family members (with professional assistance) gets the addict to join them on the road to recovery.

Professional evaluation reveals the addict's needs and provides a course of action.

The Road to Recovery

Drug-free living is the goal of the recovery process, and any notion that the addict can become a controlled user has no basis. Nonetheless, cocaine addiction is a persistent and often relapsing illness, and the temptation to make one more try at controlled use lurks everywhere along the road to recovery. This is why, even after prolonged abstinence, the addict needs continued support to remain drug-free.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

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