Cocaine addiction and the lifestyle of those using the drug can result in costing the individual everything. A user is faced with sobering decisions. Health worries, relationships in ruin and problems with law enforcement are just the tip of the iceberg that threaten to affect their future potential. This is when a stay in a treatment center can not only point a person in the right direction but also provide them with the stability and tools for the long journey ahead.

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Safe withdrawal

Cocaine normally takes three days to metabolize from the body. Those that have been using for a longer period might face a slightly extended withdrawal period. Cocaine creates its own set of imbalances in the body. Sleep deprivation is one of the most common symptoms. A safe environment to allow one to rest and recuperate is just the start. Nutrition is vital to assist the body in healing itself. Blood work to test for liver damage and diseases such as hepatitis are also carried out. The overall picture is better for those who stay at treatment centers so they can begin to address the core issues.

The Core

Once the body is detoxed, the mind can be attended to. Patients are taught to recognize triggers in order to prevent the relapse process in the mind. Knowing what aspects of the environment spur on the desire for cocaine can work preventively. Quality addiction centers want to get immediately into the proactive. Why does the person do this? Isolation is a common cause because a cocaine user may feel there is no practical solution to their loneliness other than to use cocaine with others. Emotional damage from a life of abuse can be identified at this stage. Whatever the reasons that convince a person that they cannot live without cocaine are discussed and acknowledged.

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Sharing and Caring

Group therapy, as well as individual therapy is introduced during a stay at a treatment center. Understanding that one is not alone in the journey to recovery is vital. It also emphasizes the importance of support groups once a person leaves treatment. It is crucial to lay a firm foundation to build upon. Many users can learn to anticipate triggers and be prepared with coping skills and tools to remain sober.    Sharing and caring with members of support groups provides support and encouragement and it is reassuring to realize that others are fighting the same fight.

Co-occurring conditions

Any underlying condition will be diagnosed upon admission, this is known as dual diagnosis. A person using cocaine may also suffer from depression or anxiety. All conditions must be treated simultaneously in order to achieve the most successful outcome.

Cognitive testing may reveal cognitive impairment and determine whether a person needs further evaluation. Cognitive testing measures a person’s intelligence and mental ability. Some of the specific areas measured by cognitive testing include problem-solving, verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, memory and general intelligence.