What Is The Medical Treatment For Cocaine Addiction?
How do doctors treat cocaine addiction? Is there medication to help people quit cocaine use?
Cocaine is supplied as either a white powder that is most often used by snorting or as small, irregularly shaped and sized pieces that are smoked. Smokable cocaine is known as either crack cocaine or freebase. This is a dangerous drug. Cocaine overdose can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate, chest pain, heart attack, and stroke, due to damage to blood vessels in the brain. Unlike medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, cocaine addiction does not have a specific medication that can eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Preventing cocaine-related deaths.
Fortunately, cocaine is typically not as deadly as street opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. Yet, while the drug does not kill users as easily, it still leads to serious life problems for most people who become addicted. There is an increase in STDs and other health problems due to the lifestyle that often goes along with cocaine use. There are also mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and psychosis. Continued drug-use eventually leads to further problems, such as homelessness and crime, such as robbery and prostitution. Families have been torn apart by cocaine use. The addicted person will often do anything necessary to get the money to buy more drugs. This includes selling all property of value, including jewelry, electronic equipment, and cars. Family savings and investments, including college funds, are often lost to cocaine use.
If there is no medication that helps users to quit, how do cocaine users overcome their addiction to become drug-free?
This is an excellent question. Fortunately, it is possible to overcome cocaine addiction. One thing that cocaine addicts have in their favor is the fact that there is not really a physical withdrawal syndrome associated with quitting cocaine. It is, as they say, “all in your head.” That being said, cravings for the drug can be very intense. While there is no physical withdrawal, per se, users who have recently quit will often experience fatigue, sleepiness, depression and general anhedonia. After quitting coke, users find that they are not able to easily find activities that are at all pleasurable, rewarding or fulfilling.
Treatment programs and recovery for cocaine abuse.
Crack cocaine is particularly addicting, even more so than powder. Users of crack cocaine sometimes go for decades of continuous use without being able to stop. So, what happens when a patient suffering from cocaine abuse from snorting or smoking the drug goes to rehab? In most rehab programs, they are introduced to 12-step recovery in programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. There are other programs, including Cocaine Anonymous, Smart Recovery and Celebrate Recovery. There are also programs based on the three principles of Sydney Banks. Most of these programs are based on spiritual principles.
Do spiritual programs for cocaine addiction really work?
While there are problems with relying only on spiritual solutions, such as NA or AA, for difficult and deadly addictions such as opiate addiction, they do work well for cocaine dependence. While the success rate in general for spiritual fellowships and therapy alone for addiction is fairly low, even if a person relapses on cocaine, the seeds of recovery have already been planted and they stand a good chance of coming back from the relapse to reaffirm their commitment to staying clean in recovery.
Should I see a doctor about cocaine addiction?
While there is no drug that works for cocaine addiction in the way that a drug such as Suboxone works for opiate addiction, there are ways in which a doctor can help. A doctor can address the symptoms of cocaine dependence and associated illnesses that come with cocaine use. The doctor can also help to explain to the patient and loved-ones about addiction and substance abuse and how it can be overcome with a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and recovery support. Mental health issues can also be addressed.