What are some Psychosocial Treatment Options for Those with Cocaine Dependency?

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 1.5 million Americans aged 12 or older were using cocaine in 2014. Annual surveys suggest that cocaine use has been quite stable since 2009 – with nearly 505,224 emergency room visits involving cocaine in 2011 and similar numbers to date, recovery is one major topic of discussion. By understanding the various treatment options available, more information can be shared with loved ones ready to recover. Furthermore, we can seek help for ourselves by knowing what options are available to us. Cocaine dependency has been treated with several medications, which have shown to reduce harm in withdrawal and detoxification, counter the effects of overdose, and more. However, treatment should always be more than medication, as addiction directly effects the mind, body, and spirit.

Psychosocial treatment involves a variety of components: structured counseling, motivational enhancement, case management and coordination, psychotherapy, and relapse prevention may all be involved. Those with cocaine dependency may have needs different from other substance users, making customized treatment very important.

A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that individual drug counseling plus group drug counseling were very effective for those with cocaine addiction. What can you expect with each of these?

Individual drug counseling: a mental health clinician will work with you one-on-one to uncover, explore, and conquer issues with discussion, observation, analysis, and intervention. With this, you can develop a professional relationship with someone whom you will speak with regularly.

Group drug counseling: with others in recovery, you will obtain information on addiction and how it effects the brain as well as coping strategies and topic discussions. Relapse prevention, interpersonal communication and social relationships, and other areas of interest will likely be explored.

When addiction is involved, recovery should focus on every aspect of life because addiction affects every aspect. Holistic recovery places emphasis on rebalancing and restoring a person’s mind, body, and spirit. If you’ve been struggling with cocaine addiction, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about treatment options to best fit your needs.

Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.

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