Cocaine addiction is characterized by the compulsive desire to use cocaine, despite the user’s best intentions to stop and despite a plethora of negative consequences as a result of the drug use.
Cocaine addicts acquire a tolerance to cocaine, requiring increasingly high doses of the drug to simply feel “normal”, chasing the euphoric high it once provided for them. Cocaine addicts also suffer from withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of cocaine use. Thus, many cocaine addicts turn to depressants or “downers” in order to mitigate the coming-down effects from cocaine — such as alcohol, sedatives or benzodiazepines.
Co-occurring substance abuse problems are common in the event of a cocaine addiction. Check out our cocaine rehab guide
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Less of a Time Commitment than Residential Rehab
Outpatient cocaine rehab is a great way for addicts to expose themselves to a sober, recovery-based lifestyle – on a part-time basis.
Outpatient programs differ from residential rehabilitation facilities in that their sessions are usually thrice-weekly. In some cases patients attend an outpatient program for eight hours per day during the weekday. Others prefer nightly sessions to accommodate day-time employment responsibilities It is important to weigh the benefits of a residential rehab program against the costs throughout the decision-making process. For cocaine addicts – as well as other substance abusers and alcoholics — outpatient’s truncated structure serves as an ideal solution for:
- Teens and young adults during the summer months when school is not in session
- Adults who have lost their job due to cocaine dependency and have not yet acquired a subsequent job
- Retired drug addicts
- Families of addicts who can not afford residential rehabilitation
- Court-ordered individuals with drug-related misdemeanor indictments required to attend an outpatient program
Cost-Effective Drug Treatment
Simply stated, outpatient programs are more cost-effective than residential drug rehabilitation programs. Outpatient programs cater to cocaine addicts with busy schedules and daily obligations. Residential rehabilitation is more expensive for a litany of reasons including full-time staff salaries, food and meal preparation costs, and a greater depth of supervision.
Not Sure if You’re an Addict? Try an Outpatient Program
Cocaine addicts — in the early stages of an addiction — may benefit by attending an outpatient program.
Those who believe they have a problem with cocaine but are not quite sure if they are addicted to the drug, will learn a great deal about themselves and their substance abuse problem through an outpatient program. In addition, relating to others within the group sessions allows cocaine addicts to exchange stories of experience and hope. Consider the theoretical example of a struggling teen girl:
Zoey knows she cannot put down cocaine on her own volition. She believes she is the only person in which life has drastically transformed from a meaningful, full experience into a narrow and empty void, now focused exclusively upon cocaine. Upon Zoey’s first outpatient session Monday night from six to nine at night, she meets seven other cocaine addicts. One girl is a year younger than Zoey and breaks down in tears as she shares her experience. Zoey is shocked at how much this girl’s story parallels her own story. She exchanges phone numbers with the girl after the session commences, offers positive feedback, and goes home to her parents feeling enlightened, understood, and hopeful.
This is one example out of many that occur on a daily basis throughout the United States. Outpatient programs provide venues through which addicts can relate to one another.
Preparation for Life After Treatment
Next, outpatient programs are beneficial to clients in the sense that they help clients draft a customized aftercare plan. The plan is an in-depth document that includes:
- A list of identified triggers (people, places and things that spark a drug craving)
- Healthy coping mechanisms for which the addict can use in the face of an identified trigger
- Psychiatric, substance abuse counselor, and physician referrals – down to the name, number, and scheduled appointments – for the client to see post-treatment
- A list of healthy outlets in which to relieve stress — such as yoga, meditation, horse riding, beach walking, or massage therapy
- Supportive contacts in which the clients can call in the event of a craving, a breakdown, or someone in which to simply reach out
The aftercare plan is one of the most crucial components of an effective cocaine outpatient program. Clients may do well while they are mid-treatment, attending group sessions and seeing other addicts on a weekly basis; the real test of an addict’s sobriety begins after the outpatient program commences. Thus, it is very important to have a fully working document of appropriate relapse prevention material for which the recovering cocaine addict may reference on a daily basis.