While detoxing from cocaine is an unpleasant experience, it’s rare that anyone detoxing in a medically supervised environment experiences severe health issues. However, this doesn’t mean that detoxing on your own at home is a good idea. Those who try it are extremely likely to relapse and start using the drug again because they haven’t addressed the underlying issues that precepted the drug use.
During detox, your loved one is monitored and supported. No medication has been approved to assist with detoxing from cocaine, though withdrawal side effects such as severe headaches can be addressed medically. If a cocaine user is also abusing other drugs, those may need medication-assisted support during detox.
As detox moves into the rehab phase, your loved one goes through a program that involves support groups, individual therapy, and other types of therapy. Because many cocaine addicts haven’t been taking care of their bodies, they often need to focus on elemental health factors including sleep and a proper diet.
One-on-one therapy is particularly helpful for many people trying to kick cocaine. In this therapy, your loved one focuses on changing the behaviors that triggered the use of the drug in the first place. At effective treatment centers, patients also learn how to reward themselves for staying away from cocaine and develop strategies for dealing with temptation once back in their normal world.
Aftercare is the final stage of cocaine treatment. It’s a crucial element to help your loved one learn to cope with the world without cocaine. Patients may meet in formal or 12-step programs or they may choose a sober living home as a transitional support.