Getting the Help You Need for Cocaine Abuse and Drug Addiction

According to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 4.8 million people admitted to using cocaine in the last year. Of those who use the drug, roughly 25 percent of them meet the criteria for cocaine addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug abuse of any kind, it might be time to pursue treatment. What can you expect from a cocaine rehab program?

Pathfinders Recovery Center offers you a comfortable place to land for both inpatient treatment and a robust outpatient program. We offer you help with both the physical effects of cocaine as well as the psychological ones.

Learn more about what our cocaine addiction treatment program has to offer you now!

Signs of Cocaine Addiction and the Need for Rehab

Signs of Cocaine Addiction and the Need for Rehab

Many people who struggle with substance abuse wonder when the time is right to seek help for their cocaine addiction. They wonder when their drug use crosses over from recreational to addiction. The line between these two is often blurry, but you should seek treatment when you find that you rely on your substance abuse to function in your day-to-day life.

There are both physical and psychological signs that you may require treatment for your cocaine addiction.

Important Physical Signs to Mark Cocaine Addiction

The physical signs that you should seek cocaine addiction treatment are often the first thing that people will notice. They are hard to ignore and are rather straightforward.

To start with, you will have increased tolerance for the drug. This means that you will need to take more and more of it in order to reach the same state that you are chasing. When you find yourself spending more money on drugs to achieve the same high, you might start to notice a tolerance. This is a dangerous slope that can lead to overdose if you are not careful.

Other signs that you may need help overcoming cocaine addiction include somatic symptoms when the drug is out of your system. These can include:

  • Shaking
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite or overeating
  • Lack of sleep or oversleeping
  • Seizures


Oftentimes, this is accompanied by physical sensations that you crave, as it impacts your central nervous system. You may find yourself thinking about cocaine constantly: how to get more, when you will take, and even fantasizing about how good it will feel.

The inability to stop taking it, even if some small part of yourself wants to, rules your life. This is the primary sign that a cocaine addiction has taken over your life and that you need treatment.

Serious Psychological Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse

Serious Psychological Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse

Of course, the physical symptoms of cocaine abuse are only one thing to consider. The way you think about cocaine and how you handle your daily life also play an important role in substance abuse.

You might start to experience many of the same symptoms as someone who experiences severe depression, including:

  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Trouble with activities of daily living (cooking, showering, etc.)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety symptoms or panic
  • Withdrawal from everyday life, friends, and family


You might go to great lengths to obtain more cocaine, including lying to and stealing from your loved ones. Many people find that they spend the majority of their time with a new crowd of people — those who can accept and tolerate the drug abuse. Often, these people keep you from your old friends and family members who do not approve of your cocaine addiction.

The psychological symptoms of cocaine use can be highly subjective. When you find yourself responding to situations differently than you used to prior to cocaine, it might be time to enter into a rehab facility.

Choosing the Right Drug Abuse Treatment Programs

The good news is that if you have a cocaine addiction, there is help available for you in a variety of different modes. From residential treatment to intensive outpatient, you can get the level of support needed to combat withdrawal symptoms and treat cocaine addiction once and for all.

Pathfinders Recovery Center can help you customize a treatment plan that suits your struggle and your budget. Our mental health services administration can help you figure out what type is the best for your cocaine addiction recovery journey moving forward. Consider what type of commitment you can make to treatment and how much support you need.

Here is a closer look at the different types of treatment you might consider.

Inpatient Treatment and Residential for Intense Treatment

Many people who abuse cocaine find that they need more intense treatment in the early days of their recovery. Cocaine dependence is difficult to manage on your own at home, especially if you are still in the same environment where you have been using.

Residential takes you out of the environment, makes it impossible for you to get more cocaine, and allows you a safe place to focus on implementing new coping skills.

There are varying levels of residential care, depending on what you need. You may have more or less personal time to reflect on your recovery journey. Cocaine rehab at a center like ours can also help you to tackle mental health concerns that contribute to your substance abuse disorder.

The length of treatment time varies depending on your progress, but many people will stay anywhere from 30 to 90 days. However, we also offer long-term recovery options that can last from six months to a full year when these shorter stints do not prove to be helpful. Serious cocaine use may warrant staying in a facility for longer periods of time, especially if you have other mental health concerns as well.

From low-intensity residential treatment to medical management, we have a level of care that you truly need.

Medical Detox from Cocaine Use

Medical Detox from Cocaine Use

Another benefit of residential treatment centers is that we can also offer medical assistance during your detox. This is often a very challenging process and managing withdrawal symptoms on your own can be uncomfortable at best. Our medical staff can help you to stay as comfortable as possible while the cocaine works its way out of your system.

Detoxing in a facility makes it more likely that you will stay sober. Many people who struggle with cocaine use will turn back to the drug when they start to face the uncomfortable symptoms of detox. Using the structured environment of a medical detox allows you to commit to seeing the drug exit your body and remain sober.

As a bonus, you can also jumpstart your mental health treatment. You will have access not only to physicians who can make you more comfortable and monitor you for adverse reactions to withdrawal, but also to trained counselors and therapists.

Partial Hospitalization for More Freedom

If you have already graduated from residential or inpatient treatment, it might be time to explore your next steps. Partial hospitalization is the next step toward independence and healing. It gives you more freedom and autonomy than residential offered. This means that you can start to practice the skills you learned in your inpatient cocaine rehab out in the real world.

Under this level of care, you will spend a minimum of 20 hours each week in a Pathfinders Recovery Center. Some people may spend more time in the center, depending on their treatment plan. Over time, this can be scaled back to meet the needs of the individual who is progressing along their treatment plan.

PHP programs give you access to a robust array of treatment options ranging from one-on-one counseling to group sessions that allow you to connect with peers. You will have access to medication management, if needed. Family counseling, recreation therapy, and education are all a part of this program as well.

You get the benefit of a structured program without the intense commitment of residential. Instead, you still have access to spend time with your family and friends. If residential felt too restrictive to you, this can be a great first step.

Intensive Outpatient for Mild Substance Abuse

Some people who are struggling with cocaine addiction might not need the intense services found in residential or partial hospitalization. If you need something a lot less restrictive with the freedom to come and go as you please, then intensive outpatient (IOP) could be the right fit. Under this program, you will spend anywhere from 9 to 20 hours each week at Pathfinders Recovery Center.

In your off time, you will be free to do what you please. This permits you to spend time with loved ones, practice new coping skills, and even head back to your career. For those who cannot take the time off required for residential or partial hospitalization, IOP can be a great stepping stone toward sobriety.

It can also be great for those with only mild cocaine use. If you do not require a lengthy medical detox, you might be just fine to stick with IOP treatment.

Outpatient When Ready to Return to Everyday Life

Outpatient When Ready to Return to Everyday Life

If you have graduated from an IOP program, it might be time to transfer to a standard outpatient program. This gives you continued support from a team of professionals, but it makes treatment much more flexible. The time commitment is lower than that of IOP and may be well-suited to those who need less support for their cocaine use.

You can attend your appointments with mental health professionals and doctors on your own timetable. Return to work or daily activities in the time between sessions.

Be aware that not everyone struggling with cocaine addiction can move swiftly into an outpatient program. This is particularly true for those who have a co-occurring mental illness alongside their cocaine addiction. Needing additional support is nothing to be ashamed of and seeking out the help you need should be applauded.

Those who are deep in the throes of addiction may require more intense treatment and help staying sober. If this is you, consider seeking the highest level of care possible.

Cocaine Treatment that Promotes Lasting Recovery

Those who are struggling with cocaine use will need to enlist the help of a qualified rehab center like Pathfinders Recovery Center. We provide multiple levels of treatment to help you get the exact services that you need to enter into recovery easily. From medical detox to IOP, your addiction treatment can be easy to manage with our help.

Cocaine rehab is a serious undertaking, and you should only trust your care to experienced professionals. Give Pathfinders Recovery Center a call today to learn more about our counseling, detox services, and even support groups to help you manage your recovery!


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