If you are struggling with cocaine addiction, you are not alone. Coke is an extremely addictive substance and it can take just one use to cause a person to become hooked. You may find yourself trying to hide your cocaine use, but once people begin to find out, loved ones may push you away. They may feel as though you are “throwing your life away,” and even if they don’t find out, they may notice a shift in your mood and not know how to react. They might see you excitable, elated, and talking constantly one minute, only to find that you’re exhibiting signs of severe depression or agitation the next. This can be confusing and because they don’t know how to approach you, they might begin avoiding you.
When it reaches that point, you know you’re stuck in the vicious grip of cocaine addiction. You feel hopeless because you feel like you cannot function without blow. Addiction does not have to continue to define you. You do not have to continue suffering from the destructive power of cocaine. You can get the help that you need; the help that you deserve, at Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one fall into the grips of cocaine addiction can be heartbreaking, frustrating, and angering. It is difficult to understand how addiction can overpower another person. It’s easy to say, “Just stop,” but addiction isn’t that simple. You might think that the coke abuse is nothing more than a passing phase, however, that is typically not the case. You’ve started to notice a change in your loved one’s mood, sudden need for money, and increased problems in school or at work. It’s time to consider looking into treatment for your loved one. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your loved one seek treatment for cocaine addiction:
First of all, take care of yourself. This might seem selfish, but if you run yourself ragged trying to figure out ways that you can help, you will end up causing more harm than good. Take a step back, remember that the problem is not about you, it is about the addict. The only way that you can help your loved one is to remain strong, calm, and nonjudgmental.
Learn about cocaine and addiction: Learning what cocaine does to the brain and the body, it will be easier to confront your loved one about the idea of receiving treatment because you will have facts. Also make an effort to learn about addiction; what it truly means to be an addict. Keeping this in mind will allow you to confront your loved in one in a helpful manner instead of an accusatory one.
Understand your role: Your loved one’s addiction is not about you; it is about him or her. However, that does not mean that you should find ways to justify the addictive behaviors. It is imperative that you do not make excuses for your loved one’s behavior, rather allow them to realize the full extent of what the consequences can be if he or she continues the behavior.
Research treatment options prior to approaching your loved one: Inpatient centers that specialize in the treatment of addiction is typically the best way to start your loved one on the journey leading to recovery. You can research various facilities online, look into each’s center’s treatment philosophy, and narrow it down to a few options that you feel may best fit the needs of your loved one. However, prior to making an appointment to meet with the specialist at the center, it is highly recommended that you sit down and discuss the options with your loved one. If he or she thinks that you have been doing things behind his or her back, he or she may develop an immediate resistance to the idea of even considering treatment. By providing examples of possible choices, you have taken the burden of research off of them, but are still giving them an opportunity to seek treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas
Chronic abuse of cocaine can lead to problems in nearly every aspect of your life. You may realize that even the people in your life have suddenly started to drift away or disappear. In addition, you may have also found yourself in a bind financially, as you may have lost your job or other source of income, and are now struggling to survive. Maybe you’ve noticed a decline in your physical health as a result of chronic cocaine abuse. Your mental state may have begun to deteriorate to the point that you hardly even recognize yourself. This should be the breaking point in which you can finally admit to yourself that you need help.
Inpatient programs can be successful in the treatment of cocaine addiction. While the thought of admitting yourself to inpatient treatment can be scary, the benefits of doing so can help to alleviate some of those fears. Inpatient treatment allows you to be in a safe environment in which you are surrounded by caring professionals who will keep you safe, encouraged, and aid in your treatment. Many people find comfort in the fact that they are surrounded by others who are struggling with addiction.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas, we’ve helped children, teens, adults, and older adults who are struggling with chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, or mental health disorders. Through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, we offer our clients the ability to build upon their strengths and guide their own journey toward recovery. We firmly believe in treating the whole person, not merely the symptoms of addiction or mental illness.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vantage Point
When you come to us for treatment of your cocaine addiction, we’ll conduct a variety of evaluations designed to help us understand your specific concerns. The medical evaluation will diagnose any medical complications of cocaine abuse and determine the types of drugs in your system. Our psychiatric evaluation will allow us to diagnose any co-occurring mental health disorders. We’ll use the results of these tests to work with you to create a plan of care for your stay with us.
Detox: If you come to us addicted to drugs, your first step may be our detoxification program, which will allow us to safely and efficiently rid your body of all drugs in your system. We offer medically-monitored detoxification that promotes safety and comfort and around-the-clock monitoring.
Medication may be used during detox to manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and will be tapered down as you develop more adaptive coping skills. Other people may need long-term medication therapy in order to manage co-occurring, comorbid psychiatric conditions. All medication usage will be monitored and adjusted as needed by your treatment team.
Individual therapy can help you come to terms with the problems cocaine abuse has caused in your life. Your therapist may use cognitive-behavioral therapy to assist you in understanding the ways in which negative patterns of thought have affected your behaviors. By changing these thoughts, you can make better choices in the future.
Group therapy is one of the best ways for recovering addicts to bond and work through challenges together. Group topics may include stress management, triggers for use, and relapse prevention.
Family therapy can help restore strained relationships within the family unit. We’ll use family sessions to educate loved ones about addiction and recovery, issues cocaine addiction has caused in the family dynamic, and ways they can be supportive during your recovery.
As a holistic treatment center, Vantage Point is proud to offer several experiential therapies to help assist your recovery. These include:
- School-based programming (for children and teens)
- Expressive therapies
- Recreational activities
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
As the time for discharge approaches, you’ll work with your family and our treatment team to develop an appropriate aftercare plan that meets your continued needs. Some people opt to continue treatment in a structured environment and may opt for residential treatment or a sober living facility. Others may be able to step down into an outpatient program such as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which allow you to focus upon recovery during the day and slowly reintegrate back into the community in the evenings and on weekends. Other people may choose to return home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy program and referrals to available community resources such as Narcotics Anonymous.