Cocaine Addiction Treatment - Facts & Myths

Cocaine addiction is one of the most complicated, misunderstood forms of drug dependence.  There are many myths about cocaine addiction treatment that can lead to counter-productivity in terms of treating the individual.  It is important to separate myth from fact before entering into any cocaine addiction treatment program.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Facts & Myths

Myth: Cocaine is mostly a physically addictive drug

Fact:  Of all the major illicit drugs, cocaine is the most psychologically addictive.  While the physical component of cocaine addiction is addressed by a relatively brief detox process, the counseling required to overcome the psychological element of cocaine dependency is actually much more difficult.

Myth: Cocaine is no longer a serious drug problem

Fact:  Although the drug is no longer as popular as it was in the 1970’s (powder) or 1980’s (crack), it still remains one of the most common drug problems in the world.  Powder cocaine and crack cocaine still present a serious problem for drug rehab facilities and addiction professionals.  Cocaine remains an addictive drug that can cause serious health problems (heart failure, internal damage, etc.) as well as social problems (stealing to pay for one’s drug habit, isolation from friends and family, etc.) and should not be overlooked in the general discussion regarding drug addiction treatment.

Myth:  Cocaine addiction treatment can be completed in a matter of days

Facts:  Many less-than-reputable rehab facilities will promise fast and easy answers to cocaine addiction.  However, in order to overcome the physical and psychological components of cocaine addiction, an individual will need to enter a program of no less than thirty days.  In some cases, depending upon the seriousness of the addiction, programs can run as a long as an entire year.

Myth:  Cocaine addiction treatment can only be accomplished by entering a residential facility

Facts:  Residential drug treatment is just one way to go through cocaine rehabilitation.    For many people, it is simply not feasible, however to drop everything in their lives and move into a residential facility.  For these individuals, there is outpatient cocaine rehab.  Outpatient treatment programs allow individuals to attend treatment during the day, but then return home in the evening to their home and support system.  Also, those enrolled in outpatient programs may even be able to maintain a presence at work, school or in the daily lives of their families.

Myth:  Young people aren’t using cocaine

Fact:  Although marijuana, inhalants and crystal meth still make up the lion’s share of teenage drug use, there is a still a consider cocaine problem at U.S. high schools and colleges.  Recent surveys of American high school seniors found that 8.5% of all students had tried the drug at least once.  This number is down from the double-digit percentages seen in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but is still disturbing none the less.

Moonview Sanctuary is an outpatient drug rehab center that combines modern addiction recovery methodologies with traditional forms of healing the mind, body and spirit.  Patients at Moonview receive the best of all worlds as they develop the strength to become drug-free and stay that way for life.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Addiction Treatment program.

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