Cocaine rehab treatment: What to expect?

Are you ready to enter a cocaine addiction rehab? But, what can you expect during cocaine rehabilitation? Learn here.

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There are Better Ways Of Coping 

Are you looking to get out of drug dependence?

Cocaine will never bring you to the euphoric high you felt when you first started using. In fact, cocaine quickly looses its charms and leaves people feeling:

  • confused
  • anxious
  • afraid

So, why not face the drug problem and start to get better?

Addiction recovery teaches you better ways to deal with life situations. In fact, you can learn to feel good and start alert … without cocaine! Although your life may feel confusing or scary at the moment, recovery will help you clear your mind and body to start fresh. Countless people have found the strength to navigate life without the need to reach for cocaine again.

You can, too.

So, if you’re curious about what happens during cocaine rehab…we’ve got it covered. Read on for more about what to expect during treatment. Then, we invite your questions in the comments section at the end.


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What To Expect During Cocaine Rehab Treatment?

Cocaine is a very addictive stimulant. Ending dependence on cocaine is often very difficult, but it is possible with a little help. In fact, rehab treatment is specifically designed to help individuals addicted to cocaine finally take the necessary steps to overcome this powerful drug.

What happens in a typical cocaine rehab program?

1. Assessments

An initial assessment is performed when a person first enters rehab treatment. This assessment is used by addiction specialists to understand the details of a person’s addiction, diagnose any underlying mental health problems, and determine the best course of treatment for the addiction. Periodic assessments are also performed throughout treatment program to determine people’s recovery progress. However, the initial assessment usually includes:

1.1. A physical exam
1.2. A psychological interview(s) based on standard questionnaires
1.3. A family history and a personal medical history
1.4. Drug testing

2. Medical detox

Withdrawal from cocaine often includes uncomfortable symptoms such as depressions, anxiety, agitation, fatigue, and a very strong craving for the drug. Those starting treatment should consider medical detox from cocaine, where they can be monitored around the clock by medical professionals to help reduce the chances of relapse and complications during withdrawal.

3. Psychological treatments

People in rehab can expect ongoing psychological treatment – talk therapy –  throughout the process. This includes individual behavior therapy sessions, as well as group therapy sessions and family counseling.

4. Pharmacotherapy

Medications are occasionally used to treat cocaine addiction during cocaine rehab treatment, but are still be tested clinically. Certain medications may help reduce cravings for the drug, and others can cause unpleasant feelings when a person uses cocaine. Gabapentin, vigabatrin, and baclofen are three possible medications used to treat cocaine addiction.

5. Addiction education sessions

A cocaine rehab treatment program generally requires you to attend several education sessions about the nature of the brain disease of addiction. These education sessions help you learn about addiction, in general, as well as learn coping mechanisms to help you stay drug-free for good.

6. Supportive services

Most people enrolled in a rehab program need a great deal of support for external life situations. Often, people face legal, financial, or relationship problems because of cocaine use. Because of this, cocaine rehab treatment facilities offer a great deal of support, including medical treatment, financial help, educational and vocational assistance, and other social services.

What Happens After Treatment Ends?

Completing a cocaine rehab treatment program is a huge step, but it certainly isn’t the final step in the treatment process. Fortunately, addiction specialists help create an individualized exit plan for each person who has completed treatment. Usually, this “aftercare” includes a combination of:

  • Outpatient therapy
  • Sober housing
  • 12 step group facilitation

Outpatient therapy is typically recommended for everyone after cocaine rehab treatment. Individual therapy is used to help people cope with the temptation of using drugs and continue treating mental health problems. Continued attendance at self-help group therapy is also encouraged as is family therapy.

Sober housing can help you tremendously in early recovery. Many people recovering from cocaine addiction need sober housing once they complete rehab to stay in a safe, positive environment. For instance, some people might need to stay in a halfway house for 6-9 months until they are able to get back on their feet. These transitional living facilities give people a safe place to live while they make the transition back into society.

12 step group facilitation includes making 90 meetings in 90 days. Regular attendance at self-help group meetings is usually encouraged so that you can start to build a community of support. People who face addiction often share the need to create bonds of connection together. Personal connection is the main reason why 12 step groups have been so successful in helping people achieve long term sobriety.

Visiting Someone In Rehab: What To Expect?

Visitation is allowed in some facilities after a period of initial isolation from the outside world. Sometimes that period is a week long, sometimes it is longer. Different facilities have different policies when it comes to visiting someone in cocaine rehab treatment, so you should contact the facility that you want to visit and inquire about their rules and policies.

Most facilities set aside specific days for visiting family members. These usually fall on weekends, and visits are often limited to no more than a few hours. Certain rules will also usually apply during your visit. For instance, you may not be allowed to have certain items, such as purses or cell phones, on you during your visit. Drugs are absolutely banned.  The facility may also ask that you keep physical contact between yourself and your loved one to a minimum.

You may also be asked to participate in family therapy while visiting someone in cocaine rehab treatment. It’s a good idea to participate in this therapy, as it gives you and your loved one a chance to reconnect and rebuild trust. Family therapy and education sessions can also help you better understand addiction and how to cope with it.

Is Leaving Rehab A Good Idea?

No. You should not really leave rehab before program completion.


If you leave cocaine rehab treatment before completion, you are setting yourself up for failure. By leaving early, you are not taking as much away from the program as you could have. This means that you may not have learned everything that you could have learned about coping with your addiction and how to fight it. Further, relapses are not uncommon for people who leave a cocaine rehab center before completion.

Plus, your family and loved ones may also lose a great deal of respect for you if you leave cocaine rehab treatment before completion. They may become frustrated and angry, and possibly even ostracize you for your decision. Finally, you may run into financial or legal issues if you choose to leave cocaine rehab early. For instance, many insurance companies will not cover the cost of the time you spent in treatment unless you complete treatment. If your treatment was court ordered, and you do not complete it, you may also face incarceration and fines.


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Cocaine Rehab Expectations

Cocaine rehab treatment expectations are different for everyone. But in order to be successful in treatment, we encourage you to have high hopes and high expectations. However, you should also be a realistic and not expect a miracle. Rehab works when you participate in your own mental health recovery.

To put it simply, cocaine rehab treatment takes a great deal of hard work, dedication, and determination.

If you think you may be ready for cocaine rehab treatment, feel free to leave any questions or concerns in the comments section below. We look forward to addressing your issues, and we strive to help all of our readers start their journey toward recovery.

Reference Sources: NIH: Cocaine: What treatments are effective
NIH: Treatment approaches for drug addiction
NIH: Cocaine Withdrawal
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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