If you are addicted to cocaine you may be arrogant, over/under confident and aggressive. You may struggle to sleep and your appetite may suffer or you may find yourself taking risks you never would have taken before. It may be difficult for you to concentrate and you can feel depressed and run down when you ‘comedown’ from taking the drug. As addiction takes hold, you might find yourself becoming increasingly isolated as your personal relationships suffer due to your mood changes.
Treatment is available for anybody with a cocaine addiction, both privately and on the NHS. It is never too early or too late to seek help for your addiction and with your commitment, recovery is possible.
When you realise your work, health and relationships are suffering as a result of your addiction to cocaine, it’s time to seek treatment.
You may find yourself becoming irritable, anxious, aggressive and depressed. You may feel unwell and lose weight due to your lack of appetite, be unable to sleep and feel exhausted at work, unable to concentrate or function. A continuing addiction can affect you physically, mentally and socially as you may need to borrow or steal money to fund your habit.
If you have been addicted to cocaine for some time then you may be stuck in a vicious cycle of highs and lows, needing more of the substance to function and experience a high yet experiencing a long ‘comedown’ which last for days. Your friends and family may have tried to confront you about your addiction, but you don’t know where to turn for help.
The good news is that it is never too early or too late to seek help for your cocaine addiction. If your life is affected by addiction then you can seek treatment and we can help you.
There are many different options available when it comes to treatment for cocaine addiction, including private rehab, rehab centres funded by the NHS or private addiction counselling. There may also be support groups in your area or online which can help you to avoid the temptation to take cocaine, even after you have successfully completed rehab.
Private rehab is the best option when it comes to treatment for cocaine addiction. At Primrose Lodge, we offer a holistic drug treatment programme which meets your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Rehabilitation for cocaine starts with a medical drug detox, where the body rids itself of all drug-related substances. We provide a supervised medical detox and support throughout withdrawal, to help manage your symptoms.
Private rehab takes into account that every addict experiences addiction uniquely, so your treatment programme will be tailored to suit your individual needs. After detox and withdrawal, you will receive a combination of different therapies such as:
Our staff can provide assistance with nutrition and exercise to help you on the road to recovery, as well as support to help you get a better night’s sleep once you are clean.
Our experienced clinical staff will also offer support with things like eating healthily and exercising, as this can help you to maintain a positive mindset and overcome your addiction. We also offer addiction intervention, so if somebody you love is addicted to cocaine, we offer advice about conducting an intervention or support from a professional counsellor.
Even after you have successfully completed treatment in rehab, the temptation to return to cocaine use can persist, with cravings happening after months or even years of being clean. This is why aftercare is so important. We offer 12 months of aftercare free to anybody successfully completing treatment at Primrose Lodge. We also recommend joining a fellowship group such as Drug Addicts Anonymous (DAA) where you can receive support from others going through a similar experience.
We also provide a family support programme which provides weekly support groups for families or anyone close to an addict who is undergoing treatment at one of our centres. At these groups, you can get answers to your questions as well as accessing our support network. We can help you to understand that the addict’s behaviour is not your fault, as well as how to implement and enforce boundaries.
Don’t become one of those people who assume they can’t afford private rehab as it will be too expensive. Whilst it’s true you’ll need to pay for private rehab yourself when you compare this to the cost of maintaining an addiction to cocaine over time, it’s easy to see that rehab is the more sensible and affordable choice. Many rehabs offer assistance with payment plans or you could ask family and friends for help covering the cost of treatment.
You can get treatment for cocaine addiction on the NHS, although the available options will depend on where you live (and you may spend a long time on a waiting list). Your first port of call should be to speak to your GP who should be able to refer you for counselling or other support.
They can help assess your addiction and make recommendations based on its severity but it is important you are honest with them about your addiction including how much cocaine you are using, how you are taking it (injecting, snorting or smoking) and how long you have been using it for.
There are several services available which don’t require a referral from your GP such as Change Grow Live (CGL) who offer support with substance misuse and Compass, a community service offering substance abuse support.
For some services, such as counselling, detox from cocaine or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), you may require a referral from your GP in order to receive treatment. Your GP will normally carry out a health check and assessment as well as asking you questions about your cocaine addiction and its effect on your life. It’s important to be honest as your answers will affect the service you are referred to.
Although the referral service itself is quick, you may spend weeks, months or even years on an NHS waiting list for treatment. Those who live in big cities such as London may find themselves waiting even longer.
If you have any underlying mental health problems, either resulting from your cocaine abuse or pre-dating your abuse, your GP may be able to prescribe medication to help, such as antidepressants. Again, it is important, to be honest with your GP about your mental health as they will generally be able to help by prescribing the right medication and referring you to counsellors or therapists who can help you.
Fellowship groups (such as 12-step groups) are when a fellowship of men and women get together to share their common experiences, strength and hope to help battle their addiction and stay on the path to a drug-free life.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women who are experiencing (or have experienced) drug problems. The fellowship is made up of recovering addicts who meet regularly to assist and support each other in staying clean. Anyone can join Narcotics Anonymous as long as they have the desire to stop using. NA runs in-person meetings across the UK and you can just turn up. They also have a forum, helpline and email support as well as online meetings if you are unable to attend a meeting in your area. You can find details of meetings in your area on the NA website.
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women who share a common problem – they are all recovering cocaine addicts. If you want to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances such as other drugs and alcohol, you are welcome to attend their meetings. Meetings are held at various locations across Scotland and on various days of the week. There’s also a helpline you can call as well as a self-test for addiction on their website and resources such as helpful literature. CA holds an annual convention with speakers, workshops and entertainment.
Joining Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous is helpful as it’s an opportunity to share your experiences and receive support from others in the same position as you. Because only one person shares at a time at a meeting, you will always feel heard and will have the opportunity to listen to the experiences of others. You don’t always need to share and you can just listen if you like.
At an NA or CA meeting, you won’t be judged and it is totally anonymous, so it’s a chance to share honestly how you are feeling and how your addiction is affecting your life. One rule of these groups is that you should refrain from offering advice, although you can share your personal experience in response to somebody else’s discussion. This means that you will always be able to be open and honest about what you are experiencing and can learn from the experiences of others.
Pros And Cons
For those addicted to cocaine, private addiction counselling is an option. One of the most popular types of therapy used is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). There are other types of therapy available such as group/individual counselling, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic therapy.
You will work with an experienced, qualified counsellor or therapist either one-on-one or in a group (often, a combination of both) to help you overcome your addiction and prevent you from returning to cocaine abuse.
You will be treated and assessed as an individual, as private addiction counselling is tailored to suit your specific needs.
One of the most popular types of therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) works by helping you to identify and correct your behaviour as well as identifying and addressing underlying problems that can co-occur with addiction.
Effectively it targets the root cause of your addiction, which can help you to overcome your problems. CBT helps rewire your thoughts, feelings and actions by removing your troubled way of thinking and helping you to see things in a new and more positive light.
There are plenty of different options available when it comes to treatment for addiction to cocaine. However, private cocaine rehabilitation centres offer the best, most comprehensive approach with a holistic treatment programme to treat every aspect of your addiction.
At Primrose Lodge, we take a holistic view of treatment which means we offer a range of services to guide and support you throughout your recovery, including:
Whichever treatment option you ultimately decide to embark upon, you should always ensure that you sign up to attend a fellowship group such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Cocaine Anonymous (CA) in your local area, if possible. This is a vital part of your long-term recovery plan and will provide you with invaluable support from others facing the same challenges as you. You can share experiences, talk about issues and setbacks you are facing and help each other maintain long-term abstinence from cocaine, which can often be a real challenge in the future.