Cocaine Relapse Prevention – The Importance of Being Aware
The most widely recognized as drugs in the field of cocaine addiction are benzodiazepines, such as benzodiazepines, tianeptine, alprazolam, and lorazepam. Surprisingly, the widely used anticonvulsant drug, modafinil, has efficacy for cocaine relapse prevention as well.
Benzodiazepines work by reducing excitatory neurotransmitters, thereby preventing hyperactivity of neurons. Modafinil works by blocking dopamine receptors and increasing excitatory neurotransmitter levels. Both of these drugs, when taken in conjunction with counseling, have been proven to be effective at decreasing craving for the drug.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug. It has a very high affinity for certain dopamine receptors, thereby making it highly addictive. Because it is so highly addictive, patients are often placed on a long-term maintenance treatment to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Some patients will not be able to withstand the discomfort of long term, or even intermittent, use of the medication without going through a period of withdrawal that is often referred to as a “crash.” This is often the case for patients who have not been on long-term maintenance treatment. Unfortunately, these patients will go through their cocaine relapse as they attempt to return to their old routine of drug use. While in treatment, patients will typically undergo detoxification in order to detoxify the body and remove any remaining drug from the system.
There are several types of detoxification, with each being designed to get rid of drugs that are toxic to the brain and liver. Long term maintenance treatments will often require a combination of these treatments, although the most commonly used methods are detox, detoxification, maintenance medications and counseling.
When the patient is ready for withdrawal, they are given a plan to achieve short term goals such as abstinence from the drug. Short term goals will help them overcome cravings, avoid further abuse, and learn to deal with withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting the drug. The most important goal of all, however, is to return to a state of sobriety. Once the patient has reached a point where they are no longer physically dependent on the drug and are no longer experiencing the withdrawal symptoms associated with withdrawal, the drug must be stopped once again to prevent future relapses.
Long term maintenance treatment can be effective in preventing cocaine relapse, but it requires continued therapy in order to stop the cravings. This type of treatment is more effective at preventing relapses when combined with counseling, which helps patients understand why they began using drugs and why they feel the need to use in the first place. Many times, this understanding is required as the person realizes that their behaviors are wrong.
With long-term maintenance treatment, patients will find that they can go through periods of recovery without drugs, but they must remember that this is a lifelong process. The reason they developed the problem in the first place was because of their drug use. It is crucial to understand that they will need support from others in order to fully recover. The goal of rehab is to help them become self-sufficient and independent, but it is essential to give them the tools necessary to return to their normal state of living with the drug in their lives.
Once patients have completed their short term goals, they will be able to begin the process of long term maintenance. Rehabilitation centers offer a variety of services to help patients regain their independence. Inpatient care involves living at the rehab facility full time while receiving treatment. Outpatient services will allow patients to continue using drugs while getting the counseling and other treatment they require while they are away from their homes.
Long term rehab programs will offer several options for patients who want to completely quit their drug use. Many of these programs will include medication, support groups, individual and group counseling and even group therapy. Each patient will be evaluated and counseled according to what worked and what did not work in order to determine the best course of action for each individual. These programs will vary in length depending on the needs of the patient, but they will usually last from months to a year.
Cocaine relapse prevention means a number of things, and there are many steps that can be taken to make a relapse less likely. Counseling, medication and ongoing therapy are among the best ways to prevent a relapse from happening. Other things that can be done include group therapy, support groups, community involvement, and relapse prevention training. It is up to you as a member of an addict’s support team to choose the type of intervention that will be most effective for the patient.