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Cocaine Abuse

Alternate Names : Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Abuse | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment begins with helping the person to recognize that there is a problem. People who are dependent on cocaine tend to deny the severity of the problem and to refuse to admit it to others. Once the person has recognized and admitted a problem, the goal is complete abstinence from the drug. Some people may need to be monitored for any medical problems that result from the cocaine use.

There are no medications to treat cocaine abuse specifically. Medicines may be used to treat symptoms of cocaine abuse. For examples, anticonvulsants may be used to control seizures.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used to help the person change underlying beliefs and behaviors related to cocaine. Recovery programs are helpful for many people after they are medically stable. These programs help people to learn new coping skills and strategies to manage their lives without cocaine. Self-help groups like Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous have been very effective in helping thousands of people stay free of drugs.

Severe depression is common after stopping cocaine use and may last for months or years after the last use of the drug. The use of antidepressants for this depression is common.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Medications may cause drowsiness, dry mouth, or allergic reactions.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Those who complete treatment often continue with counseling or self-help groups. It is very important for the person to avoid situations that may lead to returning to cocaine use.

How is the condition monitored?

Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/06/01

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