Cocaine: Getting Help

Woman talking to therapist.If you are addicted to cocaine, you can get better. It means learning how to build a life with no drugs. The first step is getting help. The next is stopping the cycle of drug abuse. Then a plan to fight relapses is needed. You'll need long-term support to stay drug-free.

The steps to treating addiction

  • Get help from a professional drug dependency counselor. This type of counselor helps a person see their drug addiction more clearly. They can also help family members deal with the user’s drug addiction.

  • Have a professional evaluation with a healthcare provider or psychologist who specializes in addiction. This helps assess your needs and plan a course of action.

  • Start professional treatment. This type of treatment may be inpatient or outpatient. It may take place in a hospital or treatment center. It involves group or individual therapy. In some cases, medical treatment is needed.

  • Find self-help groups. These give support to help you stay free of drugs. They help you identify drug use triggers and make lifestyle changes that keep you away from cocaine. An example of this type of group is Cocaine Anonymous. See the blue box for contact details.

The road to recovery

Drug-free living is the goal of the recovery process. Cocaine addiction is a long-lasting illness that can come back again and again. You may relapse. You may have a constant urge to go back to using. You may think, “This time I’ll keep it under control.” But, you'll need continued support to remain drug-free.

Helpful websites

For more information, go to:

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse 

  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

  • Cocaine Anonymous 

  • Smart Recovery