The first step of cocaine addiction treatment is the assessment, where a doctor will check if you have an underlying mental health problem, heart disease, or drug dependence. For this purpose, they may order routine tests, such as:
Follow-up care is essential to preventing relapses and maintaining your gains. This includes continuing support, education, and group/individual therapy.
Most experts advocate a dual diagnosis treatment model, as multiple drug use and mental issues often occur with cocaine dependence.
The first phase happens when a heavy user abruptly stops taking cocaine. Because cocaine has a short half-life (about 1.5 hours), the withdrawal symptoms occur rapidly, usually within hours to a few days after the last intake.