How Can I Help Someone I Love Begin Cocaine Addiction Treatment?
As stated by the National Library of Medicine, it is very easy for someone “to lose control over cocaine use and become addicted.” When the individual does realize they need help, however, this can begin to set them on the right path. They will also need the love and support of friends, family members, significant others, and anyone close to them in order to find and begin treatment. Below are some ways in which you can help someone you love start rehab for cocaine abuse.
Help Them Find a Treatment Program
“Trying to locate appropriate treatment for a loved one, especially finding a program tailored to an individual’s particular needs, can be a difficult process” (National Institute on Drug Abuse). But your loved one will likely be very appreciative of the fact that you are willing to help them do so, and there are others you can go to in order to find help for your loved one.
- Personal physician: Taking your friend or family member to their doctor can help, as this individual will know your loved one’s medical history and many other aspects of their life and personality. The doctor can use this knowledge––and their knowledge of local treatment centers – to help you locate a program that may best fit the individual’s needs.
- Volunteers: Those volunteering at your local outreach or community center will often know of the closest rehab centers in the area and will also likely have information about different counselors as well as other treatment options that may help your friend.
- Sponsors: If you have a support group that meets regularly in your area, especially one for cocaine specifically like Cocaine Anonymous, it may be helpful to speak to a sponsor or another type of individual in charge. You can ask them which program(s) they would recommend to your loved one and also find out more about support groups, which are a highly favored type of treatment program.
Once you find a treatment center they are interested in, offer to go with them and tour the facility so they know exactly what they will be attending.
Offer Your Services
If your loved one has found the right treatment program for their needs, there are many ways you can ensure they begin the program and stay in it. You could offer to have them stay with you if they are attending outpatient treatment or to watch their children. It may also be helpful if you offer to drive them to and from the clinic on certain days. If the individual decides to attend inpatient care, you can offer to care for their home or to take care of any necessary activities while they are gone.
Above all, individuals at this stage of recovery need as much love and support as possible. It is important to listen and be available to them as well as to be understanding of their needs. Cocaine is a very difficult drug to withdraw from and to stop abusing, so your support will mean everything as they begin treatment. If you have more questions about how to help your loved one end their abuse of cocaine, call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?).