Avoiding a Relapse into Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction relapse can be an even harder thing to deal with than overcoming the addiction the first time. Addicts in recovery are vulnerable to relapse, so it is crucial to know the warning symptoms and to develop strategies to prevent relapse.

Possible Triggers of Cocaine Addiction Relapse

Unhappy man through windowThe first step toward avoiding relapse is to keep a recovering person in a setting very different from the old life and show the positive aspects of that new setting. Attempting to recover in the exact same life patterns or settings can be an immediate trigger toward relapse. It is also important to praise the addict for how far he/she has come on the journey of recovery.

The recovering addict needs support to avoid and cope with the kinds of triggers and feelings that led to cocaine abuse in the first place. These triggers can be depression, isolation, stress at work, broken relationships, feelings of powerlessness, or just lack of control in some areas of life. Avoiding relapse depends very much on providing positive support and counseling.

Warning Signs for Cocaine Relapse

While keeping an optimistic attitude, those close to a recovering cocaine addict need to be wary of the danger of relapse and know these warning signs:

  • If the recovering addict has recurring withdrawal symptoms, relapse has probably occurred.

  • Noticeable changes for the worse in an addict’s moods and behavior. Watch especially for sudden bouts of negativity, defensiveness, depression or anxiety.

  • Loneliness and isolation, because some addicts use cocaine to combat it.

  • Pushing help and loved ones away, even resenting them and their help.

  • Denial of the problem, which likely was a significant part of the addiction. Some will become irrationally defensive.

  • A recovering addict believing he/she is strong enough to use cocaine again and maintain control without falling to addiction.

  • Losing belief in the addiction recovery program.

  • A buildup of old habits, like nostalgia for the drug using days or wanting to reconnect with old drug buddies.

  • Making unrealistic plans in a random manner.

  • Avoiding having fun.

  • Blaming others.

  • Poor eating and sleeping habits.

Warning signs may be different depending on the individual, so stay vigilant and continue offering praise, support and positivity to help an addict avoid cocaine relapse.

Ways to Avoid Cocaine Abuse Relapse

There are some simple steps that can help an addict avoid relapsing:

  • Avoid loneliness.

  • Quality sleep.

  • Eat regularly and properly. Staying balanced mentally depends on this.

  • Do everything possible to have positive mantras and avoid conflict and anger.

  • Attend meetings regularly with other recovering addicts. The support from others who are going through the same process is important for not feeling isolated.

  • Stay in touch with supporters regularly.

Will There Be a New Medication Treatment?

Currently there is no drug that treats cocaine addiction, like Methadone is used for treating heroin addicts. Research is being conducted into a possible new drug to deal with cocaine addiction. It is new research and far from conclusive or accepted yet, but experts are examining a compound that may aid in curbing the behaviors associated with cocaine addiction.

Let us hope the research will bear fruit. Every technique and approach in the fight against cocaine addiction is important.

Remember that professional help and advice is always close at hand. Do everything possible to help you or a loved one break cocaine addiction and avoid relapse.

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