Cocaine is not necessarily the most addictive illegal substance. But, it might be one of the sneakiest drugs for the same reason – you don’t notice the increasing need for it right away and by the time you do, you’re abusing it. It has long been glamorized in movies and by high rollers which made it even more attractive to a wider variety of people. Far from its ancient and diverse use by Incas and more recent use by the medical community, cocaine use has changed the lives of millions of people across the globe, and not in a positive way.
As with other addicting substances, the way back can be challenging. One might say that cocaine rehab starts out pretty rocky because recognizing that the “feel good” is not real is the first challenge to overcome. Because the high that cocaine produces has been described as euphoric and induces a hyper-alertness, it can be difficult for people to let go of these admittedly great benefits.
But, what happens when the high goes to low and real life intrudes? It becomes a nasty cycle of ups and downs until the “low” gets dangerously low and the “benefits” turn into real-life liabilities. It is natural for addicts to want to know how long cocaine rehab will take but that is a difficult question to answer that is dependent on a variety of factors that may include:
- Physical health, not to mention one’s state of mind
- The severity of addiction and length of us
- The commitment by the addict to have a successful rehab
- The addict’s support system
- Availability of treatment options
Realistically, rehab may take up to a year between inpatient stays and outpatient treatment. People with less severe addictions may experience success after an inpatient course of treatment of as little as 30 days or up to 90 days. The average short-term rehab stay of 28 days is so common that Hollywood made a major motion picture about cocaine rehab with that as part of title! More severe or long-standing addictions will require rehab of some sort for up to a year.
In addition to inpatient treatment, cocaine rehab typically includes initial intake assessments, medical and psychological histories, after-care and other services. Medical science has progressed to the point that cocaine rehab, similar to rehab for other addictions, can be greatly assisted with medical interventions – positive drugs that will help the addict reach a normal balance.
Successful rehab turns into recovery, which is a life-long event. It is by no means an easy process but it is a critical process that can give back a life to someone who thought they had already lost theirs.