Cocaine isn’t the sort of drug that people take only once. In fact, according to The Rand Corporation, chronic users of cocaine account for two-thirds of the drug’s use within the United States. The drug is just remarkably powerful, capable of delivering an intense sensation in almost no time at all, and it’s difficult for users to forget the sensations they had while under the influence. In therapy, people might learn how to identify situations in which their craving for cocaine seems to grow, and they might even learn to keep their behaviors in check so they’re not tempted on a daily basis. But sometimes, Cocaine Anonymous meetings provide a boost people just can’t get with any other treatment for addiction.
People living with a cocaine addiction often work hard to keep their habits in the shadows. They may buy drugs from dealers located far from their homes, and they may always retreat to the bathroom when it’s time to take drugs. When people like this think about heading to a Cocaine Anonymous meeting, they may be filled with fear. What if they’re recognized? What if people repeat the things they say in a meeting? The structure of the organization should put these fears to rest.
In a Cocaine Anonymous meeting, no enrollment forms are required, and people aren’t even asked to provide their last names. No recording devices are allowed, and repeating stories is simply forbidden. People who attend know they’re in a safe place in which an addiction will be protected and honored. They aren’t even required to speak, if they don’t choose to do so. They can just listen, and relish the idea that they’re part of a community of people who understand.
In a study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers interviewed people entering a treatment program for cocaine addiction and found that 34 percent of these people had attended a support group meeting in the week prior. By the time these people completed their treatment program, it’s likely that 100 percent would claim that they’d gone to a meeting in the past week. It’s a fundamental part of the treatment provided in addiction programs. When those programs are complete, people may find meetings in their community by:
The weekly meeting may anchor people in the culture of recovery, and they might attend their meetings regardless of the other events they have scheduled for that time period. Each time they go, they feel a little stronger and a little more capable of staying sober. In time, they may even feel comfortable with the idea of mentoring someone new to sobriety, helping them understand how Cocaine Anonymous works and how it might help them.
Recovering from an addiction to cocaine isn’t easy, and if you’d like to know more about how to develop your own path to a long-term recovery, please call us. We can even help you to find a sober place to live as you work on beating back your cocaine addiction. Call to find out more.