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- Your answers to this quiz are confidential.
- Cocaine addiction is diagnosed based upon criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition.
- When cocaine use begins to have serious consequences, it is time to seek treatment.
Cocaine addiction can cause a variety of physical and mental health concerns. If you’re struggling with cocaine use, filling out a self-assessment quiz can help you determine whether treatment may be necessary.
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Am I Addicted to Cocaine?
Our self-assessment quiz was created to help you evaluate the level of your cocaine use. However, this quiz is not intended to replace a proper, clinical diagnosis of cocaine addiction. You can use the quiz results as a guide to help you determine whether your cocaine use is problematic. The quiz can also help you recognize the signs and symptoms of cocaine use disorder and seek treatment for cocaine addiction if necessary.
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What Qualifies as a Cocaine Addiction?
A cocaine addiction, or cocaine use disorder, is diagnosed based on 11 criteria listed in the DSM-5. A person must meet two criteria for a mild cocaine use disorder, four criteria for a moderate disorder and six or more criteria for a severe disorder.
A cocaine use disorder is diagnosed when a person continues to use cocaine despite significant consequences, such as difficulty at work or school, problems in personal relationships or health problems caused by cocaine.
Depending on your quiz results, you may want to speak with your physician or call The Recovery Village to learn about options for cocaine addiction treatment.
FAQs About Cocaine Addiction and Treatment
- Is cocaine addiction common?
According to the most recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, cocaine use disorder is relatively uncommon. Each year, around 0.4% of the American population (1 million people) experience a cocaine addiction.
- Why consider treatment for cocaine addiction?
Cocaine addiction can interfere with daily life in a number of ways. It can cause problems functioning at work or school, or lead a person to use the drug in risky situations. Cocaine use can also lead to serious health concerns like skin infections, collapsed veins, respiratory problems, bowel decay, issues with swallowing, malnutrition and paranoia. Cocaine addiction treatment can reduce your risk for cocaine-related health problems and eliminate the negative consequences that cocaine has on your daily life.
- When should you consider medical or professional detox?
Long-term cocaine use can cause dependence to develop, meaning that the body does not function the same without cocaine. If you stop using the drug, you will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like fatigue, depression, sleep problems, slowed thinking and increases in appetite. A medical detox can help you cope with side effects and get through the withdrawal phase in a safe, comfortable setting.
- What types of treatment programs are available for cocaine addiction?
Behavioral treatments, such as counseling or therapy, are commonly used to treat cocaine addiction. For example, a type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used for cocaine addiction. Rehab centers may also use contingency management programs, which provide people with rewards for staying sober. Support groups, such as 12-step programs, are also used in the treatment of cocaine addiction.
- What things should I consider when choosing a cocaine rehab program?
When looking for a cocaine rehab facility, consider whether you should choose inpatient or outpatient treatment. If you have a severe cocaine addiction, an inpatient program may be the best option for you. If your addiction is milder and you have plenty of support in the community, outpatient rehab may be suitable. It is also important to choose a program that offers counseling to address the underlying issues that led to addiction. The rehab should employ licensed, qualified staff, such as clinical social workers and mental health counselors.
- What medications are available to help ease cocaine withdrawal and detox symptoms?
Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications specifically used for cocaine withdrawal. However, a medical detox program may prescribe medications to treat certain withdrawal symptoms, such as depression or sleep disturbances.
If you or someone you love is struggling with cocaine use, The Recovery Village is here to help. We have treatment centers throughout the country, and our admissions staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs. Contact us today to learn more about a treatment plan that can work well for your needs.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. “What is cocaine?” April 2021. Accessed September 2, 2021.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. “What is drug addiction?” July 2018. Accessed September 2, 2021.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” September 2020. Accessed September 2, 2021.
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