According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had used cocaine in the past month, including about 432,000 people who had used crack in the past month. That’s about 0.7% of the population aged 12 or older who were current users of cocaine and 0.2% who were current users of crack.1
If you or a loved one is struggling cocaine addiction, calling a cocaine hotline to learn about addiction treatment can be an important first stage in recovery.
What is a Cocaine Hotline?
One way to start getting the help you or a loved one needs is by calling a cocaine hotline where you can learn about treatment options, like rehab and recovery centers, while speaking to a person who understands addiction.
Cocaine hotlines are totally confidential and provide free information about treatment for those who are struggling with cocaine addiction. When you call a cocaine hotline, you can be rest assured that you won’t get in trouble for calling or be judged for your substance misuse. The goal is to connect you or a loved one with the resources needed to start making important lifestyle changes.
How Can a Cocaine Addiction Recovery Hotline Help?
Discussing treatment options with someone who understands addiction and recovery can be helpful in finding the addiction recovery program that’s best for you. Treatment programs and facilities can vary significantly, so it’s important to understand the differences between them.
Calling a cocaine hotline can be a safe place to learn about these treatment options. Compassionate navigators can help as you consider different treatment facilities, such as:
- Type of substance addiction treated.
- Co-occurring mental health conditions.
- Facility location.
- Detox and/or medications.
- Cost of treatment.
- Staff credentials and accreditation.
- Treatment philosophy.
For the family and friends of a person struggling with addiction, a hotline may also provide resources to help with understanding cocaine addiction and help determine if insurance covers treatment.
When Should I Call a Cocaine Hotline?
If you think that you or a loved one is struggling with a cocaine addiction, it’s a good time to call a cocaine helpline to learn about ways to get help.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical or psychological emergency, call 911 immediately. Cocaine hotlines are not equipped to handle medical emergencies.
Substance use disorders (SUDs), like cocaine addiction, are best diagnosed by treatment professionals. While you cannot diagnose a SUD, it can be helpful to know what professionals look for when assessing a person to better understand if you or a loved one many be struggling. The following criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, are used by treatment professionals:3
- Using a substance more and more over time
- Wanting to cut back on cocaine use, but can’t
- Spending a lot of time using, trying to obtain, or recovering from using cocaine
- Experiencing strong cravings for cocaine
- Missing important events at home, work, or school due to cocaine use
- Missing out on social or recreational activities because of cocaine use
- Putting yourself in dangerous situations when using cocaine
- Experiencing a recurring physical or psychological problem caused by cocaine use, but keep using anyway
- Needing larger amounts of the drug to get the same effects
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop using cocaine
If you have experienced more than 2 of these criteria in the past 12 months, call 1-888-319-2606 Helpline Information to speak to someone about getting help for a cocaine addiction. Our compassionate admissions navigators are available 24 hours a day to discuss treatment options and other resources for cocaine addiction.
National Hotlines and Resources
There are a number of national organizations and resources available to help those suffering from addiction and other mental health conditions. If you need additional assistance, consider the following:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Call to speak to an English- or Spanish-speaking representative who can help you find cocaine treatment facilities, support groups, and other forms of help for cocaine misuse.
- National Suicide Prevention: If you’re having suicidal thoughts, this national hotline can help you get support when you need it. Lifeline Chat services are also available through the website 24/7.
- Trevor Project: A free hotline, text, and chat services specifically for members of the LGBTQ community who are struggling with mental health issues.
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. (2016). Signs and Symptoms.
. American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric.
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