Cocaine: get help

Find out about the help available if you want to stop using cocaine, crack and other stimulants, such as amphetamines. 

Treatment for cocaine and other stimulants differs from the treatment for heroin. There are no effective prescribed substitute drugs available, although you may be given some medication as part of your treatment.

You may also be advised to attend a residential rehabilitation programme or a structured day programme, depending on the nature of your drug use.

You may have already tried to stop taking cocaine on your own. But the best results for giving up cocaine and stimulants have been found to come from specialist drugs counselling and social support.

You may also need to be treated for psychological problems caused by crack, cocaine or other stimulant use.

Self-help groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous, can be useful too. These are based on the same 12-step programme as Alcoholics Anonymous.

How long it takes you to recover will depend on your particular situation.

Does treatment for cocaine problems work?

Most people who undergo treatment for cocaine problems respond positively. According to a 2010 report by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), seven in ten of those who come into treatment with a powder cocaine problem either stop using or reduce their use substantially within six months.

For more information on accessing drugs treatment services, see Drugs: where to get help.

Page last reviewed: 09/10/2012

Next review due: 09/10/2014


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