Cocaine Detox

Medical detoxification is a process in which individuals are safely and methodically withdrawn from addicting drugs. The term detoxification (rehabilitation) implies a clearing of toxins. The detoxification process is designed both to treat the acute physiological effects of stopping drug use and to remove residual toxins in the body left as a result of using the chemicals found in drugs and/or alcohol. For some individuals, when a drug dependency has occurred, they display predictable behaviors of withdrawal syndrome. These signs and symptoms are related to the detoxification (rehabilitation) process, following abrupt discontinuation of, or rapid decrease in, intake of a substance that has been used consistently for a period of time.

Individuals going through detox experience intense, all-consuming cravings. When coupled with depression and an inability to experience any form of pleasure, few people can resist further use of the drug. Unlike other drugs like heroin or other opiate-related conditions, cocaine is mostly a psychological addiction. Detoxification is generally used to help individuals overcome the physical addiction of a drug; however, this is an important part in the process for a recovering cocaine addict and must be completed. Because of these withdrawal behaviors, as well as exhibited aggressive behavior and suicidal ideations, it is necessary and highly recommended that individuals go through an advanced pharmacological treatment in a medically-monitored inpatient detoxification (rehab). This is an organized service delivered by medical and nursing professionals, which provides for 24-hour medically supervised evaluation and recovery management in a permanent facility with inpatient beds. Services are delivered under a defined set of physician-approved policies and physician-monitored procedures or clinical protocols.

Initially, rehabilitation/treatment patients who are experiencing or under the influence of withdrawal from substance-related disorders require medical professionals to have an understanding of the complete medical, psychiatric and social issues surrounding the individual. Proper and thorough examinations are necessary to establish the characteristics of the addiction and its intensity, the existence of associated psychological illnesses, and the repercussions on the patient’s family, work, and friendships. The medical assessment is also important in determining the appropriate protocol in treating the patient and to identify coexisting medical and psychiatric conditions and/or cocaine-related medical conditions.

Advantages of Medical Cocaine Detox

Advantages of inpatient detoxification or rehab are:

  • The patient is in a protected setting where access to substances of abuse is restricted
  • The management and monitoring of neural recovery eliminates craving, and allows a detoxification without withdrawal
  • Detoxification can be accomplished more rapidly than it can in an outpatient setting
  • Besides, detoxification with hospitalization prepares the patient for ongoing treatment of his or her dependence on drugs. During detoxification, patients may form therapeutic relationships with treatment staff or other patients, and may become aware of alternatives to a drug-using lifestyle. Detoxification is an opportunity to offer patients information and to motivate them for longer-term treatment.

Goals of Cocaine Detox

Under these conditions, cocaine detoxification/rehabilitation has four immediate goals:

  • To provide a safe withdrawal from cocaine dependence and enable the patient to become free of non-prescribed medications
  • To provide a withdrawal that is humane and that protects the patient’s dignity
  • To provide a recovery of higher cognitive and affective processes
  • To prepare the patient for ongoing treatment of his or her new life

Counseling is the most effective way to treat a cocaine addict but these programs cannot begin until detox or rehab is complete. After a detoxification period has ended, extended care programs are optional but provide individual counseling, peer groups, process groups, relapse prevention groups, lectures, narcotics danger workshops and 12-step meetings. Because at least 50 percent of all cocaine addicts have a co-occurring disorder (bi-polar, depression, ADD, etc.), these conditions must be treated aggressively when treating cocaine addiction to reduce rates of relapse from occurring. (See Cocaine Intervention).

Long-term Cocaine Treatment

An entrenched cocaine addiction threatens any achieved sobriety for months and even years after abstinence is achieved. The psychological addiction to the pleasures of a cocaine high induce potent cravings which do not end even with the completion of a successful detox.

For the best chance at lasting sobriety, recovering cocaine addicts must learn effective cravings management strategies, and learn also what causes them to seek out intoxication in the first place. Therapies that have proven effective in the battle against cocaine relapse include group support therapy, individual counseling, cognitive educational seminars and a continuing participation in aftercare programs such as NA.

Recovering cocaine addicts need to stay vigilant against triggers to use, be ready to deal with temptations that do arise, and learn the strategies to relapse avoidance that have helped so many thousands before overcome difficult addictions to cocaine.

If you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of cocaine, cocaine rehab treatment is available. To learn more about cocaine rehab, please call our toll free number. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you might have about cocaine treatment.

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