Exhaustion and Recovery

Nearly 14% of adults in the United States have tried cocaine, with one in 40 having tried it within the last year. Young men between the ages of 18 to 25 are the biggest cocaine users, with 8% having reported using it within the previous 12 months. The reasons behind cocaine’s popularity is the euphoria, or high, that it produces. Although, the reality of cocaine hits after the high, which can last and start to wear off in 30 minutes to two hours. Its powerful high is produced by acting on the brain, but as it travels through the blood, the whole body is affected. Cocaine has powerful effects on the user’s heart, brain and emotions. Its affects are so powerful that even the occasional user runs the risk of addiction.

Once the user has committed to treatment and sobriety, he starts the recovery process. The entire body has been affected by the user’s cocaine addiction. This includes both their mental and physical health. Because of this, the recovery process takes time. Learning how to adjust to a new healthy lifestyle, setting boundaries and even how to properly continue with the recovery process can help prevent any further exhaustion, which could lead to relapse.

How Can Exhaustion Affect Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong process, and this process will require continuous adjusting and commitment.  Depending on the individual’s addiction and duration of use, her treatment plan and course of treatment may be different than another’s. Knowing how her individual body responds as well as warning signs that she is pushing herself too hard can help her better understand both herself and why she continues to struggle with her addiction. Included in the following are the common steps of treatment:

  • Withdrawal/detox
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Community programs/resources

Because each individual’s addiction is unique and the reasons behind their addiction vary from one another, each addict will experience a different variation of treatment from one another. Some may feel comfortable through the course of their treatment while others may feel as though they are wasting their time. Regardless of which course of treatment the addicts are in, each step they successfully complete helps improve their sobriety and reduces their risks for relapse. While in treatment, addicts will understand what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and how to make those healthy choices on a continuous basis.

These healthy choices help recovering addicts understand how to balance their activities, obligations and personal time to help reduce their risk of relapse due to exhaustion. Fatigue is extremely common, especially in the early stages of treatment and recovery. When the body has been abused by cocaine, it has taken a toll on the individual’s physical and mental health. Included in the following are some techniques the individual can take to help prevent exhaustion or fatigue while in recovery:

  • Be patient.
  • Follow a healthy nutrition plan.
  • Exercise
  • Get adequate rest.

It’s common for an addict to have unrealistic expectations that he can accelerate the recovery process and successfully complete it without jeopardizing his sobriety. The reality is that the addiction didn’t occur over night and neither will recovery. Recovery is a lifelong process, which will include many triumphs and some setbacks. Going through the process and not rushing it can help the individual’s body and mental health bounce back.

While in treatment, a healthy lifestyle is enforced including healthy eating plans and diets along with exercise. With proper nutrients and vitamin supplements, healthy eating patterns can help the addict feel more energized and help to slowly repair some of the damage their cocaine addiction caused. Exercise techniques could include breathing exercises, running or even walking. Once the individual’s body begins to start moving and breathing, it begins to repair itself. Getting adequate rest is vital to the body’s repair process.

It’s important to understand that it takes time for an individual’s body to recovery from cocaine abuse. Once the individual commits to the process, her fatigue will slowly start to fade. As time progresses, and day by day, she will start to feel much better. Everyone experiences different symptoms during their recovery process, but fatigue is something that they can easily overcome. Learning ways to prevent fatigue, can help reduce their risk of relapse.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine and you find yourself continuously exhausted, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment for your condition. It only takes one call to save a life, so call us today!


[1] http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/cocaine-use-and-its-effects, Cocaine Use and Its Effects, Joseph Goldberg, MD., 03/15/2016, 01/16/2016.

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