Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is commonly known by slang terms such as “coke” or “crack.” It is one of the most commonly abused drugs in America and has a strong ability to cause psychological addiction. The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine addiction differ from those of many other drugs, because the symptoms are psychological in nature. Cocaine withdrawal can be a difficult and sometimes dangerous process, so it is important to seek professional help.

Support Is Crucial to Successfully Detoxifying from Cocaine

A person’s ability to successfully get clean from cocaine is dependent on the level of support and treatment that he or she has during the withdrawal process. It is impossible to predict how a person’s body and mind will react to cocaine withdrawal, so it always has the potential to be dangerous. Cocaine withdrawal can produce an extreme “crash” in emotions and cause thoughts of suicide, so don’t wait until it is too late to get help.

What Does Cocaine Withdrawal Look Like?

Cocaine produces feelings euphoria that the person taking the drug will continue to seek by taking increasing amounts of cocaine and/or other drugs. When use of the drug is stopped, the person will experience a strong “crash” almost immediately and experience strong cravings for more cocaine. The intensity and length of symptoms are often proportional to the severity and duration of the addiction. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of pleasure
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sleepiness
  • Agitation
  • Extreme suspicion
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Treatment for cocaine withdrawal should begin with the individual enrolling in a rehab program so that the recovery process can be overseen by medical professionals. Here a person can be monitored and encouraged throughout the process and be treated effectively for the symptoms that arise. It is important that the recovering individual not try to self-medicate by using alcohol or anti-anxiety medications, because this will often simply shift the addiction from one substance to another.

Cocaine Recovery Requires More than Detoxification

While detox is important, it should only be a first step in the process of cocaine addiction recovery. Intensive individualized rehab treatment that targets not only the addiction but also the root issues contributing to the addiction is necessary for recovery. As many as 75% of all persons struggling with substance abuse have a co-existing mental health concerns such as depression or bipolar disorder that will need to be treated alongside the addiction. A person cannot remain free from cocaine in the long-term if the underlying problems causing the drug use are not uncovered and solved. The desire for cocaine will not go away quickly or easily, and the path to recovery will likely be a long and difficult one. However, there is always hope for sobriety, and a full recovery is possible with the right treatment.

Do You Need Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment Help?

Are you or a loved one struggling to get free from cocaine addiction? Please call our toll-free helpline today and talk to one of our trained counselors. They can answer your questions about treatment or listen to your concerns. We are available 24 hours a day, so please call now.

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