Cocaine is an often expensive and illegal drug that has the ability to shatter relationships and destroy one’s potential. The long-term effects of its use can cause damage to vital organs and may be responsible for or worsen other health problems. Those who inject the drug are also at risk of HIV and other infectious conditions, such as hepatitis C. To avoid these issues, people who use cocaine should discontinue its use as soon as possible. Unfortunately, one cannot just suddenly stop, as without professional assistance, a person will suffer from withdrawal. This is a set of responses or symptoms that are intense and potentially dangerous. They occur when a person who has regularly used the drug for extended periods attempts to stop or even cut back on its use. Because it is dangerous, a person who attempts to stop will require treatment to help them through their withdrawal from cocaine. In addition, they will require a rehabilitation program, like those found at True Recovery, to help them recover from their cocaine addiction and reduce the risk of relapse and repeated withdrawal.
What Exactly Happens When a Person Uses Cocaine?
When a person uses cocaine, certain changes occur in the brain. To understand what happens when one experiences withdrawal from cocaine, it helps to know what these changes are. After one takes cocaine, dopamine is released. This is a neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of pleasure. Under normal circumstances, this neurotransmitter is reabsorbed after it has transmitted its message. Cocaine, however, prevents the dopamine from recycling back to the neurons that released it. As a result, it continues to build up, creating a euphoric effect that makes one feel high. For some people, a dependence on the drug develops. When they suddenly stop taking cocaine, a crash occurs that makes the user feel drastically worse. Much of what they feel is the opposite of the high that they generally experience. This crash is the body’s way of rebounding and attempting to find balance.
How Can You Recognize Cocaine Withdrawal?
Withdrawal may begin within 24 hours of stopping the drug. When a person undergoes cocaine withdrawal, symptoms rarely involve the physical reactions that occur with withdrawal from other drugs, such as tremors or vomiting. Instead, one typically starts with an intense craving for the drug, followed by feelings such as fear, fatigue, paranoia, anxiety, depression, and irritability. Other common cocaine withdrawal symptoms include increased hunger, difficulty sleeping, and sleep problems that include vivid dreams. The lack of intense physical symptoms should not, however, imply that cocaine withdrawal is less intense or dangerous. If a person does not receive the proper professional intervention during this time, they could become suicidal, or they may relapse and overdose on the drug in their attempt to regain the high. After roughly 48 hours, the severity of the symptoms tends to lessen but continue on for several weeks; however, certain symptoms, such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and drug cravings, may take months to fully resolve.
Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal and Recovery
True Recovery is committed to your safe and successful recovery from cocaine addiction and abuse. Before recovery can begin, however, you’ll need to get past withdrawal at a facility that is properly licensed and accredited. We can help by making the necessary arrangements for you to receive the proper medical care at a top detox center. Addiction recovery is a crucial step after one has gone through detox. After your withdrawal from cocaine is complete, you will need addiction counseling and treatment that provides you with the tools to cope with living cocaine-free and to avoid relapsing. Our highly trained staff will help seamlessly transition your care from the detox facility to True Recovery.
Our individualized alternative rehab program accepts most private insurance providers and offers treatment to individuals who are entering recovery for the first time as well as those who have slipped in their recovery process. We provide compassionate care so that our clients feel comfortable participating in our group and individual treatment programs. As a part of our customized care, we encourage clients to set goals and to pursue interests.
If you are addicted to cocaine or know someone who is, don’t risk going through withdrawal or recovery without professional assistance. Stay safe and get clean by contacting us as soon as possible. Fill out our contact form or call today to speak with an admissions counselor.