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 cocaine abuse 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 cocaine 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 their cocaine abuse 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.
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.
Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment
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.
True Recovery Detox provides a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment where those seeking to take the first crucial step in recovery can do so under 24/7 medical supervision of a highly trained compassionate staff. The primary goal of True Recovery Detox is not just to serve our clients with achieving a full detox, but to do so in the least uncomfortable and least painful way possible.
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 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.