Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that’s sold on the streets. Dealers may add additives like baking soda, flour, and other drugs to cocaine to cheaply create more product and make the drug more addictive. Cocaine is usually sold as a powder on the streets that may be snorted, rubbed into the gums, swallowed, or dissolved in water and injected for a high. Cocaine may also be sold in a rock-like form, otherwise referred to as crack cocaine.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug addiction, a safe detox from cocaine is available at our luxury drug and alcohol rehab in South Florida.
Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms
Though cocaine withdrawal may not be as physically intense as those of opioids or alcohol, it does come with its own set of challenges. Drug withdrawal occurs in people who have become physically dependent on a drug.
Physical dependence can occur in people who take prescription or illicit drugs (like cocaine) for long periods. Cocaine affects the brain by stimulating the release of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which elevates mood and energy and produces a sensation of euphoria.
The longer and more frequently a person uses cocaine, the more dependent the brain becomes on the drug to produce dopamine. As a result, when a person who’s dependent on cocaine suddenly stops using it or cuts down on their doses, the body may rebound, a reaction that’s otherwise known as withdrawal.
Cocaine withdrawals are more psychological than they are physical, mainly because the drug targets dopamine production and re-absorption in the brain. Common symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include:
- Hypersomnia (inability to stay awake during the day despite getting sufficient sleep) or insomnia
- Increased appetite
- Poor concentration
- Slowed thinking and movement
- Unpleasant dreams or nightmares
The severity of cocaine withdrawal symptoms comes down to multiple factors: duration of cocaine use, purity of the drug, how the drug was used, and whether the individual has any underlying health conditions. The longer and heavier a person used crack, the more severe and longer lasting their withdrawals will be.
These factors may also impact how long cocaine withdrawal lasts. Usually, symptoms begin within one to two days after the person’s last use, followed by a crash that lasts for several days, and next withdrawals that persist for one to two weeks. However, cravings for cocaine may recur throughout the person’s recovery and may be triggered by cues like drug paraphernalia, moods, friends who use substances, and locations where the substance was used.
For these reasons, undergoing a professional detox for cocaine addiction is safer and more effective than any at-home attempts.
Our Florida Cocaine Detox Center
While cocaine withdrawals usually aren’t life-threatening, they can be highly uncomfortable, distressing, and sometimes painful. Physical health complications tend to occur when a person abuses cocaine and alcohol together.
Withdrawal after this lifestyle tends to increase the risk of cardiovascular problems and even leads to seizures during withdrawal. Depressive symptoms are also common when detoxing from cocaine and may be marked by low energy, motivation, and mood.
A major danger of crack cocaine withdrawal is suicidality as a response to depressive symptoms. All of these, as well as cravings, are what our medical detox for cocaine treats.
Cocaine detox is a major part of our residential treatment program because it offers medical support to help clients safely and effectively recover from withdrawals. Not only are our clients’ health and safety priorities, but cocaine detox programs also decrease the risk of relapse that would otherwise occur simply to avoid withdrawals.
Medically assisted detox is a crucial first step in addiction recovery because it sets the individual up for a successful continuum of care and a sober lifestyle following rehab. Speaking of a sober lifestyle, after detox is completed, our clients can then move on to working one-on-one and in groups with our therapists to identify the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that lead them to addiction.
Through the use of programs like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we help clients better understand the reasoning behind their drug use and develop effective coping strategies to prevent relapse in the future. Our high-end rehab also offers alumni programs to show clients continuous support even after they’ve completed one of our programs.