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Cocaine and amphetamines are some of the most frequently abused central nervous system stimulants. These substances are intense and produce a powerful euphoric feeling. So much so that someone can become addicted in as little as one use. 

This can cause people to use cocaine in a binge pattern followed by a withdrawal period and further abuse to avoid painful detox symptoms. The best way to break this cycle and address a cocaine use disorder is with the help of a medical detox program.

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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms 

Stimulant withdrawal symptoms are much different from opioid or sedative withdrawal symptoms. Although there is not typically any immediate physical danger with cocaine withdrawal, as in alcohol withdrawal, serious mental side effects can be. 

Withdrawal symptoms of cocaine and other stimulants include: 

  • depression
  • chills and tremors 
  • insomnia
  • fatigue & exhaustion
  • anxiety 
  • night terrors
  • irritability 
  • poor concentration 
  • decreased fine motor skills
  • increased appetite
  • paranoia 
  • stimulant cravings
  • suicidal thoughts

One overlooked medical danger of cocaine withdrawal is the risk of profound dysphoria (depression, negative thoughts, and feelings). This effect on someone’s mental health can lead to suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. The most effective way to address the mental side effects of cocaine abuse is to enroll in detox

How Long is Cocaine Detox? 

Detoxing from stimulants like cocaine takes about five days on average, depending on the severity of the substance use disorder. However, in some cases, it can take several weeks to detox from cocaine, especially if someone is experiencing dysphoria. 

Factors that influence the length of cocaine detox include: 

  • A person’s age and weight
  • History of cocaine abuse 
  • Method of use (injection, snorting, oral) 
  • If a second substance was abused at the same time 

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Choosing the Right Substance Abuse Treatment 

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms will disappear over time. However, an inpatient detox program is recommended if the symptoms are severe enough. Some medications can be prescribed to help ease cocaine withdrawal symptoms, such as antidepressants and anti-nausea medications. 

Individual and group counseling is also a big part of healing from cocaine abuse. While you may think you don’t need a formal detox program for cocaine abuse, it is still a good idea to help monitor possible mental health decline frequently associated with cocaine withdrawal. 

A medical detox program can help ensure your mind and body are right before moving into a live-in addiction treatment facility. 

Cocaine Detox Questions

Consider the following questions when considering a medical detox program: 

1. Are you abusing more than one substance?

Misuse of multiple substances is common with stimulant abuse. Many people like to mix stimulants like cocaine and depressants like heroin to form what’s called a “speedball.” This combination is hazardous as it can result in a stopped heart. A medical detox program is the best place to safely remove multiple substances. 

2. Do you have a co-occurring mental health disorder?

Cocaine addiction is commonly associated with mental health disorders. Craving uppers like cocaine can sometimes start as a way to self-medicate depression symptoms. However, this complicates the root cause of the person’s substance abuse and can make it more likely for them to return to cocaine abuse if they try to quit on their own.  

3. How severe is substance use disorder (OUD)?

Stimulant use disorders are the third most common in the U.S. Many behavioral treatments are available for severe cocaine addictions at qualified recovery centers.

 

Finding a Prescription Drug Detox Program 

Do you or your loved one have a cocaine addiction? Are you ready to make a change? Don’t wait. Desert Rose Detox is available 24/7 to help you determine your next steps for healing. Call us at (844) 427-3509 or requesting information online.

Sources: 

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000947.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64116/

https://nida.nih.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-treatments-are-effective-cocaine-abusers

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