Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant drug. Due to its euphoric and energizing effects, people often use it recreationally, but quickly become addicted. Cocaine also has mentally distressing withdrawal symptoms and can be difficult to stop using.
Professional treatment is the most effective way to overcome a cocaine addiction. Those who try to quit on their own will be faced with severe cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and mental side effects.
There are a multitude of challenges people face when trying to quit cocaine. However, with a medical detox and professional care, it can be much easier. Once provided with the tools and therapy needed to treat the underlying conditions, recovery is possible.
Why Quitting Cocaine Is Difficult
Quitting cocaine can be extremely difficult to do alone. Many people manage to stop using cocaine for a day or two, only to relapse shortly thereafter. This is often due to its availability, the intense cravings, and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
The effects of cocaine withdrawal include severe anxiety, paranoia, irritability and depression. A study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed that increased stress led to increased cravings for cocaine.
This physical and mental relationship that cocaine has brings people to relapse frequently. This reaction also makes cocaine more difficult to quit.
However, people who enter a treatment program have much higher chances of recovering and living a life of sobriety. The longer an individual remains free from cocaine, the less intense their cravings. This means that after a 30 day program, most people experience little to no cravings.
Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms Explained
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are extremely detrimental and are often what leads people to relapse. The cravings that come with withdrawal are sometimes insurmountable for people. This is why so many cocaine users relapse after short periods of sobriety.
Psychological withdrawal symptoms include:
- Intense cravings
- Poor cognitive function
Physical withdrawal symptoms include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Aches and pains
- Poor motor function
While the physical symptoms of cocaine are very uncomfortable, the mental effects of withdrawal are often regarded to be worse. The combination of withdrawals and cravings make cocaine extremely difficult to quit without professional intervention.
Many people experience such compulsive cravings and thoughts about cocaine that they are unable to focus on anything else or even think clearly. Others experience severe anxiety and depression that make abstinence feel impossible. Due to these factors, mental health treatment for cocaine addiction is critical.
Cocaine Withdrawal Timeline
Cocaine withdrawal can be different for everyone. The symptoms can vary depending on a number of different factors. For most cocaine users, withdrawal and cravings begin as quickly as an hour after the last use.
For most people, symptoms usually last around a week. However, mental symptoms often persist for up to a year, with mild cravings and anxiety. It is these cravings that usually lead to relapse, so coping mechanisms and therapy are critical to help overcome these cravings.
The main factors that impact timelines for withdrawal are physical build, including weight, height, and genetics. Additionally how much and how long the person has been using.
The longer someone has been using, the more intense their dependence. This means that their withdrawal symptoms will likely be more severe as well.
For this reason, it is critical that long term users of cocaine go through a stabilization period and detox if possible. Longer inpatient care afterwards is critical to a successful recovery.
Inpatient care is the most important step in cocaine treatment. Due to the intense mental effects of withdrawal paired with cravings, an inpatient level of care provides the best stability. Inpatient care allows for comfort and removal of outside stressors while overcoming withdrawals.
For those struggling with cocaine addiction, removal of triggers is an important part of success. Medical observation and treatment of mental side effects are also extremely beneficial. Additionally, medications can be used while in inpatient care to help alleviate symptoms.
Inpatient treatment offers a comfortable, safe environment of stability that helps most people overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Therapy is also used to help people work past intense and compulsive cravings. The more time of abstinence achieved, the less cravings will affect people.
Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Therapy is one of the most important parts of treating a cocaine addiction. People need ways to overcome cravings and the mental effects of cocaine withdrawal. The Haven Detox uses a number of treatment methods to help in recovery.
We utilize behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy to help identify and change behavior patterns. We also use other evidence based techniques that are proven to help with recovery.
Another benefit of inpatient treatment is the medical supervision and care that it provides. It enables us to monitor mental statuses and changes in behavior that aid in treatment. This is also beneficial to stabilization and safety.
Outpatient care usually includes continued follow up with therapists, group therapy and other modalities. The ability to continue care while adjusting back to responsibilities and outside stressors is valuable.
The Haven Detox encourages all avenues of recovery. Support groups and 12 step meetings are always available. These outside meetings help individuals build sober support networks and connections in recovery.
The ability to build a strong sober support network is critical. When cravings arise, having a group of people to reach out to and rely on can make the difference between relapse and long-term sobriety.
Finding a Cocaine Treatment Program
We know how confusing and difficult it can be to find the right treatment option. Our goal is to simplify the process as much as possible. Our admission process starts with a phone assessment to determine specific needs. We then make an individualized treatment plan based on those needs to provide the most effective treatment available.
Our trained admissions counselors are available 24/7 to help guide you through this process. For more information on our programs, or guidance on how to get yourself or a loved one into a program, call us today at 561-328-8627
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