Cocaine addiction treatment and withdrawal symptoms

When an individual stops using cocaine, it is very likely that they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Varying according to the individual, and the length and intensity of their cocaine addiction, withdrawal symptoms are rarely life-threatening, but provide enough discomfort for the individual so that relapse is a serious concern.

For this reason, it is always recommended that those who attempt to detox from cocaine do so under the supervision of a medical professional. A hospital or rehab center provides a safe place for the individual to go through withdrawal – as well as caring and support during what can be a very stressful time.
Knowing what to expect during cocaine withdrawal can help the individual better prepare for drug detox. And the more information they have, the more relaxed and ready for treatment they will be when the procedure begins.

Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms
Although symptoms may vary, the following are some of the most common withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine use. Note the mixture of psychological symptoms and physical symptoms that may be experienced after the individual takes their last dose of cocaine.

  • Insomnia or restless sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability and angry outbursts
  • Nausea, vomiting or other stomach-related problems
  • Shaking
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Anxiety or agitated behavior
  • Depression
  • Severe cravings for cocaine

How long do cocaine withdrawal symptoms last?
Although it varies from person to person, cocaine withdrawal symptoms generally begin within two days of the last dosage of the drug and last anywhere between seven days to several weeks.

Can individuals go through detox and withdrawal on their own?
While it is certainly possible to simply try and go “cold turkey” without medical supervision, it is not recommended. Medical professionals with cocaine treatment experience can greatly help the individual through the discomfort associated with the process. At a time when the chance of relapse is so high, and the stress can become so great, having someone there to provide support and expertise is greatly welcomed.

Why is this process so important?
While it would be nice if nobody had to go through cocaine withdrawal, the process (as part of detoxification) is absolutely crucial to the rehabilitation of the individual. Until detox is complete, and the withdrawal symptoms have passed, rehab can’t begin. That is because the toxins found in the cocaine are still in the blood stream. During this time, the chance of relapse is significant. Once the individual has made it through detox and withdrawal, they will have a much better chance at defeating the addiction through rehab.

The staff at Moonview Sanctuary understands how difficult cocaine withdrawal can be. But they also know that detox and withdrawal are the important first steps on the road to recovery. Once detox is complete, Moonview helps individuals overcome cocaine addiction by utilizing a combination of neuro-scientific techniques and traditional Holistic drug rehab. It is a program unlike any other, and has helped thousands of people with drug addiction live the life they had once thought they would never achieve.

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