What You Need to Know About Detox and Withdrawal of Cocaine
Whether you are dependent on cocaine or use it in binges, you can expect to experience symptoms of withdrawal from this powerful drug. The initial onset of withdrawal symptoms from cocaine can vary in time and intensity, however they generally onset within a few hours and withdrawal symptoms generally subside within one to two weeks. While cocaine use results in a sensation of energy, excitement, and confidence, withdrawing from the drug can result in one experiencing the complete opposite. Withdrawal from cocaine is indicated by a crash accompanied by intense cravings, anxiety, irritability, exhaustion and inability to experience pleasure. During detox you'll begin to relinquish the physical and psychological effects of cocaine and its dependency.
The Phases of Cocaine Withdrawal
Typically the withdrawal process from cocaine can be divided into three phases: the crash phase, the craving phase, and the extinction phase. Phase one occurs hours or days after one’s last encounter with cocaine and is characterized by the crash one experiences after they initially stop using the drug. Phase two generally occurs one to ten weeks after one stops using and is characterized by strong cravings for cocaine. Phase three generally occurs after one has gone through the initial phases after 10 weeks of being withdrawn. The length of the withdrawal process fluctuates and is contingent upon the frequency of use and dosage.
Cocaine Withdrawal Syptoms
Heavy cocaine users can experience the withdrawal effects immediately and they can last as long as a few years. Generally those withdrawing from cocaine will experience the following symptoms and more Intense cravings:
Abrupt mood changes
Fatigue and restlessness
Tremors and shakiness
Vivid dreams or nightmares in relation to cocaine use
Inability to experience pleasure
Agitation and restless behavior
Experiencing vivid and unpleasant dreams
Recovering from Cocaine Addiction
Coming off of a powerful drug such as cocaine is not an easy task and can be quite difficult, however it's possible. Recognizing the symptoms of cocaine addiction is important to address quickly. The withdrawal from cocaine may not be as unstable or painful as withdrawal from alcohol, however, the withdrawal from any chronic substance abuse is very serious and creates a risk for suicide or overdose. Cocaine withdrawal generally does not produce any major physical symptoms such as vomiting or tremors, nonetheless even though the physical symptoms are minimal, withdrawing from cocaine should be treated as a serious matter.
Cocaine overdose can be entirely averted from getting treatment sooner rather than later. Those who wait to get help only increase the likelihood from suffering a potentially deadly overdose.
To ensure your safety when making the choice to get clean from cocaine, always seek professional help to ensure you go through a safe and effective detox from cocaine. At Harbor Village our detox treatment services provide you with a virtually painless withdrawal from cocaine. To get started with your recovery from a cocaine addiction give us a call today!
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