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What is cocaine detox?

Cocaine detox is the first step in your recovery from cocaine addiction. It is for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine completely, and to be supported by a medical and therapeutic team during the withdrawal process. Although there is no specific detox medication provided for crack or cocaine detox, our dedicated medical team at our drug rehab will often prescribe alternative medications, vitamins and sleeping tablets to help alleviate the anxiety, restlessness and sleeplessness often experienced during the cocaine detox process.

The withdrawal process from cocaine isn’t physically life-threatening, but the symptoms can still be difficult to cope with, especially after a significant period of time using. The intensity and duration of symptoms experienced will vary depending on how long and how much the individual has been using, as well as any existing mental health conditions. Withdrawal during cocaine detox can result in powerful side-effects, with the psychological symptoms often more severe than the physical ones. This is why it is recommended to seek professional, medical help (such as at a drug rehab centre) if you wish to undertake a cocaine detox.

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Cocaine detox withdrawal symptoms

  • Cocaine withdrawal symptoms:
  • Intense cravings for cocaine
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • High levels of agitation
  • Insomnia & restlessness
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Anger
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased appetite
  • Binge eating
  • Impaired memory
  • Dehydration
  • Anhedonia

How long does cocaine detox last?

The exact timeline for how long cocaine withdrawal as part of a cocaine detox will last depends on the individual and their circumstances around their cocaine use. Cocaine withdrawal, although different for each person, can be really unpleasant if undertaken without proper, professional care and support from a drug rehab.

Typically, withdrawal symptoms emerge within 24 hours after last use and last for around 5 days, however, some cocaine detox symptoms can persist for much longer. The time taken to withdraw from cocaine is usually proportionate to the amount of time the individual has been addicted to the drug.

Cocaine addiction and withdrawal can often lead to serious mental health problems. If you are worried that yourself or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please give the experienced team of counsellors at our drug rehab a call today on 0800 955 0945. Our therapists are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help with cocaine addiction, arrange cocaine detox and explore the best solution for you and your current circumstances. We want to help in any way we can.

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Cocaine withdrawals timeline

Withdrawal during cocaine detox can be separated into a three-phased process:

  1. The Crash – Due to the short-term effects of cocaine, the crash can occur following a period of heavy use. Symptoms include exhaustion, depression, anxiety, irritability, anger and increased hunger. This crash can last 3-10 days.
  2. Withdrawal – After the crash, the withdrawal phase of cocaine detox can last for up to 10 weeks. Symptoms include intense cocaine cravings, low concentration levels, mood swings, irritability and lethargy.
  3. Extinction – The extinction phase is the final phase of the cocaine detox process, and this can last anywhere up to six months. Symptoms include low mood and depression and psychological cravings for cocaine.

What are the signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction?

It’s important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse in your loved one, to be able to help them get cocaine detox and treatment.

  • Euphoria
  • Irritability or inappropriate anger
  • Paranoia
  • Impaired judgment
  • Restlessness or an inability to sleep
  • Dilated pupils
  • Poor appetite & weight loss
  • Muscular weakness
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, touch
  • Gastrointestinal complications, including abdominal pain and nausea
  • Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular events, including arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest, and stroke
  • Neurological effects, including headache, tremor, seizures, and coma
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Cocaine detox & support for the future

Whilst undergoing cocaine detox is an important first step in the recovery process, we wish to emphasise that detox alone isn’t sufficient to tackle a person’s addiction and what’s going on underneath the surface. Without the necessary therapies and a comprehensive rehab programme, the chances of long-term recovery are reduced.

Our range of drug rehab programmes are designed to help you find a way out of the vicious cycle of cocaine addiction. We fully understand that when a family or an individual reaches crisis point, they are looking for immediate help.

If you would like to find out more information about staying at our private rehab clinic in Bournemouth, please give us a call today on 0800 955 0945, or fill out our quick and easy contact form. Our team of expert addiction counsellors are on hand to talk you through your options and help you take that first, important step towards your recovery and the start of a better life. We want you to know that you’re not on your own anymore. We are here to help.

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