What is cocaine?
Cocaine is a Class A drug. It has become increasingly popular, meaning that more and more people are seeking out help from a cocaine rehab. Although historically cocaine was seen as a drug for the rich and famous, it has become a drug which affects all parts of society. It is usually supplied in the form of a white powder and referred to as ‘coke’ or ‘charlie’.
Cocaine is a stimulant. As a stimulant, cocaine gives the user a feeling of energy very often, and the ability to stay awake. The majority of users snort the drug which ensures a relatively quick effect.
Cocaine affects individuals in different ways, but it can cause people to become over-confident, aggressive and paranoid whilst others will isolate under the influence of cocaine, particularly if they have used for many years. It is because of these effects that many people are referred to a specialist cocaine rehab.
Cocaine addiction: What happens?
Cocaine has, in recent years, become an even bigger problem. The levels of cocaine purity have increased along with availability. In many circles, cocaine has become socially acceptable too.
Cocaine is one of the most highly addictive substances out there. However, due to the subtle nature of cocaine addiction, the user is often convinced that they are in control and that they could stop if they wanted to.
Cocaine gives the user an intense high at first. High levels of dopamine are released, resulting in a high; a feeling of well-being. Many people spend years chasing this high, never able to achieve the same feeling. After a period of use, it is also very common for the user to experience a ‘comedown’. Similar to a hangover, a comedown describes the mood of a cocaine user the day after using. Most people will experience low mood and other symptoms can include anxiety, paranoia, insomnia and depression.
At this point, the user will experience subtle cravings for cocaine. Whether it be one day after or one week after, at some level, the brain and / or the body will desire those increased dopamine levels again. As cocaine addiction progresses, the user slowly loses the ability to manage these cravings and the gaps between cocaine use often become shorter.
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 addiction treatment at a drug rehab.
- Irritability / anger
- Impaired judgment
- Restlessness / insomnia
- Dilated pupils
- Poor appetite & weight loss
- Muscular weakness
- Gastrointestinal issues
- High temperature
- Raised blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac arrest
- Tremors & seizures
Cocaine and other drugs
Some people who develop a cocaine addiction only use cocaine and rarely, if ever, use other drugs. It is however quite common for those who use cocaine to regularly drink alcohol, smoke cannabis or use other medication to counteract the effects of cocaine. Cocaine mixed with other drugs or alcohol results in a different effect which can be equally addictive.
What is a 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 at a professional drug rehab. Although there is no specific detox medication provided for crack or cocaine detox, our dedicated medical team at our UK 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 private drug rehab) if you wish to undertake a cocaine detox.
Cocaine detox withdrawal symptoms
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological:
- Intense cravings for cocaine
- Suicidal thoughts
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- High levels of agitation
- Insomnia & restlessness
- Vivid nightmares
- Increased appetite
- Binge eating
- Impaired memory
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 addiction 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.
Cocaine withdrawal timeline
Withdrawal during cocaine detox can be separated into a three-phased process:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Help for addiction with cocaine rehab
There are a range of options available depending on the type of service you are looking for. Many people will try 1-1 counselling or local self-help groups. On some occasions this support may be adequate but very often, a more comprehensive drug intervention is required.
There are a range of private cocaine rehab centres across the UK and The Providence Projects is widely accepted as the leading affordable private provider of cocaine rehab. Established in 1996, and treating all forms of addiction, The Providence Projects has fantastic success rates in treating cocaine addiction.
The process really is very simple. The Providence Projects offer a free assessment for our cocaine rehab programmes and one of our addiction specialists are always available to take your call and run through the process.
Cocaine rehab admission
We fully understand that when the individual and the family hit a crisis and wants help, it is essential that help is available immediately. We can arrange immediate admissions on to the drug rehab programme. On admission, you will be greeted by one of our addiction therapists and a doctor to review your general health and medication.
The Providence Projects are able to arrange transport from all over the UK if you would like to be collected and chauffeured to treatment.
After cocaine rehab: what next?
After successful completion of your cocaine rehab programme where you will cease using cocaine and start on your cocaine addiction recovery journey, you may wonder what happens afterwards. This is a real and natural fear for residents and their families.
There are a range of bespoke aftercare options and you will work with your therapist during the programme here to put together a plan that work for you. Plans may include 1-1 counselling, group sessions, attendance at CA meetings, health and fitness, yoga, skype sessions or attendance at Providence groups depending on your location.
The Providence Projects also hold an annual reunion which is a fantastic event; pictures can be seen on our website and Facebook page.
To find out more about cocaine addiction or our cocaine rehab programmes, call our friendly team at Providence Projects today on 0800 955 0945.