Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine withdrawal can make you feel depressed and lethargic, so it’s important to seek professional advice before attempting to quit.

Cocaine Detox Programme

At the Providence Projects, we provide expert-level cocaine detox treatment for you, and will help your loved ones support you and find the right way to communicate their problems with you. We put your safety first, and so management of your withdrawal symptoms during detox will be in the hands of our competent healthcare professionals.

Our detox programme is not strictly limited to medication-assisted detox. Cocaine withdrawal is not typically life-threatening on its own, but the process can be uncomfortable both physical and mentally. We will support you or a loved one through the detox process with compassion and understanding.

How Long Does Cocaine Detox Last?

On average, the detox process lasts for two weeks. It’s worth noting that the duration is not the same for everyone. If you used cocaine daily, there’s likely to be a larger concentration of the substance in your body. Therefore, withdrawal symptoms may be felt for longer.

If you use cocaine occasionally, it’s likely that the detox period will be shorter and withdrawal symptoms will appear milder. However, where cocaine addiction has developed, cravings and psychological withdrawal symptoms may be present for some time after the detox phase.

What Is Cocaine Withdrawal?

Cocaine withdrawal is the state of discomfort that your body gets in when it’s no longer getting its usual supply. When you suddenly quit using or drastically lower how much you take, you go through withdrawal. Chronic users try to quit with the hope of eventually achieving abstinence ﹘ breaking free from the burden of dependence to enjoy a healthy, sober life.

Withdrawal results in adverse side effects known as withdrawal symptoms. Going through this can be a tough moment, but with proper medical care and supervision, you will pull through.

Withdrawal Symptoms

As cocaine doesn’t cause physical withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea or seizures as we can observe in other illegal drugs, the actual withdrawal symptoms are mostly psychological in nature and include:

  • Agitation and restless behavior
  • Depressed mood
  • Fatigue
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Slowing of activity

Injecting and smoking cocaine leads to the withdrawal symptoms manifesting most intensely. When you repeatedly take through these two methods, the substance hits the bloodstream almost immediately and quickly travels to the brain.

As a result, the body and brain eventually develop the highest tolerance towards cocaine. The symptoms will be powerful when you stop using. For instance, panic attacks can be extreme. The withdrawal symptoms from snorting are less intense than those experienced when smoking or injecting. With snorting, the body absorbs cocaine slower, but the ‘high’ effects will last longer. In most cases, users who snort don’t have to dramatically increase their dosage to experience more euphoric feelings.

The body’s tolerance due to snorting won’t be at its highest level, as with injecting and smoking. For this reason, the intensity will be less. The effect on the body can also be severe when you mix cocaine with other drugs.

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Timeline of Withdrawal Symptoms

If you have come for a cocaine withdrawal, we will be taking care as to not extend the detox process too much. With this drug, rehab is vital while the withdrawal process is just the start. After about 24 hour of taking your last dose, you will begin experiencing the withdrawal symptoms we have been discussing above. The persistence of these symptoms differs, based on how long you have been using for (how used your body is to this substance’s presence) and how large were the usual doses. Your general health, co-occurring conditions and simultaneous treatments may affect the detoxification timeline.

The withdrawal timeline can be described in a series of stages, or phases, which occur in most cases that we have observed during our experience:

  • The crash stage:
    During this stage, your body feels a bit ‘off’ as early as 12 hours after last use. The withdrawal symptoms are bearable.
  • The acute stage
    This stage happens during the first week after quitting cocaine. The withdrawal symptoms are at their peak during this stage. You can’t manage them without medical help.
  • The withdrawal stage
    This stage occurs between the third and fourth week. During this period, the symptoms decrease in severity.
  • The extinction stage
    This stage occurs from the fifth week (and onwards) after last cocaine use. During this time, most of the withdrawal symptoms would have completely disappeared.

Is a Cocaine Detox Enough to Treat Addiction?

Cocaine detox is an essential part of your journey towards cocaine abstinence. Without detox, your body would remain dependent on cocaine, and you might even lose hope of achieving a cocaine dependency-free life. However, cocaine detox alone isn’t the ultimate solution to cocaine addiction recovery. The real work begins once cocaine detox has ended. You’ll frequently feel tempted to satisfy your cocaine cravings until you have dealt with the underlining causes of cocaine dependence.

To remain consistently strong in the face of these temptations, cocaine rehab treatment helps you learn new coping skills, and understand how to battle stressors and difficult situations. Activities such as attending support groups and fellowship groups will also help you create a supportive environment for your recovery. Rehab and therapy are the sure gateways to fully conquering your substance abuse. By joining rehab and going through therapy, you’ll be equipped with lifelong coping skills to help you remain sober for the long term. Rehab and therapy will help you set a strong foundation for healthy habits to keep you committed to your sobriety goals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do I need a cocaine detox?

Cocaine, as with any other drug abused, stays in the body after continuous use. Detoxing is needed to eliminate these toxins in your body and remove the physical dependence.

Can I detox without supervision?

No, you can’t. Please don’t attempt to detox by yourself. It’s highly dangerous. Cocaine withdrawal has psychological symptoms which can only be managed best by a team of substance abuse specialists. If you detox without supervision, you risk having severe depressive episodes or anxiety episodes which may cause you high stress levels. They can bring about follow-up health risks.

How long does cocaine detox take?

The average time is roughly two weeks. However, it can be more than two weeks since detox duration is dictated by factors such as a person’s level of dependence, whether they’ve used other mood-altering substances while abusing cocaine, and if they have other health issues besides addiction.

Can I just stop and be okay?

You may be so determined to quit cocaine use, and that’s admirable as it takes a lot of courage. However, you shouldn’t suddenly stop using because your body would negatively react to the sudden absence of the drug. Call your GP, a medical specialist you trust, an addiction facility or a hotline to discuss the options.

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