Cocaine is a potent and fast-acting drug. Those using cocaine experience a rush of pleasure, intensified focus, increased energy, and a reduced need for sleep and food. Because of its effects on neurotransmitters, cocaine has a high potential for abuse, which can quickly descend into physical and psychological dependence and, ultimately, addiction.
Dangerous enough on its own, cocaine usually contains other drugs, like fentanyl, and is often used with alcohol and other drugs, enhancing the dangers of its use. Whether you try to stop abusing cocaine gradually or abruptly, you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, a cocaine addiction treatment program can help you successfully overcome cocaine abuse or addiction.
At Westwind Recovery®, we understand the difficulties of cocaine withdrawal symptoms. We also know how they can prevent you from overcoming your cocaine abuse or addiction. We know that stopping on your own can feel impossible even when you want to. However, you don’t have to suffer alone. Reach out to our team at 855.340.8832 to learn how our team can help.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Withdrawal from Cocaine?
Cocaine use has a long history in the United States and beyond. Despite constantly emerging data about the negative impacts of cocaine abuse and addiction, it remains one of the most highly abused illicit drugs in our nation. Widely glamorized in television and movies, the adverse effects of cocaine abuse and addiction have been greatly overlooked.
Compared to alcohol or opioids, the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are more psychological and emotional than physical. Cocaine detox involves withdrawal symptoms that can include the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and depression
- Vivid dreams or nightmares
- Slowed thinking and activity
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Increased cravings for cocaine
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can begin within 90 minutes of the last use and last for up to two weeks or longer, depending on your history of use and other factors. Individuals addicted to cocaine are often cross-addicted to alcohol, marijuana, or other depressants and suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, delusions, and paranoia.
What Happens in Cocaine Detox?
Cocaine detox begins with a complete medical assessment to gather information about your medical history and the details of your addiction. Our team of medical and clinical professionals working with you throughout your detox needs to have the most accurate information for the safety and success of your detox. Therefore, being honest is critical to your treatment planning. Remember, no one is judging you. Our only goal is to help you safely detox and begin your recovery journey.
Westwind Recovery® offers a 24-hour medically supervised detox with experienced and compassionate staff. You can expect to remain in the detox center for 72 hours or longer, depending on your circumstances. The factors considered in creating your cocaine detox plan include:
- General physical and mental health
- Length of addiction
- Severity of addiction
- Method of abuse (injecting, snorting, swallowing, etc.)
- Use of alcohol or other drugs
- Detox history (i.e., have you detoxed before, from what, and when?)
Our team of detox professionals may use medications to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal, especially if you are also detoxing from alcohol or other drugs. Following cocaine detox, you will progress to the drug rehab program best suited to your needs, based on your individual needs and goals for recovery.
Contact Westwind Recovery® if You Are Experiencing Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms
If cocaine abuse or addiction is causing problems in your life, the addiction specialists in the cocaine addiction treatment program at Westwind Recovery® are here to help. We provide a safe, supportive, medically supervised cocaine detox to help you manage withdrawal symptoms as comfortably as possible.
Following cocaine detox, you can uncover the roots of your substance use disorder with evidence-based, holistic addiction treatment in a program designed to meet your unique treatment needs and goals. Contact us at 855.340.8832 when you are ready to regain control over your life. We are a community of people dedicated to helping every person who walks through our doors overcome the challenges keeping them from their best lives.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.