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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, generally used as a recreational drug. Other than cannabis products, it is the most commonly used illegal drug worldwide, and thus many people struggle with cocaine addiction and withdrawal. Despite this, many people still need to ask, “what is cocaine?” when they discover that a loved one may be suffering from addiction. Cocaine addiction detox programs can help.
Cocaine is a highly addictive substance and is manufactured using the leaves of the coca plant. If processed further, crack cocaine can also be manufactured. While some cocaine is manufactured legally for research or medicinal purposes, vast quantities are made illegally for recreational use. Mental effects of cocaine include intense feelings of euphoria, or feelings of agitation, as well as losing touch with reality. Physically, as a stimulant, the primary effects are rapid heart rate, sweating, and enlargement of the pupils, as well as high blood pressure and body temperature for large doses.
The symptoms of cocaine withdrawal can be varied. Some of the most common include:
Many of these symptoms are due to the fact that cocaine is an extreme stimulant and can cause feelings of euphoria. During withdrawal, the brain craves the higher levels of certain chemicals that it is used to the presence of, which can lead to the feelings of tiredness, depression and anxiety.
Symptoms can begin as soon as usage is stopped, or after a cocaine binge. The first is the “crash” during which the feelings of anxiety, depression, irritability and lack of pleasure can be particularly severe. Some users may also experience extreme suspicion or paranoia as pleasurable feelings heightened by the drug decrease. It’s important to keep in mind that during the initial crash period, the addict will feel the strongest cravings for cocaine. Make sure that if you or somebody close to you is experiencing cocaine withdrawal, they know that the initial period is the worst, and that after they are through the crash period, cravings are often not as intense.
In addition, cocaine withdrawal sometimes doesn’t manifest physical symptoms, as is the case with withdrawal from other drugs such as heroin or alcohol. In the past, many people believed this meant cocaine was less addictive or cocaine addiction withdrawal symptoms less severe, but the mental and emotional effects of withdrawal can be just as severe as with other drugs, or more severe in some cases. As for timeline, cocaine withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 90 minutes after the last dose, with withdrawal symptoms usually lasting 7-10 days. However, if the person used cocaine over a long period of time or used particularly high doses, symptoms of withdrawal can last longer.
Despite how difficult cocaine withdrawal can be to suffer through, the good news is that it’s possible to get help if you or a loved one is struggling. While the exact process for different detox programs can vary, there are some key steps you can usually expect.
First, a through medical examination will usually take place, during which a medical professional will identify any preexisting physical or mental health issues, other addictions, and the general impact withdrawal has had on the user. Next is the detox phase. This is usually the most unpleasant portion, during which users may experience particularly severe symptoms or intense cravings. To lessen uncomfortable or potentially dangerous effects of withdrawal, many programs will issue drugs that counteract these effects. Many users feel tempted to relapse due to painful and unpleasant physical symptoms as well as the cravings, so professionally administered drugs can make the user less likely to relapse.
To give recovering addicts the best chance at long-term recovery, most programs will then offer counseling. This address the psychological reasons that caused cocaine use, and can help those recovering change attitudes for the better as well as teaching them effective strategies to mange stress in their life without drugs. After this, the period of recovery can begin, but it is important to remember that recovering from cocaine addiction is a long-term process. While cocaine addiction detox programs will help, support outside of the program from friends and family is key to prevent future relapse.
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