One of the most frequently abused stimulants is Cocaine. Individuals who are addicted to Cocaine experience profound loss over stimulant intake, in response to the stimulation and disruption of reward centers in the brain. So how does one withdraw from Cocaine safely?
What To Expect From A Cocaine Detox?
When an individual ceases their chronic Cocaine use they suffer from stimulant withdrawal, which leads to a wide variety of symptoms over a period of time, as follows:
- Binge Use – Subsequent to binge use, individuals may experience a period of ‘crash’ which is characterized by symptoms of depression, anxiety, agitation and drug craving.
- Intermediate Phase Detox – In the intermediate withdrawal phase an individual can experience fatigue, loss of physical and mental energy and a lack of interest in their environment.
- Late Withdrawal Phase – Weeks and months following initial detox from Cocaine, the individual may experience intense drug cravings.
Detoxing From Cocaine
It is not recommended that individuals dependent on Cocaine attempt a rapid detox from the drug. Cocaine addiction treatment is most effective after the individual has completed the detoxification process and is then treated with formal therapy. It is important to choose a rehab treatment facility which emphasizes the behavioral health aspect of treatment. It is also essential for the individual to attend 12 Step programs and outpatient therapy to strengthen their chances of staying clean.
Safe Cocaine Detox
Withdrawal usually brings with it powerful and intense cravings for Cocaine. To quit Cocaine safely the individual can look into some of the following options:
- Disulfiram and Amantadine may help reduce Cocaine use in case of more severe withdrawal symptoms.
- Modafinil, an anti-narcolepsy agent with stimulant-like action, is a Cocaine detoxification agent.
- Acupuncture has been viewed as an effective adjunct to treatment for cocaine disorder. It is used as an adjunct during maintenance.
Individuals suffering from Cocaine withdrawal will often use alcohol, sedatives, hypnotics, or anti-anxiety medications such as diazepam (Valium) to treat their symptoms. This is not a recommended course of action because all it does is shift the individual’s addiction from one substance to another.
Treatment of stimulant abuse requires a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s psychological, medical, forensic and drug use history. However, Cocaine detox treatment is not usually associated with medical complications. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration maintains a continuously updated national database of Cocaine detox centers in local areas as well as the leading recommended cocaine detox centers in the United States and around the world.
If you have any questions about Cocaine detox, you can contact The Villa. We can guide you on treatment options and get you started on the journey to recovery.