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Cocaine Detox

Cocaine has always been one of the more popular illicit drugs. A National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014 noted that 1.5 million people reported trying cocaine within the past month on various surveys. Cocaine use seems to be most popular with individuals who are 18 to 25, and around 1 percent of high school students surveyed also reported trying cocaine in the past month in a 2015 poll. The 2015 Monitoring the Future survey noted that cocaine use among high school was down from its peak in the 1990s, but that it was still a very real problem for some young people.

If you start using cocaine and it becomes a habit, then your body can become physically dependent on it. That means that in addition to whatever mental or emotional addiction you might have, your body physically craves cocaine and withdrawal symptoms occur if you stop taking the drug or substantially reduce your doses suddenly.

Cocaine withdrawals don't usually come with the same outward signs, such as shaking or vomiting, that are associated with withdrawal from heroin. The person experiencing withdrawal can feel fatigue, lose pleasure in normal activities, be anxious or irritable and become paranoid.

It can be impossible for many people to break the cycle of cocaine use without professional intervention. That intervention often comes in the form of a detox program. During such a program, you work with medical professionals who help you wean off of drug use gradually to combat withdrawal symptoms while learning about triggers and coping mechanisms to prevent relapse.

If you want to stop relying on cocaine and start living your life again, call us today at (877) 392-3342. Our compassionate admissions counselors are waiting to take your call, and they can provide you with actionable steps to take to get help. Every call is free and confidential, and we answer the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine short-term symptomsCocaine is a stimulant that causes the dopamine levels in the brain to increase. Dopamine is partially responsible for controlling how your brain receives and responds to nerve messages about pleasure and movement. Thus, cocaine can increase your sense of pleasure temporarily during a high, but it also disrupts the normal functionality of your brain. In the short-term, cocaine provides you with:

  • Mental alertness
  • Increased feelings of happiness or joy
  • High energy
  • Extra sensitivity to touch, sound and sight

Even during a high, though, cocaine can make you irritable or paranoid about the actions of others.

Some people discover that cocaine use in limited amounts helps them perform better at a specific function, such as a job task or test. Taking cocaine for such reasons is often a door to long-term abuse and addiction.

One reason many people talk themselves or others into using cocaine for the first time is because cocaine itself is a natural substance. It's a powder that comes from the coca plant, and some health care providers use the substance in anesthesia or other legal medical treatments. Cocaine the street drug is highly illegal, though, and if you are using something bought off the street, it's doubtful that it's all natural and pure –dealers often cut cocaine with other white powders so they can increase profits.

Long Term Effects of Cocaine

Long-term cocaine symptomsLike any drug that interacts with the functionality in your body, cocaine can have some serious health effects. It can cause constricted blood vessels that can lead to higher blood pressure and cardiac issues. A constantly raised body temperature associated with cocaine can increase general wear and tear on your entire body or cause issues with various organs, and a faster heartbeat and higher overall anxiety levels also contribute to the development of chronic illnesses.

Specific long-term effects of using cocaine are related to how you use the drug. Cocaine can be snorted, taken by mouth, injected or smoked, and each ingestion method comes with its own health risks.

Understanding Cocaine's Addictive Properties

In the past, cocaine was not seen as an especially addicting substance when compared with drugs such as heroin and other opiates. This was mainly because the outward signs of cocaine addiction and withdrawal weren't as dramatic as those associated with opiates. Today, medical science has a much better understanding of what goes on in the body when cocaine is being abused, and we also understand that addiction is not just a physical notion.

Cocaine is very addictive and does come with serious withdrawal symptoms that can make it very hard for users to quit on their own. Cocaine detox is a critical step to recovery because it lets you free your body of the physical hold cocaine might have over it. After that, you can concentrate on behavioral therapy, education on coping mechanism and triggers and learning new habits that you can use to maintain sobriety.

The Danger of Overdosing on Cocaine

Another danger associated with using cocaine is the risk of overdose. Repeated use of a drug that creates an addiction usually leads to the need to use more and more of the substance to get the same high. When too much cocaine enters your system at one time, you can move beyond the high and into immediate danger of overdose. Overdose can cause failure of various systems or organs in your body and even death.

Cocaine is generally associated with a high incidence of overdose. In fact, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2011, over 40 percent of emergency room cases that were related to drug overdose or abuse involved cocaine. To treat such cases, medical staff often has to:

  • Restore oxygen to the brain after a stroke
  • Restore blood flow after a heart attack
  • Stop someone from seizures

While medical professionals can often treat the issue related to the overdose, serious and long-term medical consequences can occur if you are without oxygen or proper blood flow for even a short period of time.

Don't wait until you find yourself in an emergency room after a cocaine overdose. Instead, take action today to being working toward a drug-free life. We're available right now online and via phone at (877) 392-3342 to talk to you about cocaine detox options.

Why Is Professional Cocaine Detox Important?

Cocaine Withdrawal SymptomsBecause cocaine can be so addicting, it's hard to stop using it on your own. If you're using cocaine, you might have also become involved in various aspects of a drug lifestyle, and you could feel that you're trapped and can't find a way out. These are just some of the reasons that professional detox is so important.

Another reason detox is essential is that withdrawal symptoms can be too difficult to bear if you simply try to stop taking the drug on your own. In addition to symptoms already named, you might experience:

  • Overall feelings of discomfort, such as soreness or achiness
  • Unpleasant dreams that are very vivid or even terrifying
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Inability to keep up with activities or normal pace
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

While withdrawal symptoms are often strongest in the first few days and weeks, they can come up periodically for months after you stop using cocaine, and your cravings for the substance might never fully go away.

The Benefits of Inpatient Cocaine Detox

Seeking detox and intervention for your cocaine use from an inpatient facility is a big step, but it's an important and often very necessary step. First, staying in an inpatient setting ensures that you have constant access to professional support from doctors, nurses and therapists. This can be particularly helpful during the first few days when cocaine withdrawal symptoms are especially bad.

Second, inpatient treatment lets you step completely away from your life. You're buffered at least a little from the regular triggers for your drug use, and that can help you concentrate on getting well and understanding how to cope with cravings or other situations that might lead you to want to use drugs again.

Seek Professional Treatment Today

There is no "bad" time to seek help for drug abuse or addiction – and there will never be a better time for you to reach out for help than right now. Call (877) 392-3342 to talk to someone today about your addiction. Whether you're scared, angry, sick or simply confused, we can help. You'll find compassionate professionals and helpful advice for how you can start your journey to a cocaine-free life.

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