What Is The Cause Of The Withdrawal Symptoms
Medical detox can help contain the psychological side effects of Cocaine withdrawal, like depression for example.
Why Do People Stop Using Crack
The introduction of Cocaine to the system stimulates the ample production of a "happy hormone" called dopamine. If Cocaine continues being consumed for some time, the user's body will grow some tolerance to the euphoria effect, therefore they need more Cocaine to give them the euphoric state. The Cocaine abusers system soon develops dependency to the drug to produce the levels of the hormone in order just to feel happy or normal. The sudden removal of the regular intake causes the system to produce both psychological and physiological symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms are sometimes very severe such that the addicts opt to use the drug just to avoid them.
How often you use the drug will determine how the side effects of stopping its use will be on your body.
Side Effects Of Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms occur quickly after the last hit because the excitement caused by Cocaine use wears off fast. Withdrawal symptoms are torturing to users, many of them continue increasing the dose of drug to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. More often than not, binging of Cocaine results in death by overdose.
The abrupt quitting of Cocaine use results in depression and suicidal thoughts. The symptoms manifest as early as few hours from the last Cocaine use. The first month of withdrawal is when the symptoms become really unbearable. Addicts can experience withdrawal side effects for months after their last use. The drug habit can be very hard to quit because some of the side effects can be very unpleasant.
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Usual side effects of Cocaine withdrawal are
- Larger Appetite
- Sleep Deprivation
- Thoughts of suicide
- Low mental disposition
The Timeline Of Quitting Cocaine
As soon as you stop using this drug, you will start feeling the side effects. Some observable symptoms include irritability, fidgety and increased appetite. During this time, the urges for Cocaine are low.
However, as the symptoms continue, the desire increases gradually. Addicts often suffer from insomnia even though they feel very tired. Erratic mood changes, depression and nightmares become more common.
Severe Cocaine cravings and depression go on. It is usually hard for addicts to calm down at this stage and they start losing their focus. Nervousness and a 'hot temper' are also experienced.
Over time, the physical and mental symptoms start to subside as the user begins to get better. During this time, the urges for Cocaine pop up once in while. You can still experience restlessness, even when you are healing.
Medical Treatment And Detox
There is a program which is called supervised detox, this program is made to give the addicts a safe environment so they can recover however they need to be committed. However, complete medical attention is not really necessary for Cocaine addiction rehabilitation. A good alternative that doesn't take up much of the user's times and also leads to success is outpatient treatment. If they are being treated from home, they go for check ups and usually spend at least 10 hours each week in a hospital. Doctors or counsellors in charge will execute a thorough physical and mental assessment during the treatment.
Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of outpatient and inpatient treatment will help you make better informed choices.
Cocaine Addiction And Therapy
The top withdrawal symptoms namely depression, cravings and anxiety are the toughest to battle during recovery.
Unfortunately, the side effects of stopping the use of Cocaine cannot be eliminated by medicinal means. Overcoming Cocaine dependency can be much easier and efficient with psychotherapy and social groups.
The addicts need to be around people that don't use Cocaine so that they can help them recover such as the case with the Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
There are also community-based support and counselling institutions extending services and help to recovering addicts. A favoured counselling method, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), is used to help addicts.
Help is available for Cocaine addicts as it is very difficult to overcome on your own. If you are interested in overcoming Cocaine addiction contact us now.