What Are The Causes Of Cocaine Withdrawal
A detox can assist those suffering from the mental side effects that result from quitting Cocaine to better manage them.
Withdrawal And What Induces It
Dopamine, a happiness-inducing chemical in the brain, is released in extreme amounts when Cocaine is used. The user gets used to the feelings of happiness produced by the substance when Cocaine is abused for an extended time span. The addiction grows to an extent where the drug is needed for normal functioning of the body and brain in general. When someone quits Cocaine they feel withdrawal symptoms because of this. In order for the users to not feel these withdrawal symptoms, they develop the need to use Cocaine on a regular basis.
How often you use the drug will determine how the side effects of stopping its use will be on your body.
Symptoms Of Cocaine Withdrawal
After the final hit of Cocaine is done, the side effects of quitting follow shortly after, since the "high" felt lasts for a short time only. For the users to postpone the impending side effects, they go on a Cocaine spree or use more of the substance in short time intervals. Lethal overdose often comes as a result of Cocaine binging.
How Long Does Withdrawal Last
Some withdrawal symptoms are life threatening, they may lead to depression which leads the user to have suicidal thoughts. Withdrawal symptoms occur only a few hours after the last dose. During the month the user stopped using Cocaine, the severity of the side effects and the urges are much worse. It can take a very long time for the effects to reduce after you have stopped using Cocaine. Cocaine is extremely addictive and hard to quit because some withdrawal symptoms are very unpleasant.
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Usual side effects of Cocaine withdrawal are
- Excessive hunger
- state of despair
- Bad dreams or Nightmares
Duration Of The Effects Of Stopping Cocaine Use
Immediately after the user quits Cocaine, the symptoms start to manifest. Some observable symptoms include irritability, fidgety and increased appetite. During the prevalence of the symptoms mentioned earlier, the actual Cocaine cravings is less intense.
The craving for Cocaine will increase, it will keep on increasing until the moment where it feels unbearable for the user. Addicts often suffer from insomnia even though they feel very tired. Melancholic mood changes and graphic nightmares are pretty usual.
While these other symptoms continue, depression and cravings grow more intense. Users who are trying to quit Cocaine addiction will be lacking focus, facing difficulties to concentrate and have unstable emotions. They also exhibit susceptibility to temper and anxiety.
When detox starts to work and the body normalizes, these withdrawal symptoms start to go away. It is important to note that cravings are still very likely making the patient susceptible to relapse. Anxiety also spikes intermittently at this stage.
Detoxification And Treatment
Although it may take some effort and commitment, monitored detox is capable of offering recovering users a chance at a complete recovery. It is not mandatory for therapeutic means to be used for the treatment of Cocaine addiction. Many addicts recover faster when they are watched from home by their relatives as they heal. For 10 to12 hours per week, the recovering addict visits a medical care facility or clinic. Doctors or counsellors in charge will execute a thorough physical and mental assessment during the treatment.
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Treatment For Crack Dependence
Despair and the constant need of Cocaine are some of the withdrawal side effects that are challenging to overcome.
For the time being, there aren't any approved medications that deal with Cocaine withdrawal side effects. Alternatives such as support groups and psychotherapy sessions are also helpful in effectively recovering from Cocaine abuse.
Users are paired with recovered addicts that offer them encouragement and support in the form of groups that offer 12-step programs, such as Cocaine Anonymous.
Other than these groups, there is counselling whether it is individual or group, counselling can help users prevent a relapse. The most popular counselling is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Cocaine addiction is a difficult to overcome on your own, but with the help available and personal desire to beat this addiction it is possible. If you are interested in the treatments available for Cocaine addiction, contact us.