Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that affects the lives of countless men and women. Known for its intense high, the drug is typically snorted in powder form. But because the high is typically brief, men and women who abuse cocaine habitually will find themselves requiring more and more of the drug to produce the desired effect. As their cocaine use increases in quantity and/or frequency, they are at risk for developing a substance use disorder that they are unable to control without professional help. Once an individual becomes addicted to cocaine, he or she will suffer from a myriad of mental and physical health problems, and will be unable to live a healthy, balanced life.
As the health consequences and interpersonal damages from an individual’s cocaine abuse continue to mount, he or she may find him or herself in a downward spiral that he or she feels unable to manage on his or her own. When this effect occurs, he or she may need the support of a residential treatment center to learn the skills and behaviors he or she needs to recover from a life of chemical dependence. Residential treatment centers provide a safe, comfortable environment in which to begin to heal from cocaine abuse, and offer an array of therapeutic modalities to the individuals in their care. However, without first taking the time to rid one’s body and mind of harmful substances, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to fully benefit from treatment.
What Happens During Cocaine Withdrawal?
When an individual stops using cocaine abruptly after a history of habitual use, painful and distressing physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms will set in only hours after the last dose. A significant deterrent to seeking treatment for some, these symptoms can include the following:
- Physical aches and pains
- Anxiety / depression
A failed withdrawal occurs when an individual attempts to stop his or her cocaine use, but resumes abusing the drug in an attempt to stop the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Over time, this cycle will only serve to further exacerbate the addiction and will make it all the more difficult to enter recovery.
Detoxification at Our Treatment Center
Detoxification, or detox, is a process in which an individual is supervised by medical personnel while harmful substances leave the body. Without the support of a quality detox treatment center, an individual will begin experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms when he or she attempts to cease cocaine use on his or her own. These symptoms often serve as a catalyst that prompts a cocaine-dependent person to continue the cycle of substance abuse, even when he or she truly wants to achieve sobriety.
At our premier rehab center, we offer detox services for those addicted to cocaine. Detox services are appropriate for anyone who is preparing to enroll in a treatment center but has so far been unable to achieve sobriety on his or her own. This includes individuals who have perhaps attempted a withdrawal on their own in the past, or individuals who are worried about the pain of the withdrawal process. Under certain circumstances, the withdrawal process can pose significant health risks, and when this is a concern, supervised detox treatment can ensure one’s safety.
As withdrawal symptoms begin to take hold, the best medical personnel at our treatment center monitor each person to ensure a safe experience. Additionally, some detox centers offer prescription medications to lessen or remove painful withdrawal symptoms, allowing the individuals to progress to the next phase of treatment without having to endure the suffering that is typically associated with cocaine withdrawal.
The best detox centers are run by a variety of mental health professionals and medical staff with specialized training in the needs of those individuals who are suffering from substance use disorders and other co-occurring mental health conditions. Typically, the detox treatment team consists of one or more of the following:
- Nurse practitioners
Long-Term Benefits of Detox for Cocaine Addiction
During a supervised detox, an individual is provided a safe, comfortable space where they are monitored 24/7 as cocaine and other illicit substances exit the body. Detox treatment centers go to great lengths to ensure a substance-free setting so that individuals in their care can be free from temptation to use harmful substances, thus removing the chance of relapse.
As one prepares to venture down the road of recovery at our treatment center, one cannot make the most of the supports available to him or her without the clear mind and sound body that detox provides. And trying to embark on a withdrawal from cocaine in isolation often results in a relapse that only serves to reinforce one’s addictive behaviors.
As long as substances of abuse are still present in one’s system, he or she cannot be fully prepared to begin the journey to sobriety. However, supervised detox at a treatment center allows individuals to safely rid their bodies of addictive substances without the painful withdrawal symptoms that will tax their resolve and potentially compromise their safety. In this way, individuals can use detox to set the course for a successful recovery.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a cocaine use disorder, we prompt you to explore the options for treatment at our detox center. Contact us today to learn about our individualized treatment for substance abuse, including our supervised detox services.