When thinking of drugs that cause punitive and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms upon the cessation of use, cocaine oftentimes is not even one of the top five substances to cross the average individual’s mind. Drugs such as opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines, and even Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) are generally the most commonly recognized drugs that induce the worst symptoms during drug detox. However, detoxing from cocaine has been known to be severely difficult for many people.
Cocaine addiction is very different from an addiction to a more acute drug such as heroin, and correspondingly, these two drugs will have distinctly differing side effects during detox. Unlike most drugs, which generate physical withdrawals that can last about a week, addicts endure more of a psychological withdrawal when detoxing from cocaine. Psychological withdrawals, such as depression, lack of motivation, sleep deprivation, mood swings, and stress can last up to several years. Although cocaine withdrawal may not be as physically agonizing, the detox process is not at all inferior. Fortunately, when properly treated, the effects of cocaine detox can be minimized and controlled, and lifelong recovery can be achieved.
In order to enhance the rate of success in overcoming cocaine addiction, there are many stages and actions that must be taken. Tips for detoxing from cocaine include participating in individual and group counseling, the individual must enter, commit, and complete inpatient treatment immediately following a medical detoxification program, and then step down to outpatient treatment or sober living. Once the individual has completed treatment, the process of recovery is not over. The individual will need to engage in forms of aftercare, which may include support group meetings, finding a sponsor, continue with counseling, removing one’s self from his or her old environment, and avoid people and places that can cause potential triggers, all while staying motivated and positive. One of the most important steps for cocaine addicts seeking recovery in medical detox.
Detoxing from any drug should always take place in a professional, medical environment. This can help guarantee an individual’s safety, reduce the symptoms of withdrawal, effectively remove the cocaine completely from the body, and greatly increase the probability of the individual completes the detox program in order to transition into inpatient treatment. Because cocaine addicts typically experience severe mental and emotional distress during and after medical detox, it is best to get into new routines that can be as simple as drinking more water, eating healthy, exercising, and meditating. Making these habits regular practices can only further one’s success in overpowering the psychological hold that cocaine can have on an individual. While detoxing from cocaine, and throughout the recovery process, it is important for the individual to entirely fixate his or her attention on the end goal; a happy healthy life, free from the use of drugs and alcohol.
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