Cocaine Detox and Managing Withdrawals

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Many people would describe cocaine as a party drug. It makes you more energized, social, talkative, and euphoric. However, something that starts as a good time on the weekend can quickly become an addiction, particularly with the short-lived high and addictive nature of cocaine.

When weekend fun becomes a habit and starts impacting your life, though, it may be time to consider cocaine detox.

The reason is cocaine is a highly addictive drug because of the way it interacts with the pleasure center of the brain. The high often wears off quickly- which can lead to cravings for the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may start not long after the initial high wears off too and these can be incredibly uncomfortable.

At Purpose Healing Center, we provide a safe, supportive environment for clients to detox from cocaine.

Keep reading to learn more about cocaine detox, what to expect, how long it lasts, and tips for managing withdrawal symptoms both at home and in a treatment facility.

What to Expect During Cocaine Withdrawal

You are most likely to experience intense withdrawal symptoms during cocaine detox after being a habitual user, then suddenly stopping. Like with other substances, your body and nervous system become dependent on cocaine after a while.

As a result, you’ll experience physical and psychological symptoms. Purpose Healing Center offers Joint Commission accredited, medically supervised detox programs to help you or your loved one overcome these symptoms in safety.



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The Most Common Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

After long-term use, your body becomes dependent on cocaine to function. You may feel irritable, depressed, have difficulty concentrating, or otherwise not like yourself when you don’t have it.

Withdrawal symptoms may start hours or a couple of days after your last dose of cocaine. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue or feeling sluggish
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Less impulse control
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
  • Depression
  • Dysphoria or suicidal thoughts
  • Nightmares or vivid dreams
  • Cravings for cocaine or other drugs

These early symptoms of cocaine withdrawal typically last for 1-2 weeks. However, certain symptoms can last weeks, months, or longer. The intensity of a person’s withdrawal symptoms during cocaine detox depends on several factors including a person’s health, the amount used, frequency of use, potency of the drug, and more. The most severe cases of withdrawal symptoms are typically seen in chronic users who quit cold turkey.

The Cocaine Withdrawal Timeline: How Long Does it Take to Detox

For heavy cocaine users, withdrawal can start within hours of using for the last time. However, some people don’t experience symptoms for 1-3 days. Even though the withdrawal timeline can vary widely depending on drug use and other factors, having an idea of what to expect can help you navigate the process more easily.

Crash Phase (or the Comedown)

Many people experience a “crash” or acute withdrawal symptoms after using cocaine, even if they are not habitual users. Using cocaine causes high levels of dopamine levels responsible for the euphoria and high mood associated with the drug. When you stop, you’ll experience a strong craving for the drug and the feelings that you had while high. You may want to take more cocaine to feel “better”.

During this time, you may feel fatigued, nauseous, anxious, restless, and sore. Even though you’re exhausted, it can be hard to sleep. Many people also experience runny nose, headache, sweating, and irregular heartbeat. This period can last 1-2 weeks for those with cocaine use disorder.

Attending a cocaine detox treatment program at Purpose Healing Center is most beneficial during the “crash phase”, though the benefits last much longer. Clients detox under close supervision and in some cases, certain medications may be prescribed to make detox more comfortable.

Our facility also provides a safe, comfortable environment away from stresses, triggers, and negative influences on the outside that may contribute to relapse.

Craving Phase and Urges to Use Cocaine Again

During this phase, you’ll experience strong cravings for cocaine. Even though the worst of the withdrawal symptoms have subsided, you may still have disrupted sleep patterns, poor concentration, irritability, and strong cocaine cravings. This phase can last anywhere from 5-10 weeks.

Extinction Phase and Managing Triggers

The extinction phase begins after abstaining from cocaine abuse for at least 10 weeks. Your mood will start to improve and physical changes to your brain and body begin reversing themselves. Many people still experience cravings during this stage (and for the rest of their lives).

However, these cravings are less intense. Clients who undergo our rehab program at Purpose also find they are better able to manage cravings after treatment.

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Cocaine, Dopamine, and the Brain

Cocaine, Dopamine, and the Brain

According to the National Institute of Health, dopamine plays the biggest role in the euphoric effects of cocaine. Typically, dopamine is cycled through the brain using chemical messengers called neurons.

When a person uses cocaine, the drug binds cocaine to the receptors, preventing it from being removed. The accumulation of dopamine on the synapse causes feelings of euphoria. Over time, chronic cocaine use can even change brain structure.

What is the Difference Between Cocaine Withdrawal and Comedown from Cocaine?

Many people experience the rebound effect after using cocaine. Essentially, your body rebounds from cocaine use and you experience the opposite effects of the drug. Whereas cocaine stimulates your brain and suppresses appetite, the rebound effect causes increased sleeping and appetite.

As you start to come down, you may also experience paranoia, depressive thoughts, and other psychological symptoms. By contrast, cocaine withdrawal symptoms last for weeks or months after extended cocaine use. They are most commonly experienced by habitual cocaine users.

Is Detoxing from Cocaine Dangerous?

Compared to detox from depressants like alcohol, opioids, or heroin, detoxing from cocaine is not as physically dangerous. While cocaine withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable, there is less risk of tremors, seizures, and loss of consciousness associated with depressant drugs.

The biggest risk of cocaine detox, therefore, is the psychological symptoms. Some people experience dysphoria during withdrawal. Dysphoria is debilitating negative thoughts and feelings. For some people, this even leads to thoughts of self-harm or suicidal attempts. Others experience hallucinations or extreme paranoia.

People with pre-existing physical and mental health conditions are at the greatest risk of dangerous side effects during cocaine detox.

The Proven Benefits of Medical Detox for Cocaine Withdrawal

Medical detox programs like ours at Purpose provide a safe, supportive environment to detox from cocaine. While withdrawal from cocaine doesn’t necessarily have the same severe physical symptoms you’d experience from opioid or alcohol withdrawal, it is still uncomfortable.

We have medical staff available to our clients 24/7, ensuring that the cocaine detox process is as comfortable and safe as possible. Furthermore, having this help during the detox process is helpful for managing the intense cravings associated with cocaine withdrawal.

Another important element of a cocaine detox program is having the right support. At Purpose, we use evidence-based therapies and techniques endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to give our clients the best chance possible at long-term sobriety.

Often, this involves individual therapy, group therapy, addressing underlying mental health concerns, physical activity, medication, art therapy, music therapy, and more. Through these therapies, you’ll develop skills that promote long-term sobriety, including managing stress, identifying and combating cravings, choosing healthy social situations, coping skills, and self-care strategies.

Managing Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms Effectively

Medical Detox for Cocaine Withdrawal

Unfortunately, managing detox, cocaine withdrawal, and symptoms are not easy to handle alone. The irritation and depression associated with withdrawal make it hard to reach out for help and it can be tempting to turn to other substances for relief. However, these substances often make the problem worse.

For this reason, the best way to treat cocaine withdrawal is under the supervision of medical professionals. If you are detoxing at home, the best thing to do is to set a regular sleep schedule, eat a healthy diet, use coping skills to distract yourself, start healthy habits like meditation, and remember to give yourself time. The detox process isn’t easy but it does have an end.

Our Treatment Options for Cocaine Addiction

Even though it may be possible to manage cocaine withdrawal symptoms at home, there are numerous benefits of doing it under the supervision of medical professionals. Cocaine detox is very uncomfortable and the right environment can add to your level of comfort. Furthermore, the right course of treatment also allows you to develop important life skills and strategies for overcoming addiction.

Inpatient Treatment and Medical Cocaine Detox

Our inpatient program includes individual and group therapy, various classes and therapies, and following a schedule that helps you develop a safe routine in a drug-free environment. You’ll learn more about managing stress, identifying triggers, eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and developing other healthy habits that benefit those with substance abuse struggles, too.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven especially beneficial for substance use disorders. During this type of therapy, clients are encouraged to look at their unhelpful thought patterns, challenge them, and eventually change the thoughts that contribute to drug abuse habits. This can be especially beneficial to clients at a higher risk of relapse.

Medical detox describes administering addiction medicine to detox from cocaine safely. For people experiencing extreme psychological symptoms after stopping cocaine, this can prevent dangerous situations during the worst parts of the withdrawal period.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

While cocaine is considered a “party drug”, some people use it to manage symptoms of untreated mental illness. This could include depression, mood disorders, PTSD, or other conditions. Unfortunately, using drugs when you have an underlying mental health condition causes a vicious cycle. You may feel good when using cocaine, but awful once you start to come down.

This cycle can quickly lead to addiction. Dual diagnosis treatment programs like the ones offered at Purpose increase the chance of long-term recovery in people with co-occurring disorders.

PHPs and IOPs for Cocaine Addiction

Following inpatient treatment, many clients attend partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs. These programs last several hours each day across 3-5 days of the week. These programs include many of the same elements as our inpatient program.

However, they are offered on an outpatient level that allows you to return to work or school, sleep at home, and take care of pets or family. A PHP or IOP may also be considered as an alternative to inpatient addiction treatment. However, it’s important to have a safe environment and proper support at home for outpatient support programs to be effective.

Outpatient Support After Treatment

One of the benefits of choosing Purpose Healing Center is that our team is with you every step of the recovery process. Before you exit our cocaine addiction treatment program, we’ll help you get established with follow-up care in your local area. We can also help you find local or virtual Narcotics Anonymous programs for continued support.

Get Help with Medical Detox for Cocaine at Purpose

Quitting cocaine isn’t easy. Some people even experience paranoia, severe depression, or other withdrawal symptoms that make it dangerous to detox alone. Psychological symptoms aside, detoxing causes intense cravings, body aches, sweating, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms.

At Purpose Healing Center, our medical detox program helps ease some of the physical symptoms. Rehab at our facility also gives you a safe place to recover while learning to manage cocaine cravings, which are strongest in the first month or so after the last time that you used.

If you need help overcoming cocaine addiction and setting yourself up for long-term sobriety, contact our specialists at Purpose. One of our knowledgeable staff members is waiting by the phone to talk about your treatment options and help you with getting admitted for help. Start your recovery process today!