After continuously using a substance that affects our body for long periods of time, our body gets used to that substance. When we take it away and our body is expecting it, there is a negative reaction. The mind and body go through a period of withdrawal. Now a substance can be anything; sugar, caffeine, prescription drugs or illegal drugs. This includes cocaine, which has its own slew of mental and physical withdrawal symptoms.
Should You Detox from Cocaine Without Help?
Withdrawal from certain substances can become deadly and therefore, not recommended to stop cold turkey. Sugar and caffeine may cause headaches, fatigue and some irritability but nothing to be worried about. Withdrawal from prescription and illegal drugs, on the other hand, can be deadly and it is recommended you get professional help when quitting. One illegal drug that is widely popular amongst the world’s population is cocaine. Cocaine does have it’s own unique set of withdrawal symptoms.
First, what is cocaine? The definition of cocaine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), states that cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Although health care providers can use it for valid medical purposes, such as local anesthesia for some surgeries, recreational cocaine use is illegal. As a street drug, cocaine looks like a fine, white, crystal powder.
Street dealers often mix it with things like cornstarch, talcum powder, or flour to increase profits. They may also mix it with other drugs such as the stimulant amphetamine, or synthetic opioids, including fentanyl. Adding synthetic opioids to cocaine is especially risky when people using cocaine don’t realize it contains this dangerous additive. Increasing numbers of overdose deaths among cocaine users might be related to this tampered cocaine.
How is Cocaine Abused?
There are many ways that cocaine can be abused. One popular method is by snorting cocaine powder through the nose. Another is by dissolving the cocaine into a liquid and injecting it intravenously. Combining the cocaine with heroin, called a Speedball, is another way.
Another cheaper and most popular way of using cocaine is by smoking it. The powder form is processed and concentrated to form a rock crystal (known as a crack rock or rock cocaine). The rock is heated up to the point of releasing vapors, which is then inhaled into the lungs (known as freebasing).
How Easy is it to Overdose on Cocaine?
Cocaine is very easy to overdose from. It is commonly used, simultaneously, with other drugs and/or alcohol, which are deadly combinations and can lead to accidental overdoses.
Cocaine used repeatedly, like any other drug, can lead to an addiction. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that can change the chemical makeup of a person’s brain with regular use, making it challenging to quit using the drug without help. Early intervention and recognition of the signs of use or abuse of cocaine can be essential to getting someone on the right path toward recovery. In order to prevent a potentially tragic outcome, it is beneficial to recognize the warning signs that a loved one or family member may be abusing cocaine.
Here are five signs of cocaine addiction:
- Runny nose and/or frequent nosebleeds
- Needle marks from injecting (Track marks)
- Burned marks on hands and lips
- Weight loss
- Financial troubles
Although cocaine withdrawal may not be physically deadly, it comes with its own set of unpleasant challenges that include mental and physical symptoms. When you are ready to get help with cocaine abuse, Allure Detox can get you through it. Cocaine withdrawal has mostly psychological withdrawal symptoms including:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slowed thinking
- Slowed activity or physical fatigue after activity
- Inability to experience sexual arousal
- Anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure
- Depression or anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Vivid, unpleasant dreams or nightmares
- Physical symptoms, such as chills, tremors, muscle aches, and nerve pain
- Increased craving for cocaine
- Increased appetite
We at Allure Detox Have the Best Methods to Become Sober
Some feel that cocaine treatment could be outpatient rather than inpatient. But if an addict has relapsed during past attempts to get sober, inpatient medical detox is recommended and Allure Detox with its 24-hour supervised cocaine detox center in West Palm Beach, Florida embraces the updated mindset that treats addiction as a disease of the brain. Allure can help you overcome cocaine dependency in a safe and comfortable manner.
The methods we utilize at our cocaine detox in West Palm Beach, Florida, include comfort medication to ease anxiety, depression, promote sleep and relaxation, reduce nausea and vomiting. Our unique cocaine detox protocol will initiate a repairing of the brain’s normal cognitive functioning. The detox admission process begins by calling one of our addiction recovery specialists. After a careful assessment, we will then make the arrangements for admission into our center within 24 hours.