Cocaine Withdrawal Detox Options

Cocaine Withdrawal Detox Options

Authored by Defining Wellness    Reviewed by Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis    Last Updated: August 17th, 2021


Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis Medical Reviewer
Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis completed medical school at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and residency in general psychiatry in 2003. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2005. Following this, he served as Chief Medical Officer for 10 years of Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare a private health system including a 105-bed hospital, residential treatment, and intensive outpatient services.

Blow, coke, nose candy, snow, flake, rock candy, big C; the list goes on. Fortunately, the abuse does not need to go on. You may be thinking of quitting your drug addiction to cocaine. Cocaine detox presents withdrawal symptoms which are easier to manage in a safe and comfortable treatment center. You’ll have the help of a licensed physician to make cocaine detox easier. Parents of someone addicted to this drug can be assured that there is hope for recovery with the right treatment that centers on the mind and body as well as the withdrawal from this drug.

Why quit? Aside from the obvious reasons, recent studies have shown that the use of cocaine speeds up the aging of the brain, with grey matter disappearing at twice the rate as non-users.

Experiencing Acute Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

What is withdrawal? It can range from mild to acute. The act of the body getting used to functioning without drugs is called the process of withdrawal. Because your body has become used to cocaine, you will encounter symptoms during this phase of freedom from dependence on the drug.

Withdrawal from cocaine may not be as severe as with other addictive drugs; however, it includes its own unique challenges. When cocaine is stopped, a crash occurs, and the user has a need for more of the drug. Some of the symptoms of not having cocaine might include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Slowed activity
  • Restlessness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Vivid bad dreams and nightmares
  • Chills, tremors, muscle aches, and nerve pain
  • And more

Although cocaine is a stimulant, it comes with a host of psychological symptoms during withdrawal. Both cocaine and crack cocaine can cause damage in the brain, even if used during a short period. Large amounts of cocaine have caused the person to require more to feel the same high. However, withdrawal from cocaine usually does not cause the symptoms of vomiting and shaking that is present in withdrawal from alcohol or heroin.

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How Long Do Symptoms Last?

The crash may last from hours to days; it depends on each person and how long and how much cocaine they have been using. Some users have noticed the presence of cocaine withdrawal symptoms weeks or even months after stopping. The important thing to remember is that, even if they are intense, the symptoms are not a permanent problem. They will go away. If you compare cocaine withdrawal to other drugs, it is intense, but it has a shorter timeline of withdrawal.

Managing Withdrawal Symptoms

Taking care of your health is the first step in managing withdrawal. Eating right, getting exercise and sleeping are all helpful in dealing with detox symptoms. Support from those around you is an important part of managing cocaine withdrawal symptoms.

Why Medical Detox Is the Preferred Option

Detox at home is never a good idea. Because you do not know how severe the symptoms will be and how long they will last, cocaine detox is best done under medical supervision.

Medically supervised detox has proven necessary when the symptoms are severe. A treatment program might include a luxury detox, where you are in safe and comfortable surroundings with a medical staff to monitor your withdrawal and manage symptoms.

Although withdrawal is often safe, those who have severe symptoms need inpatient detox treatment. Addiction professionals are there to offer evidence-based treatment options, helping you overcome drug cravings. Presently, there are no FDA approved drugs specifically for managing the effects of withdrawal from cocaine, but medical detox can be very important as the first step towards recovery. Residential treatment offers the chance to work with therapists along the way.

Preventing Relapse

Preventing a relapse focuses on learning new skills through counseling and behavioral therapy. Education and counseling are involved in changing behaviors while learning new coping skills. Moreover, relapse is considered a learning experience and is not viewed as a negative disaster.

Therapies may include a variety of treatments that are customized to your needs when you are in a treatment program. Some therapies that have been effective include:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodrama
  • Neurofeedback
  • and more

Music-assisted therapy and art-assisted therapy might also be used.

Taking the Next Step Towards Recovery

The next step after detox is aimed at supporting the whole person while giving them the tools to lead a life without drugs.

Addressing mental health, physical health, emotional health, and spiritual health are all elements of our treatment planning process after you have gone through detox from cocaine. Being part of a treatment program that offers amenities after a luxury detox can speed you on the road to wellness while discovering new paths to enjoyment rather than using substances. Recovery brings the option of better choices for a lifestyle free of drugs.

Spending time outdoors is beneficial for your recovery. Walks in nature renew, relax, and restore, as the fresh air can contribute to a reduction of stress as well as reduced feelings of anxiety.

Don’t let an addiction to cocaine rule your life. We can help you get on the path towards a better future with luxury detox at our unique treatment center. With an onsite gym, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, and five-hole putting green, at Defining Wellness, you can expand your physical health while recovering. We have walking paths right outside, with a shoreline setting and pine trees surrounding the facility; our location is a short drive from Jackson, Mississippi.

As a dual-diagnosis facility, Defining Wellness offers CBT and DBT as well as other therapies in a luxury setting. Our center treats the LGBT community as well as others. Give us a call to discover freedom from cocaine and the road to wellness.

Family-owned and operated, Defining Wellness Centers is a true labor of love. My wife Robin and I, along with our children, are deeply passionate about wellness, mental health and addiction treatment.

We are a family, dedicated to helping other families. We created Defining Wellness with two central goals in mind: to share our love, understanding and compassion with clients and to utilize the best health and wellness modalities available today to treat addiction.

Our programs are built on a foundation of proven, evidence-based therapeutic techniques combined with cutting-edge bio-technological treatments, fitness and experiential learning. Our end goal is to provide the support and tools necessary for people become their best selves through emotional wellness and balance.