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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

a person looks hopeful after learning about cocaine withdrawal symptoms

Cocaine withdrawal occurs when someone who has been previously taking cocaine for a long time stops or decreases the amount taken. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are particularly harsh compared to other drugs, with a crash ensuing almost immediately after the peak. Especially compared to other party drugs, cocaine is unforgiving when it comes to trying to quit using. Medical assistance for those trying to wean themselves off of cocaine addiction is required to see significant levels of success or otherwise to avoid the potentially fatal risks involved in trying to quit on one’s own.

The best way to get that medical assistance is by signing up for an inpatient treatment program. At California Centers for Recovery, we provide that and more for residents in and around Los Angeles. Our cocaine detox center doesn’t just address the basic concerns of detox. We want our patients to feel comfortable during the process and walk out having learned mechanisms to combat relapse in the future. Don’t hesitate—call 877.328.5682 today to start your journey toward recovery.

How Does Cocaine Affect the Body?

Cocaine can be injected, snorted, or consumed orally. Each of these routes results in the same thing: cocaine attaches to dopamine transporters in the brain, causing a buildup of naturally created dopamine with no means of release or circulation. This above-average dopamine quantity results in an instant burst of euphoria. When cocaine is taken nasally, this effect is more potent and happens faster, though it usually ends sooner.

In addition to harm to the nasal passages, cocaine causes several harmful effects. A higher heart rate in conjunction with constrained blood vessels can heighten blood pressure, which is a leading cause of stroke. Cocaine is also notorious for intensifying the user’s violent behavior and is exceedingly dangerous paired with people with short tempers or existing anger management problems. Additional effects include paranoia, vertigo, and uncontrollable shaking.

Cocaine Abuse and Withdrawal

Cocaine abuse runs rampant in the United States, with almost 1.9% of the population (about 5.2 million people) reporting to have used cocaine within the last year. Of that figure, about 19,447 died of an overdose. Overdosing on cocaine is even more likely to occur when used in tandem with heroin, alcohol, or other popular drugs. Since cocaine wears off considerably faster than heroin, the balanced blood pressure and heart rate that occurs when taking both at once tanks within an hour, causing a sudden stroke or heart attack.

Once cocaine leaves the body, usually after an hour, the withdrawal period starts to take effect. Significant cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Being easily agitated
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Sluggish response time and activity

The cravings for cocaine can persist for months, even after the last time someone used it. Cocaine is also prone to tolerance increases over time, meaning higher increments of the same cocaine are needed to stave off withdrawal. These increased doses of cocaine, in turn, pose an even higher risk of overdose. Cocaine has one of the most challenging forms of drug withdrawal, with a vicious and long-lasting effect on current and former users alike.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment at California Centers for Recovery

At California Centers for Recovery’s South Bay Area facility, we offer a luxury detox experience with a private pool, around-the-clock care, and medical intervention. Our clients enjoy a serene recovery process and are afforded total privacy during their time. The withdrawal process doesn’t need to be so sterile and arduous. Our personalized detox plans are arranged for each client based on their individual needs. Our team will work with you to create a detox plan that meets your unique needs and helps you through withdrawals as comfortably as possible. Reach out to learn more about how cocaine detox can help you by calling 877.328.5682.