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Cocaine Withdrawal Timelines

How Long Does Cocaine Withdrawal Last?

Cocaine is a highly addictive "upper" made from the leaves of the South American coca plant. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, young people between ages 18 and 25 have a higher rate of use than any other age group in the United States. If you or a loved one has a cocaine problem, a holistic treatment center may be a good option.

Cocaine Withdrawal Timelines and Symptoms

Already deadly, cocaine becomes even more dangerous when mixed with other drugs, and the risk of dependency increases with repeated use. The heavier the use, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms are likely to be. At first, users experience a euphoric high that can last for hours, followed by a crash and withdrawal symptoms. Acute symptoms may not go away for days, weeks, or months depending on the length of abuse.

No two cocaine users have the same reactions to withdrawal, but these symptoms are common:

  • fatigue
  • mood disorders, including depression and anxiety
  • increased appetite
  • nightmares and insomnia
  • cravings
  • inability to think clearly
  • slowing down of physical activity
  • paranoia

Severe withdrawal symptoms may also include feelings of paranoia. Physical symptoms, such as the tremors and vomiting that accompany heroin and alcohol withdrawal, rarely appear on cocaine withdrawal timelines.

Cocaine Withdrawal Timelines and Detox

While there are no FDA-approved medications to treat cocaine dependency, there are strategies to ease discomfort. The first step is detox, a process that rids the body of the drug. Compared to other substances, the detox process for cocaine is fairly short, but it can be intense.

Whether it comes from professionals, friends, or family, nonjudgmental support is crucial to recovery. Encouragement makes it easier to stay on track and motivated during detox and rehab. This is the time to eat a balanced diet, get plenty of exercise, and practice good sleep hygiene. Going cold turkey or trying to stop using cocaine at home is risky and may lead to associated mental conditions, such as psychosis, depression, and suicidal thinking.

Holistic Detox - A New Approach

Some New Jersey rehab centers offer detox treatment themselves, while others work with independent detox centers. Medical programs provide 24/7 supervision, related medications, and counseling. Holistic detox centers offer the benefits of traditional detox, but they also believe in treating the "whole" person.

Holistic programs focus on the emotional, physical, and spiritual components of recovery. Therapists know individuals with substance use disorder use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Although this may help in the short-term, it eventually makes things worse and adds layers of self-doubt and frustration. A holistic approach addresses the cause of the abuse and seeks to create a sense of well-being and balance.

At Enlightened Solutions, our mental and alternative health care professionals find the root of your addiction and help you get clean and on the road to recovery. Contact us today for more information about our holistic programs.

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