What is Cocaine detoxification?
Detoxification is a process that systematically and safely withdraws people from addictive drugs like cocaine, usually under the care of a doctor. The detoxification process is designed to treat the immediate effects on the body of stopping cocaine use and to remove toxins left in the body as a result of the chemicals found in the drugs.
Cocaine stimulates the part of our brain which produces dopamine. Dopamine is a natural brain chemical released during pleasurable experiences such as orgasm, laughter and any other situation that causes joy. When a person uses cocaine, an unnatural amount of dopamine is released into the brain, causing a swift and euphoric sensation. This is why the ‘come down’ from cocaine can cause a person to experience major bouts of depression. Unfortunately, these episodes can be quite severe, and may even lead to suicidal thoughts. This is one of the major reasons that doctors suggest carrying out a cocaine detox in a controlled and safe environment.
Cocaine detox: what to expect
Many people, when considering how to detox from cocaine, may be unsure as to what to expect during the course of the cocaine withdrawal process. It is for this reason that, below, Port of Call has outlined what the majority people undergoing a cocaine detox can expect during this journey towards breaking free from cocaine addiction.
24 to 72 hours after you last used cocaine, it is possible for you to start having feelings of remorse and depression. It may be hard for you to sleep and you might wake up feeling bad in the morning. Hunger is common at this stage of the cocaine detox, as is feeling irritable. You may also feel disoriented and confused.
Alternate low and high drug craving can be present during this time of the cocaine withdrawal process. Extreme cravings begin to lessen after 3-4 days. Long periods of sleep may be needed, as well as keeping hydrated and eating well
Other symptoms during withdrawal can include:
- dysphoria (general dissatisfaction with life)
After one week of the cocaine detox, you’ll probably start to feel much better. This may increase your confidence and you may start to think that it`s easy for you to handle your cocaine addiction. Yet the depressive symptoms, mood disorders, and problems sleeping may still be there and can occur in cycles. Cravings can also disappear and resurface without warning. After your first week of withdrawal, symptoms may remain such as agitation, unpleasant dreams, and increased appetite.
In the two weeks after acute cocaine detox, the cravings for the drug can start to return and you may continue to experience hunger, anger and depression. During week two you may have vivid dreams and start to think about using cocaine again.
How to detox from Cocaine at home
Whilst it is possible for people who suffer from cocaine addiction to detox from cocaine at home quite easily with no medical treatment, it is not recommended. The main reason being that the temptation to give up on the detox process and the mental processes involved may be too strong. Most medical professionals would suggest that if you, or a loved one, is addicted to cocaine, then you should seek professional help with your cocaine detox, mainly so you get support from a mental health perspective.
While at the present time, no proven pharmacological therapy for cocaine addiction exists, several kinds of medications have been used to assist in the detoxification of cocaine users. Withdrawal from chronic cocaine use can trigger anxiety, depression and intense cravings for the drug. Several types of medications address these issues in different ways. Please ask your doctor who will be able to advise you further, or speak to one of our addiction specialists for expert advice on your cocaine detox for free on 08000029010.
How long does Cocaine detox take?
Acute cocaine withdrawal symptoms usually last from 1-3 weeks. Cocaine is still present in your body for approximately 72 hours after use. It can be detected in your urine during this time too and traces of cocaine can still be detected in urine for up to 12 weeks, in cases of habitual use.
The length of time it will take cocaine to leave a person’s system depends on how frequent and heavy their cocaine use was. People who have developed extreme dependency on cocaine will usually experience more intense withdrawal symptoms than those who only use cocaine occasionally during binges. For example, after a typical binge session using cocaine, the ‘crash’ can last anything from 9 hours up to 4 days. However, long-term users of the drug can develop longer more protracted withdrawal symptoms which may take several weeks or even months to resolve.
Seeking expert advice for your cocaine withdrawal
Whatever your situation or need might be, if you, or a loved one, are trying to deal with addiction issues, Port of Call are here to help you to access the addiction advice and support that is right for you. Our team of confidential addiction specialists have been through addiction themselves and can help you find the right support to equip you with the tools you need to break free from addiction.
Take that first step towards recovery today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010, or alternatively email [email protected] for further guidance.