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How to Detox From Cocaine

by Will Long

July 12, 2023
three lines of cocaine

The Importance of Professional Medical Assistance

Detoxing at home may seem appealing due to perceived privacy and convenience, but it’s essential to understand the risks involved. Cocaine withdrawal can lead to severe depression and suicidal thoughts, making it potentially dangerous without professional oversight. Detoxing at home also doesn’t provide the support to cope with cravings and emotional distress.

In contrast, professional drug detox programs provide 24/7 medical care, personalized care, and emotional support. Landmark Recovery’s team of experienced medical professionals and therapists is equipped to safely guide patients through this challenging recovery stage.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a potent stimulant with physical and mental effects, leading to addiction that can be challenging to overcome. At Landmark Recovery, we dedicate ourselves to helping individuals reclaim their lives from addiction by offering a structured, safe, and compassionate path to recovery.

The Impact of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine’s intense euphoric effect can trigger a powerful addiction cycle. This potent stimulant rapidly floods the brain’s reward pathways, creating a short-lived high that leaves the user craving more. Over time, this can lead to a destructive dependency that affects not only the individual’s physical health but also their relationships, career, and overall quality of life.

Addiction is not a moral failing; it’s a chronic disease that alters brain structure and function. Recognizing this fact is crucial for understanding the need for professional medical intervention for detox and recovery from cocaine use. Substance abuse remains a persistent issue, with cocaine misuse being one of the most pressing concerns. The CDC found that over 16,000 Americans died from drug overdose deaths involving cocaine.

The Cocaine Detox Process

Detoxification, or detox, is often the first step toward recovery. It is the process of removing the substance from the body, letting it start healing from the harmful effects of the drug. Cocaine detox can be hard, as withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Powerful cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes

At Landmark Recovery, we are committed to making this process as safe and comfortable as possible. Our medical detox program includes 24/7 medical monitoring and medications to manage withdrawal symptoms, easing the detox process for the patient.

Recognizing Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

Understanding the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal is a crucial part of the recovery journey. During detox, individuals may experience a range of common withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Intense urges for the drug
  • Agitated behavior
  • Exhaustion and increased need for sleep
  • Unpleasant, vivid dreams
  • Increased hunger
  • Slowed thinking or activity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts in severe cases

The onset of cocaine withdrawal symptoms can start within a few hours to several days after a person’s last dose. The power and length of these symptoms can vary depending on usage history, physical and mental health, and the presence of any co-occurring disorders. While symptoms can be tough to manage, it’s important to remember that they are also temporary.

They signal that the body is healing from the harmful effects of cocaine. Due to the potential for severe symptoms, addiction medicine experts suggest people undergo detox in a professional healthcare setting. This ensures that any painful symptoms can be managed effectively, lowering the risk of complications and making the detox process as comfortable as possible.

Therapeutic Approaches at Landmark Recovery

After detox, Landmark Recovery offers evidence-based healing techniques to address the root causes of addiction and teach coping skills for maintaining long-term sobriety. We recommend patients enter residential treatment, which includes complete therapy programs like:

At Landmark Recovery, we understand that overcoming addiction is not a one-size-fits-all journey. We customize our treatment plans to meet patients’ unique needs. We aim to focus on lasting recovery that involves mental, physical, and emotional health.

Continuing Care for Lasting Recovery

Cocaine addiction treatment doesn’t end after detox and initial therapy. Recovery is a lifelong process that requires ongoing commitment and support. That’s why Landmark Recovery offers aftercare programs to help our patients maintain their sobriety and lead fulfilling lives. Our alumni programs, support groups, and one-on-one counseling services are designed to provide a supportive community that fosters lasting recovery.

Take the First Step Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine addiction, please remember you’re not alone. There is hope, and recovery is possible. Landmark Recovery is here to help guide you toward a sober, healthy life.

Take the first step towards healing today. Contact us at 888-448-0302 to speak with one of our trained professionals about our cocaine detox and treatment programs. We’re ready to help you reclaim your life from addiction and begin your path to recovery.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.