In terms of illicit drug use in the UK, only cannabis (marijuana) is used more often than cocaine. Experts suggest the popularity of cocaine has a lot to do with its easy availability and relatively cheap price. If you are using cocaine, the best advice we can give you is simply to stop.
Perhaps you cannot stop using because you’re addicted to this illicit drug. If that’s the case, cocaine addiction detox is the first step in ending your addiction. Cocaine detox is available through the NHS, drug rehab charities, and private rehab clinics. Addiction Helper exists to assist you in finding a detox programme best matched to your circumstances.
Signs of Cocaine Addiction
Before talking about cocaine detox, let’s first addressed the idea of addiction. There is a clinical difference between a cocaine user, abuser, and addict. A cocaine user is someone who uses the drug infrequently and on a casual basis. An abuser is someone who uses cocaine more frequently and in higher amounts. An addict is someone whose life is completely controlled by the drug.
A cocaine addiction is easily recognised by trained professionals because of the symptoms and signs it exhibits. You might recognise some of these symptoms and signs in your own life:
- Tolerance – The concept of tolerance is one that dictates your body needs cocaine in greater amounts in order for you to enjoy the same pleasurable effects. If you are continually increasing the amount of cocaine you use, you are already in trouble.
- Crashing – The nature of cocaine is such that its extremely pleasurable highs are followed by devastating crashes. Crashing is the cocaine version of a hangover. During a period of crashing, you will feel physically miserable in a way that many find indescribable.
- Insomnia – Cocaine addicts are often insomniacs because of the constant highs and lows. When you are high, you’ll be too pumped up to sleep; during the crash, you’ll be too terrified to sleep. Insomnia combined with cocaine use often means addiction.
- Cocaine Cycle – Chronic cocaine users develop what is known as the ‘cocaine cycle’. This cycle includes getting high, crashing, feeling depressed and alone, and getting high again.
The presence of any of these signs or symptoms in your own life or the life of someone you love is a definite cause for concern. We urge you to contact Addiction Helper right now so we can discuss them with you.
The Detox Process
Some alcohol and drug referral services claim they can set you up in a cocaine detox programme that will enable you to go through withdrawal without any discomfort whatsoever. We will never say that because we believe it to be misleading. While medicated cocaine detox can greatly reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, there is no way to make it completely free of all discomfort. You need to know this so you can be fully committed to completing detox once it begins.
The detox process is fairly straightforward in principle. A medical professional will first assess you in terms of your current health, the length and severity of your addiction or history, and your family circumstances. From there a detox plan will be designed for you.
If medical staff determine it is best to treat you with medication, you’ll be given a prescription drug that will help ease the symptoms of withdrawal as you go through detox. Keep in mind that these medications are not intended to be a permanent substitute for cocaine. They are only intended to make the process easier.
If it were determined that you would do better without medication, clinic staff will still attend to your needs in an attempt to make you as comfortable as possible. Whether medicated or not, the clinics we work with strive to always be attentive to your needs. They are available to assist you throughout the entire process.
Every cocaine detox involves withdrawal symptoms to one extent or another. These withdrawal symptoms are the result of your body reacquainting itself to functioning without cocaine. They are a direct result of the physical dependence your body has built up during your time of addiction.
The severity of your withdrawal symptoms will depend on a number of factors. They may include some or all of the following:
- agitation and restlessness
- fatigue and general malaise
- unpleasant dreams
- increased appetite
- increased cravings for cocaine.
For most people the symptoms of withdrawal begin to exhibit themselves within a few hours of the last use. Symptoms peak on the second or third day, followed by a gradual reduction that may last up to seven days. However, some people might find the cravings and depression last for weeks or months following detox.
Medically Supervised Detox
Addiction Helper always recommends cocaine addicts undergo detox only when medically supervised. There can be some very serious risks involved in trying to detox on your own. Fortunately, the private clinics we work with provide medically supervised detox in an appropriate setting. The staff at our clinics are 100% committed to your safety and your long-term success.
If you do seek detox through the NHS or a private outpatient facility, be sure to do everything you are instructed to do, down to the letter. It might also help to enlist the aid of a friend or family member willing to stand by your side during the detox process.
Detox alone can be enough for some cocaine addicts to completely overcome their addiction. Nevertheless, they are the exception to the rule. You are likely to need some sort of group support or counselling therapy in order to achieve total victory. To that end, Addiction Helper recommends cocaine rehab at a residential clinic.
Addiction Helper knows what it takes to permanently break free from cocaine addiction. Our addiction treatment counsellors are standing by to assist you as soon as you’re ready. We will help you by assessing your situation, recommending a course of action, and seeing to it that a customised recovery plan, including detox, is put in place.