Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment In South Carolina

Those suffering from cocaine addiction symptoms may be hesitant to get help. There is a stigma that surrounds substance use disorders, even though they are classified as serious medical conditions. But those suffering from cocaine addiction symptoms should know that cocaine (coke) is a serious stimulant drug that produces an intense short-term rush of dopamine.

Cocaine’s short-term effects produce a sense of euphoria and confidence, but a crash follows shortly which makes those who consume it want to do more. Over time, whether it’s snorted, smoked, or injected, there is a large potential to get addicted to it.

Not only that, those with a cocaine addiction may not realize how much of the drug is already in their system before taking more to chase the quickly fading feelings of euphoria. This puts users at risk of cocaine overdose symptoms. Fortunately, The Owl’s Nest provides effective treatment to help heal the damage caused by a cocaine addiction.

Cocaine Addiction Symptoms

  • Lack of impulse control (like stealing)
  • Constantly asking for money for vague reasons
  • Irregular sleeping patterns (little to no sleep)
  • Constantly energized and talkative
  • Lack of appetite
  • More confidence than usual
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • White residual by the nose
  • Track marks
  • Dilated pupils
  • Frequent bloody nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Defensiveness about drug abuse

In 2014, a national survey indicated that around 913,000 Americans met the criteria for cocaine dependence or abuse. While this is only a small portion of the population, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) found that around 40% of emergency department visits related to drug abuse or misuse involved cocaine in 2011.

Those suffering from cocaine addiction symptoms may be aware of the dangers associated with substance abuse, but are likely unable to stop. An addiction is a severe substance use disorder, which means that they can’t stop despite negative repercussions and risk situations. Recognizing cocaine addiction symptoms can help loved ones get immediate help.

One study on lab animals found that they would ignore food to continue consuming cocaine up until they died of starvation. This finding is a solid comparison to how cocaine affects those with an addiction. The more people consume cocaine, the more they will need to consume to get the effect they once felt. After a while, they won’t be able to feel normal without it because of their physical and psychological dependence.

What Is a Cocaine Withdrawal?

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A cocaine withdrawal is when individuals with a dependence on this drug stop or cut down significantly, which causes unpleasant mental and physical sensations. The brain maintains a certain balance, or homeostasis, that is thrown off with drug abuse.

As dependence and tolerance build, the brain tries to maintain balance by adjusting with the constant flush of dopamine. The brain and body will need to keep up that same level of cocaine use, or a person may have cocaine withdrawal symptoms. Stopping abruptly will trigger cocaine withdrawal symptoms that make it almost impossible to abstain from using it.

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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

There is a common misconception that cocaine withdrawal has no symptoms. This misconception is not only false; it is dangerous. Although cocaine withdrawal doesn’t cause the intense physical symptoms associated with the withdrawal of alcohol or other drugs, the psychological effects are real and significant. Cocaine is highly addictive and withdrawal symptoms are immediate and, in many cases, long-lasting.
Those suffering from cocaine withdrawal symptoms may experience:

  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Increased anxiety
  • Intense irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Intense cravings

This list isn’t exhaustive. Signs of cocaine withdrawal vary largely based on the severity of the addiction, and may include physical ailments, like bodily aches. Within hours of stopping cocaine use, individuals can experience immediate symptoms of withdrawal which may linger for weeks, months, or even years, depending on the level of drug use and dependency.

While acute symptoms may fade within a few weeks, the psychological effects such as depression, paranoia, and anxiety can take much longer to overcome. In addition, those with a severe cocaine addiction may experience post acute withdrawal symptoms, also known as PAWS, three to six months after stopping their cocaine use.

The intense cravings and psychological challenges of withdrawal are extremely difficult to conquer alone. Those in withdrawal will benefit greatly from the holistic and medical support of a professional recovery program.

Treatment For Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms and Addiction

After detoxing the body of all traces of cocaine, it’s crucial to receive treatment at a reputable addiction recovery facility. While some may opt to get inpatient treatment, where they live at a facility, The Owl’s Nest offers the following programs which can eliminate the need for inpatient care.

Treatment for a cocaine addiction and it’s withdrawal symptoms typically involves a combination of psychotherapy and holistic therapy. Patients at the Owl’s Nest will typically meet individually or in groups with therapists to help them learn the life skills to abstain from drug use. Also, patients will usually engage in forms of holistic therapy through exercise and a good diet. Finally, a 12 step program helps patients restore their connection with a higher power and mend broken bonds.

We offer different levels of outpatient care in South Carolina depending on the severity of one’s addiction:

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)

Partial hospitalization programs are the most intensive form of outpatient care. Patients aren’t required to live at a facility, but will be required to spend at least eight hours a day, five days a week to treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

Intensive outpatient programs are a good way to step down from PHPs without drastically cutting back on treatment. While IOPs require less of a time commitment, patients will still need to attend treatment multiple times a week, it will be for less hours.

Outpatient Programs (OPs)

The least intensive form of outpatient care is through general outpatient programs. Patients in an OP will only dedicate a few hours a week to treatment. Programs such as these are only recommended for those who have completed a more intensive program.

Cocaine Overdose Symptoms

Cocaine overdose requires immediate medical attention. While some users may respond well to medical intervention, other survivors may face lasting mental and physical trauma.

Psychological cocaine overdose symptoms may include:

  • High energy levels
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Extreme mood swings between depression and exhilaration
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks

Physical cocaine overdose symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bodily aches and pains
  • increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • extremely high body temperatures,
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Twitches or tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Heart attack and heart failure
  • Lung collapse
  • Stroke

Does Cocaine Cause Blood Clots?

Physical symptoms of a cocaine overdose can cause blood clots, among a list of potentially fatal repercussions. Studies show that even first-time use of cocaine promotes blood clots, also known as thrombosis. Cocaine makes the blood thicker or stickier, which promotes blood clots, especially in those who are overdosing.

Is It Easy to Overdose on Coke?

Yes, it’s easy to overdose on coke. Again, cocaine makes individuals want to do more shortly thereafter taking it because it doesn’t last long (about 30 minutes). Since individuals might not be aware of how much they are taking in a short amount of time, this could easily lead to an overdose on coke.

Treatment For Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms and Addiction in SC

Don’t try to get over a cocaine addiction on your own. It’s dangerous and will likely lead to a relapse. The best way to achieve independence and regain control of your life is by attending an evidence-based, effective addiction recovery program.

The Owl’s Nest provides supportive housing and different levels of outpatient care in South Carolina to help those struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one wants to break free from the chains of a substance use disorder, don’t hesitate to contact us now.

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