Currently in America, cocaine is the most abused stimulant. It is the top recreational drug and is used by all ages, as even young kids get all kinds of false information that this drug is safe to use and not addictive. However, just because the physical withdrawal symptoms are not like those of heroin or alcohol, it does not mean that cocaine does not have strong psychological addictive properties. People who start using cocaine all too often find they are not able to stop on their own.
Added to the complications of addiction is the fact that other drugs are commonly used along with cocaine, such as sedatives or alcohol. This is particularly dangerous as well. Cocaine is noted as being the drug most often involved in emergency room visits.
The nicknames given to cocaine often describe the drug’s appearance or how it is used. It is known as blow, snow, flake or toot on the street – among other names. When called liquid lady, it indicates a mixture of cocaine and alcohol. When called “speedball,” it is cocaine and heroin used together. The most popular name is “coke.”
Cocaine withdrawal is a bit different than other drugs, such as hydrocodone or heroin. The user won’t get the awful physical symptoms of withdrawal that are common to other opiates. However, the habitual user will find that he won’t be able to stop taking it, even though his life is just spiraling out of control and the drug use is adversely affecting relationships, jobs and legal status.
When someone is taking cocaine they will feel confident, excited and full of energy. However, the withdrawal presents effects that are just the opposite. When someone crashes after cocaine use, they will feel fatigued, anxious, exhausted, and irritable. They often will feel it impossible to feel any pleasure normally. They may become paranoid and even have suicidal thoughts.
The strong cravings a person gets when stopping cocaine use are sometimes the most difficult to deal with. The deep depression they feel leads quickly to looking for more cocaine. It is important they get help in coming off the drug, so they can leave it behind for good.
Some other withdrawal symptoms are:
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can go on for months. The cravings and depression are the key symptoms that endure for a long time. With extended feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts are not uncommon; even attempts at suicide. Many times, in order to alleviate these feelings, the person may try other drugs, such as hypnotics, alcohol or sedatives. This, of course, does no real good, as they are just continuing an addiction to another substance.
Cocaine is bad enough all by itself, but many mix cocaine with other drugs in order to create what they hope is a desirable effect. Drugs that are mixed with cocaine are benzodiazepines, like Ativan or Valium. Cocaine users also mix cocaine with marijuana and alcohol. Sometimes the effect will increase the desirable feelings, and sometimes the mixing of these drugs is used to alleviate the crash. However, the combinations of drugs increase toxicity and put stress on the body. The worst effect is the danger of serious adverse reactions or overdose.
Many drug rehabs use substitute drugs to get a person off of cocaine. Medications such as Suboxone, Topiramate or aripiprazole are used. Suboxone is addictive and can end up prescribed for years after coming off cocaine. Topiramate makes the withdrawal symptoms worse, per reports. Aripiprazole has some really bad side effects, such as rapid weight gain, high blood pressure, suicide thoughts and even diabetes. Drug replacement therapy is really not the way to go.
The best kind of drug rehab is one where the program includes ways to reduce the cravings experienced by the recovering addict. Although pharmaceutical drugs are supposedly the solution, the side effects and the fact that they are commonly addictive does not support this as a method of recovery. There are programs out there that do not use drugs to replace drugs, creating new addictions or harmful side effects.
Health must be rebuilt, tools must be provided for a drug-free life. Kind and helpful support is needed, not only by family members and friends, but also by the staff of the drug rehab center.
We can find the right program for you, either inpatient or outpatient. We will interview the addict or the family to find all the details of addiction, problems and challenges. From this we will save you the trouble on spending your hard-earned money on a drug rehab that won’t work. We will find the right drug rehab for you, and do so at no charge. We want this society to have valuable members who contribute to our world and live happy, drug-free lives.