What is Cocaine Detox?
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the coca plant or it can be synthetically manufactured. It can be snorted, injected, or smoked. Crack is a form of cocaine that has been chemically treated by removing the hydrochloride.Smoking crack produces effects that are as intense and immediate as injecting cocaine. Cocaine and crack are highly addictive and are illegal substances.
Long-term cocaine use severely alters the brain’s structure. A research study conducted at the University of Cambridge found long-term cocaine users had significant loss of the brain’s grey matter in the frontal lobe compared with non-users. The longer one uses cocaine, the greater the loss of brain matter.
The addictive nature of Cocaine combined with regular use can cause serious medical conditions such as stroke or heart attack. When a person seeks to stop using cocaine, the body will go through intense withdrawal symptoms, sign of the body’s natural detoxification process. This process can be life threatening. Risk of suicide is greater when a user is coming off of a binge or when he or she is in the midst of detoxification.Medication can control many of the withdrawal symptoms, but treatment and new coping skills must be obtained or the person will relapse. The more one relapses and detoxes the more severe the withdrawal symptoms and cravings become.
During the withdrawal (detox) process, the brain and body struggle to normalize the chemical balance. Because of the severe alterations in the normal chemical balances in the brain and body,withdrawal symptoms can be excoriating.
Signs of Cocaine and Crack Withdrawal
- Intense cravings
- Suicidal ideation
Attempting to withdraw from cocaine use without proper medical monitoring usually means the user will drink alcohol, use sedatives or hypnotics to try to manage the withdrawal symptoms. This only complicates an already serious condition.
The Detox Boca offers cocaine users a safe environment in which to detox under the supervision of medical physicians experienced in addiction medicine. Once the cocaine user has been stabilized, both physically and emotionally, the client needs to enter treatment. Research indicates that there should not be a gap between detox and treatment. The odds of going out and using cocaine or other substances are increased if treatment is not immediately entered upon completion of detox. Relapse becomes dangerous as the user will begin using at the last levels before detox. Unfortunately, the body is not capable of handling the sudden high levels of cocaine in the body and serious physical reactions will occur such as a heart attack.
Treatment Alternatives, an affiliate of the Detox Boca, provides clients suffering from cocaine addiction with a comprehensive treatment program. Treatment is designed to break addictive behaviors, address mental health issues (depression, anxiety, paranoia for example), and replace drug using behaviors with positive life skills to overcome triggers and stresses. Group and individual counseling, as well as relapse prevention, provide clients with the tools to overcome addictive thinking and behavior.
If you are ready to detox from Cocaine and regain control of your life, call 800-598-3386 now.