Cocaine Withdrawal

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Science behind Cocaine withdrawal

In order to understand the full scope and gravity of cocaine withdrawal, it helps to understand what happens to the brain and body at the onset of cocaine use. The increase of dopamine when you do coke is perhaps a hundred thousand to a million times more than what the brain responds to naturally. The dopamine crash left by doing coke can leave you feeling seriously down—a state that lasts from one day to up to a week after a binge, Laird says. During this depressed state of mind, the desire to seek out the drug again can get intense, leaving the user ripe for addiction. It constricts the blood vessels, hastens the heartbeat and severely strains the central nervous system in various other ways. Those who think they can nurse a cocaine habit without the need for treatment or intervention have no idea what this drug can do to the body and brain.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms

Cocaine withdrawal usually occurs about six to eight hours after the last use. It’s relatively quick high (about 15-60 minutes) means expedited withdrawal symptoms. While each patient’s cocaine withdrawal symptoms will differ, based upon the scope and duration of abuse, some of the more common include restlessness and paranoia, rapid heartbeat, moderate to severe joint and muscle pain, blurred vision, shortness of breath, stomach cramps and more. Some of the more severe symptoms can include seizures, convulsions and psychosis. If you or a loved one are experiencing these or any other symptoms related to your cocaine abuse, it’s imperative that you seek treatment immediately. Withdrawal is one of the clearest indicators of addiction and dependency.

Treating Cocaine withdrawal

Cocaine withdrawal should be treated in a medical detox facility where patients can get help from experienced physicians and nurses that can alleviate their symptoms and intervene in the event of a medical emergency. This is an extremely delicate procedure that no user should endeavor on their own. Recovery Unplugged provides comprehensive and supportive cocaine withdrawal treatment to patients all over the country. You don’t have to be afraid of the withdrawal process.

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