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Is Inpatient Care Necessary for Cocaine Withdrawal?


Inpatient care is not always a necessity, and it often depends on the individual and their specific situation as to whether or not a treatment will be beneficial to them. Cocaine withdrawal can often be extremely intense, and in some rare cases, dangerous, so it is important to consider the possibility that residential treatment may be necessary for your detox and recovery.

The Benefits of Inpatient Withdrawal Treatment

According to the Staten Island University Hospital, “Detoxification is a medical service for the removal of alcohol and/or other drug(s) from the body of the patient.” Sometimes, it is necessary for this to be done in an inpatient setting where the patient can be monitored 24-hours a day, be free of the temptation to abuse drugs, and be treated medically for any serious physical or mental disorders associated with their drug abuse.

Inpatient detox centers and other types of inpatient rehab facilities can help patients by putting them in a controlled environment, which is sometimes necessary to recovery. This is often true when an individual is experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms, a strong dependence on a drug, or other possibly harmful issues associated with their drug abuse. Inpatient care can minimize any dangers associated with the decision to stop abusing drugs, especially the likelihood of relapse, and surround the patient with other individuals who want to see them succeed in ending their drug use.

Why Should I Attend Inpatient Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal?

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Inpatient care provides a controlled and safe environment.

Not all individuals need to attend inpatient care for cocaine withdrawal, but this can be necessary––or more helpful––in certain cases. For example, someone who has tried several times to stop abusing cocaine and has attended treatment before without the success they had hoped for might fare better in an inpatient center. This is because they will not be as tempted to abuse cocaine while they are in this more controlled environment, as they will be unable to do so anyway while they are attending treatment.

Other reasons someone experiencing cocaine withdrawal might choose inpatient treatment include:

  • Their need to be in a safe environment, especially if their current home is not safe
  • Their severe depression, which is often associated with cocaine withdrawal and can cause a “risk of suicide” in many instances (National Library of Medicine)
  • Any other mental disorders, which can be treated more safely and effectively in an inpatient facility
  • Stimulant-induced psychosis that can linger during the withdrawal period
  • Their lack of a strong family or friendship ties at home that keeps them from having the kind of serious support they need and would be able to receive in inpatient care

Those who believe they would feel comfortable in inpatient treatment during cocaine withdrawal should consider the option, but no one treatment is beneficial for every patient. Therefore, it is important for the patient to consider their needs and the severity of their dependence on cocaine before choosing any one type of treatment facility.

Are You Concerned About Undergoing Cocaine Withdrawal?

No matter what kind of treatment option you choose, it will be much safer for you to attend professional treatment of some kind for cocaine withdrawal. Call 800-736-5356. We can discuss your drug use as well as your personal treatment needs and help you find a program that fits.

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