8 Signs You are Withdrawing from Cocaine (And Need Immediate Treatment)
Cocaine withdrawal should never be done while alone, and professional detox treatment is always a must. Below are eight serious signs that you are withdrawing from cocaine and need immediate treatment. Call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?) now to find rehab centers where you can receive the help you need.
This is one of the most serious side effects of cocaine withdrawal because it could possibly lead to suicidal thoughts. If you begin to feel very sad, low, worthless or show other signs of depression, it is important to get treatment right away and also to be checked for any co-occurring mental disorders, as they are extremely common in cocaine abusers.
According to the National Library of Medicine, “During withdrawal, there can be powerful, intense cravings for cocaine.” The high associated with this use, however, will become less pleasant and more likely to cause paranoia and fear. “Even so, the cravings may remain powerful” and will likely lead to a dangerous relapse without the appropriate treatment.
Anhedonia is a condition where you can no longer experience feelings of pleasure. This will occur because of the severe side effects of ending your cocaine abuse, which your brain now believes is the only way you can feel pleasure. This issue will disappear with time, but treatment is often needed to manage the symptoms of this condition safely.
4. Slowing of Activity
You will begin to feel like your thoughts, movements, and other activities are slowed, like everything is taking twice as long. This is because you were so used to your body being on cocaine that now you are experiencing the absolute opposite of being on the drug. Over time, this will also right itself, but many individuals return to cocaine abuse because they find the issue so maddening, which is why treatment is highly necessary.
Fatigue or exhaustion is also common. Many people sleep for long periods of time during cocaine withdrawal. This is a definite sign of the early stages of your withdrawal, and it is important to seek treatment soon.
Many addicts experience anxiety when they stop abusing cocaine, often caused by the fact that their mind is convinced that they need the drug. This can be very troubling and difficult to combat without treatment, and it could even be indicative of a co-occurring, anxiety disorder, which will require treatment of its own.
Psychotic effects, such as:
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Violent outbursts
can occur along with withdrawal after someone has been abusing large amounts of cocaine. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms.
8. Physical Effects
According to the Better Health Channel, the physical side effects of cocaine withdrawal can include:
- Sleeping problems
- Muscle pain
These often occur early on in withdrawal and reduce in severity over a period of a week or two. Still, they can be incredibly intense early on, and neglecting to attend treatment can be dangerous.