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Long-term Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment

Cocaine withdrawal treatment and recovery often takes quite a bit longer than that associated with other withdrawal syndromes. Therefore, it is important to seek professional detox and recovery help from a medical rehab center. Call 800-934-3781(Who Answers?) today to find rehab centers where you can begin recovery.

Cocaine Withdrawal and Its Symptoms

Cocaine withdrawal’s symptoms, while mostly psychological, are some of the longest lasting and the most problematic of any withdrawal syndrome associated with substance abuse.

According to the National Library of Medicine, “In the past, people underestimated how addictive cocaine can be” because its withdrawal symptoms are not largely visible, but the cravings, depression, irritability, and other symptoms are very strong and long lasting.

After the initial symptoms of withdrawal begin to subside in a week or two, the others may last for months or even years. For this reason, most people require long-term care for cocaine withdrawal and addiction treatment.

Long-term Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal

Withdrawal treatment for cocaine abuse will often connect with one’s addiction treatment program, as both of these issues can take a long time for recovery. Inpatient and residential programs that provide 24-hour care in a controlled environment are often the best facilities for this syndrome because they can provide everything a patient will need.

Long-term Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment

Many recovering cocaine addicts suffer from depression and require long-term treatment.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Presently, there are no medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cocaine addiction, though researchers are exploring a variety of neurobiological targets.”

However, medications are often a necessity the drug’s withdrawal treatment. The medications used for treating this syndrome might include:

  • Neuroleptics to reduce symptoms of psychosis
  • Antidepressants for the treatment of depression (a common symptom of cocaine withdrawal)
  • Anticraving agents to minimize cravings

While neuroleptics and anticraving agents are often used during early detox, antidepressants may be utilized for months or even longer if the individual continues to show signs of depression and receives benefits from the medication.

In addition, behavioral therapy (which is often used to treat addiction to cocaine) can help minimize withdrawal symptoms and teach patients to cope with them in the long-term.

  • Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other co-occurring disorders can be treated simultaneously with addiction using cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Contingency management can help motivate patients to stay sober while also teaching them to combat cravings.
  • The Matrix Model helps patients cope with and overcome addiction in many ways, but it can also treat symptoms of depression, irritability, and isolation. Patients make a strong bond with their counselor during this program, which helps them feel less alone during long-term care.

Withdrawal from cocaine isn’t easy, and its symptoms can make addiction treatment harder, especially in the long term. But there are many ways these issues can be minimized and treated during detox and rehab, which is usually part of one long treatment program for cocaine addicts.

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