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Will Inpatient Care Be Necessary for My Cocaine Withdrawal?

Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that causes dangerous side effects when abused. It can also create a cocaine withdrawal syndrome that is just as severe if not more intense and long lasting than any other withdrawal syndrome. This is why treatment for cocaine addiction should begin in an inpatient detox center.

Call 800-934-3781(Who Answers?) to find residential treatment programs that can allow you to recover from cocaine withdrawal safely and transition easily into the next phase of your addiction treatment.

How Severe is Cocaine Withdrawal?

According to the National Library of Medicine, “Cocaine withdrawal often has no visible physical symptoms, such as the vomiting and shaking that accompany withdrawal from heroin or alcohol.” In the past, this has caused medical professionals to believe the drug’s withdrawal syndrome to be less severe than most. However, the symptoms are almost all psychological, and they can be extremely serious as well as long lasting.

The normal, early withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine abuse include:

  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia or sleep problems
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of restlessness or discomfort

However, the cravings and depression caused by this syndrome can last for months or longer, the former issue sometimes even resurfacing suddenly years after the individual’s last cocaine usage. There is also a possibility that someone who abused cocaine for a long period of time will experience symptoms of stimulant-induced psychosis during their early withdrawal syndrome, which will absolutely need to be treated in an inpatient program.

Cocaine Withdrawal

Suicidal thoughts are common during cocaine withdrawal.

Why is Inpatient Treatment Necessary for Cocaine Withdrawal?

First, those who are likely to experience psychosis or who are already showing signs of this issue when they first come to treatment will need immediate medical attention. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, “neuroleptics may be useful in controlling stimulant-induced psychosis or delirium,” and some patients may even need to be put in restraints in order to ensure that they do not hurt themselves or others. The effects of the psychosis will usually wear off in a few days, but during this initial period, the individual will need 24-hour care and surveillance.

In addition, the individual will need to be kept in a controlled environment, especially if they are experiencing issues with depression. Suicidal thoughts often accompany this withdrawal syndrome, and patients must be protected from the possibility of hurting themselves.

It can be very difficult for cocaine addicts to cope with their withdrawal symptoms, especially at first, and they will usually require long-term, residential care for their withdrawal before they begin working on their addictions. Starting in a residential center for detox treatment can also ensure that the patient will receive the help for addiction when the time comes.

Do You Need Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment?

Call 800-934-3781(Who Answers?) now. We will help you find a rehab center that will manage your withdrawal symptoms and allow you to slowly and safely end your dangerous abuse of cocaine. You can also find out if a particular facility will take your insurance as well as which treatment methods they offer to cocaine addicts in recovery.

Is Inpatient Care Necessary for Cocaine Withdrawal?

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