How to Quit Cocaine and Build Long Term Recovery

cocaine

Cocaine is a hell of a drug…
- Rick James

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, and increased talkativeness. Cocaine is loosely defined as a party drug and a “feel good” drug.

Cocaine is often considered a “high class” drug. It is relatively expensive and clean in comparison to other drugs. Some may say that the social stigma associated with cocaine is less demeaning than say heroin or methamphetamine. The term “junky” or “addict” may not be attached to cocaine users in the same way as other hard drugs. Granted, this is a generalization, but through our experience we find that cocaine use is more common in wealthier demographics.

Cocaine use can have severe long term effects on the mind and the body. Many times cocaine use leads to crack use as well, being that crack cocaine is much cheaper.

** if anyone can knows of any data or studies on the financial demographics of cocaine users, feel free to leave in the comments or email it to tim@sobernation.com. We have looked all over the internet for studies with no avail**

The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

What separates cocaine addiction from other drugs is the shortness of the high. After the first use, the high usually wears off within 15-30 minutes. The high of cocaine is very intense and pleasurable, and once it wears off it leaves the user longing for that instant gratification. This is the real danger of coke. It is the reason people go on 4 day coke binges because -generally speaking – it is difficult to stop until you pass out, run out of money, get arrested or end up in the hospital.

“A cocaine high does not last very long. The average high a user gets from snorting cocaine only lasts for 15-30 minutes. These highs are less intense, as it takes longer for the drug to be absorbed into the bloodstream when snorted. A smoking high, although more intense due to the rapidity in which the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, lasts for an even shorter period of only about five to ten minutes. After the euphoric high comes the crashing low, in which the addict craves more of the drug and in larger doses.”

[via: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/]

When a cocaine user passes the threshold from recreational user into addict, the drug may lead you spiraling into a miserable cycle.  It is not uncommon for a cocaine addict to receive their paycheck on Friday, and be broke by Monday. They start the next week depressed and anxious about the consequences of their actions and also from the crash of their dopamine levels. They may get through the week swearing off cocaine for good. Yet, once Friday comes, that first line of cocaine will start the cycle all over again.

Once you’re caught in that downward spiral, it’s very difficult to stop yourself before you hit a bottom.

Most people need help to quit cocaine. Do not be ashamed to ask for help. Sober Nation quit hotline: 866-317-7050.

Effects of Cocaine on the Brain and Body

Cocaine is a stimulant that increases the levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain. Usually, your brain will essentially recycle these chemicals, but cocaine stops that process from happening, resulting in a buildup of neurotransmitters that causes the euphoric feelings that cocaine users experience.

Psychological Effects of Cocaine: varies with dose and the tolerance of the user.

  • increases alertness
  • wakefulness
  • elevates the mood
  • mild to high degree of euphoria
  • increases athletic performance
  • decreases fatigue
  • clearer thinking
  • increases concentration
  • increases energy
  • increased irritability
  • insomnia
  • restlessness

With high doses an individual may exhibit a pattern of psychosis with confused and disorganized behavior, irritability, fear, paranoia, hallucinations, may become extremely antisocial and aggressive – generally referred to as cocaine psychosis.

Physical Effects of Cocaine

  • increases heart rate
  • increases blood pressure
  • increased body temperature
  • sweating
  • increases speed of respiration
  • dilates the pupils
  • decreased sleep and appetite

Can decrease seizure threshold and is associated with seizures, strokes, and heart attacks in susceptible individuals.

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

side effects of cocaine use

source: positivemed.com

When you try to quit cocaine, you can experience withdrawal symptoms – the severity of which will depend on your history of cocaine use. One of the strongest symptoms of withdrawal is cravings for more cocaine. The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are not as chemically dependent as other drugs like heroin or alcohol. It can be described more as a crash than a withdrawal…

Since the body and brain is craving cocaine, withdrawal symptoms include…

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • fatigue
  • restlessness
  • appetite problems
  • delusions

How to Quit Cocaine

In order for you to quit cocaine safely, the best way to do it is with help from professionals. We recommend attending an addiction treatment center with the supervision of medical professionals. It is best to start with a detox, because your mood and vital signs should regulate before the work on treatment begins.

In detox, doctors and nurses can monitor your health. They may prescribe medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms. There are no drugs, however, that are FDA-approved to help people quit cocaine or ease cravings for cocaine.

Complete detox from cocaine can take several days, and the recommended course of action after detox is a stay in a rehab center. Inpatient rehab will assist you in your pursuit to quit cocaine by providing you with a safe, controlled atmosphere in which to cope with cravings and learn to live without the drug.

In treatment, you will learn the skills and coping mechanisms to help you move forward. Therapy will be a huge factor in learning to modify your behavior and your impulse control.

Successful cocaine addiction treatment programs begin with a safe and medically supervised detoxification, followed by a transition from addiction to recovery. Support and treatment to help individuals embrace new concepts and ideas that will result in a meaningful change in everyday behavior.

But What Comes Next??

After care is just as important as treatment. Many recovered addicts give credit to a 12 step program for their continuous and long term recovery. Cocaine anonymous is a 12 step group that will help you dig into the reason you used cocaine, and help you build a support group to help you build a life without cocaine use. Attending meetings is highly recommended.

Also, continuous therapy or one on one counseling is a great option. Constant maintenance is essential because all it takes is one small slip or relapse and the entire cycle can start all over again.

Other Ways to Quit Cocaine

It is possible to quit cocaine without the help of a detox or rehab, but the do-it-yourself method isn’t recommended. More often than not, this type of approach eventually leads to relapse. You should always consult a doctor before you try to quit cocaine.

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Comments

  1. sooo tired of it says

    Ok ive always had to deal with the one i love most doing drugs.some of the people in my life and now im with thisman who means the world to me and he makes me soo happy and in love we.have been liveing together for 2 years now and we act like wwere married. We are but no papers. Im not going anywhere and hes not gunna me. He has a BIG BIG problem with coke. When we first got together. He did it alot more then what he does now but this is how it was in the beginning it never bothered me as much as it does now it seems like thats all he ever wants to do he stop going out to the bar and now does it home. He knows how i feel about it and what ive went thu. We fight allll the time bc i throw him an attitude as soon as i come home and he is doing it every other day. I dont want to get mad about it and fight about it no more. He tells me a person cant make someone change thats bullshit if he loves me the way he does and everryone who knows us knows how much hes in love but i feel like im to my braking point. We always fight.when.he does it. I love.him but i WANT AND NEED HIM TO STOP SOMEONE PLEASEE HELP US. He is hatian and he is very stubborn and its his way or no way most of the time im spoiled and stubborn also. So i get mad i want to talk about it and all my probloms and he dont im a mess i feel like i hate the person he is when he uses but i dont he is my man i love him some one please help.me understandwhat i should do should i leave him or stay and enable it i cant control how it makes me get sooo red hot now and i want to leave and go somewhere ever time he does it PLEASE HELP ME WHAT DO DO TO GRT HIM TO STOPBD heartbroken

  2. kat says

    The only way to stop is complete stop all – drinking that is the trigger is the one start with . No drink no blow. Find another way to be happy , only solution.

  3. sergiomomesso says

    i have been using cocaine for 15 years and have found out the one trigger that surpasses all triggers is ALCOHOL. If I don’t drink. I don’t do blow. Simple as that. My wife has left me and threatened to take my child away for good. If this doesn’t make me stop I may be on the road to death quicker than I thought.

  4. Anonymous says

    Hello im coming off of coke as im typing.Im 31 year old male married no kids. I have been doing coke since 2001 since my “cool cholo” cousin forced me to take some . Ever since i have been a mess been to jail 4x not caring but in reality i feel like a scared little kid who tried to be cool only to be an outcast and antisocial with a very polite attitude but when i get angry i lose it .I get in a non caring attitude not caring wether i live or die …I cant keep going like this i fear for others and myself…I wish i had the balls to go live in the wild away from temptation and sins. I need to get closer to God i have disrespected him very bad especially on cocaine….This is not the type of person i want to be . I messed up my military career and dream of becoming a cop. This life sucks i cant wait to get to the next stage in life but i want to leave in good terms and i relly hope their is a mission for me in this world ….Please if you can send me a reply with some encouragement i really need it guys . Why did this happen to me ??? I was smart responsible outgoing and all that has been fading away i have many homicidal thoughts please this is not normal. Im scared to ask for help in person .,,,,Im ashamed . I really would love for our higher power to help me and guide me to be someone in life and not just another statistic ..,..I hope everyone here recovers and betters their life . My wife it saddens me ….she wants to quit but my relpses have also been the cause of her relapses……I hope next time I OD since i havent learned my lesson .,,,,,,What do i do????? Ive been thru halfway houses SAFPF multiple rehabs 12 step meetings sponsors ….

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