Getting Help for Cocaine Addiction

Quitting Cocaine – What you Need to Know

Cocaine is a highly-addictive drug; many casual users find themselves quickly sucked into a vortex of cocaine use, withdrawal, and repeated binges. Cocaine produces a high that lasts a relatively short period of time when compared to other drugs – from just five to 30 minutes, and so cocaine users tend to snort, smoke, or inject cocaine with increasing frequency as they chase the elusive feeling of euphoria they felt at the beginning of their use. Once you’re spinning in that downward spiral, it’s almost impossible to stop yourself before you hit the ground. The only option is to quit cocaine for good, but it’s much easier said than done. If you want to quit cocaine, here’s some information that can help you understand what you’re up against and help you come up with a plan to quit cocaine once and for all.

Effects of Cocaine on the Brain and Body

Cocaine is a stimulant that increases the levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in your brain. Usually, your brain will essentially recycle these chemicals, but cocaine stops that from happening, resulting in a buildup of neurotransmitters that causes the euphoric feelings that cocaine users experience. Cocaine causes feelings of alertness, increased energy, pleasure, confidence, increased endurance, and increased focus. Cocaine can also increase your heart rate, raise your body temperature, and elevate your blood pressure. It causes difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, itching, and dilated pupils. It can lead to a runny nose or nasal problems if snorted, and excessive use can cause paranoia and tremors.

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

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 cocaine (although they differ in severity and are not identical, symptoms of cocaine withdrawal are also felt by someone who is quitting meth).

People who try to quit cocaine can experience anxiety, depression, paranoia, hallucinations, fatigue, restlessness, appetite problems, and delusions.

How to Quit Cocaine

In order for you to quit cocaine safely, the best way to do it is in a detox center with the supervision of medical professionals. 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. In-patient rehab can help you be successful 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.

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, because it can be dangerous, and it is less likely to lead to long-term sobriety. You should always consult a doctor before you try to quit cocaine.

No matter how you quit cocaine, it’s a good idea to receive some type of counseling. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you learn ways of modifying your thoughts and actions so that it’s possible for you to stay clean. Support groups, like Cocaine Anonymous and others, can also be a big help; a support system is essential to a sustained recovery.

23 Comments

Glad to be clean - April 5, 2013.

I struggled with quitting cocaine binges for 10 years. (20 years of total use, 10 years spent in relapses). My struggle came from having even one drink of alcohol... I would have an itch for cocaine... I did not want that itch, I hated it... It never went away... I ended up being diagnosed with add. I was so bad that I could not even clean my house. It was too much for me to grasp... I was overwhelmed. After taking 20mg of adderall each day for a month, a magical thing happened.... I had a drink ... And realized the craving that had been haunting me for 10 years was no longer there... After 6 months on adderall, I decided to try to wean myself off of it. I felt comfortable with things that would have overwhelmed me in the past... I also had no craving for cocaine..even after having a drink or two. (The first 6mos. Of straight abstonsnce from cocaine in 20 years... I am now off adderal and cocaine. 1 year strong. Cleaning, working, living and enjoying life without that Demon craving that haunted me.... I honestly think it was the adderall that flooded my system to the point of a dependency "restart". The craving that could have killed me is gone, and I love my drug free life.

Glad to be clean - April 5, 2013.

I struggled with quitting cocaine binges for 10 years. (20 years of total use, 10 years spent in relapses). My struggle came from having even one drink of alcohol... I would have an itch for cocaine... I did not want that itch, I hated it... It never went away... I ended up being diagnosed with add. I was so bad that I could not even clean my house. It was too much for me to grasp... I was overwhelmed. After taking 20mg of adderall each day for a month, a magical thing happened.... I had a drink ... And realized the craving that had been haunting me for 10 years was no longer there... After 6 months on adderall, I decided to try to wean myself off of it. I felt comfortable with things that would have overwhelmed me in the past... I also had no craving for cocaine..even after having a drink or two. (The first 6mos. Of straight abstonsnce from cocaine in 20 years... I am now off adderal and cocaine. 1 year strong. Cleaning, working, living and enjoying life without that Demon craving that haunted me.... I honestly think it was the adderall that flooded my system to the point of a dependency "restart". The craving that could have killed me is gone, and I love my drug free life.

Engaged to coke addict - December 14, 2013.

After being together for a year,my fiancé one night after coming home from a night of clubbing has living room set up with porn and coke. I am very sexual woman and do not object to trying different things but wasn't comfortable with using drugs. So he did the coke and wanted all nite sex marathon hard for me to hang cause wasn't doing coke. He wants to do this once a month says not addicted well I give in to this eventually I try coke to keep up with him I feel like I sold my soul to the devil.. I tell him how I feel and his usage has increased to every other weekend. I enjoy the sex but told him can't do this anymore. He say he will quit and I love this man. I feel like this has the power to destroy us if he can't

Just gotta want it - December 20, 2013.

I'm a little over three years clean from crack cocaine. It's very sad to hear that you're engaged to a coke addict. What you say may or may not be true. There are coke addicts and then there are coke users. For your sake, I hope he's only a coke user, but from your description, it sounds like there's a bit of a downward spiral present. I'm not sure where you're located. I cleaned up in Canada. There are subsidized rehabs. I think the States is different. Which is very unfortunate because by the time people are ready to clean up, they generally have no money. Also, I hope he's young, because statistically, 96% of people who go to rehab relapse in the first year, and the number is a little lower for those under 25. That's not very helpful, sorry. A really good thing that helped me was having a lot of support from people who loved me. It sounds like you really care about him, and that will definitely help in some way. Here's hoping a) you live in Canada and b) you guys live happily ever after.

Just gotta want it - December 20, 2013.

Also, you're not fucking clean if you drink, idiot. Alcohol is a drug too.

Just gotta want it - December 20, 2013.

That's directed to " Glad to be clean"

CONFUSED - December 25, 2013.

I always said its a mind thing....I hv lost my mind..I hv several cousins on crack.. I use cocaine .l use to use recreational...I always said ...I knw what im doing..I can handle this...20 years later...I want to stop soo bad..n I can't...I lost my sister..last yeat...divorce this year...diagnosed w lupus....no job..I AM MENTALLY A WRECK! I hv no drive for anything...I hv three children...five...thirteen..twenty-one...im soo tired of lmyself..n all this.!.sometimes I wish I wasn't even here..I dont want to display this to my parents nor anyone else...I NEEd HeLP

H - December 28, 2013.

To confused: i too felt ur pain and hopelessness. I was terrified to tell anyone for fear or judgement And rejection. But there are thousanda of people who feel and have felt and are going through what you are. I got sober by going to cocaine anonymous. I told my parents (who are strict muslim) that i had a problem amd they were underatanding when i thought that they would disown me. Look up some local cocaine anonymous meetings and try it. It worked for me and thousands of others. Ive been sober for 2 years now and owe my life to the 12 steps and the program. It really works wonders.

used to be great - January 7, 2014.

I have no problem not doing it till I'm around my Frinds then they do it so of corse I want to feel good so I do it and we all work live normal law abiding lifestyle yet I know coke is no good for me my family or my pocket but I'm drawn to do it I used to think I was superp I. The willpower department now on second guessing myself Jesse any advice don't want to loose my buddies I. The process

Habibi - January 9, 2014.

just couldn

Jennepen - January 19, 2014.

Ben Sharf! U sound like my kind of person... :)

Mya - February 3, 2014.

Hi I m deaf female I have bad addicd cocaine straight 20 less years I really need big help. I have depression and axanily made worse down.. I don't know what to do now. Help me!

Tim Stoddart - February 3, 2014.

Mya - you have to call us! 866-317-7050. We will help you.

BossBoo - February 10, 2014.

Just Sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm addicted to cocaine (Crack) and I cant seem to shake this Monkey off my back! I WANT TO STOP! But The Cravings Keep Coming. Im Losing everything and everyone Around Me That I Love and Loves Me Please help? Is there a Medication That I Can Get Prescribed that Will Help? # Desperrately Need Some Help ASAP!?!

Tim Stoddart - February 10, 2014.

Call us!!! 866-317-7050

AnonymousHank - February 12, 2014.

Tim Stoddart: what do you offer for help? I live in a South American country and need help. I need to control this before it ruins me. And after I get a little better I need to quit it for good. I don't want anyone close to me finding out that I'm an addict but I need to talk to someone who has cleaned himself/herself. I need to know what to expect if I continue using so that I convince myself completely that I absolutely need to quit for good NOW. My family is going through a member (my little brother) with cancer and I have to be well fast. I can't be another problem for my family now that the have their hands full. But I still tell myself that I can control it and that I don't have to completely quit. Which I know is bullsh!t but the addict in me is strong.

Tim Stoddart - February 15, 2014.

You need to call us. We will do whatever we can to help. 866-317-7050

scott - February 19, 2014.

Whats your hrs of operation?

matthew - March 16, 2014.

I dint think i was addicted to cocaine but now im thinking i am i regually use cocaine only half a gram every few days tho its 40 a time iv spent thousands on the shit im trying to stop it last night i used cocaine and it going to be my last time otherwise i will get addicted will i find it hard ???

Lila - March 21, 2014.

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Andrew Ferruche - March 29, 2014.

I am losing the battle I just took medical leave went to rehab. Almost had 90 days adn I used. I am going to lose every thing in my lose. I have been fighting this for 30 years. I am going to die soon

Channing - April 1, 2014.

I'm too embarrased to get help but 10 years of cocaine use has spiraled into a horrible addiction, it sucks. I am a different person I dont feel normal.

carol - April 9, 2014.

I'm just sooo tired of this addiction. I have truly lost everything and have no money. Can someone please help me. With information of a rehab I can go to that is out of the St . Louis are and I can b there fir at lease 30days and takes people with no insurance and no money!!!! I want help really bad, someone out there help me please!!!!

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