Cocaine is the second most illegally trafficked substance in the entire world. According to 2012 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), almost five million Americans reported having used cocaine in the past year and nearly 40 million Americans admitted to using cocaine at some point in their life. More than half a million Americans were hospitalized as a result of problems related to cocaine use in 2011.
Cocaine is classified as a highly addictive substance. While cocaine withdrawal symptoms are not considered to be as serious as the withdrawal symptoms for alcohol and benzodiazepines, they can still be very uncomfortable. Like alcohol withdrawal, the withdrawal symptoms from cocaine can be categorized into three stages:
- Stage 1 is known as the crash and typically occurs within 24 hours after use. Symptoms experienced during this stage may include irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.
- Stage 2 is known as the withdrawal phase and it can last up to ten weeks. Symptoms may include trouble concentrating, mood swings, anxiety, low energy, depression, mood swings, and cravings.
- Stage 3, known as extinction, can last up to six months, but usually involves the relaxation or abatement of most symptoms. Lingering symptoms may include low mood and cravings.
Cocaine addiction is a progressive disease and it will become worse over time if not treated.
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