THE JOURNEY FROM COCAINE TO INSOMNIA
- November 23, 2019
A person who struggles with an addiction to cocaine may find it hard to find any enjoyment in life without the drug, so they begin abusing it more often in an attempt to feel better. The more frequently a person uses cocaine, the less sleep they get. Many people who use cocaine develop an accompanying, recurring disorder of cocaine addiction and insomnia.
Insomnia is defined as a pattern or habit of sleeplessness, or the inability to sleep. Whether it’s a result of stress, alcohol, caffeine, anxiety, depression, change of environment, eating too late, or cocaine, insomnia is a feat to manage.
Some of the most commonly reported sleep-related issues associated with cocaine addiction are:
- Sleep deficits
- Declining sleep quantity and quality
- Lack of awareness of sleep problems
- Impaired learning and attention span
The reality is that cocaine-induced insomnia is more than just a mere sleeping condition; it can actually contribute to a relapse. As a result, a person may trigger the onset of a vicious cycle of cocaine use in order to feel normal.
In some instances the high from cocaine may last up to an hour, however, most of the time cocaine only produces a short term euphoria characterized by intense bouts of energy. The psychological effects of cocaine don’t always wear off as quickly as the initial high, and it is typical for the drug to interrupt sleeping patterns. Cocaine can also negatively affect the brain’s ability to detect its own need for sleep. Sleep deficiency is a common contributor to kidney and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Because sleep problems aren’t always easily recognized, in turn, they remain unaddressed and therefore persist over time. Because of this, insomnia can open a door for cognitive impairment, which often means that treatment is less effective.
When an individual suffering from cocaine addiction ceases to use the drug, they may initially experience a crash followed by withdrawal. Depending on the amount of cocaine used, withdrawal and its symptoms can last from a period of one to three weeks. Specific withdrawal symptoms like depression can last for several months after a person quits using cocaine.
Some cocaine withdrawal symptoms may be worsened by insomnia, including:
- Lack of pleasure
- General discomfort
- Unpleasant and detailed dreams
- Anxiety and fear
- Suicidal thoughts
At Asana Recovery, our goal is to gain a thorough understanding of the obstacles connected to recovering from addiction. Despite a popular belief that it can be managed alone, we believe that rehabilitation programs are necessary for the fight against dependency. The journey ahead is not without trial or tribulation, but can indeed be conquered if held accountable by the right team.
All detoxification programs and residential treatment in California at Asana Recovery are offered in a highly supportive, laidback, and inspiring environment. There is no better time than now to reach out, as we are always available to speak with you. Contact us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our alcohol and drug addiction treatment in California today!