Simply put, withdrawal is one of the most painful processes a drug abuser or addict will ever have to endure (before a long road to recovery and coping with cravings). After using a drug for a long period of time, men and women will develop a dependency on that substance, and their bodies will not be able to function properly without the presence of this chemical. In the case of cocaine (an extremely deadly stimulant), some people may not realize they have developed drug dependency until it is too late, and even withdrawal symptoms may start to seem “normal.” Ultimately, everyone has a different experience with cocaine withdrawal (as in any case of drug detox), with symptoms lasting for a short or long period. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about cocaine withdrawal, overall.
Taking Pleasure Away
To understand how drug withdrawal affects a person, imagine that you are filling up a “happiness tank,” but, when the time comes for you to refuel, you feel lousy due to the ensuing sadness and exhaustion. In reality, drug addicts start to feel irritating (and sometimes dangerous) side effects due to the fact that they have not replenished cocaine in their system. As part of maintaining homeostasis, the body begins to rebound and purge the drug, which leads to the nasty symptoms.
Crashing Cocaine’s Party
As with any form of addiction, cocaine users who are recovering from the drug will start to crave more and more of the white powder out of pure instinct. Typically, this “crash” can be mild or intense and can last from 24 hours to a few days. In some severe cases, though, cocaine addicts will suffer from post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), during which they will suffer from withdrawal symptoms for several months. Here is a closer look at some more side effects of cocaine withdrawal:
- Radical changes in mood and character
- Overwhelming feeling of fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
- Boost in appetite
- Psychomotor retardation (physical agitation or impediments)
Seeking Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.