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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms to Recognise

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Cocaine addictions can be very difficult to deal with, and you may find yourself in denial about your problem.

Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms can become so unbearable that you may feel continuing the use of cocaine to alleviate these symptoms is the best option.

However, it is not the best option. Remember that choosing recovery and sobriety is the best choice if you find yourself in this situation.

There are people who care and will help you every step of the way whether that be a friend, family member or an addiction specialist. You won’t be alone.

Recognising and understanding cocaine withdrawal symptoms can prepare you for the journey ahead.

In today’s blog post, we will explain some of the withdrawal symptoms you should look out for in cocaine addiction and how to manage them.


Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is highly addictive and can negatively impact your physical and psychological health.

People usually start to use cocaine recreationally to make them feel euphoric and energetic. This is how it can spiral quickly into an addiction.

When you begin to take cocaine regularly, your body adapts to the drug and starts to become dependent. This can lead to you having to use more of the drug to reach the desired effects.

When you have become addicted, you will start to feel withdrawal symptoms when you are not using the drug. This is because your body is used to having cocaine in its system and it starts to find it difficult to function without it.

Cocaine addiction is complex and different for everyone. If you feel you are suffering from a cocaine addiction, you should reach out to someone you trust or an addiction specialist. Seeking support for your addiction is a crucial part of recovering from addiction.


Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms to Expect

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person. It can depend on the severity of your addiction, how long you have been using the drug and how your body reacts and adapts to being ‘deprived’ of the drug. You may experience some physical and psychological symptoms, such as:


Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Extreme tiredness and lack of energy
  • Increased appetite
  • Tremors
  • Body aches and pains
  • Aches and pains
  • Struggling to sleep
  • Chills and sweats


Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Cocaine cravings
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty concentrating


If you are experiencing these symptoms, consider seeking professional support to help you manage your symptoms. This is something we can help with at Home Detox UK.


Ways to Manage Withdrawal Symptoms

Being able to manage your withdrawal symptoms is an essential part of your recovery journey, making your recovery that little bit easier. Some ways you can manage these symptoms include:


Stay Active

Keeping active and exercising can be a great way to keep your mind off your symptoms and give your body a break.

When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins that make you feel good. This can help you stay motivated with your recovery.

Studies have shown that exercise, regardless of intensity, can help reduce withdrawal symptoms. This suggests that incorporating exercise into your treatment plan can benefit your recovery.


Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet and Stay Hydrated

Getting the right nutrients and staying hydrated can help you manage your symptoms by alleviating hunger and helping to increase your energy levels.

When your energy levels have increased, you will be able to exercise more – which will improve your mood and minimise anxiety and depression symptoms.

This can aid your poor sleep too and help you to cope more with mood swings along with keeping your mind off any cocaine cravings.


Stay Occupied

You may find that the longer you have stopped using cocaine the intensity of your withdrawal symptoms decrease as your body adapts. However, the cravings to use cocaine may still linger.

Keeping yourself occupied and starting a new hobby that you enjoy can help you keep your mind off the cravings and symptoms.

Meditation and yoga are great for staying relaxed throughout the withdrawal process as they can help you to feel mindful and alleviate stress.


Being Open with Your Support System

Talking to the people around you who are supporting you and being honest with them when you have cravings is so important.

Keeping feelings to yourself can negatively affect your recovery. However, being open about how you feel can help you stay motivated on your journey to sobriety.


Home Detoxing From Cocaine

Home detoxing is a great way to recover from your addiction in the comfort of your own home in a private space with support around you.

It is advised that you utilise the support of a health professional to create an at-home detox plan that works for you and can help you recover from your addiction in the safest and easiest way possible.

A health professional will be able to prescribe you suitable medications that will help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and manage your cravings.

Currently, there are no medications that can treat cocaine withdrawal symptoms specifically, you may be given sleep medication if one of your symptoms is poor sleep. Or you may be given medications that treat other addictions.

For example, Disulfiram. This medication is used to treat alcohol addictions and it works by giving you unpleasant side effects when you come into contact with alcohol whilst using the medication, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness


Tests are being carried out currently to determine whether this medicine works for cocaine use too.

An at-home detox works by allowing you to recover from your addiction at home with a schedule that suits your needs and aligns with your commitments.

You will have access to an online support system with tools and resources that will help you to stay on track with your recovery.


Getting Help with Home Detox UK

At Home Detox UK, we will be with you every step of your recovery. We will create a suitable plan that will give you the best chance at recovering and maintaining your sobriety for years to come.

Get your life back on track and become happier and healthier with the help of Home Detox UK. We offer free consultations with our addiction specialists, who will support you through your journey.

Accepting that you need help and are ready to recover is really brave – and we are here for you.

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