Detox is a very important part in the cocaine rehabilitation process. The point of a detoxification program is to fully cleanse the body of any remaining remnants of cocaine. The time it takes to detox from this drug depends on the person using and the duration of the drug use. Since cocaine is water-soluble, Cocaine Detox is different than other drug Detox programs. Cocaine spreads through the body quickly, but does not stay in the body very long. A few withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are agitation, drug craving, anxiety, severe fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. That list is just the physical symptoms of cocaine withdraw, but the withdrawal from cocaine is way more mental than physical. The main symptom of cocaine withdrawal is clinical depression. There are three methods of cocaine detox: detox at home, the use of medications, or inpatient rehabilitation.
First of all, I would like to make it clear what a detox at home actually is. It is simply, attempting to quit using cocaine by staying in your home. A cocaine detox at home is not recommended by professionals in the field of addiction services. Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world; therefore, it is almost impossible to overcome in a re-stimulating environment. A re-stimulating environment is a place that you have possibly used this drug before or have an emotional connection to that you associate with the drug or the drug use, in your mind. At home detox is also not recommended because you aren’t taking yourself out of contact with the people who supplied you with the drug or the people who you did the drug with. They could still contact you at any time or vice-versa. Although if this form of detox is chosen, it is encouraged to stay hydrated, exercise, and eat healthy and as regular as possible.
Although there is no definite pharmaceutical drug for cocaine detox, there are a few used to help detox symptoms such as: anxiety, craving for the drug, and depression. The beta-blocker propranolol has shown to be effective to those who are dealing with a severe cocaine addiction. This medication has been used to help the addict deal with the anxiety and craving for the drug. Anti-anxiety medications and anti-depressants have also shown to help the addict deal with the addict’s depression. This may seem like an easy fix to a cocaine addiction, but it is not highly recommended due to the fact that the addict may become addicted to these medications and return to the same life style as an addict that they were running from.
The highest recommended detox from cocaine is an inpatient sauna rehabilitation program that refrains from the use of any pharmaceutical drugs. In an inpatient facility an addict will have the positive support that he/she needs and the medical attention if needed. The addict will go through the sauna part of the program which will naturally cleanse the body of any cocaine remnants. While going through this detox, the addict will be monitored medically, given vitamins to gain back health, have regular eating and sleeping periods, and kept fully hydrated. This should end the drug craving, help the addict become clearer minded and refrain from the depression of cocaine withdrawal, and also begin to eat better and be healthier. The addict is fully detoxed from cocaine, naturally, without an addiction to any other medication, which would have been a possibility through using other medications as a detox, and is healthier and safer under medical supervision as opposed to doing an at home detox where the addict would have been under no medical supervision. An inpatient rehab is also recommended because the addict is taking themselves out of the environment they have used and away from the people they associate the drug use with. Most people try to find a rehabilitation center around their community, but that is not always a good idea. The addict may quit the program just because they know they can walk out the door and call their drug dealer that lives ten minutes away. If they are miles from home, they will feel more alone and scared to just walk out on the street with nowhere to go and no one to call.
Anyone is fully capable of detoxing from cocaine and living a healthy sober life. Some methods of detox work for some addicts the first time, but some addicts have to go through many methods and many programs before they find the right one. Relapse is always possible, but a lower risk is shown after an addict has been through an inpatient detox. If you or a loved one is addicted to cocaine, reach out and get help. It is hard to not give up on a loved one, but all they really need is support. You may ask, “Why?” a million times and they will never have an answer. They can’t end their addiction alone. Find the right method of cocaine detox, finish a rehabilitation program, and start your life over by living full sobriety or help a loved one do so.