How to Quit Cocaine For Good
Staying off cocaine is certainly not easy – not without help, that is. Grappling with a cocaine addiction on your own is an uphill battle. The majority of men and women who attempt to quit without professional help find themselves right back where they started within a matter of weeks (if not days). This is partially because cocaine is so highly addictive, and partially because without the structure provided by an inpatient treatment center, staying off cocaine is all but impossible.
If you are looking to quit cocaine for good this year, it is a good idea to start with a personal commitment to a medical detox center. Attempting to quit cold turkey in an at-home setting is not only dangerous, it is usually unsuccessful. Medical detox facilities offer a safe and structured environment in which clients can undergo cocaine withdrawal. While generally not life-threatening, symptoms associated with cocaine withdrawal are extremely uncomfortable and can lead a person back to using before the detox process is complete. The more common symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include:
- Restlessness and agitation
- A dramatically increased appetite
- Depressed mood, which can lead to suicidal ideation in extreme cases
- Intense psychological drug cravings
- General feelings of discomfort
- Insomnia and other sleep-related issues
- Vivid and intense dreams or nightmares
Once you have undergone the withdrawal process, it is highly recommended that you immediately transfer into a higher level of clinical care. If your cocaine use disorder is moderate or severe, inpatient or residential treatment is likely required. Also known as “drug rehab,” this phase of the recovery process generally lasts for between one and three months. Inpatient treatment is followed up with a long-term program of aftercare, which focuses on a continuation of 12-step involvement and ongoing individual therapy.