Clinical cocaine detox is a process that helps you safely withdrawal from cocaine after discontinuing use. If you are struggling with chronic use or abuse of cocaine, we highly recommend a period of safe medical observation at Briarwood Detox Center before beginning a comprehensive inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program.
Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug made from the leaves of the Coca plant. It is made in the form of a fine, white powder and dealers often mix it with cornstarch or flour to maximize profits. Sometimes people also mix it with amphetamine, another stimulant drug.
Cocaine is an extremely powerful and addictive drug. When a person ingests it, it causes an excessive buildup of dopamine between nerve cells in the brain which disrupts normal brain communication. This is what causes the “high” that users feel after taking it. The effects of cocaine can be felt almost immediately and last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
Cocaine is known to “speed up” the body, so initially after using users may feel excited and full of energy but they are also prone to rapid mood swings and may suddenly become angry, nervous, or paranoid. After the high wears off, users typically feel depressed and tired for days.
Long-term abuse of cocaine can result in serious health problems, such as:
- Bowel decay (from reduced blood flow)
- Loss of smell
- Problems swallowing
- Higher risk for HIV and Hepatitis C
- Parkinson’s disease
- Severe paranoia
Mixing cocaine with alcohol is particularly dangerous and can result in overdose. Cocaine overdoses often lead to heart attacks, strokes, or seizures.
Do I Need Cocaine Detox?
If you are physically dependent on cocaine, a full detox program is not necessary but we do recommend a period of safe medical observation in a clinical environment while you are discontinuing all use of the substance.
Why Medical Observation?
Most often, detox from cocaine and other stimulants results in extreme exhaustion. Because of this, we provide consistent medical support and treat any uncomfortable symptoms that arise so clients can rest comfortably.
The intense cocaine cravings that occur after a crash is often the most difficult time for people in cocaine detox. Many times this is also coupled with extreme anxiety or depression, which puts them at risk for self-harming behaviors.
Medical observation at Briarwood Detox Center provides the support you need to get through the initial binge and crash cycle and break your physical dependence. It is absolutely necessary for a safe withdrawal from cocaine. Our medical and clinical team will provide essential medical services by monitoring your vitals and heart rate, treating related symptoms, answering questions and offering therapeutic support with individual and group counseling sessions.