At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, we are fully committed to serving all individuals regardless of their background or history of drug use. It is our goal to treat the whole person throughout the detoxification process from meth, not only addressing the physical symptoms of addiction but also the mental and emotional components that are equally as important.
Upon entering our center, our highly trained and knowledgeable staff will work hard to match each client a unique and individualized detoxification plan designed to meet their specific needs, formatted with their history of cocaine addiction in mind. Cocaine detox is only the first step on the road to recovery, however it is one of the most important. It is crucial that every patient receives the highest quality of care during his or her journey, to ensure a safe, healthy, and successful detox process.
Understanding Cocaine Use & Its Risks
Cocaine is an illegal drug that can be consumed in a number of different ways. The primary methods of consumption include inhalation, snorting, or injection directly into a vein using a needle. This powdery white substance is incredibly addictive because of the almost immediate pleasurable and euphoric feelings it produces in users. Those who use cocaine on a regular basis typically do so in binges, consuming it repeatedly within a short period of time to maintain their “high.” While under the influence of cocaine, users can expect to experience a variety of physical and psychological changes, such as extreme joy, hypersensitivity to sound, touch, and sight, increased mental alertness, irritability, and even paranoia.
Individuals that become addicted to cocaine soon come to experience a variety of negative symptoms the drug has on their health. These symptoms are not only uncomfortable, but they can become dangerous and life threatening. Some of the symptoms most users have reported are restlessness, nausea, dilated pupils, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, increased body temperature, and constricted blood vessels. Additionally, certain symptoms that come about correspond to the method of consumption. For example, users who snort cocaine may eventually lose their sense of smell and have regular nosebleeds. Those who inject cocaine put themselves at a higher risk for contracting illnesses such as HIV or other blood borne diseases.
Risk Factors for Cocaine Addiction
There is no one type of person that can suffer from an addiction to cocaine. There are people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses that become dependent on this drug. Despite this wide scope, however, there are certain risk factors that make some people more prone to suffering from an addiction. One such factor is genetics. Individuals who have a family member that has dealt with addiction are twice as likely to have addiction issues. What surprises many people is that the addiction someone develops may not be exactly the same as the one their relative suffers from. It is possible that while one member of a family battles an addiction to gambling or alcohol, the hereditary addictive genes may manifest through a cocaine addiction in another family member.
Another risk factor is simply one’s environment. People who grow up with little parental involvement, who have suffered from abuse, or who experience intense peer pressure have a higher likelihood of abusing cocaine. Additional risk factors include fear of withdrawal and mental illness. Cocaine can be so physically addictive that many people become incredibly ill during the withdrawal phase that they are pushed into continuing their use for fear of experiencing the unpleasant physical symptoms. Other people may be suffering from a mental illness, and decide to turn to cocaine as a way to cope with their negative thoughts and self medicate.
How Cocaine Addiction Develops
An addiction to cocaine can develop differently depending on the person. Some people can become addicted fairly quickly, without having to use the drug too many times before they are hooked. Others, however, may begin to suffer from an addiction after multiple uses over a longer period of time. Once a person has been diagnosed with an addiction, however, it is because they experience a deep physical and emotional dependence on the drug just to function normally. Prolonged use of cocaine can actually alter the way that the brain functions, requiring more and more cocaine over time. If an addicted individual ceases using cocaine, their body will go into shock and experience withdrawal symptoms.
Cocaine Detox At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers
Going through the detoxification process from cocaine can be particularly challenging because the body has become so reliant on the drug. When the drug is removed from the system, the body must adapt to its new drug free state, which can be a difficult adjustment. At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, we aim to make the detox process as easy as possible. We are able to do so by first putting each patient through an extensive evaluation process, learning every detail about their medical history, frequency of cocaine use, details about their home environment, and much more. Once we’ve gathered this critical information, we are able to prep clients for what to expect during detoxification.
Long-time cocaine users will typically experience the onset of withdrawal symptoms within just a few hours of their last use of the drug. Individuals who do not use the drug as frequently, may have a bit more of a delay when it comes to the start of withdrawal symptoms, usually about 24 hours or later after their last use. It is important to note that the exact type of withdrawal symptoms and intensity of the symptoms will vary between each patient. The most commonly reported cocaine withdrawal symptoms include slowed thinking, increased appetite, unpleasant dreams, depression, insomnia, and fatigue. A particularly unique response to cocaine detoxification is that many recovery patients report experiencing formication. This is the feeling that something is crawling on the skin, such as bugs.
Once withdrawal has started, most patients can expect to experience negative symptoms for three to seven days, however it is possible for symptoms to last beyond this time frame depending on the history and severity of drug use. Constant monitoring of each individual undergoing withdrawal from cocaine is absolutely necessary so as to prevent dangerous complications. Those under the care of medical professionals at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers will be continuously monitored to ensure that they are kept in a safe and stable condition throughout detox.
Some patients at our treatment facility may be prescribed medication during their detox to combat the most serious withdrawal symptoms. Medications to curb cravings and prevent psychiatric episodes, for example, could be administered. When detox is complete, our clients will then move on to our next phase of treatment that includes therapies to addresses the emotional and mental components of recovery.
Working Together to End Addiction
Detoxification can be intimidating, however there is nothing to fear when at the hands of the gifted staff at Malibu Beach Detox Centers. We aim to be your partner in fighting cocaine addiction, offering the guidance and resources you need to get clean. We are here to support you throughout your journey to a sober and healthy life. If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to cocaine, please do not hesitate to call us immediately. It’s time to take back your life once and for all.