The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that among those 12 and older, 14.4 percent have used cocaine at least once. Many will develop an addiction, and require cocaine detoxification to beat their dependency. What happens during detox and why is it so important? Here are some things you need to know.

What is Cocaine?

Man with faraway, sad look knows he needs cocaine detoxification.

Cocaine comes from the coca plant, a specimen native to South America. A German chemist first isolated cocaine from coca leaves in 1859. During the late 1800s, physicians widely used it to alleviate pain and depression. Doctors gradually phased this practice out as more of them learned of cocaine’s addictive properties.

These days, growers crush coca leaves into a fine powder, making it easy to snort or inject. When ingested, it promotes feelings of reward in the brain. As such, individuals have an overwhelming urge to use cocaine again. Those feelings become more profound after each use until finally, an addition occurs.

Importance of Cocaine Detoxification

As mentioned, you develop an overwhelming desire for cocaine the longer you use it. Your cravings and desires are often strong enough to make gradual weaning nearly impossible. To break your habit, you must eliminate all traces of cocaine from your system. Only then can you control cravings and take the necessary steps to become drug-free.

Detox provides you with a level of comfort and support which is not possible in other surroundings. At Beaches Recovery, we offer you patience and understanding to ensure you are mentally prepared for rehab. If you require medication to control your withdrawal symptoms, we can provide that to you as well.

What Happens During Cocaine Detoxification?

Upon your arrival, we will perform an assessment to determine the level of addiction. This allows us to create a custom treatment plan based on your needs. Our medical staff will ensure you receive the right treatment at the proper time, and will carefully monitor you for adverse detox side effects.

The first 24-72 hours are normally the roughest, but after that, you should notice tremendous progress. Some clients fully complete cocaine detoxification in as little as three days, but most require between seven and ten days. There’s no rush. We’re here for you no matter how long it takes.

Cocaine Detoxification Symptoms

Not everyone experiences the same detox symptoms. However, most people do experience one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances, including nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Increase in appetite

It is not possible to determine what symptoms you will encounter or their severity. Unexpected or extremely serious side effects are potentially life-threatening. This is why we do not recommend detoxing your own.

Our Cocaine Detoxification Center

At Beaches Recovery, we provide an inviting, home-like setting directly on the beach. Loaded with amenities, our Jacksonville facility allows you to escape from everyday living and confront your cocaine addiction head on. It provides the perfect setting for our meditation, surfing, and equine therapies-programs you can fully enjoy after completing detox.

Cocaine detoxification prepares you for the intense rehabilitation that follows. During rehab, you’ll enjoy a busy schedule, but one that not too hectic. At the end of each day, you will feel a sense of accomplishment as you ponder the benefits that are still yet to come.

A few of the programs you may enjoy during rehab include:

Don’t Wait to Contact Beaches Recovery

Stop allowing your cocaine addiction to control your life. Allow us to help you with cocaine detoxification and get your life back in order again. Contact Beaches Recovery at 866.605.0532 to get started on the road to recovery.