Cocaine Detox At The Florida House Experience

Cocaine detox can have severe symptoms, especially if a person has been abusing the drug for a long period of time. Cocaine is an “upper,” which means that it gives the user a false sense of energy and uplifted mood. Often, people who are addicted to cocaine go for days without sleeping because their mind believes they have the energy they need, while they are in fact completely exhausting their body. Running on “full steam” for an extended period of time can have a negative effect on the heart and entire cardiovascular system. 

Cocaine is often combined with alcohol, which creates a lethal build-up of a substance called Cocaethylene. Cocaethylene is developed in the liver when cocaine and ethanol (which is found in alcohol) are in the blood stream together. This can produce a greater feeling of euphoria, energy, and happiness, but can turn deadly very fast. If both substances are abused together for a long time, it can have damaging effects on the liver and the individual’s entire body.

When a person stops using cocaine, they may experience the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Fear and Paranoia
  • Sleepiness
  • Itchiness
  • Feeling of bugs crawling under the skin
  • Hallucinations

In 2012, it was estimated that 6,000 people died from a cocaine overdose in America. While cocaine detox may not have such severe and noticeable symptoms like other drugs or alcohol, it runs a high-risk of relapse because the urge to use can be undeniably strong. For this reason, it is important to detox from cocaine in a medically supervised, safe and supportive environment.

Medically Managed Cocaine Detox

When a patient first arrives at The Florida House Experience for cocaine detox, they will undergo a thorough evaluation of their medical and psychiatric history in order to present any underlying medical or psychological conditions and assess a baseline for the patient. Each patient that comes through our doors is different, so each individual’s treatment process will be completely tailored to that patient, from the therapies they will need to endure, to the medications that will be prescribed to them in order to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

At The Florida House Experience, we realize that cocaine is also used in conjunction with other substances, like alcohol. We treat all addiction detox simultaneously, but also separately, in order to make sure we eliminate the possibility of any medical complications. We also conduct an analysis of the individual in order to find or rule-out any other underlying medical issues that may have existed prior to addiction or as a result of addiction. With cocaine use, this often includes heart-related problems and mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression. Treating these in conjunction with treating the addiction allows for a greater chance of recovery.

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