Cocaine Detox Program at FHE Health

Going through a drug detox program for cocaine addiction can have severe symptoms, especially if a person has been abusing the drug for a for a significant portion of time. Cocaine is a stimulant, an “upper,” which means that it gives the user a false sense of energy and uplifted mood. Often times people who are addicted to cocaine will go 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, not to mention the strain it puts on the rest of your body.

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 bloodstream 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 seeks cocaine addiction treatment and starts going through addiction detox, some withdrawal symptoms they may experience include:

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

In 2012, it was estimated that 6,000 people died from a cocaine overdose in America alone. Unlike other drug or alcohol detox programs, cocaine detox doesn’t always have such severe and noticeable symptoms but it runs a high risk of relapse because the urge to use can be undeniably strong. Even with comparatively milder withdrawal symptoms, it is important to get into a medically supervised detox treatment center for cocaine addiction to ensure your treatment is conducted in a safe and supportive environment.

Medically Assisted Cocaine Detox Treatment

When patients first arrive at FHE Health for one of our addiction detox treatment programs, they undergo a thorough evaluation of their medical and psychiatric history in order to verify or uncover any underlying medical or psychological conditions. This helps us establish a baseline for a patient’s health and allows us to decide the individualized treatment plan and level of care each patient needs. All of our patients are different and unique, so we tailor their treatment plan to their needs, individualizing everything from the different types of therapies they will need to participate in to any medications we may prescribe to help alleviate their addiction treatment withdrawal symptoms.

At FHE Health, we realize that cocaine is also used in conjunction with other substances, like alcohol. We treat all types of addiction detox simultaneously when applicable, but also treat separately and tackle one substance addiction at a time when necessary 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 (such as mental health or eating disorders) that may have existed prior to addiction or as a result of addiction. With cocaine abuse, this often includes heart-related problems and mood or behavioral disorders like anxiety or depression. Treating these other issues in conjunction with the patient’s addiction the addiction allows for a greater chance of recovery.

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