On the 14th of October 2019, a true story of cocaine withdrawal appeared on the New Yorker online magazine. It was the chilling chronicle of a teenager (8 years ago) who got hooked to cocaine and other narcotic drugs. He went through a hell of substance abuse and dependence disorder before coming into the Detox and rehab programs. Today he is reportedly sober and enjoying his freedom from drug dependency problems. The true story has a powerful message to convey to those who want to give top priority to sobriety in life. Hope is still alive and calling, no matter how deep the addicts have fallen.
Cocaine Withdrawal – It is Not a One Man Game
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can be grouped into many categories that include physical, psychological, cognitive, and behavioral disorders. They are also known as defects of characters. Now, the question is did they appear after the addiction started or did they exist before.
Withdrawal problems may start once the addict tries to quit on his own without any help. The probability of success depends on how long, strong, and destructive his addiction has been. Youngsters who just tasted cocaine once or a few times may find it easy to stay away from it for a considerable time. What about those who have hopelessly got hooked?
Drug Dependence – A Crutch for Support
What makes people get addicted to cocaine? What makes them feel they can’t live without it? Cocaine dependency syndrome is stated to be a physical and mental disorder that directly invades the brain and attacks Dopamine, a neurotransmitter and a hormone that is responsible for the creation of euphoria feelings after getting bombarded by cocaine molecules. The physical craving for cocaine could result in many symptoms like
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Nervous disorder
- Physical tremors
- Feverish feelings
The psychological withdrawal symptoms could be
- Depression and anxiety
- Fear of the unknown
- Deep-seated resentments
Cocaine Withdrawal Treatments – Physical and Psychological Healing
Physical dependence is something that can be overcome once the addict gets Detox at the treatment center. The doctors can eliminate the toxic elements and waste from cocaine from the body using medications and IV treatments. The recovery back to a healthy life could take about six months to one year, provided the recovering patient (formerly called addict) manages to stay sober and follows a nutritious food plan with a healthy lifestyle.
Psychological healing is something that takes a long time to happen. It is for the simple reason that an addict’s mind is twisted in thinking. He has done bizarre things during the “Active Using Days” that has left scars of self-destruction deep in his mind.
The imprints won’t go away so soon and they keep lingering for decades, in some cases for a lifetime. Rehab and psychotherapy could be the right method of healing for the patient. He can also follow the 12-step program to keep himself sober and sane one day at a time.