Cocaine is a highly addictive, potent drug that offers a powerful, intense high. Due to its highly addictive nature, abstaining from this drug is difficult. Long-term and heavy cocaine usage changes the brain areas responsible for impulse control. Over time, abusers build a tolerance having to use more of the drug, and more frequently, making it harder to feel good without cocaine. Cocaine addicts feel intense cravings for months, even years, after quitting. Triggers, which can range from objects, situations, places, or emotions, can spark cravings. Understanding and recognizing specific triggers can aid in the recovery process. In the beginning stages of recovery, symptoms of restlessness, irritability, and depression make it maintain the resolve to stay abstinent. Although cocaine addiction is difficult, with proper treatment, recovery is possible.
Depending on the addict’s using history, a period of withdrawal symptoms will arise. Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Drug cravings
These withdrawal symptoms can last for months at a time, especially cravings and depression. There are no medications available to help or prevent cravings. However, many cocaine users do attempt to self medicate with another substance. In time, this can lead to a transfer from one addiction to another. All in all, the withdrawal symptoms do make it a difficult drug to kick. Finding a cocaine rehabilitation center is the most effective way to learn how to manage cravings and receive support.