Cocaine Detoxification Treatment*

In the past, cocaine’s addictive characteristics were misunderstood. This is surprising because the problem with cocaine use is very simple: enough is never enough. Cocaine produces euphoria by flooding the brain with high amounts of particular neurotransmitters. Twenty minutes after use, the tide of neurotransmitters ebbs, and there is a strong craving for more cocaine. If the drug is smoked (crack or rock), the cravings come quicker. These cravings eventually affect behaviors and health. Individuals want more of the drug, regardless of negative consequences. Usually the drug ends up steering the individual away from their responsibilities and goals. Users begin concealing their drug use and feel guilty and afraid. They try to stop, but find they are unable to quit on their own.

Withdrawal symptoms include craving, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, agitation or extreme suspicion. Other signs and symptoms individuals might experience while withdrawing from cocaine include:

  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Chest pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations – visual, auditory or tactile

A detox center works hard to help clients get through the first hours of withdrawal as comfortably and as safely as possible. Symptoms of withdrawal are treated with medications, when appropriate, as well as through nutrition and holistic practices. Perhaps most importantly, clients feel supported, safe, and respected in a professional, yet home-like environment. Clients begin to make the connections that will serve them well every step of the way. One client described her experience: “I’d done coke off and on for years. But after my husband cheated on me and I kicked him out of the house, I started partying. Sniffing coke would mess up my nose, so a ‘friend’ showed me how to smoke it. I guess I’d always suspected that I was ADHD and prone to depression, but the coke pushed me over the edge. I wanted to get my life back on track, but couldn’t stop by myself.”

At Morningside, clients with co-occurring conditions get the help they need. Research has shown that relapse rates are dramatically reduced when co-occurring mood disorders are diagnosed and treated.

After a few days of rest and nutritional support, most clients join Morningside’s treatment programs to begin a schedule of educational lectures, group meetings and counseling with certified addiction specialists and licensed therapists. Many clients say the education and therapeutic support they received helped them feel “normal” again. Clients regain their health and self-esteem, and start mending personal relationships. One client described his experience: “I had financial problems, legal problems, and a cocaine problem. But I was so delusional that I didn’t really connect the dots. I thought I had it going on. I blamed my troubles on my wife, the economy, everything except me. Once I got to detox, things began to come together. My head didn’t clear up by snapping my fingers, but I began to see my part in things.”

*Detoxification services are not provided at Morningside Recovery facilities. We work closely with local, fully licensed detoxification centers that provide the highest level of care to our clients. If a client requires detoxification and is admitting to any of Morningside’s programs, our clinical team will follow the client’s detoxification treatment at these local facilities. If the detoxification period is to exceed 72 hours, we will also begin private therapy and other treatment services at the designated location. Our consulting physician and psychiatrist will also follow each client’s case at this outside center in order to ensure a smooth transition into any of our many levels of care. Although outcome studies have shown significant increase in client success when receiving full or extended treatment services after detoxification, if you require only a detoxification without further treatment, we are happy to refer you to one of the highly regarded and trusted detoxification facilities that we utilize.