If you are dependent on cocaine, you will have unpleasant emotional, mental, and physical effects when you stop using cocaine. This state is called cocaine withdrawal.
Babies born to cocaine-dependent mothers are addicted at birth. The infants are jittery and don't respond well to people. Babies have to go through the painful process of withdrawal.
The symptoms of withdrawal that you must go through when the drug is no longer available can be dangerous and very unpleasant.
Emotional changes may include:
Physical symptoms may include:
To diagnose cocaine withdrawal, your healthcare provider will review your symptoms, examine you, and take a medical history in which he or she will ask questions about your use of drugs. It is very important that you answer honestly.
You may have trouble when you want to stop using cocaine because you feel depressed, or because you have cravings to use cocaine, or because your social setting provides access to cocaine every day. For treatment to be successful, cocaine has to be removed from your environment or you have to be removed from the cocaine setting.
Emergency treatment includes:
Outpatient (out of the hospital) therapy usually includes:
Individual therapy includes:
You may benefit from day treatment, outpatient treatment hospitalization, or long-term residential drug treatment center if you:
The goals of long-term therapy are to:
If you are treated as described above, you will usually improve at first, but you may be tempted to abuse cocaine after periods of not using the drug.
If you are already seeing a healthcare provider, it is important to take the full course of treatment he or she prescribes.