Cocaine

What Does it Mean to Detox From Cocaine?

More often than not, cocaine use tends to begin as a recreational drug being used as a pick-me-up to get someone through the day after not getting enough sleep, a night of partying, or something similar. It can be very miserable to come down from the high of cocaine use. 

Cocaine dependency starts to form when a person feels as if they need the drug in order to function normally.

When it comes to substance use disorder or substance misuse, cocaine is one of those substances that we have heard about time and time again from pop culture or our personal lives. Actually, according to a survey presented by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 15% of American adults have tried cocaine.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is an addictive drug made from the coca plant, which is native to South America. It belongs to a class of substances known as stimulants and it’s said to “up” levels of alertness, attention, and energy. 

Cocaine has many names, often known as street names. These other names for it include:

  • Coke
  • C
  • Snow
  • Rock
  • Blow
  • Crack
  • Powder

The most common in the United States and in American pop culture is a fine white powder which is usually known as blow, powder, snow or just coke. However, it can also be made into a solid rock crystal. This is often known as crack cocaine, rock, or crack. The street name “crack” name came from the sound that is made when this type of cocaine is heated up, which is necessary for use.

How Can You Tell if You Have a Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine addiction–like other forms of addiction–stems from the chemical dependency and emotional dependency on the substance. Addiction is a complex condition. It is a brain disease that is categorized by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences. People with severe substance use disorder (SUD) have a focus on using a substance, like cocaine, to the point that it takes over their life. 

Symptoms of addiction or substance use disorder fall under four categories:

  1. Impaired control: a craving or strong urge to use the substance; desire or failed attempts to lower use
  2. Social problems: substance use causes failure to complete major tasks at work, school or home
  3. Risky use: continued use despite known problems
  4. Drug effects: tolerance or withdrawal symptoms

It can also cause an intense feeling of dependency on a substance. These dependencies can come with serious side effects. These side effects could be from use or from withdrawal.

Cocaine use can quickly turn into an addiction that can get out of control. The more you use the drug, the faster and stronger the addiction ultimately becomes. If the use is frequent then you may notice the following red flags of cocaine addiction:

  • You suffer from anxiety and/or depression
  • You tend to choose cocaine over some of your favorite hobbies and interests or you have lost interest in some of your regular activities
  • You often plan your day around the use of cocaine
  • You have been harming others in order to gain access to cocaine, including lying, stealing, and breaking the law
  • You tend to make decisions that you regret later while you are under the influence of the drug
  • You are consistently asking others for money to buy cocaine even though you know you won’t be able to repay them
  • You often engage in high-risk behaviors

People who use cocaine often may also have more serious side effects and health problems:

  • Headaches
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Heart disease, heart attack, and stroke
  • Mood problems
  • Sexual trouble
  • Lung damage
  • HIV or hepatitis if you inject it
  • Bowel decay if you swallow it
  • Loss of smell, nosebleeds, runny nose, and trouble swallowing, if you snort it

Cocaine may lead someone to have strong cravings for the drug and the high it brings. The more you use, the more your brain will adapt, which leads to dependency and tolerance. This means that a stronger dose will be needed to feel the same high. 

Stronger, more frequent use also causes long-term changes in brain chemistry. The brain begins to rely on the substance for those feelings. This can make it harder to think or even sleep. This can lead to an addiction or overdose.

What Should You Expect From a Cocaine Detox Treatment

Cocaine addiction recovery can have ongoing symptoms or effects that can last for a few days, a few weeks, or even several months. It is completely normal to experience these symptoms, and Shadow Mountain Recovery will be there to help ease some of these effects throughout the treatment process.

Some symptoms that may be experienced include weight loss, loss of appetite, severe anxiety, insomnia, and paranoia. With a built-in team of professionals and an effective treatment program, our cocaine rehabilitation program has the ability to address the discomforts that you may experience with cocaine withdrawal.

All of our clients will undergo a comprehensive medical, nursing, and psychiatric assessment at admission. Therapists will work with you to develop and implement plans of treatments that have been tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Get Medical Help for Cocaine Addiction

At Shadow Mountain Recovery, the healing process begins in a relaxing, nurturing, homelike environment. We offer a high staff-to-client ratio so that clients receive the care and attention that they deserve. We provide frequent individual and group therapy sessions. During the assessment process, clients will be assigned a designated treatment team that consists of nursing, psychiatry, and clinical staff. This team will provide you with support, safety, and reassurance during your time in our detox center.

Therapeutic Activities at Shadow Mountain Recovery

One of the first steps of the recovery process is ensuring that you build strong, solid, and supportive relationships with your clinical team and therapist. The primary focus of your individual and group therapy sessions is to learn more about yourself, your relationships, as well as your addiction. These sessions offer you a safe environment to express your emotions while also helping you to learn brand-new and healthy skills of coping. Group sessions are held on a daily basis, while individual sessions will be held as determined by you and your therapist.

Exercise and Nutrition for Your Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Stimulants—like cocaine—tend to cause a loss of appetite and weight loss. Initially, when you stop using cocaine, it can result in dehydration and even the imbalance of electrolytes. The cocaine rehab program at Shadow Mountain Recovery focuses on a biochemical treatment approach, which consists of a tailored nutrition plan that is based on your symptoms. In order to help ease the symptoms that your use of cocaine has caused, it is important to maintain an adequate diet and routine, in addition to taking amino acids and supplements.


Significant amounts of cocaine use can result in co-occurring conditions like malnutrition, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, and memory issues. Frequent exercise can naturally help reduce anxiety and promote better sleeping patterns. It also helps to relieve stress, improve your overall sleep routine, increase your daily energy levels, and enhance your well-being by releasing endorphins.

Leisure and Recreational Activities for Cocaine Detox

When you discontinue the use of cocaine, it can result in experiencing common symptoms like lack of motivation and pleasure, fatigue, depression, and feeling restless. These can be very intimidating symptoms, but Shadow Mountain Recovery will be there every step of the way to help alleviate them.

Our clients learn various strategies to help them cope with the boredom and stress that they experience through recreational activities. These types of activities offer structure on a daily basis and help them find brand-new hobbies outside the world of addiction. We offer a number of activities that can piqué a variety of interests, including arts, sports, and cultural events.

Cocaine Withdrawal & Detox FAQs

How long does it take to detox from cocaine?

Detoxing from any substance can take days or weeks. This can be dependent on the usage, treatment plan and more. Our recommendation is to seek counseling and treatment then create a plan with your treatment team since detox and addiction sciences are never one-size-fits-all.

What helps you detox from cocaine?

Many things are said to help ease the process of detox from substances. These include medications to alleviate symptoms, drinking plenty of fluids, getting rest and being active during waking hours. These are also great ways to establish healthy habits early in recovery.

What happens during cocaine detox?

During detox, you will be able to have a safe and protective space to come off of the form of cocaine that you are currently using. You will be monitored and cared for by trained staff and then you will begin other types of care in your recovery treatment. Recovery is most effective if you move into a residential or outpatient treatment program following a detox program.

Call Us Today for Admissions to a Cocaine Withdrawal Program

If you or someone you know need cocaine addiction treatment, then you are not alone. Shadow Mountain Recovery has the means to help. Contact us today to learn about our cocaine addiction treatment program and how it can help you or your loved one. Call 855-572-7814 today.

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