We are frequently asked this question:
“Does cocaine use cause withdrawal?”
The answer we have to this is slightly complicated. Cocaine withdrawal is unlike heroin, alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal. Cocaine has no visible physical withdrawal symptoms like the latter drugs, which can cause symptoms from vomiting and shaking to full blown grand mal seizures. The user experiences cocaine withdrawal when they cut down or quit taking the drug. This phenomenon is also known as crashing. The symptoms during a crash can range from mild to extreme (severe depression and cravings).
Symptoms Experienced During Cocaine Crash or Withdrawal
A cocaine crash occurs after a cocaine binge or period of long-term heavy cocaine use. The symptoms can last anywhere from as a short as a day to months (for heavy cocaine use).
Primary Cocaine Symptoms Include:
- Suicidal thoughts in extreme cases
- General malaise and disinterest in activities
- Increased appetite
- Vivid and unpleasant dreams
- Slowing of activity
- Cravings for cocaine
- Agitation and restless behavior
Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal
Since there aren’t really any pronounced physical withdrawal symptoms, there aren’t any medications specifically designed for “cocaine withdrawal”. More often than not, insurance will not cover a detox visit strictly for cocaine as it usually isn’t medically necessary. That doesn’t mean treatment isn’t necessary, the patient just won’t need to detox under medical supervision unless they’ve been using other substance such as alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines. Some treatment centers will prescribe Clonidine for issues with blood pressure and agitation, and a non-narcotic medication such as Trazodone to help with sleep. Wellbutrin is also used from time to time for issues with depression, low energy, and cravings.
The real issue among cocaine addicts is the fact that over half of them have a co-occurring mental disorder. Providing the necessary treatment by use of different medications and cognitive behavioral therapy is usually provided in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center.
Just because cocaine doesn’t have any pronounced withdrawals, it doesn’t mean the dangers of cocaine addiction and withdrawal couldn’t be life threatening and/or dangerous. A cocaine overdose could speed the heart up to supraphysiological levels and could lead to heart issues or even worse, a heart attack. Furthermore, the withdrawal could cause depression and in severe cases, suicidal thoughts. Suicidal ideation could become a life threatening issue and would require treatment immediately.
There is a Way Out
If you are or someone you know are struggling with addiction, there is a way out. At Recovery Care Partner, we understand the delicate nature of planning an intervention and guiding a loved one toward recovery from active addiction. We offer a free, 30-minute pre-treatment consultation to help you make an informed decision on if our support is appropriate for your circumstances. Beyond that, we offer intervention services, post-treatment support, recovery care monitoring, transition coaching, and sober companions for intensive, discreet, and professional one-on-one support.
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We at Recovery Care Partners are well versed in the problems that addicts go through when they are facing the struggles of overcoming addiction. The greatest issue for an addict or alcoholic is the fear of losing their best friend, the fear of losing their comfort blanket. Many people in the grips of addiction will lie, manipulate and do anything to keep their addiction going. They will go through stages of denial and rationalization. Many of them think that they are tricking the people around them, but the only person they are lying to is themselves. The disease of addiction is so strong that they believe that the drug is the only thing that is keeping them living when in reality it is quickly destroying every area of their lives.
Addiction is one of the hardest things anyone has to go through. When someone is going through cancer and the doctor recommends chemo, are they going to go through with the treatment or just sit on the sidelines and continue to get sick? With addiction, due to the powerful grips of the drug, many people consciously or unconsciously choose to continue to stay sick. Even in the face of a better life and treatment, they believe that continuing their drug and alcohol use is the best option. What they don’t realize is that there is a much better life out there. We have talked to and treated many people that have exclaimed great joy of how much better their lives have become after dropping their drug of choice.
Many of our past clients have told us about their struggles and how they have overcome them. The common theme was that if they didn’t overcome their addiction they would see the fate of many addicts, jails, institution, or death.
We know the struggle first hand, so we came up with a list of some of the common problems addicts and alcoholics face in early recovery as they try to overcome their addiction.
- Denial: Denial sure is one of the biggest factors of keeping someone from giving up their comfort blanket. Many people are so blinded and clouded by their drug use that they are unable to accept the fact that the drug is destroying every area of their lives. The first step of making a change is to accept that you are an addict or alcoholic. Until that happens you will continue living in denial that the drug is helping you, when it is actually putting your life in shambles. Many people will rationalize their use, saying that it helped their depression, when in actuality it leaves them feeling worse than when they started.
- Giving up their best friend: This is a tough one. Many people in the grips of addiction consider their drug of choice (yes even alcohol, alcohol is a drug too) their best friend. They believe that the drug is always there with them through the toughest of times and good times, they can always rely on that certain substance to give them a certain effect. What they don’t realize is that their “best friend” eventually turns on them and becomes their greatest enemy; taking away their sanity, their ability to have interpersonal relationships, and their ability to function in every other area of life.
- Fear of stigma: Many people do not want to be labeled as an addict or alcoholic in fear of what others will think. Even in today’s world of easily accessible information, many people in our country are still ignorant to the fact that addiction isn’t a moral decision and that in fact, it is a debilitating disease. While still not perfect, we have been making great efforts to spread the facts about addiction. September 2016 was last year’s National Recovery Month and the theme was “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable.” According to Barack Obama’s proclamation released on the 10th of September 2016, this theme “encourages us all to do our part to eliminate negative public attitudes associated with substance use disorders and treatment.”
- Seeing no other alternative to life: This is a big issue for someone currently in the midst of active addiction. They are in a state of total hopelessness and do not see a way out or a better life for themselves. What many of them need is for people to love them till they can love themselves. Luckily there are many options for someone currently struggling with addiction. They can go to Support Groups or even enroll into a Substance Abuse Treatment Center. There are many different options, no one way is the answer to everyone, a treatment plan should be tailored specifically to the addict; whether that means enrolling in an IOP or Outpatient Program or talking to a Substance Abuse Therapist!
Addiction is not easy; no one should have to go through it alone. If you or someone you love is struggling with overcoming addiction, there is a way out! At Recovery Care Partners, we understand the delicate nature of planning an intervention and guiding a loved one toward recovery from active addiction. We offer a free, 30-minute pre-treatment consultation to help you make an informed decision on if our support is appropriate for your circumstances. Beyond that, we offer intervention services, post-treatment support, recovery care monitoring, transition coaching, and sober companions for intensive, discreet, and professional one-on-one support.
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One of the first biggest breakthroughs for someone just coming into treatment is the realization that drugs and alcohol themselves aren’t actually the direct cause of our problems, but rather they became our solution to the problems experienced both mentally and emotionally in our daily lives. Up until the 1990s, anyone who suffered symptoms of a mental health disorder, be it mood swings, depressive episodes, anxiety attacks or delusional behavior, had to be treated separately from those who were seeking help for substance abuse and alcoholism. According to previous models of addiction education, those who suffer from problems such as depression and anxiety used to be denied mental health treatment until they had at least 6 months clean and sober. The problem in this situation is that these conditions often overlap, and substance abuse is often driven by an underlying problem. This often meant that anyone suffering from co-occurring mental health and addiction problems never truly received the help they so desperately needed. This is why the most successful programs are integrated to treat all aspects of the illness to ensure the greatest chances of sustained recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Strategies
- Group Therapy – Mutual support groups are a key element in dual diagnosis treatment. Both addiction and mental illness can cause or exacerbate symptoms of depression and social anxiety. Isolation and social withdrawal can worsen as a result. Getting together with other members of a supportive group can help restore faith in humanity and enhance their sense of worth.
- One on One Sessions – Intensive counseling sessions with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or certified addictions counselor will address both their psychiatric condition and their addictive disorder. Because they are so closely related, it is important that both conditions are treated simultaneously. All therapists should have proper credentials in their field.
- Proper Medication – Proper management of symptoms of depression, anxiety, manic-depressive disorder and schizophrenia often require the assistance of modern pharmacopeia. Medication is a widely accepted tool in dual diagnosis treatment and is considered to be an essential part of recovery for most patients with some form of mental illness.
- Couples Counseling and Family Therapy – It is often said that addiction is a family disease. The family unit is almost always affected, and sometimes even plays a key role in the patient’s illness. Always be sure to invite the patient’s spouse, family, or any other significant individuals to play an active part in their loved one’s recovery.
- Social Services – For those who struggle with mental health issues, keeping up practical tasks and basic life skills can be quite challenging. Services such as vocational training, relationship counseling, and nutritional guidance are often implemented by the recovery care management team, but it is important to get the patient signed up for social services as well. Food stamps, housing assistance, and childcare can mean the difference between setting your patient up for success or having them fail under the weight of their pressures.
No matter what type of addiction education is employed by your recovery management team, it is important to stage a proper family intervention to help guide your loved one if they aren’t willing to get the help. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism and don’t see a way out, we can help. Contact us at email@example.com or 855-727-2887.Learn More
Doubt. It is one of the most frequent enemies of any personal goal. It is practically entwined with all forms of addiction. Many people give up on their recovery because of doubts. But if you allow it too, doubt can actually be a catalyst for breathing new life into your recovery. If you are currently going through doubts on a regular basis, here are just a few addiction education lessons that can hopefully grant you a new perspective.
Why we Doubt
The thing about doubt is that it is born out of the fear that our fears will come true. This is what makes it one of the trickiest fears to confront. We say that we cannot overcome our addiction because of practical reasons. But no matter how tangible these excuses are, if there is a will there is a way. And even if you have the smallest ounce of will, you can use that will to call up a friend or family member. That’s it. That’s all you need to do. Call someone who you can simply explain to that you need help. Recovery is not something that can be accomplished entirely on your own. So when it comes to anything that seems impossible to overcome, expressing this fear to one person can make a huge difference.
How we confront our Doubts
Once we see that recovery is actually possible, we are faced with a choice. Do we accept this new, sometimes scary journey that is recovery, or do we not even bother? After all, something bad may still happen and we’ll just relapse. Why bother?
That is doubt talking. This is a situation where we can finally choose for ourselves what is possible. Doubt is like an addiction. It seems to be always present, and whenever we want something that can change our lives, we immediately go back to doubt to feel calm. There might be many reasons why we doubt, but one thing is for certain. If we do nothing, addiction will consume us. We fear that we will relapse or fail in some way. But making mistakes is all a part of the journey. Just because you relapse doesn’t mean that your recovery is over. Our Recovery Care management team works hard to make sure that relapsing is not even in the equation. We support you no matter what. Even if you fall. In fact, here is a little secret in addiction education: There is no perfect recovery story. Whether you doubt yourself, have relapsed, or lose something you once had, recovery is still a very real opportunity.
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Here is one thing to remember about going into and out of recovery. It is impossible to be successful doing it on your own. Sure, there are times where we have to apply what we’ve learned on our own, but that implies that we learned that knowledge from somebody else. Whether it is family, friends, or sober counseling staff in recovery, you will need to learn and use the support you have been given (even if we don’t even realize it is there for us).
We often think that we know everything there is to know about ourselves. We can expect certain things from our brain and our body. But As life continuously shows us, that is totally untrue. We discover new things about ourselves every day that we are challenged. And while in recovery, we find positive challenges everywhere. For instance, we cannot simply stay within recovery for the rest of our lives. We must be able to allow ourselves to move on from a treatment center. We will have to go back out into the world, rather than hold onto recovery care management staff as a crutch. We have to accept the challenge of personal growth. Because being separated from the world is not living. One has to apply the skills they’ve learned from sober counseling and other staff members in order to actually live addiction-free.
Now, although the idea of trusting someone with your journey to recovery may sound comforting to some, it may not to others. It may seem like the scariest thing, due to fear of not knowing what treatment will look like. How do I know that these sober counseling advisors know what they’re talking about? How can I trust recovery Care Management that they will always take care of me when I need them to? There are many reasons why you can trust our recovery care management and sober counseling staff. If you would like to check out some of our testimonials, they can be viewed here. But one of the reasons that we doubt our future is because addiction seems like such a big, overpowering force. It is like a blackness that always is able to manipulate us when we try our hardest to resist.
But that is why Recovery Care Partner cares. We know exactly what it is like, and we want you to be able to live free once again. We offer several treatment plans available to meet your needs where they are. But that starts with trusting your mentor and friends in recovery. But before that, it starts with telling those who you need to know what you’ve been going through. Addiction may seem like a scary thing to bring up, but if it is from those who unconditionally love you, then you will have nothing to worry about. IN fact, you will have plenty to hope for.
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An intervention refers to a lot more than just a meeting to tell someone that they have a problem. It is a support system for your friend or loved one who has been dealing with a self-destructive compulsion (in this case, drug or alcohol addiction). The goal of the intervention meeting is to convince the person that they need help and should be open to seeking it. However, with the person being in such a sensitive state, an intervention needs to be handled carefully. It is not meant to be done off-the-cuff without any planning. One of the best ways to make sure that the intervention is performed properly is through a professional interventionist. Here are some of the main qualities that you’ll find with an intervention specialist.
The role of an Interventionist
A professional interventionist sets up the meeting with a customized approach. They do this by talking to the loved ones of the person in order to determine what kind of approach is best. Some require a stern, more direct approach. Others work best under a calmer, more sensitive form of communication. But in either case, the interventionist advises that everyone communicate from a place of love. A selfless, clear-headed approach to the person will make a huge difference.
Picking the right people
A big part of picking the right approach is picking the right people. An intervention is not a party where anyone the person knows can come. It is a place of support for the person who is addicted. This means that the only people present should be those who can understand, support and love this person. It may seem hard to leave out someone else, but if they pose any threat or unnecessary stress, then their presence wouldn’t bring any support.
Provide guidance to the people
Although the chosen family and friends know the person best, they are still not professional intervention specialists. That is why they require preparation and guidance for how an ideal intervention is supposed to move. It is like a play, where everyone has to learn his or her role in the play. However, it is not as stressful as memorizing lines. The only real requirement of everyone is to know their specific purpose and support the person. Some people don’t even have to say anything. They can just sit there to let the person know that you are there for them.
Love and support
At the end of the day, an intervention specialist is meant to help the person who is under the control of drugs/alcohol. And yet, that help means balancing both stern truth and loving support. The interventionist is a professional, but they are nothing without the support of the family and friends of the person. For more information on our services and practice, please feel free to contact Recovery Care Partner today.Learn More
Many people have a misconception about recovery. They seem to believe that the core process of recovery is sheer willpower. The key to sobriety is simply white-knuckling your way past any sort of addiction. This is not only unappealing but also untrue. Our Recovery Care management team offers a more hopeful and reasonable means of recovery. Although practices of willpower are surely a part of the journey, it is not what gets one through the struggle. What we need is proper addiction education on how our bodies and minds uniquely respond to drugs and/or alcohol.
Cut it at the roots
Addiction is like a tree. If the tree is giving us bad fruit (addiction), we try to cut it off by the branches. This is futile since it does not get rid of the source of the fruit. The branches just grow back. The bad fruit returns. In order to get rid of the fruit permanently, we need to cut it off at the roots. And those roots go deeper than we realize. That is why personal addiction education is so crucial.
Manipulation of the brain
We often fail to realize is that the addictive substance is not the problem. It is how our brain responds to the substance. Drugs and alcohol are not dangerous in of themselves. The danger comes when they are applied to our brains. When a drug like cocaine enters the brain, it manipulates the brain’s usage of natural chemicals. It increases the chemical messenger known as dopamine. Dopamine is known as a “happy hormone.” Dopamine is good and necessary for healthy living. However, cocaine excessively builds up the dopamine between the nerve cells, causing a high. This is not a proper delivery of dopamine and leads to addiction. Many other forms of drugs and alcohol manipulate the brain and body. But one has to ask, why do we even need that excessive amount of dopamine? What are we trying to avoid? This goes back to the origin of the need for the substance.
The desire for the substance
As many discover during recovery, the reason for many addictions is traumatic experiences or personal dilemmas. Drugs and alcohol tend to make facing these problems much more bearable. Now, everyone is different. But for many people, addiction treatment has more to do with the psychological reasons for the substance, rather than the substance itself. That is why our Recovery Care management is here to help you reach the therapeutic goal of personal understanding. We help you get to the core of your reasons for the substance, whether it be personal trauma or other experiences. And once you are able to confront that, your recovery becomes a whole lot more accessible. It may not be easy, but with loving support, it is far more than just possible. It is hopeful.
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If you have a friend or family member with an addiction problem, then an intervention is likely necessary. However, it is not the wisest choice to perform an intervention without any prior research or experience. That is why our professional intervention specialists can give you the needed guidance and preparations for your meeting. Here are just a few things that you can expect from working with a Recovery Care intervention specialist.
Medical and psychological assessment is needed for interventions. The environment needs to feel calm yet taken seriously. It is a tricky situation, but with an intervention specialist, you will have the foresight to know what will calm the person, while not accidentally putting any stress on them as well. The best-case scenario is to have the person agree to go into recovery right there after the intervention is over with.
The intervention specialist also will be able to recommend the best type of recovery treatment. Our process involves hearing about the person first (including the nature of their particular addiction). How they act in regards to addiction and their personal lifestyle has a big impact on how they react to the idea of recovery. Some people are open to recovery, while others are unsure or even fully against the idea. From there we can recommend which treatment program will best suit their needs. The strength of the addiction greatly indicates which kind of treatment is right for them. With the interventionist’s expertise and your personal understanding of the person, the person will not have to be afraid of being misunderstood at the recovery center.
The job for you as a friend/family member is to give them support and take away any worries that they may have. This might be anything from telling them not to worry about finances or what is going to happen to their career while they are in rehab. Most importantly, the intervention specialist is here to teach you how to receive the person with care while also pointing them to the prosperity that comes with recovery. For more information on our intervention services, please be sure to contact Recovery Care Partner today.Learn More
When it comes to the road to recovery, there can be many roadblocks or moments of despair. These moments can be tough and hard to overcome. It might seem like recovery is just a pipe dream and that our body and mind is forever attached to our addiction. But no matter if you are haunted by heroin or alcohol, it is seriously possible for the addiction to be defeated. With the guidance of our recovery care management, a sober companion, and/or sober escort, it is important to carry a few reminders to help stay focused on your end goal.
Mistakes are not in vein
Often one of the things that we dread while in recovery is the appearance of a relapse, emotional/anxiety attack, or any other kind of bad circumstance. We feel as though that we should not have done whatever it is we did in order to actually move forward. But a horse ride isn’t over when you fall off the horse. It is over when you give up and decide not to get back up on it. Support from your sober companion and recovery care management will certainly be here to accept and encourage you despite any mistakes and struggles.
Recovery takes time
As implied earlier, this is a journey involving roadblocks and learning. Recovery is not a speedy process. We are essentially reworking our lifestyle and mental inclinations to live healthier away from the traps of the addictive substances. To do that, we must have take steps ahead in their proper time, and allow the body and mind to move away from the addiction.
Asking for Help is good
Sometimes we can find ourselves believing that we are advancing if we have to ask for help. Yes, there comes times where we will have to find the strength in ourselves, but if we need help then we need help. There is no shame in that. It is the help that we receive that allows us to find the strength to handle any future struggles.
One of the biggest pieces of inspiration we receive in recovery is from those who know your struggle. If you would like to hear more about meeting with our recovery care team members, a sober companion, or any other friends along the way, then please give us a call. We are here for you and your future of freedom.Learn More
There are a lot of awful physical struggles that come with the withdrawal process. However, the relieving aspect of recovery treatment is that those things are capable of being overcome. Physical withdrawals are always temporary. Now, the mental struggles are also conquerable, but in a different fashion. It takes more than just exercises and a sober coaching to maintain sobriety. One needs to see the self-assurance to move through the struggle of withdrawals to the other end. Along with guidance from your professional counselors, sober companion, and treatment staff, you can find the hope in yourself to withstand the demons that say that you will not get out of it. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind in order to prove those mental naysayers wrong.
Spotting the Lies
When your brain is in the midst of withdrawals, there are a lot of things that are being presented as fact, which are actually just misinterpretations of fact. These lies are often so subtle that we can easily just gloss over them while we focus on physically keeping away from the addictive substance.
Remembering the Truth
One key way to notice these lies is to doubt the feeling of doubt. Whenever we feel like we are in a negative spot (i.e. believing that we can’t do this) that might be because we treat those subtle lies as reality. For instance, if there is a consistent lie in the back of our heads that says that we are faulty enough to relapse, we might grow to feel that is inevitable. However, if we are reminded of the truth, which is that we are capable of standing through the withdrawals without relapsing, we can see that that doubt is just a lie. We can say, “Yes, relapse is possible, but I have just as much of a real opportunity to move past it.”
Lessons from our Struggles
The mental demon is just spouting fears, and fear is not logical. It is just something to ignore in order to get to the sober life we dream of. And in that sober life, we will be able to look back and see that the demons, in a way, allowed us to get through the withdrawals. When we ignored the ideas of failure and unworthiness, we have to rely on another belief. And that belief is the same one that friends, counselors, and sober companion each know: that you are intrinsically capable of saying no to the addiction and saying yes to the peaceful life without it.
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