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Helping a Friend Through Cocaine Withdrawal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is popular amongst teens. Many teen users feel a sense of energy and confidence, while others like that it also works as an appetite suppressant. However, the initial stimulation associated with cocaine does not outweigh its danger. Cocaine is an addictive drug. Many people who began using cocaine as teenagers struggle to stop as adults. That’s why cocaine addiction treatment is so important to support young adults who use the drug. At Destinations for Teens, we understand the struggles that await those who use cocaine and helping a friend through cocaine withdrawal can actually save their life. If you have a friend using or abusing cocaine, reach out to learn more about cocaine addiction treatment by calling 877.466.0620.

What Are Cocaine Addiction Symptoms?

Cocaine addiction has a severe impact on a teen’s life. From changed behavior, fractured personal relationships, poor grades, and withdrawn behavior, cocaine addiction has a ton of consequences, including:

  • Depression
  • Overconfidence and excitement
  • Paranoia
  • Runny nose and frequent sniffling
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Missing school or work
  • Mood swings

Razor blades and spoons are common cocaine paraphernalia. If you also realize that money is missing from your wallet or your teen needs extreme amounts of privacy, these are also red flags. These addiction symptoms should never be ignored. Your teen needs guidance and support to realize that dangerous drug use will only hurt their lives. Destinations for Teens will support your family as your teen navigates through a cocaine addiction treatment program.

What Is The Cocaine Withdrawal Process?

The first step to kicking a cocaine habit is going through the detox stage. The cocaine withdrawal process is not easy, but it is necessary. There are three distinct steps in the cocaine withdrawal process. The first step happens in one to three days of not using cocaine. This is also known as the “crash.” A user will feel much more hungry and also be very sleepy. As the withdrawal process continues, the physical effects will be less present. However, the psychological impact will be felt — teens will feel angry, hopeless, and lethargic. While your teen continues to withdraw from cocaine, it is important to provide them with the structural support to manage their detox. Cocaine’s power lies in the immediate rush that people feel when they take the drug. These effects can be present for a long time and make teens crave the drug. A cocaine addiction treatment program through Destinations for Teens will cater to your young adult’s needs and help them manage their desire to use the drug and a relapse prevention plan.

What Are Common Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms?

A cocaine high wears off as quickly as 90 minutes. Users often take many doses to maintain their high. However, when their access to cocaine is not available, they will begin to feel their body respond. This is known as the withdrawal effect. And when someone continues not to use cocaine, they experience a detox process. Withdrawal symptoms for cocaine users include feeling:

  • Anxious
  • Irritability
  • Nauseous
  • Sleepy
  • Sweaty
  • Unstable

The severity of a teen’s cocaine withdrawal symptoms will depend on how long and often they used the drug. In addition to the listed symptoms, some people experience seizures and heart problems. Cocaine withdrawal is not an easy process. However, a cocaine addiction treatment program will help your teen understand why using substances is not in their best interest. They will also learn coping mechanisms to prevent using drugs in the future. We invite your teen to join us in the following programs:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Healing through photography

Don’t ignore your teens’ cocaine addiction. They are too young to become addicted to a drug that will impact their personal and professional lives. Contact an experienced addiction specialist at 877.466.0620 today to discover how Destinations for Teens can support your family.