Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. Ever since the 1970s when the popularity of cocaine began to skyrocket, the drug has been a problem for law enforcement, treatment professionals and families across the globe, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Cocaine addiction causes problems that affect the individual as well as the community at large and is an issue that is being dealt with on a personal level as well as community, state, federal and international levels.

Physical Changes During Detox

The desired results for a cocaine detox program are at first physical changes. The decrease of withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and insomnia allows you to focus on dealing with the issue of cravings and psychological dependency. In the cases of chronic health issues like heart murmur, high blood pressure and severe sinus issues, it may not be possible to heal completely during cocaine detox.However, it is possible to slow the progression of these illnesses, which allows you to get a handle on what’s happening through comprehensive medical exams.

Even if your experience with withdrawal symptoms is minimal, the first few days of treatment will be at a slow enough pace to allow you to flush out the drugs that remain in your system.Then you can start to regain your strength.

Tips for Success at Detoxing from Cocaine

Just getting into a treatment program is a huge step that should be commended.However, to get the most out of a cocaine detox program, patients can get active in their own recovery and improve their chances for successful abstinence in the long term. Here are a few tips to consider.

  • Follow your doctor’s orders. Avoid the urge to argue and fight with those who are there to help. Instead, follow the orders of your doctor to the letter. This step will enable you to complete cocaine detox as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • Know what to expect. If you can, do a little research before entering into cocaine detox.Get to know what you can expect in terms of withdrawal symptoms and available treatments.
  • Choose early detox and treatment. Once you recognize that cocaine addiction is an issue that requires addiction treatment, don’t wait to begin. Early treatment can help you to limit the number of issues that require addressing during rehab and improve your chances of success in the long term. Paying for care should not be painful to families, Obamacare can help. 
  • Don’t give up. Relapse can be extremely dangerous, but if it happens, don’t let go of the goal of treatment and recovery. Instead, stick with the process and always give it one more day.

Cocaethylene and Detox

When cocaine and alcohol are used at the same time, it creates a unique substance called cocaethylene.[i] Unfortunately, cocaethylene is also far more devastating to the body than cocaine alone.The effects can be apparent during cocaine detox and long after successful sobriety has been achieved.1

If alcohol is a co-occurring issue with cocaine, it is important for patients to disclose this fact to providers in order to make sure that detox measures and healthy lifestyle choices are a priority. These choices help decrease the chances of serious health issues.

Detox Addiction Treatment at Michael’s House

Michael’s House is a residential rehab facility located in the historic desert town of Palm Springs, California. We at Michael’s House treat cocaine addiction through a powerful combination of cutting-edge approaches and holistic care techniques. Please contact Michael’s House today at 877-937-8491 for more information.


1What is Cocaine?” National Institute on Drug Abuse. May 2016. 6 November 2017.

2Cocaine Withdrawal.” New York Times.Accessed 6 November 2017.

3 Kosten, Thomas R. M.D., “Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Drug Dependence.Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: Opportunities for Coordination Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 11.N.d. Accessed 6 November 2017.

4 Dasgupta, Amitava. “Combined Alcohol and Drug Abuse: A Potentially Deadly Mix.” Science Direct. 2017. Accessed 6 November 2017.

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