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Common Cocaine Withdrawal Experiences

Written By:

Becky Babb

Common Cocaine Withdrawal Experiences

    Anyone can experience cocaine withdrawals; it doesn’t matter if you’ve used it once or a hundred times. When you introduce cocaine to your system, the drug stimulates the brain excessively, releasing extreme amounts of dopamine, causing the euphoric feeling of being high. When the drug is no longer stimulating the brain and has left the system, the enormous drop in dopamine levels causes a crash that can result in serious symptoms.The effects of cocaine withdrawal often include:

    • agitation
    • paranoia
    • anxiety
    • cravings
    • depression
    • fatigue
    • hunger
    • insomnia
    • irritability
    • sleepiness
    • nightmares
    • decreased motor function

    The most common and dangerous of these being paranoia, depression, fatigue, and slow motor functions. Cravings caused from cocaine withdrawal can be extremely intense and last for months after the last use. The best way to deal with cocaine withdrawal is though a medical rehabilitation facility; they will be able to monitor and provide the support you need for a successful withdrawal, recovery, and sustained freedom from the drug.Long term use of cocaine is more likely to cause the psychiatric symptoms like anxiety, depression, and paranoia. While short or one time use of the drug can still result in withdrawal, they are less likely to cause severe psychological issues. The reason for this is because the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin are lowered by cocaine through chronic depletion, and they can cause the patient to have a hard time recovering and restoring the recommended levels.

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