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South Florida Cocaine Detox

Cocaine Detox in Ft Lauderdale

Cocaine is a stimulant which produces feelings of euphoria and extreme alertness. Think caffeine on steroids, only much more addictive. In fact, as many crack users can attest, cocaine alters the brain’s chemistry so quickly that addiction can begin within 30 minutes of use.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cocaine accounts for nearly 10 percent of annual drug abuse treatment program admissions. Most of those admissions (68 percent) seek treatment for crack abuse and were are likely to be polydrug users. However, even powder cocaine users often abuse more than one substance. Remember, cocaine addiction is a complex disease involving changes in the brain as well as a wide range of social, familial, and other environmental factors. The best and most effective cocaine detox and addiction treatment programs fully address these and other issues.

Cocaine Addiction Withdrawal

Cocaine generally leaves the body’s system within six hours. However intense symptoms and cravings can last anywhere from seven to 14 days. There’s also an “extinction phase” where triggers can fuel intermittent cravings. This can last for 30 weeks or longer.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms, which occur swiftly and severely, include restlessness, irritability, agitation, fatigue, depression, vivid dreams or nightmares and all around physical discomfort. The intensity of these symptoms depends largely on the duration of cocaine abuse, as well as whether the drug was smoked, snorted or injected and to what extent.

Though the physical effects of cocaine withdrawal can be surmounted within a matter of weeks, if not days, the psychological effects suffered from cocaine abuse may last many, many months. This is especially true for the long-term cocaine user. Therefore it’s always wise to follow up cocaine detox with an comprehensive addiction treatment program.

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Detoxing from Crack and Powder Cocaine

Though there are currently no FDA-approved medications for cocaine addiction, there are numerous medications that can mitigate the adverse effects of both crack and powder cocaine detox. Drugs such as drugs such as gabapentin, modafinil, and topiramate may be used to treat symptoms of cocaine withdrawal; while Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft or other SSRIs may be prescribed to address any potential co-occurring mental disorders.

Cocaine detox entails constant and considerate physical and psychological monitoring by highly-trained medical professionals in a safe, clinical setting. Yes, effective detox provides a solid foundation for recovery; it isn’t, however, a substitute for addiction.

Since the effects of crack and powder cocaine abuse and addiction vary from person to person, it’s important that each detox patient is provided with an individualized treatment program. Imperium does just that. From
assessment and stabilization, straight through to aftercare, we put together a recovery plan tailored to meet your specific needs. And we do so in the most safe and effective manner possible.

Let Imperium’s Fort Lauderdale Detox Center Help You Beat Cocaine Addiction

Imperium’s Fort Lauderdale facility provides a safe and effective way for you to beat addiction to crack and powder cocaine. We offer a variety of addiction treatment protocols, from detox through aftercare, each administered by highly-trained clinical professionals. If you’re seeking recovery -- real recovery -- then give us a call today!

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