Learn more about medical detox for cocaine withdrawal at Sandstone Care.
Making the decision to seek treatment can be extremely challenging.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a detox program is the philosophy. Sandstone Care’s detox and treatment philosophy includes managing withdrawal symptoms, and providing clients with a safe and comfortable environment in which to detox from drugs and alcohol.
Just as with any other illicit substance, cocaine use and dependence can negatively impact every aspect of your life. Relationships with friends and family, physical health, mental health, school, and work can all be affected negatively by your use of cocaine or other illicit substances. Despite knowing the risks, it’s not uncommon for people who regularly use cocaine to combine it with other substances or to stack doses in order to maintain a high. Detox and withdrawal are two things that every addict is familiar with, as they are very well known for being uncomfortable both physically and mentally. However, getting through the withdrawal process is the first step to getting sober and beginning a new and better life.
A medically assisted detox is the process of detoxing from drugs or alcohol with the help of medications and a team of trained and licensed medical professionals. It is the safest option for individuals who have become physically dependent on substances.
Attempting to go through detox and withdrawal without medical assistance can make the process more painful and uncomfortable, and can lead to severe health problems, and in some cases, even death.
Without the use of medication to assist in reducing physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, the likelihood of relapsing is high and there is the risk of overdosing on the drug. Additionally, having the support of a caring staff and recovery community, can ease the isolation that comes with drug addiction. This is why it’s important to enter into a detox center that offers medication and experienced staff as part of a recovery treatment plan.
During detox, you will be medically monitored by a team of licensed medical professionals at our detox center. Both teams include medical doctors, psychiatrists, and registered nurses. You will also be given medications to ensure that your detox is as comfortable and safe as possible.
Cocaine withdrawal is a physically uncomfortable and potentially dangerous process. Making the choice to detox at home without medical assistance and monitoring can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Suddenly stopping the use of cocaine can also trigger more severe, life threatening withdrawal symptoms. While cocaine withdrawal symptoms are less severe than other opiates, they can still be dangerous and include life-threatening conditions.
During the first few days of detox, clients at Colorado Springs Detox Center or Virginia Detox Center are assessed regularly by the medical team to ensure that they are being given the best care possible for their condition. Assessments include making sure that vitals are stable, pain is managed, and that they are not experiencing life-threatening symptoms.
Some typical symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include the following:
One of the reasons that detoxing on your own without medical supervision is not recommended is because of the more serious and life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal you may experience. This can include kidney disfunction or failure, inflammation of the heart muscle, and decreased cardiac function.
Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can be extremely unpredictable. Completing your cocaine detox in a controlled environment where you can be monitored is the safest and most comfortable option for you.
We provide each client with a comprehensive and individualized discharge plan that is tailored to meet their treatment-related needs.
Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care including medical detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, virtual IOP, and transitional living program. All of our programs focus on treating the person as a whole and incorporating important wrap around services such as life skills, individual therapy, psychiatry, medication management, and group therapy, which is essential for beginning your journey to sobriety.
Our centers are staffed by medical doctors, registered nurses, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists and case managers. Each person on the highly skilled team has a passion for helping teens and young adults to gain their lives back from addiction. We have two detox centers. Our Colorado Springs Detox Center sits in a quiet suburb of central Colorado Springs, while Virginia Detox Center is conveniently located in Chantilly, Virginia.
Our centers offer medically assisted detox as well as inpatient treatment. Our facilities feature twelve comfortable bedrooms with attached bathrooms as well as 24/7 medically supervised care that supports a safe and comfortable stabilization. Because we only accept a limited number of clients at a time, we are able to provide individualized and attentive care to every person in our program.
After you are medically stable, you will be invited to engage in the comprehensive therapeutic treatment program that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer individual and group therapy as well as various assessments that allow our clinicians to create the best individualized treatment plan for each individual.
Detox is a big step, but it’s only the beginning of the long journey to sobriety. Most people will leave Colorado Springs Detox Center and Virginia Detox Center feeling better than their addiction has allowed them to feel in a very long time, but those who do not continue with substance abuse treatment are almost guaranteed to relapse.
Medically Assisted Detox alone is not substance abuse treatment. While it provides you with a solid medical foundation, you should continue with a lower level of care such as residential treatment, intensive outpatient, or a partial hospitalization program.
Cocaine, or cocaine hydrochloride, is an extremely addictive stimulant that originated from a plant in South America. Cocaine is a street drug, and is often diluted, or “cut”, with substances like flour, baking soda, or cornstarch in order to increase the profits that dealers make off of it. Sometimes referred to as coke, blow, or crack, cocaine is consumed normally either through intravenous injection, smoking, or snorting it.
One reason cocaine is so addictive is because it increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that sends signals to other nerve cells. Sometimes referred to as the “feel-good hormone”, dopamine is responsible for feelings like happiness, euphoria, and motivation. While increasing dopamine using a substance like cocaine doesn’t necessarily sound like a bad thing, cocaine has many short and long term effects that are detrimental to both mental and physical health
The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.