Vertava Health - Ohio Discusses Cocaine Withdrawal in New Blog Post

Sherrodsville, Ohio — Vertava Health Ohio, a rehab treatment provider based in Sherrodsville, Ohio, recently published a new blog post on the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine. As with other drugs, prolonged cocaine consumption will cause the body and brain to get accustomed to the presence of the stimulant in the body. The result is that when cocaine is no longer taken, a number of negative withdrawal symptoms are experienced. With some addictions, withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and may even be life-threatening. With cocaine addiction, the withdrawal symptoms are not usually life-threatening, but they can be extremely uncomfortable if the person does not undergo detox that is closely supervised by experienced and well-trained medical professionals.

“To better understand how and why the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal occur, it is important to understand what cocaine is and how it affects the brains and bodies of people who consume it,” says a spokesperson for Vertava. “Cocaine is a very potent stimulant and can be highly addictive due to the effects and feelings it creates in a person. After experiencing such powerful or euphoric 'feel-good' effects, a person can begin to crave more of the feeling, which makes the basis for addiction.”

Stimulants, whether prescription or illegal, are drugs that usually target the central nervous system and increase the energy or alertness of the person taking them. Cocaine accomplishes its effects by making some changes to the brain chemistry, particularly those chemicals that are related to certain emotions, feelings, or thoughts. These chemicals are known as neurotransmitters and serve as chemical messengers for the body. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for those feelings and thoughts that are related to pleasure and happiness. Cocaine causes a significant rise in dopamine levels in the brain, resulting in intense feelings of alertness and high energy.

When a person regularly takes cocaine, the brain becomes dependent on it and eventually stops producing dopamine on its own. Thus, when this person stops taking cocaine, there is a significant decline in dopamine levels, resulting in the negative withdrawal symptoms of cocaine. Over time, the brain will again start creating dopamine, allowing the person to recover. In the meantime, the person may experience an unpleasant set of physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety; an increase in appetite; agitation or irritability; anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure); body chills and sweating; trouble concentrating; intense drug cravings; vivid and intense dreams; depression; insomnia (the inability to sleep); mood swings; muscle aches and motor skill impairment; paranoia (fear of someone or something); and sleepiness. It's the psychological withdrawal symptoms that can have very serious effects, such as the increased risk of suicide and suicidal thinking. A person going through cocaine withdrawal usually goes through severe depression, anxiety, and mood swings. It is because of this that those who want to quit cocaine are encouraged to undergo detox in a licensed addiction treatment facility.

The worst symptoms usually resolve themselves seven to 10 days after the last dose. However, many people tend to develop a psychological dependence on cocaine that can result in cravings and other symptoms for extended periods of time. The length of time the withdrawal symptoms will last depends on several factors, such as the length of habitual consumption, average dose, polysubstance dependence, environment, and co-occurring mental health or medical disorders.

Founded in 2014, Vertava Health Ohio is a fully accredited treatment provider for substance use disorder and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. They offer a range of evidence-based treatment options, including top-quality medical care, drug and alcohol detox, residential treatment, a partial hospitalization program, and an intensive outpatient program.

Those interested in learning more about the services provided by Vertava Health Ohio can check out their website or contact them on the phone 24/7.


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Vertava Health of Ohio
(740) 200-3800
2650 Lodge Rd SW
Sherrodsville, OH 44675