Cocaine is a powerful drug which leads to many changes in experience, behavior, and temperament. It also has a lot of long-term health effects for you mentally and physically. And of course, as we all know, it is also incredibly addictive.
Because of this, the process of detoxing from cocaine can be quite difficult for most people, and the more addicted you are, the worse this can feel. It is still absolutely worthwhile, but you do need to be prepared for some of the effects of detoxing from cocaine. So here are some of the most important things to be aware of.
One of the most common problems you might have, in cognitive terms, is having trouble concentrating. This can be mild or severe, depending on the person, but either way it is something that can prove to be quite frustrating. After a while, however, your concentration will not only get back to normal, but improve to your pre-cocaine levels.
It can bring up a lot of anger when you are detoxing from cocaine, and this can lead to a very hostile attitude towards other people which can be most unwelcome. If you find that you are getting hostile when you are detoxing from cocaine, just try not to act on it, and remember that the feeling will pass. In general, it’s wise to take your emotions with a pinch of salt at this time.
A very common occurrence when someone is detoxing from any drug, cocaine included, is to feel depressed. This again will go away eventually, but depression can be a pernicious thing which can seem to sap all the life out of things, so it’s important that you are doing something about it if it gets tough. Speak to your therapist or doctor if you think you might need help.
At the same time, you might also have anxiety, which can be mild or extreme. In mild cases, it might be a general underlying sense that things aren’t quite right (and your addiction might be trying to suggest that taking more cocaine will make it okay again) or at the severe end, it could be full-blown paranoia, and excessive worry. All in all, this is yet one more thing that proves to go over time, so it’s something you’ll have to try and ride out. And again, seek help if you need it.
You are always going to get some craving when you are detoxing from something, but these will go away in due course. In fact, most people find that cravings do not last as long as they thought they would when detoxing. But for now, the thing to do about them is to ride them out and let them be. Try to gain some distance from them and see them as just feelings that are coming and going. This might give you power over them that can prove very useful.
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