Facing Cocaine Detox Fears

September 22, 2023

Written By: Buena Vista Recovery

Attempting to recover from cocaine addiction can be overwhelming at first thought. After accepting one’s personal need for sobriety, the first step in recovery involves detoxification. Undoubtedly, detoxification can bring on difficult feelings and fears. Fortunately, however, facing cocaine detox fears can be done in a safe and secure detoxification environment, guided by professionals who provide assistance and support to ease any overwhelming feelings.

At Buena Vista Recovery, we offer a cocaine detox program for clients looking to begin their recovery journey. This is a medically guided detoxification program. Despite this, it is important for clients to understand what challenges they may face in the recovery process. This can better prepare clients to know what to expect as they curate a plan alongside treatment professionals for preserving past cocaine detox fears.

Understanding Cocaine Use Disorder and Recovery

Cocaine use disorder is characterized by recurrent use of cocaine despite the consequences it may be causing to an individual’s life. Some warning signs of this condition include:

  • Loss of smell, runny rose, or nosebleeds from snorting the drug
  • HIV, hepatitis, collapsed veins, or track marks from injection
  • Burned lips, burned fingers, asthma, or pneumonia from smoking
  • Bowel decay from swallowing the drug
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Decreased appetite and malnourishment
  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness and excitement

Cocaine produces euphoric, mood-elevating effects. When the drug is taken, the brain releases a higher amount of chemicals that result in this euphoria. Recurrent use or abuse places clients at risk of overdose, severe addiction, and/or death. Addiction typically surfaces when clients seek out the high of cocaine repeatedly and continue using the drug in higher doses to achieve the desired effects. Healing from cocaine abuse starts with recovery, learning how to lead a life of sobriety for health and happiness.

Starting Recovery From Cocaine Abuse and Facing Cocaine Detox Fears

Detoxification is the first step in recovery from cocaine use disorder. This process is best done when medically guided through the facility’s program. A medically guided detox helps clients through their withdrawal symptoms in a secure space. While detoxification is the first step of the recovery journey, this process is not a treatment. Rather, clients go through a process of removing their physical dependence on cocaine by eliminating drug usage any further. After detoxification, there are a number of steps clients can take to ensure optimal recovery. These include continuing therapy, taking preventative measures, or starting a treatment program. 

When quitting cocaine abruptly, a number of issues and dangerous effects result. When first quitting the drug and the effects of cocaine are eliminated from the body, the client may experience a crash. This crash is followed by the most intense cravings, and can also lead to physical, mental, and emotional hardships. For instance, when not in a guided detox the clients are at a higher chance of relapse, potential overdose, and possible death. 

Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can last for several months, with cravings potentially lasting long after. In a guided, secure setting, clients can heal fully and face these barriers head-on. When detoxing, clients may experience the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Intense cravings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Severe depression
  • Agitation
  • Anger
  • Increased appetite
  • Insomnia or nightmares

Overcoming and Persevering Past Cocaine Detox Fears in Recovery

There are a number of ways to overcome and persevere past cocaine detox fears in recovery, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, continuing care, and relapse prevention. One of the therapies offered to help persevere past these fears is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of individual talk therapy structured around delving into the client’s thinking patterns in order to fully comprehend how these patterns influence the client’s destructive behaviors. Clients then learn how to restructure their thinking patterns in order to produce healthier habits and behaviors in return. For those facing cocaine detox fears, understanding these feelings on a deeper level and working to cope with these challenges in a healthy way is part of CBT. 

In group therapies, clients feel seen and heard by others facing similar cocaine detox fears. Having this safe space to open up to others is important for all clients as the group session is nonjudgmental and can provide hope as clients are at different stages of their recovery and detox journeys. In other services, like continuing care and relapse prevention, Buena Vista Recovery ensures that clients are provided for well beyond their detoxification period. Continuous care, through treatment programs or therapy sessions, is important in maintaining sobriety and yielding better recovery results. Similarly, understanding the nature of relapse, how to spot triggers, and how to overcome cravings, triggers, or difficult feelings in recovery is also crucial in maintaining sobriety. 

For medication management, there is research that shows preventative medications, such as GABAergic medications and glutamatergic medications, help clients resist relapse. In managing these medications among others, the euphoric effects of cocaine and the craving instinct for the drug are blocked. For clients with more severe addictions, knowing medication management is an option for their recovery can ease their anxieties and cocaine detox fears as they have a secure, strictly scientific approach to their recovery. 

What Is the Medical Detox at Buena Vista Recovery?

Buena Vista Recovery medical detox offers a number of benefits. These include a substance-free environment to prevent the risk of relapse, a safe and medically guided approach, 24/7 supervision to ensure comfort and safety, daily visits with doctors, access to meals, individual therapy sessions, aftercare and treatment program planning, private rooms, and smoking for clients 21 and older.

Following medical detox, Buena Vista offers CBT, 12-step programs, group therapy, individual counseling, and trauma-focused therapy if applicable to the client’s history. Both inpatient and outpatient treatments as well as partial hospitalization are offered too. This service variety allows Buena Vista to care for clients with all kinds of needs to ensure effective recovery. 

Here at Buena Vista Recovery, we understand that recovering from a cocaine addiction and starting the detoxification process brings on lots of intense, difficult emotions – even fears. With our medically guided detox for cocaine abuse, clients are kept in a safe and secure environment surrounded by doctors, specialists, and therapists. Clients’ physical, mental, and emotional health are all valued while going through this process where they may face intense cravings and severe withdrawal symptoms. However, our guidance does not stop there. We provide clients with treatment programs post-detox as well as other recovery services that may be best suited for their addiction recovery. To learn more about our cocaine detox program and other services, please call us at (480) 741-9414.