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How To Deal With A Cocaine Comedown

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How To Deal With a Cocaine Comedown

If you’re reading this, the chances are you’re looking for help after taking cocaine, or looking for information for someone who has. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug, and initial use can cause stimulating effects like increased energy, elevated mood, hyper-focus and a sense of euphoria. Lesser known effects include intense mood swings, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, dangerously increased heart rate, and self harm. As the effects of cocaine wear off, you will experience a comedown due to the reduction of dopamine – the feelgood chemical that cocaine helps to stimulate – which leads to powerful cravings for more cocaine.

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What are some signs of a cocaine comedown?

A cocaine comedown is a collection of intense and often overwhelming symptoms which inlude physical, mental and emotional challenges. A cocaine user may have sought to alleviate social anxiety, and are actually left with paranoia and agitation. Cocaine addicts often stay up all night or even for days at a time, leaving them feeling exhausted and fatigued. Other symptoms include a headache, excessive thirst, depression and very low mood, and a sore or bloody nose.

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How to beat cocaine addiction?

The simplest and often most difficult answer to digest, is not to take more cocaine. Although the craving for more cocaine will be intense as the comedown starts to take effect, by taking more, all you are doing is delaying dealing with the problem. Addiction help starts with the admission that there is a problem, until the person admits to themselves they need help they are condemed to continue returning to the drug. People seeking help via the NHS or other local drug and alcohol services often find they are not far gone enought to access any support. Unfortunately, the NHS does not offer cocaine rehab in the UK. Help me stop offer an intensive Dayhab or Digital Dayhab programme for people seeking addiction help and offer a solution on how to beat cocaine addiction. They have had fantastic results with many clients going on to live free from cocaine for substantial lengths of time.

If you are seeking help for cocaine addiction or other drug or alcohol addiction, contact us on 0208 191 9191 for a free, no-obligation informal chat about how our drug rehab centres and dayhab programs can help you.

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If you’re experiencing these symptoms, here’s how to alleviate them in the short term. For the long term, the best thing to do is to quit completely, but giving up cocaine after prolonged or excessive use can be extremely difficult because your body can become dependent on it to function. While these suggestions will help alleviate the varying unpleasant symptoms of a comedown, the only reliable cure is the passage of time as your body works to process and expel every last trace of the drug.

One of the first things you may experience is an intense and obsessive craving to use again, and in many cases this creates a binge pattern that is difficult to break without professional help. Cravings feel intense at the time but do pass within a few minutes, so try to distract yourself and not focus on the craving until it passes.

  • Tiredness and exhaustion. Cocaine use can cause irregular and erratic sleeping patterns, and the body uses sleep time to repair and restore itself.
  • Sore, runny or bleeding nose. Cocaine use irritates the nasal passages and sinuses. You can rinse your nostrils with warm water or a nasal rinse saline solution to clear out any traces the drug and aid the healing process. Avoid putting any more cocaine or other drugs in your nose to allow it to heal.
  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself, and rest.
  • Cold and flu like symptoms. Drink orange juice to replenish Vitamin C levels. Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Low mood, apathy and depression. Cocaine demolishes the natural chemical releases in the brain and the frequent user can find themselves struggling to experience pleasure and joy, and find normally enjoyable activities bland and boring.
  • Changes in appetite. Cocaine dampens the appetite, so having no appetite while using, and then being ravenously hungry afterwards, is common.
    Excessive thirst. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid dehydrating drinks like too much coffee, or alcohol.

Instead of spending your money on a cycle of cocaine and short term remedies to counteract the side effects, the best way to prevent further comedowns and crashes is to invest in rehabilitation treatment and take control of your addiction, and your health, for good.

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