By John Lee
People tend to do best when matched with a level of care that fits their needs, but in many cases, people trying to break free from stimulant addiction (an addiction to cocaine, crack cocaine or methamphetamine) do best when admitted to a drug rehab program.
The Benefits of Residential Drug Rehab for Cocaine and Methamphetamine Users
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved medications, such as naltrexone, Suboxone and methadone, to help people who are addicted to alcohol or opiates deal with drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
The FDA has yet to approve any medications, however, that can help stimulant users control their drug cravings or the very significant symptoms of stimulant withdrawal.
- Only time can ease stimulant withdrawal symptoms.
- During stimulant withdrawal, addicts experience very intense drug cravings.
Withdrawal symptoms experienced during a stimulant detox can include the following:
- An inability to feel pleasure
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Anxiety and paranoia
- An inability to concentrate
- Sleeping troubles
- Drug cravings
Withdrawal symptoms typically last for a few days, but can endure for as long as three or four weeks.
Because strong drug cravings are compounded by depression, irritability, anxiety and a lack of mental clarity, the likelihood of relapse during the initial withdrawal period is quite high. Due to this elevated risk of quick relapse, experts advise that people going through a stimulant withdrawal make every effort to eliminate all exposure to drug cues. Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult to eliminate drug cues from your living environment, particularly during the initial days of abstinence.
Although people going through cocaine or methamphetamine withdrawal do not require residential treatment for immediate safety reasons (as someone going through an alcohol detox would, for example), getting out of an environment of temptation and into an environment removed from all drug use and access to drugs can be enormously beneficial.
It’s a lot easier to stay abstinent when you can’t get drugs, don’t see anyone using drugs and see nothing that reminds you of using.
Get Away from Temptation in Drug Rehab to Break Free for Good
Stimulant users who can make it past the initial withdrawal period have a much greater chance of long-term recovery. The first days and weeks are vital to success.
Getting into a drug rehab and out of an environment of temptation for this initial period can make the difference between success and failure.