Attempts to stop using cocaine can fail simply because the resulting cocaine withdrawal symptoms such as overwhelming depression, causing the addict to use more cocaine in an attempt to overcome his depression. Depression is probably the most severe cocaine withdrawal symptoms but there are many other withdrawal symptoms that are mentioned below, making cocaine withdrawal a very difficult event for most cocaine addicts trying to stop their cocaine consumption. It is not out of the question for a cocaine addict to stop the use of cocaine on their own but it can be very difficult without professional assistance. If the cocaine withdrawal symptoms are too severe seek medical advice or the help of a cocaine addiction treatment program.
Cocaine addiction can occur very quickly and it can be very difficult to stop using cocaine. Studies have shown that animals will work very hard (press a bar over 10,000 times) for a single injection of cocaine, they will also choose cocaine over food and water, and take cocaine even when the cocaine using behavior is punished. Animals must have their access to cocaine limited in order to not take toxic or even lethal doses. People addicted to cocaine behave similarly. They will go to great lengths to obtain cocaine and continue to take it even when it is detrimental to their performance in school, at work and their relationships with loved ones.
Regular use of cocaine can lead to strong psychological dependence (addiction). Those who abruptly stop their cocaine use can experience cocaine withdrawal symptoms as they readjust to functioning without cocaine. The length of cocaine withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person depending upon the amount of cocaine ingested and frequency of use.
If a cocaine abuser is having difficulty stopping the use of cocaine it may be necessary to attend and complete a professional cocaine detox program in order to stop using cocaine
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:
- intense craving for the drug
- extreme fatigue
- angry outbursts
- lack of motivation
- muscle pain
- disturbed sleep