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Withdrawal Drug Antabuse Effective for Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine withdrawal is a difficult feat to accomplish with the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms that can torment a person for weeks and weeks. The odds for beating cocaine addiction dramatically increase with proper psychiatric care and cocaine withdrawal medication management. Working with an experienced psychiatrist trained in addiction and recovery can help you reach and maintain recovery from a life controlled by cocaine cravings.

Cocaine Withdrawal Medication Antabuse Effective

Working with a specialist with decades of experience treating patients with primary and secondary substance abuse and addiction issues is paramount to a recovery plan that is successful. One of the medications that may be prescribed to help manage cocaine addiction withdrawal symptoms is:

  • Antabuse / Disulfiram: This medication will help to minimize cocaine cravings and has been shown to improve abstinence and the recovery rates during the first three months of recovery. While Antabuse is generally used in the treatment of alcohol abuse it has shown positive results in the treatment of cocaine addiction as well.

Antabuse Effects on Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine primarily affects the neurotransmitter dopamine which directly affects the reward center of the brain – cocaine dramatically increases the level of dopamine in the brain which in turn causes feelings of euphoria that is commonly associated with the drug. In addition to increasing dopamine levels, cocaine increases norepinephrine which makes one feel they are full of energy. Euphoria combined with high energy makes cocaine addiction doubly difficult to recover from.

Use of Antabuse / Disulfiram blocks a specific form of dopamine which is an essential component in the body’s production of norepinephrine; Antabuse has a dual effect on the effects of cocaine use attacking the two main effects it has one the brain and body. Use of Antabuse makes using cocaine an unpleasant experience. While research data is bringing better understanding to the use of Antabuse with cocaine withdrawal, use of this medication is proving to be an effective part of a cocaine recovery treatment plan.

Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment Locally

Dr. Hege, a specialist in addiction and recovery, is a psychiatrist with over 25 years of successful treatment experience. The time has come to start on the road to your recovery. Call the office for a confidential appointment and comprehensive evaluation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medication Successful in Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine is an extremely powerful central nervous system stimulant. Up to 75% of the people who try cocaine become addicted to it. The Stop Cocaine Addiction website reports well over 2 million cocaine addicts in the U.S., and only 25% of those who try to quit will succeed without outside help. Cocaine addiction is a chronic relapsing disease that is the result of changes in the brain and the uncontrollable need to obtain the drug.

Cocaine Addiction Tied to the Brain’s Pleasure Center

Cocaine has a direct and immediate affect on the pleasure center of the brain which produces euphoria and feelings of being hyper-energized. The “high” quickly fades, and within 30 minutes the desire or craving to use the drug again returns. Repeat use of cocaine results in increased tolerance and the need to use more of the drug in order to achieve the same feelings.

Cocaine Addiction Relapse Easily Triggered

The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that repeated use of cocaine causes disruptions in the brain chemistry responsible for the regulation of mood and pleasure. Strong cravings for cocaine can be triggered by a memory associated with past use, even when it may be months to a year since it was last used. With memories at every corner, the need to use cocaine becomes too strong to resist. Help is available from cocaine addiction medical professionals.

Depression Common Psychological Withdrawal Symptom

Very often the attempt to stop using cocaine fails because of the psychological withdrawal experienced. There is no true medical detox for cocaine addiction as the drug is water soluble and leaves the body fairly quickly. Developing depression is a common, often overwhelming occurrence during cocaine withdrawal which often pushes an addict to use cocaine to relieve their depression.

Dual Treatment Highly Successful for Cocaine Withdrawal

The psychological withdrawal, depression, and the memories that trigger relapse can be successfully treated by a trained expert in cocaine addiction withdrawal. Very often a dual method such as a medication regime in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, closely monitored by your addiction psychiatrist has the best success. Dr. Hege does not provide CBT, but can recommend someone who does.

Medications Prescribed for Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

Prescribed medications for cocaine withdrawal symptoms may include Disulfuram to help reduce the degree of cocaine cravings, and N-acetyl-cysteine as a nutritional supplement. Dependending on your evaluation, other medications may be used to help reduce fatigue, help relax muscular tension, help stabilize your moods or work to reduce cocaine’s euphoric effects (i.e., modinifil, baclofen, naltrexone, Topomax).

Atlanta Cocaine Addiction Withdrawal Psychiatrist

Dr. Darvin Hege, M.D. is a well recognized authority on successfully treating cocaine addiction and the associated withdrawal symptoms such as depression, violence, insatiable hunger, irritability and aggression, overwhelming fatigue and disturbed sleep patterns. Contact us today for an evaluation.