1729 Wildwood Dr., Virginia Beach

Clinic Hours:

9am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), Closed (Sat & Sun)

Clinic Number:

(757) 938-3654

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) is a premier outpatient addiction clinic with several locations across Virginia. Learn about our innovative cocaine addiction treatment.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine, sometimes known as coke, is a highly stimulating substance. Cocaine is commonly inhaled in the form of white powder to achieve the desired effects. People often describe an enthusiastic high that boosts their sociability, motivation, and energy levels. Cocaine addiction develops when the drug alters the brain’s dopamine neurotransmitter system. While the medicine boosts dopamine production, it eventually wears off, leaving the user feeling confused, worried, and irritated. People become addicted to cocaine as a result of their obsessive desire to replenish the drug’s dopamine surge by using it more frequently.

Common Symptoms

Many or all of the following symptoms can be experienced by those who are addicted to cocaine:

  • Excessive enthusiasm
  • Sporadic involuntary muscle twitches and eye movements
  • Intense concentration while on the drug, followed by an extreme inability to concentrate when the drug leaves the system                                                                                                 
  • Talkativeness
  • Social isolation
  • Dangerous thrill-seeking behavior
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased perspiration

Cocaine Withdrawal

Hopelessness and depression: Long-term cocaine usage leads the brain to stop naturally producing the right levels of dopamine and serotonin unless cocaine is used to speed up the process. A person will most likely suffer depressive thoughts and increased anxiety during cocaine withdrawal. It’s not uncommon for people to experience suicidal thoughts during this difficult time of withdrawal.


Extreme fatigue:  While cocaine has been related to an abnormal heartbeat rhythm while used actively, numerous heart problems can be discovered during withdrawal and even after sobriety. Cocaine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems, including ischemic heart disease, abnormal cardiac rhythms, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy, both immediately and over time.


Heart Issues:  When cocaine has been related to an abnormal heart rhythm while in use, numerous heart problems can still be observed during withdrawal and even after sobriety. Cocaine can cause ischemic heart disease, irregular cardiac rhythms, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy, both immediately and over time. Infection and inflammation of the heart valves and chamber linings can arise from intravenous cocaine use.

Cocaine users who already have heart problems or cardiovascular disorders are at an even higher risk of heart attacks as a result of the psychological and physical stress brought on by the drug.


Cocaine-related dreams: During periods of sleep, strong cocaine-related nightmares may occur.


Increased appetite: persons who are addicted to cocaine prefer to miss meals and eat an unbalanced diet. An increase in appetite will occur once the body has metabolized the remaining levels of cocaine in the bloodstream.


Inability to concentrate: As the body begins to regulate its natural functioning during the withdrawal period, staying focused on tasks and maintaining prolonged concentration will become increasingly difficult.


Social isolation: As a result of the anxiety and depression associated with cocaine withdrawal, people tend to withdraw from social interactions in order to avoid an unpleasant experience.


Restless feeling of legs and arms:  inability to remain still in one position comfortably, making falling asleep difficult at times.


Racing thoughts: inability to rest or relax because of racing thoughts or anxiety.

How Long Does Withdrawal from Cocaine Last?

The answer to this question is contingent on a number of factors, including the frequency of use and the length of time a person has used cocaine. The mode of intake, whether snorting, smoking, or injecting, is also important. Cocaine withdrawal can start as soon as a few hours after the last dose was delivered. While the majority of symptoms should go away in 2 to 4 days, psychological problems might last much longer, even weeks.

Can Medicine help alleviate Cocaine withdrawal symptoms?

While there is no one pharmaceutical that can cure cocaine withdrawal, there are a number of prescription medications that can assist alleviate the numerous symptoms that occur during the withdrawal process. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can help with the psychological stress that comes with the body’s re-regulation process.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Cocaine Use Disorder (CUD)

Our addiction medicine specialists and medical professionals at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center address cocaine substance use disorders. The following are some of the medications utilized by Inspiration Health Medical practitioners to help people cope with withdrawal and overcome their cocaine addiction:

  • Modafinil: aids in the treatment of irregular sleeping patterns
  • Fluoxetine: aids in the treatment of psychiatric problems
  • Clonidine: can help with anxiety, impatience, and racing thoughts
  • Trazadone: an anti-insomnia medication that also enhances mood and appetite
  • Buspirone: helps to reduce irritability by reducing anxiety, cravings, and rapid heartbeat
  • Tizanidine: reduces muscle spasms
  • Imodium: relieves diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and other muscle aches and pains associated with cocaine use
  • Ibuprofen 800: reduces pain and discomfort


Counseling is known to be a key component in an individual’s recovery when used in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the treatment of and recovery from cocaine use disorders. Our licensed professional counselors and other members of the counseling department are trained in substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. They regularly conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Techniques used by our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder counselors include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Counseling helps clients address grief and loss, family relationships, anger management, and other underlying conditions that may be hindering recovery. Clients are also taught coping skills and given the necessary tools to identify and avoid triggers that may also be necessary for recovery.

Individual Counseling

With every effort made to make treatment as convenient as possible for those suffering from addictions of all kinds, it is feasible to see your counselor, care coordinator, and medical practitioner on the same day at the same location when seeking help at IHAT. Clients can come to individual therapy sessions in our inviting office that is a friendly, safe, and secure environment. To address the physical and psychological effects of a substance use disorder, clients will have an individual treatment plan prepared in collaboration with their physicians and counseling staff. Individual counseling sessions can help each client develop coping skills, identify substance use triggers, develop a relapse prevention strategy, and treat co-occurring psychological issues that have made maintaining sobriety nearly impossible. If a client’s schedule makes personal attendance problematic, telehealth allows them to attend individual therapy sessions; nonetheless, personal presence is encouraged whenever possible.

Group Counseling

Today, many people suffer from Cocaine Use Disorder (CUD). Here at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we want our clients to know they are not alone. Our trained counseling staff members organize and chair group counseling sessions throughout the week in our beautiful facilities. Group sessions allow clients the opportunity to hear from other people who are afflicted by CUD and process new ideas presented by the counselor on how to live healthier lives without the use of harmful substances. The support gained through open communication during group sessions has proved effective not only in the initial stages of recovery but throughout long-term sustained sobriety. Clients are also given the opportunity to join groups and counseling sessions by telehealth if a client’s schedule makes personal attendance difficult, but personal attendance is encouraged when possible.

Care Coordination

At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we have substance use care coordinators who ensure that necessary services, including mental health services, are available to our clients. Our care coordinators and interdisciplinary team, which includes our medical doctors, make referrals, and connect clients to community resources to meet our clients’ social needs. That includes individual care plans our clients participate in that are developed in conjunction with our doctors, medical professionals, and counselors to meet our clients’ individual needs and track their progress in overcoming cocaine use disorders. 

Choosing to Stop is Difficult. Getting Help Should be Easy

We understand that our clients have a lot on their plates, whether it’s work, family, education, or legal commitments. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center offers a variety of days and times to schedule your next appointment. What if you can’t make it to the clinic for an in-person appointment? No problem. We offer telehealth appointments that clients can attend anywhere they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth is a straightforward procedure. Clients simply supply Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center with a valid email address, receive a link, and click on the link to attend the telemedicine appointment on the scheduled date and time. If the client has a camera on their phone, tablet, or computer, they will be able to view and talk with the doctor or licensed professional counselor as if they were in the same room.

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