A series of shivers trickle up the unshaved surface of a man’s left arm. He clenches a maroon colored quilt, as restlessness consumes him. Small beads of sweat perspire on the bow of his brow as he tries to stay warm. However, it’s to no avail as a series of painful spasms shoot up the course of his bicep, while his stomach clenches into a tightly knit ball. The hours feel slow and agonizing, but fast all the same. For, as night turns to day, day turns to night, while anxiety still resides, unmoving.
Above is but a small glimpse into the life of what one goes through when detoxing from the overuse—and abuse—of cocaine. Some symptoms of such withdrawal include, but are not limited to, “difficulty concentrating, fatigue or exhaustion, depression or anxiety; physical symptoms such as chills, tremors, muscle aches, and nerve pain; suicidal thoughts or actions, increased craving for cocaine, increased appetite, unpleasant dreams or nightmares, physical fatigue after activity, slower thinking, restlessness,” etc.
As a result, individuals who struggle with addiction—who are recovering from such—must be cautious when they are working to regain their health. For, cocaine can cause an imbalance in that of the individual, causing him/her to feel dependent on the drug based on what is taking place within his/her brain. Many people who have faced addiction—or are dealing with it presently—can explain the effect of the drug as being pleasant, much like the release of endorphins when one eats chocolate, or after a good run.
Consequently, as individuals begin to recover from substance abuse, there are certain nutrients which they may lack as a result. For certain effects of drug use cause, 1. the appetite for junk food or a loss of appetite as a whole, and/or 2. the body’s inability to properly absorbing essential vitamins and minerals. In turn, such factors make it difficult for one’s body to function properly if one doesn’t take a great amount of time to monitor the foods which they partake in. However, individuals who have dealt with such must be patient with their bodies as they work to regulate them.
In conclusion, there is hope for those who have faced addiction—and are in the midst of recovery. For, one can regain health even after substance abuse, within a matter of time. However, dedication and determination plays a major role—so that the individual may be back on the fast-track to a healthy life.