Detox at Home is Never a Good Idea

I had been a casual cocaine user for about five years before I decided to get my life together. I had recently turned thirty, and was expecting our first child, so I knew I couldn't maintain this lifestyle. I had tried coke for the first time in graduate school and came back to it whenever I needed a pick-me-up, which turned out to be an average of once a month until I finally decided to get help. I never knew how dependent I'd become on the drug until I tried to finally get off it. I thought that since since I only used it "occasionally", I'd have no problem saying goodbye to it forever.

'd gone up to my family's cabin by myself to clear my head and think about how my life was about to change with the baby coming. This week was about relaxation--the notion of "detox" never even entered my head. During my third night, however, I began to really crave cocaine. I was determined to stick to my guns and told myself that the cravings would pass, but the more I thought about how much I missed coke, the harder it was to ignore. I'd so thoroughly convinced myself that I wasn't addicted, that I never prepared myself for the pain and sickness of withdrawal. 
 
I'm not going to say that I was at death's door, but I did spend three sleepless days and nights completely out of my mind with a racing heart, a screaming headache and nausea the likes of which I'd never before experienced. I don't know if it was psychosomatic or what, but I did know one thing: cocaine could make it all go away. So I raced home as soon as I could, called my supplier and relapsed. The experience made me realize that I needed expert professional help. I talked it over with my wife she suggested I immediately checked myself into a detox center so I could be out in time for our baby to be born. 
 
I thought that going to a professional medical detox place would just be a continuation of the nightmare I'd experienced up at the the cabin...definitely not the case. The staff at the detox facility recognized my symptoms and knew just how to make them more manageable. I got clean, and have been determined to stay that way ever since. I still have a hard time fathoming how I could be addicted to something, and not even know it, and shudder to think what would've happened if I didn't get help when I did. The whole experience taught me that there is no "occasionally" doing a drug like coke. Sooner or later, the bill comes due, and that's when you find out exactly how dependent you've become. I'm fortunate enough to have found out before I did any lasting damage to myself, my wife or our newborn son.

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Detox should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility. For your safety we do not recommend any rapid or ultra rapid detox centers.

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