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Cocaine detox timeline: How long to detox from cocaine?

Detoxifying from cocaine is crucial to recovery from addiction. But cocaine is a habit forming drug which triggers intense cravings upon cessation. So, what can you expect during detox? What kind of timeline can be predicted?

We review here. Then, we invite your questions about cocaine detox or treatments for cocaine detox in the comments section at the end. We try to respond to all legitimate questions personally and promptly.

Cocaine detox duration and length

Acute withdrawal from cocaine typically last from 1-3 weeks.  Cocaine will be present in the body for approximately 72 hours after use. It can be detected in urine during this time, although traces of cocaine can be found in urine for up to 12 weeks in cases of habitual use.

Furthermore, the length of time it will take cocaine to leave a person’s system depends on how frequent and heavy the cocaine use was.  People who have developed extreme dependence on cocaine, after years of use will usually experience more intense withdrawal than those who use cocaine occasionally on binges. For example, following binge use of cocaine, the “crash” can last from 9 hours to 4 days. However, long term users can develop protracted withdrawal symptoms which can take weeks or motnhs to resolve.

Cocaine detox timeline and schedule

Days 1-3: In the period of 24 to 72 hours after last use of cocaine, it is possible for you to feel remorse and depression. It may be hard for you to sleep and wake up feeling bad in the morning. Hunger is common, as is irritability. You may feel disoriented and confused.

Days 4-7: Alternating low and high drug craving can be present during this time. Extreme craving begins to decrease after 3-4 days. Long periods of sleep may be needed, as well as attention to water consumption and nutrition. Other symptoms of withdrawal can include:

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  • anxiety
  • apathy
  • depression
  • dysphoria (general dissatisfaction with life)
  • irritability
  • paranoia

Week 1: After a week, you’ll probably start feeling much better. This may increase your confidence you may start to think that it`s easy for you to handle cocaine addiction. However, depressive symptoms, mood disorders, and problems sleeping can occur in cycles. Cravings can also disappear and resurface without warning. After the first week of withdrawal, symptoms may remain such as agitation, unpleasant dreams, and increased appetite.

Week 2: In the two weeks after acute cocaine detox, the cravings for the drug can start to return and you may continue to experience hunger, anger and depression. During week two you may continue to experience vivid dreams and think about using cocaine again.

Later withdrawal phases

After about a month, you may start to experience unaccountable change of mood. Sleep and depression may still be a problem. These issues can be addressed through exercise and a healthy diet. Many former cocaine users cannot handle stress, so relapse is common during this time. Because no one particular treatment method has yet been shown to completely and effectively treat cocaine dependence, it’s best for you to ask help from a doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist to learn more about behavioral, psychological and pharmacological (antidepressant) therapies that can help.

How long to detox from cocaine?

It takes about a week to detox from cocaine.

Breaking the binge/crash cycle is probably one of the hardest parts of cocaine detox. The extreme craving that occurs after the crash begins to decrease after 3-4 days, so if you can get past that period of time, you are more likely to stay abstinent. Psychological treatments are reallythe best in current practice, but can help if you stick with them. Researchers are investing much time and energy into the development of some medicines for cocaine withdrawal, but none have been approved by the FDA at the moment..

Cocaine detox scheduling questions

Do you still have questions about cocaine detox? Please address any questions about cocaine detoxification duration in the section below. We are eager to hear from you and will reply to you ASAP.

Reference Sources: NHTSA: Cocaine
Withdrawal: Cocaine withdrawal symptoms and signs and detoxification
Health tap: how long does it typically take to detox from cocaine
NIDA: Effective treatments for cocaine abusers

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101 Responses to “Cocaine detox timeline: How long to detox from cocaine?
5:31 pm January 10th, 2015

Hi I have been clean of coke for 3 wks & 1 day . But lst night I stupidly done 4 tiny lines & today not feeling gd with my self & shaking . I am detoxing with my partner & fair play to him he said no . I am now worried & wondering if this will effect the hard work I have done with the detox so far , also will I be on a different level than my partner . I feal I have really messed up . I dnt wont to do coke I hate the shit . My partner’s habbit was worse than mine & he suffers more than I do . So even tho I did it & he didn’t can I catch him up and still have the same thought process of where we both was before I stupidly took it ?????

3:13 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi Angel. Congratulations on you and your partner for being devoted and giving each other support. Don’t beat yourself up for relapsing, it happens, and you should’t be ashamed or blame yourself for anything. You and your partner have used it for different periods of time, different amounts, your brains and bodies are different, and what compels you to use is completely different from anyone else’s triggers. So, you never were in the same level to begin with. AND most importantly, you didn’t mess up your recovery process, just try to catch up where you were. Keep striving for progress, be devoted to your recovery, keep giving the needed support and understanding to one another. I salute you both and just keep doing it! Good luck!

3:57 am April 25th, 2015

I’ve been clean from cocaine for 12 days and its been really really tough. My girlfriend and I decided to quite after 2 years of weekly use. I’ve been so emotional the last 3-4 days . I’m trying to stay strong for my kids, girlfriend, and business. My girlfriend has been strong for Me I just want to be there for her.

10:37 pm May 5th, 2015

I want to know how many months the body needs to detoxify itself without using any medication, and does the patient feel brain heaviness and drowsiness due to cocaine withdrawal and what can be used to treat this kind of withdrawal symptoms. Thanks

3:48 pm May 26th, 2015

I gave up 6months a go but do I need to tel doctors about it coz I never told any one, I had panick attack n now I feel as I dnt have energy, I went doctor other day n he send me for blood test it come up ok only thing is my cleatrol level was high so I’m taking atorvastatin now I’m scared I have good days n bad day is that normal? N do I need to tel doctors about cocain

8:57 pm June 3rd, 2015

I did a quarter of a gram on Friday night and I have a urine test on the following Friday will I be clean.

4:00 pm June 12th, 2015

Hi Mohammed. Not unless you have a condition that may be caused by your past cocaine use. If the tests came up fine, I believe you’ll be ok. I guess your doctor run the tests, but it is important to not have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, muscle pain or weakness, a thyroid disorder, or not to drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.

5:36 pm June 20th, 2015

Habitual cocaine user on an off before the past week maybe one twice three times a month the past week I’ve used probably a gram for the past four days one each day I have a drug test for a new job I’m extremely exited for in 17 days what do you think I can do to help expedite the detoxification process and what do you think the odds are of me coming up clean?

9:20 pm July 27th, 2015

Hi! So basically around a month ago i have used the drug “cocaine” and before that i have already suffered from anxiety and depression.. i have riped a couple of lines one night about a month ago and before that tried it twice. Now it has been 27 days after my last attempt and i am feeling very depressed and there is a triger in anxiety. MY QURSTION IS :How long would this last for … what must be done… and is it from it?

9:30 pm July 30th, 2015

I have just discovered two neat lines of white powder and a straw hidden in my 21 year old son’s room. I washed the substance away down the sink and put a note in its place. “We love you. It’s time to come clean and get help. It takes 1 week to detox. xxx
My son has Emotional Dysregulation, ADHD and probably Bipolar. This was evident to his family at a very young age and even as a young boy my son used to say “Help me mum, there’s something wrong in my head!” Unfortunately we feel somewhat let down by the mental health services. My son has manic outbursts of uncontrollable rage which we have learnt as a family to support him with as best we can. He has also developed a problem with alcohol abuse by binging. He admits to having a problem with alcohol but has flatly denied the use of cocaine. He expresses fears that one day he will fatally hurt someone, he is scared of what he might be capable of and ‘often’ talks of having something seriously wrong in his head. I am no expert but I strongly suspect the risks of these fears becoming a sad reality are considerably higher with the use of alcohol and cocaine. I suspected he was using cocaine when I noticed significant changes in his behaviour. When we ‘talk’, which we often do, I point out these changes in behaviour and ask about cocaine. He will fly off the handle in a rage and begs me to believe him when he say’s he is not a user.
So you see, we have a big problem…..a serious mental health condition which I fear will be permanently scared by cocaine and alcohol. I am scared for what the future holds but don’t know where to go to for help. I have sent similar letters like this over the years (before alcohol/cocaine) to the GP, Mental Health and even Police. ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING LOUD but we are just not getting the right support.
It’s such a tragic story as my son can be such a delight and is loved and yes, respected by many. He can have an amazingly positive effect on people. I am totally in ore of this gift that he has with people, in particular the young. His energy could be channelled to have such a positive effect on society…..but he needs help to realise this.
Signed a loving mum, family and friends.

8:09 pm August 27th, 2015

I have used cocaine for three months straight every other two or three days.but today Im a week an four days clean I wasn’t heavily addicted but I would just like to know how long it would probably take to get out my system for a drug screening because I’m currently job searching

8:29 pm September 24th, 2015

Hi, I completed two weeks in an addiction center. While there, I was given Phenobarbital for week and half and was on steroids for a cut the whole time. I’ve smoked crack everyday for seven years. I didn’t have any withdrawal symptoms the whole time I was there. Now I’m suffering from headache, fever, chills, body aches, one time vomiting and sweats four days after I left. I went to my doctor’s today. No virus so he thinks detoxing. Is that possible? I did the drugs as week, heroin, clonozapam, lorazapam, four weeks ago, but on lol y did those for one session each however a good among. $20 worth of heroin and few days later took 40 of the pills at once all before I went to rehab. So could I still be experiencing physical detox?


11:56 am September 25th, 2015

Hi Lora. It is possible to be experiencing some withdrawal and maybe the medications you were given while in the center were only masking these symptoms. Now, that you are off them too, they have re-emerged. You can treat them medically with over-the-counter meds for a short period of time and then they should start to subside.

2:33 am October 15th, 2015

Hi i have a gf in ontario whos in a methadone program butbdoes cocaine were supposed to go on vacation n 2 weeks n urine wasnt ckean and theyre telkibg her she cant have carries is there ne thin we can do to let her be able to go????

11:33 pm October 19th, 2015

My boyfriend of almost a year has been doing coke daily. As soon as he wakes up and every hour or two after that. Sometimes staying up for days at a time. I knew that he used but I had no idea the extent of it. During the past couple weeks he has told me everything. I guess he was just a high functioning addict because I did not see that coming. He has now booked himself in a detox program starting today. I don’t know when he will be back or what to expect when he does get back. I love this man and I need to know how I can help him.

5:29 pm October 26th, 2015

Hey I used cocaine the other night, now I’m feeling depressed. I’ve used cocaine in the past but never really was a constant user. Now I’m feeling depressed is this just apart of the withdrawal symptoms and will get better after a few weeks or is this gonna last longer

6:05 am November 9th, 2015

I was a habitual user off and on for about 6 years and then 7 months or so before march of this year when i quit and have had alot of issues since quitting. Like, bad pain and dizziness for the first few months along with stomach issues and still dealing with it… memory issues, lightheaded spells now as well as fatigue and other problems can i heal from this fully or am i going to have stomach, memory and panic attacks the rest of my life? Please help i am at my wits end

6:03 pm November 9th, 2015

Hi Amy. There are actually many counseling groups for the loved ones of addicts. There are certain behaviors that are encouraged, while others may compel the addict to use again or enable their addiction. You can search online for such groups and start attending. Then, once he is back, he will still be in recovery for a long time, and if there is a need you can go to therapy together.

6:41 pm November 9th, 2015

Hello Nathan. You did a great job quitting drugs! Withdrawal symptoms are hard, but you must deal with them. I’d recommend you to call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers.

12:57 pm November 10th, 2015

Hi Jim. There is usually that state of ‘crush’ after the cocaine high, when your brain has been depleted of neurotransmitters. I believe that your brain, as well as your emotional state will soon return to normal. If the depression persist, you should definitely see a doctor.

9:50 pm November 10th, 2015

I’ve never been a Coke user. I’m in my mid 30′ now and just got married and now suddenly I’ve been doing it for 3 weeks straight. I’ve always been good at quitting any addiction but I’m getting really worried about this one bc it’s starting to ruin my life. Any tips on to quit before it’s too late??

6:47 am November 11th, 2015

I’ve been using cocaine for about 13 years and I’m trying to see how long will it take to return back to normal my face is beat up from using for so long and at one point of time a had quit for 6 months but I started back use because I didn’t feel normal what can I do to help me feel normal without useing

10:00 pm November 11th, 2015

How long does it take for you’re Neurotransmitters to replenish themselves after cocaine use?

6:13 pm November 12th, 2015

Hello PAT. The sooner you stop, the better for you! Cocaine detox usually lasts between 5-14 days. You could detox at home, but it’s not recommended. I suggest you consult a doctor before you start detoxification and withdrawal.

10:23 pm December 7th, 2015

I’ve been using cocaine recreationally since more than 10 years, let’s say between 0,5 and 3 g per week depending on the circumstances and companies. I’ve been also off for more than a year when in countries where I couldn’t access it and often with brakes of more than 2 weeks or so, but let’s say if I can have it and I m partying I will always get it just because.. Why not, it’s more fun. This last month had maybe 2 g in total couse didn’t go out much… Do I have an addiction problem?

9:57 pm December 10th, 2015

I been using for 4 years now every weekend so ready to stop but the cravings are so bad and trying to do this by my self . It’s so hard . Had drug workers they not help if any thing g make it worse by talking about it . I want to try get help but I can’t because people knew that I was still using I’ll lose every thing . So desperate stop but how by my self ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:04 pm December 11th, 2015

Hi, Terri. I suggest you seek help from a professional. Also, you may consider counseling sessions, or enroll into anonymous group support. Good luck!

12:18 am January 14th, 2016

My concern is when your skin looks discoloration and breaking out on one side what do you recomend? Just ingore it or use hot or cold water on face? Idk so please mgs me back

9:29 pm January 15th, 2016

Had been djing out las Thursday night and bought a gram. Ended up buying and doing cocaine every day for the following five days and drinking heavily. Did sleep in between but didn’t eat properly. Ended up in the hospitals ER due to high blood pressure and panic attack. Don’t do this shit people. Slowly recovering now and going home for a while to recover and eat myself up. Hope this is the last binge only had a few ones in my life but it was always weird. Coke even makes be bad these days I don’t know why I kept up. Keep off!

10:45 pm January 16th, 2016

Hi I’ve been using cocaine since April 2009 from then till now 2015 my life change drastically more my mind tho i feel alone depress I lost interests in women and a lot of more things I’ve been clean for a month and I feel so fuck up i cry alone at times and I don’t know what to do no more

11:46 pm January 19th, 2016

From the last day of use of cocaine drinking detox tea 1_2 times a day bout how long will the cocaine stay in your system

11:49 pm January 21st, 2016

I have had several failed back surgeries and am on a lot of pain meds as well as a motphine pump in my stomach. I was 11 yrs clean until recently my back pain began to become intolerable. I have to be drug tested monthly. I waited 4 days and did my urine test and cocain was detected in my urine. I am due for another test and hhave enjoyed clean from it for four days again but am afraid I might fail test again. I do not use it ever day mainly on weekends bit if I fail again I am at risk of loosing my pain meds . How long should I give it this time before I get tested?

8:44 am January 24th, 2016

Hello ,

I recently found out that my friend has started to use Cocaine. I had spoken to him about it and said that he has only been doing it once a month for 4 moths. We both spoke and he said that he wasn’t going to do it again. That he would start changing a lot of things in his life. I want to start helping him by detoxing so he could get that out of his system. I was wondering if going to the gym would help, so he could swear it all off. I’m really worried about him and I want to help him. I can’t tell if he is being honest about him doing it once a month and that if he really could just stop doing it.

10:04 pm January 28th, 2016

Hi! When I was travelling in Latin America last year for some time, and i did well and often, and sometimes a lot of cocaine, i was wondering if its possible that some of the brain is still damaged, or since cells in the body reproduce all the time that its “completely normal” again? ( i didnt use any type of drugs the last two months )…

3:56 am February 4th, 2016

Hello guys,

thought i’d join this forum to find some people similar to me I am full time working lad I train at the gym have the usual life. I’ve been wild used to party non stop until not that long ago I was smoking crack all the time couldn’t have a drink without coke.

Anyway long story short I’m a chronic pain sufferer and recently got put on oxycontin which i instantly loved they stopped me drinking doing any other drug except weed. I have oxynorms for break threw pain anyway I ended up abusing them as they made my life so much better! I was ok at first now I’m only prescribed 56 60mg tablets and 112 10mg tablets and this is the first month I’ve ran out early.

I have had to get some heroin to get me by as nothing touchs me I have that high tolerance I am having to inject the heroin as I don’t have time to smoke the amount id need! I’m do not inject normally I plug Oxys but heroin was no good plugged not to me anyway.

So if I want to keep using oxy I’m going to have to supplement it with IV heroin can people give me tips on lowering tolerance and how to rotate sites for inj so I don’t get spotted at work with marks and so I don’t lose a vein? Is anyone Darling as I could do with some advice before I really fuck it up.

Truth is I like being a junky I function I just want to do it the best most secret way so I can continue to use these drugs what do others do to hide their habit I get up to fucking alsorts lol share some tips and story’s please I am pleased to meet you all :-)

1:11 am February 10th, 2016

Hi, I’m fourteen and i was addicted to coke for a short period of time. Does it affect how my brain develops?

7:23 pm February 13th, 2016

I have been clean from smoking crack for 6 years, what I would like to know if you still experience symptoms from detoxing mentally and physically. Depression, memory loss, ect.

I had smoked crack since I was 18, on a every day basis. When I stopped I experienced muscle aches, depression, dreams, fatigue, ect.

Can those symptoms still be present?

2:17 am February 22nd, 2016

I’m not dependent on blow… Drug dependencey isn’t in my blood line. Alcohol is. That being said. Just how long before this hangover is over with and I feel normal again? I excersise frequent, only drink water, booze on the weekends. And healthy food with vitamin and supplements is a daily for me. I’ve done a lot of drugs in my life, I don’t get stuck on anything. It’s just a hear and now living in the moment that has me doing them every so often. I use drugs seldom to never on a scale of 1 every 3 months. The last time I did blow was probably a few years ago.

7:00 am February 26th, 2016

I used cocaine for one 24 hour period. And how long does it take for it clear out of the body,was used overnight only.Not before and not after. Will my blood test be clear in 30 days?

7:08 am February 26th, 2016

I did not use before just from one evening about 4pm to at about 3 am and for 1hr only next moring none prior to that time and none since then.

9:37 am February 26th, 2016

Will I be clean in ten days I do about .5 not more daily

11:41 pm March 7th, 2016

I have recently relapsed using Coke. I am deciding to go sober again. I am just very worried that the damage done to my heart is done already. I’m very scarec

9:36 pm March 28th, 2016

I wann change I need help with detox cocaine.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:51 am March 30th, 2016

Hi Destiny. Call the number you see on the site to speak with trusted treatment consultants. They can help you find a treatment program that fits your needs.

5:06 pm April 3rd, 2016

I am a binge user of cocaine for 20 years at least. I’m sure I’ve damaged my heart and arteries. After stopping now, can I expect the damage I’ve done to repair itself ? or should I expect the damage to be permanent?

4:44 am April 5th, 2016

I’ve been a heavy cocaine user for about 15 yrs, using sometimes everyday. Staying up for days at a time. I last used saturday night into Sunday morning, I woke up Monday and called an outpatient treatment program I’m ready to get clean any advice to help me stay clean until my appt next week would be greatly appreciated thank you Jack

4:06 pm April 6th, 2016

i was a big user too for many years i quit last march and had many different things that i went through quitting cold turkey.
Now at over a year i see a big difference. Depending on the years of use and the quantity of use it can take months to years to let the body heal and repair itself. Especially depending on how much damage has been done. Only time can tell you what kind of damage will be permanent and what are just effects of your bodys healing itself.

11:45 pm April 6th, 2016

I’m 22 years old, the first time I did cocaine I was 19, on a new years party, did it just to be able to keep drinking cause my friends said it would help. I think I found the drug attractive to begin with because I’ve always been the shy quiet guy and always physically tired.
Since then I’ve done it about 10 to 15 more times (considering times I might not remember), of which 3 have been in the past 10 days, before that I used to do it like once every 3 months on average, never did it too often, so I craved it sometimes while partying but never felt the need, like I’m feeling for the first time today, I want it I crave it, I get a feeling in my nose like it needs it and it’s weird and difficult for me to comprehend because I always did it so sparsely and have never done 1 gram on my own, I always split about .8 grams between 2 or 3 other people, sometimes more. The last time I did it I just snorted twice and I think it was the best cocaine I’ve ever had. If it also helps I should say that I have struggled with sex addiction since I learned to masturbate and I used to smoke weed on a daily basis but am 2 months clean right now from marijuana.
Now that I’ve given some context I want to calm my main concerns which are: Am I addicted? Is my brain okay? What will be the benefits of stopping now? Is it too late? Will I ever feel normal about cocaine again, as in, will I ever stop craving it?

12:59 am April 12th, 2016

My husband is going through withdrawals from cocaine. I’m trying to be string and help him but the mood swings and getting mad for every little thing is pushing me away.

8:08 am April 14th, 2016

My boyfriend was using cocaime for about 5 years it was usually once a week if anything and he wuit cold turkey is it normal that he hasnt shown any signs of withdrawl its been 4 months…

1:38 pm April 14th, 2016

My boyfriend (well ex now due to paranoia) he goes on 2 day binges 2-3 times a week sometimes he can go 2 weeks with out going out but recently it’s got worse and his last binge lasted around 56 hours where he has no2 broke up with me due to being depressed paranoid and angry I really want to help him but don’t no how he isn’t talking to me at the min when will his come down be over so I can approach him help

3:15 am April 18th, 2016

I need to stop this shit! It’s ruining my life! I absolutely fucking hate it!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:17 pm April 18th, 2016

Hi Susan. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

1:02 pm April 24th, 2016

my husband was on cocaine. We’d been together 10 years married 5. In june 2015 he started them. this February i got a msg out of the blue some woman whod hed been having on affair with. She didnt know about the drugs either but he’d been going to her house instead of work getting high and spending his come down there. thats why he started it ruined our families, relationships marriage and trust. hes never taken it since i found about his affair right now hes going through depression and anxiety attacks hes been offered it n feels so strong when he walks away hes found God now and we r working on it i just wish he could have been open with me ive never gave up on him and im not now im just trying to get him to deal another way with his emotions and open up about problems and emotions.

2:38 pm April 28th, 2016

Was doing 1-3G a day for 14 months. It has been two weeks zero use and I am finally feeling half normal but will wake up feeling worse some days than others. Is this normal and how long will it take till I am completely back to my normal self mentally that existed before the coke scene came into play.

3:38 am May 11th, 2016

Hi my name Crystal been using for 10years I stoped in Feb I went 15days,strong cold turkey nothin but my 15th day I had a sezuire body went convulsion was scared so after that two later started again but now I’m ready to try again went to doc.I told him what was going on he proscribed me librium another word chlordiazepoxide so going start taking it tomorrow very scared that after my 15th day i will have a sezuire so do you think this meds will help so scared but so ready i was raped at 16 told no-one handled alone when I turned 23 someone inturdced me to cocaine but that shit made my life worst now I’m ready again please gave me some advice. thank you I been praying to get better I want this so bad help me

5:12 pm May 18th, 2016

Hi, I’m new to all things cocaine. My family is very clean and haven’t used drugs ever. About a month ago, I found out my fiancé was using coke and I was at my breaking point with him. What changed my mind was that he reached out and admitted he had a problem and wanted to stop using because it was ruining his life. I committed myself to doing everything I can to help him through this journey and I let him know it’ll be the hardest thing he’d ever have to do in his life. In the past month, he has relapsed 2-3 times. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s progress and I always let him know I’m proud of him for coming this far. Is there anything else I can do to support him and help him through this? We already discussed seeing a substance abuse counselor and possibly rehab.

6:36 am May 19th, 2016

Right after I got over a percocet addiction I went on suboxone for 3 months and was scared for the withdrawl of fatigue so a new acquaintance had said coke will help me get thru the withdrawls. Well 9 months ago with the help of that and herbal medicine I took yes it was easy to get off suboxone, however, I then continued cocaine use with the purest form of coke you can get out there I paid high dollar for it but it damaged my nose so bad it developed a couple large holes in my septum, I have cartilage coming out every day. Anyway, I am going on a cruise in 2 days for 8 days and am using this opportunity to detox from the coke and was hoping to come home feeling great and craving free, however, by reading the above article I may have a long road ahead of me. Fatigue is my biggest trigger…I can fall asleep on a rollercoaster and am about to lose my job if I dont return from vacation 100% improved in my job performance. I dont know how I will feel 10 days from now or when I return to work. Last rehab I called they said no they dont treat that since there is no detox for cocaine (compared to opiates/alcohol). Sorry for rambling…just so happy to see somewhere I can share my fears with since nobody knows I am suffering with this addiction except 1 person..the one person I need to cut ties guy who gets it for me. Wish me luck! Hoping to return from my cruise 5/28 totally refreshed!

Layered Man
12:33 pm May 20th, 2016

I keep slipping up, failing my wife and son. I have everything in my mind sooo logical and scientific to control my drug usage and cleanse my anatomy, but I keep relapsing and abusing. I promise and devout myself to stopping as that is all I can do. The first week is blurred between my perceptions of sobriety and intoxication and the deep sleep I seem to not be able to resist. I’ve neglected my family, the family I’ve made and intermediate family as well. I’m a full time college student on the fritz too with my GPA. Yet I still climb out of the s*#t hole I’ve made and make it to about a week the most maybe two, without abuse. I’m scared I’ve lost the ability to be naturally happy cause the long term use of cocaine (about 2 years habitual.) Medically and psychological can I recover and what’s the timeline? Can I be free of white girl forever or is it true like they say “once an addict always an addict”? I guess more than anything I wished to vent and open up about this to someone or even something (a blog lols.) I’m a 29 Hispanic male and average across the board. I want to know is complete recovery possible?

10:56 am May 27th, 2016

What do I need to expect after 27 years of crack and alcoholism after stopping 5 solid months ago thx

2:08 am June 10th, 2016

I have been of almost going ninty days. on the 16th, but I am still haveing some days where i am down, other days good?? Is this normal?? And alchol as well.

4:55 am June 11th, 2016

I’ve been using cocaine heavily for years. A mixture of earning too much and not having to work that much has made this lifestyle easy. I stopped 4 nights ago (along with alcohol) and this week has been tough. Extremely low and very little energy.

I’m scheduled to drink ayahuasca next weekend and am confident this will help my cleansing.

I still have a couple of grams stashed in my closet and I’m finding it very difficult to throw it away. Help!

4:42 am June 13th, 2016

Is it safe to take naltrexone after i used the cocaine and drank some liquor to slow my habit down to stop using

6:19 pm July 5th, 2016

These are the first steps of helping my fiance’ with detoxification. He is in full agreement, but somewhat reluctant that he may not get to eat what he wants, when he wants. Can someone recommend a safe way to detox his body, in turn detoxifying cocaine traces and toxins from his body?

8:09 pm July 24th, 2016

tomorrow is 7.5 years clean for me from infranasal CXXXXXX use
a docotor said it can take my brain 7 to 10 years to be normal. i have since . Never wanted to use, ever.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, you will have what i have too. a sense of normalcy. whatever you do, remind me im addicted . Medically speaking, this is the western medicine world, anyway. right Kiddo? oh i used for 25 years. maybe 26
submit comment… thanks for reading.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:50 pm July 26th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Dan! Great news! Keep up with the good job.

3:20 am July 28th, 2016

I have used coke maybe 5 times in my life. Did about 1.5 grams over the course of a day two Saturdays ago, and then was urine tested last Saturday. I drank lots of water, especially because it’s been hot out. Average shape/size, should I have passed or no?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:16 pm July 29th, 2016

Hi Jacob. Cocaine has a short half life (about 60 minutes), and it usually can stay in your system and be detected in urine 2-4 days after use. However, detection time increases to 12-14 days for chronic or binge users.

5:59 am July 30th, 2016

I smoke weed long enough time more than 20 years daily but this year i was introduced to coke. I went over a g pretty fast, not regularly, 2-3 times a week till late June when I started doing a g day in day out. I’m clean one week, leave alone craving which is insane, severe body chills and heart palpitations increased, having hard time falling asleep. Tried to help the situation with smoking weed but it doesn’t seem to affect me the same way it used to. I keep going towards my goal and stay clean for good. People don’t do this horrible drug! 10-20 minutes of high not worth suffering I go through. Stay AWAY from blow! I wish I kept blazing now but it’s too play you pay…

5:33 pm August 7th, 2016

You may want to consider adding Ayahuasca as one of the best recovering solution.

Can be done btw
1:05 am August 8th, 2016

Hi on reading some of the messages just thought positive one may help
was a solid coke user for 12yrs+ at worst 7g a day
Then down to around 3 a week towards the end
When I finally stopped first 3 months was the hardest clean started to feel alive again clean 18months now found strengths I had forgotten problem is its everywhere you get offered a live rather than a drink in today’s society so you need to be ready for it
So the secret is find your inner strength with stopping avoid anyone who uses …don’t leave many people btw
Find the world were its not cool but patronising but if I can do it believe me any one can
Good luck you will need it

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:09 am August 10th, 2016

Thanks for sharing! Hope your comment will inspire the others…

1:33 am September 14th, 2016

Hi all, I’m currently high on coke! I didn’t have anything for a week and was doing ok. But then I got a bit of cash. Paid all my dealers off and decided to get a gram because I thought I could handle it. Now, even when I’m high, I feel guilty! I’ve just moved away from a toxic relationship three weeks ago after seven years. I want to crack this, pardon the pun! But I don’t know how to avoid the triggers! It’s a long road, with many obstacles and been effectively homeless doesn’t help! Who knows what the future holds but determination seems to be the key!!

6:53 am October 18th, 2016

I have been clean from daily intravenous cocaine and heroin use for about five weeks now. This last relapse with heroin lasted roughly a year and was turned onto cocaine about four months before i quit. I still have yet to get a period and was curious how long this could last. I know my body is going through some things but I am praying to the guy upstairs everyday that something happens and soon. Periods. Let’s just say it’s a love \hate relationship. But, for real, can you please help me find some clarity here? I’m freaking out!

6:22 am November 7th, 2016

Hi, Have a fam member wanting to stop coke but she refuses formal tx. I read where there are not meds for detox so may I assume it’s safe to stop at once? I didn’t see that tapering is needed, but I’ll be helping and trying to be safe. Thanks so much for any help!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:06 pm November 8th, 2016

Hi Kenneth. If you have questions about addiction treatment and their options, call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

6:45 pm November 13th, 2016

I’m not cocaine addict myself, but my boyfriend is, he doesn’t want to go to rehab, I tried to convince him but he said that I can help him way more than anyone in rehab could, this is what is pushing me to research ways to help. Yesterday was his first day without cocaine, it was very tough, he drank a bottle of wine in an hour by himself, I am worried about this too. I can’t be there physically for him all the time because of personal reasons, is there any advise for me? I really want to help in any way possible. Is there any way I can convince him to go to rehab? He is 100% convinced he doesn’t want the life he currently has

2:49 am November 16th, 2016

I want to know if I did cocaine on the 18th day of the month would it be detectable on the 23rd by urnine in that amount of time

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:05 pm November 17th, 2016

Hi Leelo. Usually cocaine stays in your system and can be detected in urine for 2-4 days after use. However, heavy or chronic cocaine users may have an extended detection window of up to a week or 10 days. If you want to learn more about drug testing, download our free e-book:

2:00 am November 19th, 2016

my son was using weed & Cocaine , sent him for very expensive Rehab Center, he came home
clean & sober after one month start using every thing again.

Now from Nov.16. he promise me he will detox himself. He is sleeping all day & all night, gets up
in a evening eat & go back to sleep. today is day three please advise. he is very angery if you talk to him.

1:57 am November 27th, 2016

Did coke on wednesday and got test on monday at 430 pm. Ive being going to gym and saunas and lots of water . would i pass

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:49 pm November 29th, 2016

Hi Julio. Cocaine generally stays in the system and can be detected in urine for 2-4 days after use. However, heavy or chronic cocaine users may have an extended detection window of up to a week or 10 days. If you want to learn more about drug testing, download our FREE e-book here:

4:31 pm December 4th, 2016

To all those who have been using for less than 5 years and are writing in with your concerns: don’t try to make yourselves ‘Interesting’ by pretending you have a problem. Come back in 5 years time.

8:11 am December 22nd, 2016

I have been seeing this guy for a couple weeks, and for the past 14 days, he has gone without the use of cocaine and has been really proud of himself and talks a lot about how hes sleeping and eating better, has way more energy and all around just feels great! :) I really want to show him how proud I am of him and had the idea that every time he makes it to a certain amount of days without coke, I tell him how his body is improving! I’ve seen lots of things like this with smoking, often there are posters up in doctors offices saying things like, after 7 days you can breathe better, after a month your chance of lung cancer decreases by a certain amount.. things like that. I was wondering if there is something that you could send me to show a timeline of positive changes your body goes through in a sort of a timeline! I looked it up and all I could find is negative effects and I wanted to show him how much his body appreciates him taking care of himself to motivate him to continue despite the struggle of withdrawal! From what I know, he was never really dependent on coke, just did it at a party on the weekend sort of thing, so I don’t think the withdrawal symptoms are intense for him. The only things I have noticed and also others at work have definitely noticed that he is happier, looks healthier, and is all around doing great!
I don’t know much about this drug or any drugs for that matter, this lifestyle is very new to me so any other information you could send to me about supporting him would be amazing! He has definitely found me as a positive influence on his life and I definitely want that to continue, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much, I really look forward to hearing back from you!!

11:29 pm December 28th, 2016

My boyfriend went to his family over xmas he met up with his mates and they all had coke he came back 2 days later profusely sweating , impotent ,angry and just horrid , he goes a few months without it and then goes through this , hes goes to bed at 9 and wakes early , I cant take anymore of this ridiculous waste of money and abuse of me , Ive just told him go live with someone else. His sons a drug dealer, his whole family are denial and wont even listen to me , he says im nieve well I am ive never taken drugs ever I want to call the police and shop the lot of them every drug dealer and every person sniffing this shit with him it is taking the person I loved away from me .

2:21 am January 9th, 2017

I tend to do cocaine every other weekend, sometimes once a month but that’s not my biggest problem, the problem is once I do cocaine i can’t stop and the use turns into going into the next day 3 grabs later. Due to the binge I find it easy to not want to use cocaine for a couple of weeks but once again one drink to many I find myself fancying a line with the intent to just stop after 1/2gram but it never happens !! I don’t know what to do apart from cut out all social life for a while as drink is a massive catalyst but am I addicted? I don’t ever touch it in the week it wouldn’t ever cross my mind so these binges tend to happen from a Friday night in to Saturday

1:47 pm January 13th, 2017

Thank you very much for your article and the helpful timeline in understanding the symptoms it’s been of some help , in an update to this information it would be wise to point out that alcohol should be completely off limits when you are going through this , as I found out the hard way I had a couple drinks and it completely started the craving , I have found that taking a sleeping tablet when the craving is at its highist really helps , I would like to ask a question I have been blowing my nose for the last six days and so much rubbish is coming out how long would this usually carry on for ? regards and thank you for your post

10:54 pm January 15th, 2017

I’ve done coke Fri and Sat got a drug test Tues what should I do

12:49 am January 16th, 2017

my question: detox of cocaine can be done as out-patient? or hospitalization is a must?

thanks in advance

11:40 am January 19th, 2017

Friends! Let me share something with you that helped me. I was formerly addicted to ecstacy, prescription pills, alcohol, marijuana, coke, and cigarettes. I’ve got it all boiled away now to just Cigarettes which is the hardest thing in my life to quit.

This is what I’ve learned:
With most habit forming substances… the act of detox, the effects it produces, the stabilizing of the blood pressure, the sudden missing element from blood content that gets filtered through our bodies on the way back to our brain, its all going to mimic the feeling of a craving, and you might not even crave the substance, but usually if its on your mind that is what mind defaults to. Your body just knows that something is different from the “Normal” and is pumping chemicals from your pineal gland into your nervous system to force a nervous system reaction.

In actually, what feels like a craving is your body going through the process of detoxing. Same with Cigarettes, Alcohol, and other substances. The important thing here is that once you start detox, you not mistake the sensations of the detox for craving. It’s going to suck if you think of it as a craving. A craving you can’t get rid of. Your mind constantly keeps track of your body and knows that such abrasive chemicals are missing. Thanks to the rush of dopamine and other chems in the gland, your brain is tricked into perceiving the presense of harsh substances as good and the absence as bad. The presence of the parasite as good, and its disappearance as bad (ever get sick while trying to detox? your body think’s its being hurt and alerts you to its condition. It’s just freaking out because it remembers parasitic chemicals available for use and cant find any). It’s going to suck because it is supposed to happen. Eventually your body will turn to realize that it doesn’t need that chemical compound to function, and that it was just a waste of time. It will slowly begin forget about its old “normal”. You will have mood swings because of this. One moment you’ll be up, and the next you’ll be down until you realize “ITS NOT A CRAVING. IT SUCKS, BUT ITS A GOOD KIND OF SUCKS. YOU WANT THIS KIND OF SUCKS THAN THE KIND OF SUCKS THE OTHER ROUTE LEADS DOWN.”

Now you know. Addiction is reprogram. Without substance, your mind is programmed to perform all of its essential tasks without that booze/coke/weed/nicotine. With substance, your mind is programmed to *manage* or keep *expedite* use of the stored chemicals for potential use. Your brand of Cigarettes? You brain is a calculator and appreciates the processes and effects of only that brand (as your body is conditioned to the specific task of the dopamine rush unleashed when you take a deep breath for a moment).

Let that sink in for a moment. Our brains wonder what something is on first contact, breaks it down to see how to make use of it, and then applies it and stores excess to keep a steady supply of it to the nervous systems. Every time you feel a craving…. its because your body is undergoing detox and running out of that substance. It calls to you for more. Your throat is too clear and the air feels to sensitive against the back of it. You’re thinking too much… too frantically. You’re not too used to having an active mind during certain circumstance without that alcohol suppressant. You’re feeling depressed. You think you need that stuff to give you happiness. But all its doing to you is tricking you into slavery. It will not allow you to do a single thing of your own accord without first consulting that substance. People look long and hard over drinks, cigarettes, cannabis… this is because their medulla’s single-tracks are seriously congested. So some of the signals your body may send to you regarding the toxicity of substance might be overpowered or even blocked all together. I lose count of how many times my cigarette cherry burned through my clothes and hit my skin, but I never react to it like I should if i’m smoking said cigarette, instead its just sluggish.

Substance Free = Clear mind, focused resolve, abundance in will power.

There is nothing you cannot accomplish. Stop beating yourself up! Don’t do drugs’ job for them.

Go to the window! Inhale the fresh air! Tell your body that is what it needs more. Condition your brain to nature. Hell, go to the oxygen bar. Stop letting your brain trick you into thinking expensive poison is what you need. Its not even your brain that’s tricking you. It’s the deep inhalation, the inducing of the dopamine rush, that tricks your mind into thinking a terrible thing is good.

Next craving. Take a deep breath. There’s nothing to be afraid of if you don’t get it.

Go take a shower, drink plenty of water, take a nap, do some work with your hands, play with a stress device. Write a journal or a book (it can even be crappy, just keep your mind active).


Your mind relates certain experiences and actions to what is seen and experienced around you. Watching some of your favorite shows during their regularly scheduled viewing time can unintentionally initiate dopamine rush while doing nothing physical at all. Mind has been programmed, remember? Certain exposures will certainly activate the subconscious anxiety that comes along with waiting through commercials and the like, especially if it was routine for you to smoke after specific events, and TV is really good about sliding icky-icky substances in your face.

Breaking the addiction is an inner self-journey. You must rediscover who you are before addiction. It will help to figure out who that person would have been, what they would be now, had you never had addiction.

This is your goal. your motivation. The best version of you, substance free. You are that person. You just have to remember your own will, and your will is YOURS. No animate/inanimate object can take that from you.

Now and then, my head starts to spin…
But I’ll never turn back again!
From this moment on.
I am moving strong.
And I’ll never … turn back…

11:06 pm February 22nd, 2017

Hi my nose is getting very thin on one side and I’m starting to get a dent on it, no holes or anything, if I stop cocaine use completely will my nose heal itself without needing surgery? Thank you please get back to me ASAP

6:00 pm February 24th, 2017

Hi Ell. Yes, you have a much greater chance at avoiding surgery if you don’t worsen the problem by using more. But, do see a doctor if you notice an inflammation or any other complication at the spot.

5:04 pm February 25th, 2017

Hi, I’ve been clean for 5 months now after a year of heavy usage. My appetite is regular again, but I just can’t gain the weight. My question is, how long will it take for the body to store fat once again? Or have I completely messed up my metabolism. I’m worried, as before my usage I had a healthy amount of body fat. Thanks in adavance.

2:16 am February 28th, 2017

I was an avid drinker for about 2 years, 21-23 years old. And recently I started experimenting with cocaine as well. I tried to stop drinking before, but the constant threat of anxiety I would get would start ruining my ability to function with everyday task. I’ve done coke about 10 times over a year (Always 1/2+ gram with friends because it was easy to get), but almost always mixing it with booze because I was told it would balance me out. The last time I tried it, on Valentines day was a real eye opener for me, because the next day at work I had a full blown panic attack and had to be sent home from work. This has never happened to me, and told me I needed to get my life in shape. Since then I have been struggling with the common symptoms of withdrawal, however the returning anxiety and mood swings have been a big concern to me. Lately they have started to subside, with increased sobriety effort. I’m sure i’m not the only one who is scared that this just might be their life now. Many articles online suggest that the damage may be permanent and that is terrifying. Has anyone else had experience with this?

10:43 am March 1st, 2017

I’ve been doing cocaine for about 10years now and I’ve never been depressed moody or very sick like in flu and so on. I go to the doctor every 6 months for a check up and the response was I’m very healthy and in good health. When I first started using cocaine I new nothing about it or the side affects. As time went by I noticed a big change in my body and the way I was sleeping a few days later I found my self going through 4 to 6 bags a day and I stopped eating and had about 2hrs sleep in 7 days. I finally did some research and found that there was herrowin mixed into the cocaine the way to spot herrowin in ur cocaine is by looking to see if there are any gray patches mixed with ur cocaine. If u do find gray spots stop. This is how dealers get u hooked so they no u will be back for more. So if u are moody depressed can’t sleep eat and so on there is a strong possibility its the herrowin do that to u.

6:58 pm March 7th, 2017


So i used cocaine for the first time on Saturday night after some drinks and had about 5 lines. It is Tuesday now and ive been feeling a little low and a bit of a headache in the back of my head. I guess i just want to make sure that i am recovering and that there isn’t anything life threatening i have to worry about 3 days after. Over all i am feeling better each day since i did it and i do not see myself ever doing it again. Hope i can get a little feedback from what i said. thanks

1:51 am March 14th, 2017

So i had 5 hits of coke. Sunday evenin never had before healthy person. 130lbs 5’9. Now find oyt a tox test wed afternoon. Will i pass?
What can i do other then drink water.????

9:29 am March 15th, 2017

Have used at least 3 times a week for two years straight now. Gonna try and quit. All the ‘highs’ aren’t achievable anymore and it only makes me feel sketchy and paranoid. What type of permanent damage should I expect? Is it safe to quit cold turkey?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:53 pm March 16th, 2017

Hi Js. I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best way to quit cocaine.

7:47 pm March 18th, 2017

If you noticed a change in behavior or anger after using for a while just your whole life style how you act and how it changes you completely. When you stop using will you ever go back to how you were before.

8:40 pm March 19th, 2017

Are used cocaine every three months and i use 4-7 g that night
I can’t controlled when it starts
Please give me some advice

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