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Cold turkey cocaine

When cocaine use is stopped or when a binge ends, a crash follows almost immediately. This crash is accompanied by a strong craving for more cocaine. So, is it safe to go cold turkey on cocaine?  We review here, and invite your questions about detoxing from cocaine at the end.

Cold turkey off cocaine

Cocaine use can be extremely destructive to your body and mind. Most people realize at some point that if they don’t stop using, they will suffer grave physical and emotional consequences. Many users won’t make a change until they’ve hit “rock bottom,” where frankly their only choice is quitting or death.

So, what does it mean to go “cold turkey” off a drug? Basically, this type of withdrawal or detox requires complete drug cessation, without tapering of lowered doses.  When the drug is discontinued immediately, the user will experience what has come to be known as a “comedown” or “crash” along with a number of other cocaine withdrawal symptoms. However, most experts recommend a medically supervised treatment for cocaine detox, especially for long time or high dose users who are at risk of suicide or who display paranoia or hallucinations.

Going cold turkey cocaine?

While cocaine dependence can develop in users, most people experience the effects of a “crash” after cocaine use related to single episodes. In effect, the psychological symptoms of craving and obsession can be more intense than some of the physical symptoms.  Why is this?

Cocaine produces a sense of extreme joy by causing the brain to release higher than normal amounts of the biochemicals serotonin and dopamine (and prevent their reuptake in nerve synapses). Because cocaine is so related to euphoric effect, going cold turkey off cocaine can manifest as a strong desire to use cocaine, or can bring mood or mental health disorders to the surface? So, what kinds of symptoms manifest during cocaine withdrawal?

Cold turkey cocaine withdrawal

What does cocaine withdrawal feel like? The craving and depression related to cold turkey cocaine withdrawal can last for months following cessation of long-term heavy use (particularly daily). Withdrawal symptoms may also be associated with suicidal thoughts in some people.

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Primary symptoms of cocaine withdrawal may include:

  • agitation and restless behavior
  • depressed mood
  • fatigue
  • generalized malaise
  • increased appetite
  • vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • slowing of activity

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms treatment usually involves supportive care and psychotherapy, when helpful.  During withdrawal, there can be powerful, intense cravings for cocaine. However, for those who keep using cocaine, the “high” associated with ongoing use becomes less and less pleasant, and can produce fear and extreme suspicion rather than joy (euphoria). Just the same, the cravings may remain powerful.

Quitting cold turkey cocaine

You should always consult a doctor before you try to quit cocaine. How can you withdraw from cocaine safely? It is possible to quit cocaine without the help of a detox or rehab, but the do-it-yourself method isn’t recommended, because it can be dangerous, and it is less likely to lead to long-term sobriety. Additionally, no matter how you quit cocaine, it’s a good idea to receive some type of counseling. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you learn ways of modifying your thoughts and actions so that it’s possible for you to stay clean.

Stopping cocaine cold turkey risks

The main risks of quitting cocaine without medical supervision include relapse or acting on suicidal thoughts. Additionally, people who are experiencing cocaine cold turkey will often use alcohol, sedatives, hypnotics, or anti anxiety medications such as diazepam (Valium) to treat their symptoms, increasing risk of medical complications. Unless directed by a doctor, use of these drugs is not recommended because it simply shifts addiction from one substance to another. Further, All prescription drug use should be monitored carefully in patients who abuse substances.

Finally, at least half of all people addicted to cocaine also have been diagnosed with a mental disorder (particularly depression and attention-deficit disorder). These conditions should be diagnosed and treated. When correctly assessed and addresses, relapse rates are dramatically reduced.

Can I quit cocaine cold turkey?

It is possible but not advised that you quit cocaine cold turkey; this process assumes that you are trying to stop using cocaine on your own. Never quit cocaine cold turkey without consulting with a medical professional.  You’ll need medical supervision for any type of stimulant withdrawal, because patterns of suicidal thoughts and dysphoria are common.

If you wish to stop using cocaine, try to avoid the people, places, and things you associate with the drug. If you find yourself considering the euphoria produced by cocaine, force yourself to think of the negative consequences that follow its use. Group participation with peer support (such as 12 step groups, SMART Recovery, or Rational Recovery) is helpful for many people.

Get off cocaine cold turkey questions

If you still have questions about cold turkey cocaine, please leave your questions below. Additionally, we invite you to share your experiences regarding cocaine withdrawal in the comments section below. We try to respond to all legitimate concerns with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Cocaine Withdrawal

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91 Responses to “Cold turkey cocaine
tisha
5:59 pm October 21st, 2014

If it’s dangerous to quit cold turkey why in the world do these idiot judges put addicts in a cell? They can force them to go to rehab just as easily.

12:47 pm October 27th, 2014

That’s true Tisha. And it’s not fair. But, people are fighting for a more appropriate treatment for substance dependent prisoners. Here is where you can read more: http://addictionblog.org/FAQ/special-populations/addiction-treatment-in-prison/

greg
7:49 am January 29th, 2015

My ego has kept me from being honest with myself and not doing anything about my alcohol and cocaine addiction.I no I am one and have been most of my life, I know my problems, just afraid to face them.im not suicidal, just pissed.ive had help before, apparently did not help.

Lucy
8:22 am April 8th, 2015

I’ve been using cocaine for 15 years it’s be a constant struggle,It’s affecting my marriage my relationship with my kids I so scared to go to rehab alone and I’m embarrassed to tell my husband that I wanna go..what should I do

John
2:06 am April 15th, 2015

Get off drugs without using drugs!

4:45 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Lucy. There is no shame in asking for help, understanding and support. I believe you’ve come a long way in realizing that it’s become a problem for you, and that you are reaching out. Another thing, in rehab you are never alone. I’d advise you to come clean and promise that you are willing to be dedicated to leaving the habit behind you. You will find out you have more support than you’d ever imagine!

In need of help
12:59 pm May 7th, 2015

Have a big problem because I’m pregnant. So many problems it seems like i have nothing to help me it helps me relax and forget my problems but its hurting me and now my baby.

Bobby
2:00 am May 8th, 2015

hi,been using it every night for the past year, bar 2 or 3 days.dont want to go to my local gp as I certainly don’t want it on my records,is there any legal alternative for coming off it and what would u suggest I do next thanks.

10:56 am May 8th, 2015

Hi Bobby. Addiction and drug abuse are less and less stigmatized with each passing year. I’m not sure what your concern about legal issues is based in, but in order to get the mental health services that you need, you can either work within the system or seek private help. Where are you based (what country)? Have you consulted with a social services representative or lawyer yet?

4:16 pm May 21st, 2015

In need of help, you cannot be using cocaine during pregnancy for your own and your baby’s sake. Please seek help. Your first point of contact can be your doctor or gynaecologist, who can further refer you to a detox center that specializes in treating pregnant women.

Chris
8:25 pm May 28th, 2015

Been using daily for 15years have stopped for 5 days got bad belly and feel terrible is this normal as I am on holiday and feel odd

4:31 pm June 5th, 2015

Hi Chris. It’s withdrawal symptoms which happen when you suddenly quit or lower your regular dose. It’s be best to continue taking your medication as prescribed or slowly lower doses to avoid physical discomfort.

Danny
9:19 am June 11th, 2015

I always told myself I would never snort or do coke ever in my life. At the age of 27 I started to dabble, then more and more until it spiraled out of control. I used to be really active with exercising, socializing, and living life without coke. Now im 29, a person that I don’t like and finding myself doing coke all by myself. Life to me now, is just a big distorted picture that I can’t seem to tune in. I’ve alienated myself from loved ones, family and friends. Please someone out there share some helpful advice and guidance to my road to recovery.!! Sincerely, Danny

=michael
4:36 am June 22nd, 2015

Hello there Ivana i am here because i am trying to understand the dangers in going cold turkey with crack i have used crack for over 1 year and a half but this year since febuary 12 2015 till now i have been off it i have not seeked any medical advice manly because i did not want to admit to a doctor i was using a hard drug well the first two months were ok but before i go to that i should let you know how much i was using as well as my drug use history i am 31 years old i have been on mary j from the majority of my life from age 9 till feb 2015 both drugs i quit cold turkey and for the most part i have been doing ok however on the crack i used daily every day 5 peices a day 20 pieces aday that is around 5 k a month in one year i used over 70 grand that is alot of money i was self employed so that was how i was able to get the money but mainly why i quit was i saw that i was hitting rock bottom i knew i would die if i kept using for i started blacking out after the hit i would fall to the ground and almost do the funky chicken but that was then as for now i am wanting to know if and how dangoures it would be for me that i have cut cold turkey for now i feel euphoric daily or my whole body feels a radiation or glow i feel a impeding death at forst was thinking it was the joint that i smoked a month after feb 12 but anyhow i also feel a bid of weird feelings almost like a out of body experience but i get this feeling then i pass out or black out and i do not feel suicidal or anything like that but can you elaborate more on the dangers i am to face for the cold turkey of crack and as well as any other all known withdraw symptoms of crack withdraw thank you

10:46 am June 22nd, 2015

Hello Michael. The most common symptoms related to crack withdrawal are extreme fatigue and depression. Crack causes extreme highs…and changes in the brain. Without it, you can feel next to nothing, and be really numb.

Why not seek medical help now? Doctors and psychologists are trained in treating crack use…in fact, they have studied it and have developed therapies to address it. What holds you back?

John
4:12 am July 6th, 2015

Hi I’ve stopped for about three days I keep stopping the coke and say after about a week or ten days I think it’s ok to start again have I got a problem it’s not an every day thing for me but it sometimes can be am I a heavy user? I think sometimes I’m in denial and think I’m not hurting anyone it’s my own money my own life so I can I think I could possibly do it on my own but I’d rather someone else tell me I have a problem and to stop my will power isn’t the greatest but if it had to be it would thanks

Penny
1:02 am July 10th, 2015

What if I can only get 2 weeks off to go to rehab is that possible

Penny
1:09 am July 10th, 2015

I have been using for 11 years and I have tried to get off cocaine myself and would get these waves of horrible depression that last about ten or so seconds… I thought it was just what my life was like before I started using…. I use almost every day and spend about 1,000 dollars a month . I am so scared. My life is just a mess.every night when I watch tv the drug addiction hotline comes on the tv like nine or ten times … Like it is calling me

ashley m
1:10 am July 10th, 2015

Swim have had problem for nearly ten years startd hustleing then ended up on it doin qauter to oz day. Cuz it was free nt gd ideawhen my tolerance was at it peak now it taken tole on my mind and body i strugle do th a night with out pulpattations on the come down so nt worth stp while u can b honest with love ones they will help before u say shit stuf know it wasnt cuz other ppz only needed half g tolerance build quik like the hole tht. U will build in bank account listen to grand master flash white lines says it all

6:31 pm July 14th, 2015

Hi Penny. It depends on your needs and the addiction treatment plan. If you can only do 2 weeks of inpatient rehab, maybe you can continue with long-term outpatient rehab to stay in recovery. If you have picked out a treatment facility call them directly to discuss your possibilities.

cameron
9:02 am July 25th, 2015

I never thought i would do coke .im very honest with my self that i have a problem i just Don’t know how to stop,!

Michelle
6:03 am August 2nd, 2015

I have been doing crack, binging for about 21 months. Here’s my issue, people, places and things. I know for a fact when I move I won’t use again. My question, I need to get help but I too as many others have stated am afraid to put my drug use in my medical records. Any suggestions?

Ian
10:37 pm August 2nd, 2015

I am killing myself with this I have already lost my marriage and life is going downhill but I can’t stop it even though I know what it’s doing its evil I wish u could turn time back would never have taken first libe

cody
11:03 am August 4th, 2015

So I have been using cocaine for about a year this time and I’m ready to stop.. my daughter is olmost 3 and I need for her to never know that her dad was an addict. I used from the time I was 16 until I was olmost 20. I got a good job and stayed busy with work and trying to better my relationship with my wife.. that is how I stopped the first time.. but.. it’s not working like that this time.. I am 23 now and I know I have a problem.. if I have coke I don’t stop until it is gone.. don’t matter if I have a half g or half oz. I don’t go searching for it and I really don’t go associate with the people that do it.. it as always seems to fall into my lap and even when I say no I end up with it.. it is not a social drug for me.. I am always hiding when I am snorting it.. it is because I know it is looked down upon in my family.. I have talked to my wife and mother about it but can’t seem to talk to anyone else about it more so because I am ashamed of myself. What’s step one of doing this on my own.. and who else do I talk to that can understand my situation without going to councilors or rehab. My family has always come first and my bills are payed.. I go to work 6 days a week an I’m at work for at least 8 to 16 hours a day and don’t do it there. But as soon as I’m off its game on.. please give me feed back. Thank you for being there for so many ppl that need this help.

4:14 pm August 6th, 2015

Hello Cody. First step is admitting that there is a problem and reaching out for help, so congratulations! Withdrawal will start when you stop administering the usual doses at the usual time and it’s recommended that you do not go through the acute withdrawal stage alone. So, have someone you trust by your side to take care of you and your little girls needs while you detox. Then, don’t tell yourself that it’s all over and gone. Detox was only the beginning of the recovery process. I suggest you get informed about which counseling and support groups there are in your area and start going to therapy sessions. Good luck, Cody. I know you can make it and come off as a much wiser woman…because of your daughter.

weekend
11:22 am August 15th, 2015

I have struggled with this step for years now… I have so much trouble letting go of old friends who have been tried and tested and still come out loyal every time

Aaron
9:27 pm August 17th, 2015

I stoped smoking crack 20 days ago. I went to the phoenix house in Exeter RI. That place was a nightmare. They did absolutely nothing to help me. Please dont consider the Phoenix house. I go to NA I have a sponsor. I have a home group and I am active in the program. 12 steps and one addict helping another is the Only way out!!!! Will my bad dreams ever stop though???

Mario
12:58 am August 18th, 2015

I have started using cocaine for the past 5 months.
Needless to say that it has become habit forming and addicting, but i am not nor will i be a heavy user.
Ever since I’ve started using cocaine, it has altered my thinking as i am also diagnosed with Major Depression Disorder. I can differentiate greatly if not most all prescription medicine, Illegal substances and alcohol. Doing this allows me to instinctively develope a equilibrium between drugs and how they affect a person mentally and physically. I have never used NDMAS, Crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other sorts of illegal street drugs. Further more, i take primarily precaution every time i use cocaine, like have a short acting benzodiazepine, ;Alprazolam is my choice of drug for it alleviates symptoms affiliated with cocaine use like Tachycardia. I also drink plenty of water throughout the day so that it can help keep my body at a substantively hydrated. I want to publicly say that cocaine is indeed addicting, but i have self control with the amount i purchase and how much of it i do throughout the day( although i can go days without using). My utensil of choice to use cocaine is a pen cap( top). I do not use lines whatsoever due to the fact that a line usually contains an inaccurate dosage. A pen cap(top)is enough for me. Now, the downside of cocaine is the fact that i do experience moment’s of craving cocaine, due to the fact that cocaine inhibits Dopamine and Serotonin levels in the brain, i would substitute the cravings with either OTC medicine such as Diphenhydramine, Doxylamine, or just setraline which i am prescribed along with quetiapine for insomnia. Setraline is an antidepressant, quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic. I do believe that one can become sober with or without the use of medicine, but it is important to note that the use of one substance in order to substitute another is indeed debatable, but i am going to find that out myself as i am try to stop finding the disillusioned and chemically alternated states of mind that cocaine or any other street drugs can give to one. I wish all those whom are in a tough and persistent battles with these addicting drugs. -Dr. M.

Rick
1:37 am August 19th, 2015

Hi ive been using cocaine and drinking a lot these past few years ive been sober from both for 6 weeks i did it cold turkey now ive been having trouble breathing and been to the er a few timed they do tests on me and say im ok that its anxiety attacks i got put on xanax and Zoloft it helps but it makes me sleep all day and when i am awake its when its hard for me to get full breaths could that be me crashing from quitti

Aaron
7:45 am August 19th, 2015

This is for Mario. U r so in denial. Stop while u still can. This shit will make u a addict. Its a disease w no cure. Get some help!!! Please

Ian
10:08 pm September 5th, 2015

I left a reply a few months ago since then I am now heavy in debt and stopped socialising I can see it fucking me up but can’t stop its fucking evil

3:12 pm September 7th, 2015

Hello Ian. Why don’t you try and call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers to help you find the best and most suitable treatment approach for you. Addiction treatment seems pricey to many, but on the long run it’s much more cost-effective compared to feeding the addiction.

Jade
6:36 pm September 11th, 2015

I need help convincing someone I really care about to see a medical professional about their coke addiction.

Blake
4:48 am September 14th, 2015

i believe people can quit on their own. there are probably more people that do and are not part of your stats. you people don’t want to cure anything. its all about keeping people coming back right. There are cures to many diseases and you so call medicine people will not share for fear of losing patients. thats sad.

Eric
10:09 pm September 14th, 2015

I am doin around 3 grams every other night !! What can i do to stop ?? I cant go to rehab because i will lose my home but i need help!!!

Alexa
11:45 am September 17th, 2015

I only want to quit cocaine when I’m coming down from a high of using all night. I tell myself that I will make an appointment with my therapist (who I was seeing for anxiety, but came clean to about my cocaine use) but when I wake up I get too scared to make an appointment (afraid I am going to have to go to rehab) or I tell myself I’ll just use more time and then stop. How can I convince myself to quit cocaine usage when I’m sober (as in not on cocaine)?

If I were to do a medical detox, could I do it in two days and still have access to my phone and computer?

5:28 pm September 17th, 2015

Hi Alexa. Cocaine cravings make it difficult to stop for any length of time. If you’re having trouble doing this alone, medical detox can help. I’m not sure if you can use a phone or computer while in detox… call and ask!

3:08 pm September 22nd, 2015

Hi Jade. Have you thought about staging an intervention? You can dial the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers and get all the needed information about the intervention and course of treatment that will be tailored to the person’s unique needs. You can also check out clinics with similar services in your area, here: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

Shelly
2:38 pm October 8th, 2015

I have been using cocaine now for 8 years I was able to stop for 2 years then I got caught back up with it, it started the odd occasions I would go out then it lead to every weekend and even down to me doing it on my own. I really scared at the min because I think I have damaged my body it started with me getting chestpains which lead to my heart racing and palpitations and me struggling to breathe this went on for about 9 days, I really thought I was going to die I’ve been to the hospital 3 times had ECGs done checked my lungs and blood pressure which all came back fine but I am still getting pain in my chest and also weird feeling running through my blood or vains and often feels like I am going to pass out, I need to be reassured that I’m not going to die as this has now been going on now for 4 weeks and I haven’t used any since these pains started. I’ve not actually told my doctor the pains are from drug use because I don’t think it will make much difference but how can I be sure I’m not going to die if I’m still getting pains all over my back and chest please if anyone has any symptoms like mine how long will it take for my body to get back to normal

Lisa
1:57 pm October 10th, 2015

That’s all a bunch of crap. I smoked crack for almost 20 years and stopped September 21,2012-no meetings, therapy,etc-just got sick of it. When you’ve done everything possible with it and get to yourself, and with every hit tell God,”Not my will, but Your Will be done in my life because I can’t do it on my own”, if it comes from your heart to Gods ears, He takes it away. Completely.

Sandi
6:50 am October 18th, 2015

What would you call a addiction time?? After 1st time?? Are u addicted after 4th?

andres
4:22 am October 23rd, 2015

I stopped cocaine cold turkey. I have thoughts that my Heart is gonna stop. I was not afraid of doing cocaine when i was on the drug i did it for about 7 years and know that i stopeed i am afraid that my heart is gonna stop. What are the odds that i get a heart attack

Sam
5:30 am November 5th, 2015

I know coke isn’t exactly like amphetamine. I’m 18. I was basically abusing drugs for a year. Amphetamine withdrawal really sucks. Withdrawal includes Depression, less brain activity, feeling like a zombie, insomnia, lifeless, loss of interest in life. I haven’t done coke but I believe coke is less neurotoxic. So does cocaine withdrawal really mess up the brain/ cognition for many days. How long did it take you guys to fully recover and return to normal.

B.
9:12 am November 6th, 2015

Wow..I dnt even kno where to start.I see everybody got there own problems.I’ve been usin cocaine for almost 3 yrs nd literally jus about on a daily basis.I dnt really have a answer to why.I tell myself I have a problem.nd completely wanna stop.but like a idiot I say one thing nd do another.I’m under weight nd when I think of how much I spnd is jus horrible. Idk wht to do wit myself anymore.I dnt have a problem being sober but for sum reason I keep doing it.I’m a heavy user.coming off of it jus sucks I get angry wit myself.bascially regret doin it but yet I like doin it.do I even make sense?? Hard to explain everything. Everybody got problems nd only yu kno wht weighs on your mind at the end of the day but lng story short I’m not embarrassed or ashamed to say I have a problem or to consider myself a drug attic cuz iam in all honesty. But I really need nd wnt to stop completely but how cuz Im always going bk to it.sumbody respond nd give sum advice.

concerned
6:48 am November 15th, 2015

My boyfriend has been on cocaine and has been trying cold turkey but relapsed. Can a doctor prescibe him medication to help him ?and being at the doctor will his managers find out via the doctor that’s his on drugs?

3:32 pm November 16th, 2015

Hey Concerned. Yes, a doctor can prescribe him medication for his cocaine addiction. But, they are effective only if used as a part of a structured addiction treatment that incorporates different therapies. Otherwise, the addiction problem is only masked, and not treated. I suggest you call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment provides.

Dealer
10:34 pm November 27th, 2015

Don’t even believe I’m writing this and would be even more shocked if I send it but I know I need help and I do not know where to start at. 10 or so years ago I was a dealer and when I was caught I was sentence to 3 years in prison and the whole time that I was in prison I did not use any cocaine and yes it was there and for the first year or so of my release I did not use I can’t say for sure how I fell back into the same trap and started using again but I did have the same friends that I had before I was locked up since my release I have been no longer dealing so now I’m the customer I have two jobs and work 7 days a week but I still seems to find time every weekend to get high I do not use during the week and usually I hate when the weekend comes because I know what it brings and for the life of me I can’t understand how I want use during the week but fine time to use on the weekend cocaine it’s not a social drug for me I used by myself most of the time and my every weekend getting high and getting drunk it’s damaging my relationship with my fiance and I have two daughters with her age 2 & 4 and I would hate for them to ever know that their father is/was addicted to cocaine over the 10 or 12 years of me using cocaine I have went with long periods without using ( 6 – 8 months here and there ) but this go around feels different and it seems to be getting out of control or should I say it’s been out of control I’m just now wanting to do something about it I always justify my addiction by saying I’m not hurting anyone but myself but I can see clearly when I’m sober that I’m lying to myself I am hurting people my fiance my kids my mom are just a few of the people that I’m hurting by my addiction I am 34 years old and I have no more years to waste on being addicted to cocaine and even more so I see me losing the ones I love the most my kids and my fiance I often tell myself if I can go 5 days during the week without using or drinking why can’t I get through the weekend that’s only two days and now its becoming A every weekend thing when it was just every other weekend so i see me using more in more than usual and I know that it’s be coming more than just a problem I am addicted no matter what lies I tell myself to make me believe that I’m not I do not have a doctor to talk to about quitting cold turkey I cannot afford Medicaid and do not have the money to go to rehab so cold turkey seems like the most likely way that I would be able to quit but quitting for five days and then become a addict on the weekend that’s not cool and if I don’t get control of this addiction it will destroy my relationship with my fiance my kids and my family which in turn destroy my life I am NOT suicidal or anything like that but I am depressed and ashamed if it’s any advice that someone can give me to help with my addiction it will be greatly appreciated sign the dealer

My story
12:53 pm November 28th, 2015

I was addicted to coke in my early 20’s . Was put in front of me for years before . I always turned it down. But I seen all my friends doing it, and it’s like they had a special bond. So eventually I tried it. Worst decision ever! Went from you know just showing up at party get offered a bump. To the point were I’d want more and have to pay. Went from just maybe once a week. To using at least 4 times a week . Spending half my pay. I did quit cold turkey . And it actually was quite easy. I just separated myself from it. Quit hanging out with friends that do it. Honestly it sucks, but I just started staying in on weekends and not going out. Quit for 6 years. Then all of a sudden I run into old friends and started right back up. Stupid!!!! But yes I’m gonna try same thing just quit hanging out with your buds and become a loner of you don’t have will power to say no. Delete numbers associated with it. It’s very hard to quit but I know I can do it. And so can anyone else. It’s up to the person

Steve
8:46 pm December 1st, 2015

Hello, I am a 23 year old cocaine / crack addict and also am on methadone due to my opioid dependency. I’ve always used cocaine as a way to be social and fun and at the beginning never seemed to be worried about it turning into a habit. But over the last few month later my use has become worse to the point where I’m using a needle because snorting it it smoking it wasn’t enough anymore. I’m finally realizing that yes indeed it has become a problem and dnt know how to stop. I’m so depressed because I thought that now that I’ve got my opioids addiction in control and have been off dope for a year that that was the only true addiction I had and couldn’t control. I have been more wrong then ever and am spending even more money on Coke then I was dope. I dnt have anyone to go to or trust so please someone give me some tips on what they did to end a binge which will end the active addiction thank u and God bless

Depressed
9:32 am December 5th, 2015

I’m 17 and I used to do about 8 lines a day for like two months but quit cold turkey by myself and haven’t touched it since (9-10 weeks). I’m depressed. I never had come downs before and never really felt addicted, I just did it because it was fun. My friends were the ones who encouraged me to quit but ever since I quit I’ve just felt like somethings wrong in my head. I know something is. I have headaches all the time and feel pressure in my skull. I get horrible social anxiety now, worse than its ever been and am haunted by suicidal thoughts. I’ve also been having really profound epiphanies about my true core values lately and haven’t been able to escape my day dream of leaving this unsustainable society for a simple, environmentally friendly, concrete free life. Everything about our culture is just to make our lives easier and comfortable but I don’t want to be a gear in the hive mind. I constantly feel like I have to escape. I feel like these dreams are somewhat drug induced but when I look around and truly think about how I feel they all make sense. I’ve even had long intellectual talks with several friends about this and they’ve all said that everything I said seemed like a rational well rounded argument. I’m so confused and feel so isolated by my current state of mind. I have no interest for anything. Everything I learn in school seems so superficial now. None of this system is necessary for our survival, we’ve over modified our environment to a point where we’re conditioned from childhood to sh*t on it. I can’t be a gear and be happy. I can’t even sit in the car with my family without feeling sheer rage at everything they say. I never act on it and maintain a pleasant persona but I feel that nothing they talk about really matters. I wish I’d been born in a less industrialized, materialistic, consumeristic world. I can feel myself being worn down everyday. Sorry for the word vomit

Asa
1:08 am December 6th, 2015

Did the 12 steps AA programme and worked for me best decision I ever made over 12 mo Ths clean now.Don’t wait around just do it

Natalie
11:20 pm December 21st, 2015

I really want to stop doing coke, not just for myself but I’m in love with someone and o need help

5:29 pm December 22nd, 2015

Hi Natalie. I suggest you call the helpline number we have displayed on our website. You can get in touch with our trusted treatment providers and ask all questions that interest you, and find adequate cocaine treatment and support. Hope this helps!

Jay
8:23 am December 23rd, 2015

Started sniffing coke when I was 16, I’m turning 25 in 5 days my life has spiraled from having what most people would die for to reducing myself to the brink of no return – from losing my drivers license, girlfriend, mind I can’t go out without doing it considering ALL my friends do it, I’ve stopped before and felt like Eminem when he wasn’t afraid it’s relapse after relapse grands of debt and I need to change before dancing with the devil becomes consuming me whole

Furthermore my nostrils are enlarging and my ability to stay sober other than being at work and sleeping seems an impossibility. I have a lovely family and great friends. I’m at a crossroads lost

Jay
8:48 am December 23rd, 2015

It’s like a huge silverback gorilla is in the room thumping his huge forearms toward me until I concede, the conscience which used to keep me grounded has wilted and the devil which has been pillow talking me for years has obliterated all hope – I just about hold down a full time job as a lifeguard at a swimming poi I question my ability to do this safely I wonder how I still have a job let alone be alive weed exctasy alcohol cocaine cigarettes being sober is a distant memory

Steven
5:24 am December 28th, 2015

I am using daily but want to stop ASAP as my family life is getting ruined. I want to quit now. How do I do this

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:14 pm December 28th, 2015

Hi, Steven. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, immediate assistance is available. Call our free helpline to speak with a trusted treatment provider. Good luck!

Asa
8:19 pm December 28th, 2015

Hi All I said it before and I say it again.Go to an Aa/CA Big Book study meeting get a sponser change your life.Don’t wait around.The Book will give you all the answers you need.Mental obsession,physical Craving.It will give you HOPE and A SOLUTION

mike
11:12 pm December 31st, 2015

even thogh it is dangerous to go cold turkey with the crack cocaine in the end you will find that the crack it self is killing you quick , your mind ,your soul and even your body so it is up to you to make that choice were i did i was smoking 70 grand in a whole year that is 20 doller peices 10 to 20 a day i quit it cold turkey oh boy it was very much of the withdraws , like lack of energy out of the blue i would pass out , i would feel textile like perinoia depression and brain thought loss but in the end I would say your gonna die anyhow if you keep using so what is the differents ??? it is what it is so quit simple as that i have been free from it for 7 months now since feb 12 2015 and been clean

jenny
12:39 pm January 1st, 2016

Hi, I don’t know were to start really. So I’m 28 and I’ve been taking cocaine for around 9 years. I’ve never spent a week off it during this time. I am really annoyed at myself that I have a actually let something like this take a hold on me so much. I have such will and determination to stay off coke but when the urge to have some or get some comes I can’t think of anything else and I’m agitated and moody until I manage to contact someone then I’m happy and chirpy again. I spend next to all my spare / and sometimes house money on coke. I averaged it at around 400 a month I spend on coke and alcohol. I’m a single parent and its affecting my relationship with my son and also my ability to be a good mum. I’m tired all the time, moody a lot and I am unreasonable and over react to things. I’m also incredibly paranoid and anxious a lot. I have major heart palpitations, which I never used to get before and now it seems every time I use, I’ve noticed that the next day my chest feels tight and I have weird heart beats when I try and sleep. Its horrible, it makes me dread going to bed. My solution to this was to self medicate with sleeping aids to try and put myself to sleep at night to avoid the palpitations but they were only making it worse. I don’t have any family around me or many friends to talk too and I just feel lost in the world , like its just passing me by- and I’m missing out on the good things like quality time with my son with out being tired or moody or upset and learning to drive. I’m at a loss. I’m embarresed to talk to anyone about it and typing this on here has really helped me to vent some things and make me realize that there is a problem.
I do think that the cocaine consumption increased when I left my daughter to live with her father and not long after a friend of mine of the same age (19 at the time) killed himself under a freight train . It devastated me. Its been 10 years since that happened and I’m still not over it completely now.
I just want to be me again and have money and spoil my son and have mummy cuddles with him. I don’t feel happy, I feel guilty paranoid upset and I feel like a rotten mother. I’m so upset with how terribly hard I’m finding it to stop taking it that I take it again because I’m sad. Its like a vile circle I’m stuck in and I don’t know how to break away from it. All I see on these sites is seek medical advice, talk to your gp, counciling. I can’t do any of these. I don’t want to go and see someone and actually sit with them and say hey I’m a single mum and doing a terrible job at it because of my uncontrollable cocaine addiction? It makes me feel dirty. I just want to be able to help myself be myself again , love me again , love life again and most importantly get back to being a brilliant mum again.

Heart patient !
11:34 pm January 13th, 2016

For all of those who mention palpitations and chest pains I to was having these symptoms ! Scared me to death after they didn’t dicapate.
Hear me out it may be embarrassing to tell a dr your problem but trust me they only want to help.
My family dr convinced me to do standard cardiologist work up so I did. The Drs all said I’d be perfect all test perfect that I was just having anxiety attacks. After a year of snorting I came to find that my heart muscles where weakened !
Yes an actual heart condition I must take mediation for.
Thankfully it’s not to the point where I need a device or transplant
With time the Drs think my cardiac function will restore
This coming from a social user
Never touched the stuff again is been three months no cravings at all just stopped don’t want it don’t need it ever again
I’m not saying you may have this but it’s safe to check !

Erin
12:48 am February 4th, 2016

If I can recover anyone can. There are days much tougher than others. I had a $250,000 a year habbit. I truly wish I was kidding. When I quit my dealer robbed us. He took the most valuable thing in the world. A life. My husbands. Yes my x drug dealer murdered my husband. He and two accomplices they are charged with first degree murder. My husband didn’t do drugs he was so undeserving of his fate. I’m forever sorry. Please stop before you encounter a tragedy. I’ve learned the hard way.

Frank
5:20 am February 6th, 2016

I was paralyzed At 19 I was a goof hockey player almost could have went pro if not for my accident but I became a junkie OxyContin Coke then in 07 herion then it’s over pills brown white I spend 200 a day I have a messed up problem I need massive help to stop i have kidney failure due to come pills herion dead friends ECT we all do but wtf am I doing wrong wear I can’t stop I did stop opiates 33days

Michael
11:30 pm February 15th, 2016

HI
I have been on cocaine for over three years now a gram a day. I hiding it from my girlfriend and spending money I don’t have I can’t act normal when I wake up in the morning until I have a line. When I don’t have it I feel so agitated and angry. I have asked my local drug support workers if I can have a detox but they don’t have the funding for stimulants. I I’ve in the Tyneside area. I really need help. I just want to nowhatto do to get off this drug. Could you please give me some advise on how to come off it alone please please please.
Thank you

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:10 pm February 16th, 2016

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

Matt
11:59 am February 24th, 2016

Hi I have a severely bad cocaine addiction it started about a year ago and I have gotten so bad to the points where I’ll do a q to my self almost every single day or a ball I have spent at least 20 000 dollars on it in about 6 months I have gotten so bad and it really scares me cause I have my moment s where I’m good but I get sucked back in .. And no one knows how bad I am so I can’t turn to anyone it’s really hard

Ltsdd
2:35 am February 26th, 2016

Hi I am a dad of 3 4th on its way I want to stop I feel like a let down to my family and not a real father I have tried to commit suicide as I feel my family am better off without me please help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:04 pm February 26th, 2016

Hi, Ltsdd. I suggest you contact our trusted treatment provider to learn more about your treatment options.

kim
12:27 pm March 1st, 2016

How do I stop smoking craclcocaine everynight. It’s driving me crack. What do I do!! Please helpme. Thank u

Jennifer
6:04 am March 25th, 2016

I am using not all the time but enough. My husband is aware and has told me to choose between my family or the coke. Going to try going cold turkey. Mainly because I am embarrassed and I do not want my family to know. Is there a place other than rehab to get help?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:45 pm March 25th, 2016

Hi Jennifer. I suggest you call the number you find displayed on the site to get in touch with our trusted treatment consultants who can help you access the right treatment program for you.

patrick
3:11 pm March 28th, 2016

I have a problem. I need to go to rehab but my wife thinks I should just be able to kick the habit. I find myself wondering how I can get more without her knowing so I can numb the cravings. My kids deserve much better. If I come clean to myboss, parents, friends its gonna be very awkward.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:41 pm March 31st, 2016

Hi Patrick. First, try to explain to your wife that addiction is a disease, and that you need rehab program. Then, call the number you see on the site to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant to discuss your options.

Gaz
7:10 am May 2nd, 2016

When I got money I always bye Coke powder don’t do nothing else I fine in the week but just lately doing it more I have spent 400 hundred pound on it this weekend it’s round me with the people I no to I have done it for 18 years all though I did stop it for 12 months started again this year

England...
11:20 pm May 10th, 2016

I no longer use coke…I had a 3gm/day habit for the last year of use. I have not used for 8 years and know that I will never use again. One morning like any other at that time I woke up looking forward to a coffee and a line. By lunchtime I had collapsed and was blue lighted to hospital. Tests found nothing to suggest cardiac or any other issue. I believe my body was simply saying it could not cope with any more abuse…and ultimately I had to listen. I loved cocaine and the feeling it gave me despite any come downs during use and even now my memories of it cleanly ignore the sinister aspects of using…the more I had to take over the passage of time…the loss of a home and a business…at least one long term relationship…what I was prepared to lose to use beggars belief…and often what I was prepared to do to obtain the drug was shameful…yet I know my words will resonate with everyone reading this at some point in their cocaine journey.

The reason I came to read this discussion was to remind myself of how easy it was to start using yet how difficult it was to stop. Occasionally I do this because the addict within me needs reminding of how vulnerable I truly am…and also to bring to my sight the dark, dirty, and dangerous flipside of cocaine. I was always struck by the smart chic of white powder cleanly cut with a sharp blade or credit card…snorted through a crisp high value bank note … quick and easy, usually across a table from friends, warm and smiling in anticipation … such a consummately deceptive drug.
My heart goes out to all of us who are seduced or fall into using any drug that ultimately takes control…and we know that they inevitably do take control in the worst possible way.
I believe the key for quitting in my case was to distance myself from friends who used and from all familiar places and addresses where coke was available to me. Being in a relationship with someone who did no drugs helped greatly and although she knew of my undertaking to quit at that time we never discussed the issue or my progress but I know that her quiet understanding helped me considerably. In quitting I experienced a profound sense of loss and my world lost much of its colour…apart from any physical discomfort. If you decide to quit and reach that place then I would like to stress how temporary this unpleasant phase will be. It might last days or weeks or months but it passes and when it does you find one morning that you awake to find the world a bright and colourful experience once again, fulfilling without the transient beguiling kaleidoscope of any drug… and worth waking up for.
Thank you everybody for posting.

Heart patient update !
9:42 pm May 12th, 2016

Just wanted to do a quick update on my previous post called “heart patient”
I’m here in complete gratitude to say I no longer have any heart problems the doctors where right it would resolve as long as I kept myself clean drug free.
No going to lie it’s been 6 months and at first my commitment to quit was 100% still is but the power of cocaine is strong
After awhile your mind continues to crave I went through severe withdrawals in the first 2 months
It was unbearable physical effects and mental
I continue to stay clean and I have a new outlook on life now
Never will I return to that drug it almost cost my life !

Lisa
3:37 am May 14th, 2016

I stopped using cocaine after about a 20 year run on September 21, 2012, with no relapse or desire to use again. After doing everything there is possible to do with and on cocaine, it was over, simultaneously being the day my Mother passed from Pancreatic cancer. I had been asking God to take the desire away from me everytime I used cocaine because I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. And finally, He did.

lucy
4:10 am May 20th, 2016

I don’t know what to do anymore I’m in a happy relationship he hates me doing it. Its around me all the time… I’m scared I’m going to lose my boyfriend its been years of habbit . I promise him with good intentions but after a couple of days that is more important I’m so stuck.

Rob >> Lucy
7:02 pm May 20th, 2016

Lucy I’ve been sober for three weeks today if you need someone to talk to email me.

Mark
3:41 pm May 22nd, 2016

I’ve cut my arms to shreds after taking cocaine for 6 years . I try to stop on my own but it’s so difficult . I’ve been hospital like 30 times . What is wrong with me . I’ve destroyed my family . I just can’t seem to stop . Can’t afford rehab . So either I go cold turkey or die . I’m coming down as I type thinking I’m never going to do this again but by the end of next week I’ll know I’ll be at it again with a mental block barricading all the negative outcomes ! Even after the nights done I go home and continue on my own ! If there’s someone out there willing to help and become a friend. I’m here I need you man . Help please

Cheryl
10:12 pm May 30th, 2016

I am miserable with my fiancé addict who say he’s weaning himself from cocaine. Can an addict wean off cocaine? I’m losing patience.

Gary
9:49 pm June 5th, 2016

I’ve used cocaine for over 30 years. Just spent time in
the hospital. Thought it was a heart attack, stroke.
It was degradation, stress etc.
How do I quite cocaine on my own. I don’t have insurance for rehab.
Any suggestions are welcome!
Thanks

ermin
2:54 am June 13th, 2016

lost it all woman, kids, home etc. 34 yrs of age doin coke since 20. I’m scared of dying. I dont even njoy the high anymore. I’ve lost even myself. Been getting high practically everyday but not today. I haven’t seen a physician since 01. I just want to be the real me again. I’m not ready 2 die. Wanna stop 4 good .Going to try it out. Even as I type this I’m unsure of myself.

Jen
3:31 pm July 7th, 2016

My daughter stopped cold turkey from speed and cocaine. I think she may have been also using meth. Today is day 5 all she wants to do is sleep her eyes are glossy and she hasn’t showered since she’s been here. She is very agitated rude and swears alot when she is awake. Please help me to know what I should do to help her. She will not go to detox or rehab.

Thank you

Ryan
2:41 am July 25th, 2016

Hello,

I have quite Cocane cold turkey, and have been sober for 2 months. My first time quitting was 4. This time is way Harder! This time around I don’t have money to pay for a counselor, money is limited, how long will the detox take? I called the Province help line, they said 6 moths to a year for my brain chemestry to sort it self out.
What can I do each day to improve the happy cells in my brain?
are there certain foods? exercise? readings?
I’m open to it all and have started too.

I’m at a place where I know why I used and am sorting through that. I see there is a chemical imbalance now and I want to know more, How can I help my brain chemistry?

Looking forwards to your reply

Houston TX
6:13 pm August 1st, 2016

I used cocaine every weekend for the last 15 years .
Once my son was born it changed my life, 3 months ago he was diagnosed with spectrum autism and haven’t use since.
I need to be alive and sober to take care of him for as long he needs me .
It’s all in the mind People.
Y’all can do it .

gagan
9:38 am August 5th, 2016

How can leave coca in in home

Roderick
12:06 pm October 15th, 2016

One day of a time

Gary
12:28 pm October 24th, 2016

I have been using cocain 30 years . Pretty much every day i snort about a half g .I have always worked out and been in excellent shape . The last few months my chest above my heart feels like I have a torn muscle . I went to doc ,they sent me for a stress test I run on treadmill for 20 min uphill it took that long to reach the 85 % they wanted . So i passed it and was told my heart is strong as oxe ,,,, its not ,,,any sort of mental stress sends me into intense pain. I’m thinking my heart is to big because of the years of real exercise and , cocain ,,,fake exercise. I am now quitting blow . Will my heart relax and shrink or am I doomed. .I turn 52 in 2 weeks ,

ian
12:28 am November 15th, 2016

next week i am lucky to be getting a 10 day residential alcahol detox i have got hep.c and my blood test was not good. i inject herion and coke {speed ball} most days i get realy bad anxiety and from reading your site i think its the coke,i get 70ml methadone a day.drinking helps with the anxiety abought 30 units.i dont want to lose my place at the detox its last chance there is no chance of a benzo srript after the 10 days i am scared of the anxiety when i leave.any advice please i am 43 and a long term user.i am shure i will stick to my script{no veins or urge to carry on using} thanks E

Mimi
8:59 pm November 30th, 2016

I just found out that my boyfriend of 1 year did cocaine. He came home so messed up i knew it was more than drinking….his eyes kept looking to the side, pupils dilated and he kept grinding his teeth really bad and rapid heart beat. He later told me he sniffed cocaine but he hasn’t done it on over 6 years. So im wondering if he will go back to do it again or is he in denial? He’s always broke, no money in the bank, no furniture or clothes so he shows all the signs he is still using but he says it was only one time he did it.

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