How to stop taking cocaine

Should you just stop taking cocaine? Or should you seek medical help? We review the recommended steps for stopping cocaine use here.

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Are you ready to face a cocaine habit?

Many people do not realize that cocaine is a highly addictive drug that directly targets the central nervous system. Cocaine’s addiction liability is one of the reasons that it has been scheduled as a narcotic, illegal drug in the U.S. And  people who use cocaine frequently are at seriously high risk of physical and psychological dependence.

So, how do you stop using cocaine? Can you just quit on your own? What happens once you stop taking cocaine? Find out what to expect after you stop a cocaine habit and how to safely do so here. Then, we invite your questions and comments about quitting cocaine at the end.

Can I just stop taking cocaine?

It depends.

In general, it is advisable to consult a medical professional before quitting cocaine. There are many factors involved when deciding on a course for cessation, the major one being your level of dependence and/or addiction. If you are highly addicted to cocaine, the answer to this question would be, “No,” as severe cravings are very likely to occur. Heavy users find it difficult to just stop, as they battle the strong urge to use to relieve the symptoms.

If you are an occasional user, it might be more likely that you can just stop taking cocaine, however, keep in mind that you will need to modify behaviors and be aware of triggers in order to avoid future use. So how should you get off cocaine? Let’s first explore what happens in the brain and body after you quit using cocaine.

What happens when you stop taking cocaine?

If you’ve been taking cocaine for a longer period of time, chances are that your body has gotten used to its presence and will protest when you stop. Why?  Cocaine works on the brain as a stimulant and causes the body to over-produce depressant effects in order to balance out. So once you stop using cocaine, these effects become noticeable. And when cocaine is no longer in the system, the central nervous system’s adapted functions only gradually normalize over time.

During the period when cocaine starts to exit the body – also known as withdrawal – you can expect to experience a set of symptoms commonly referred to a withdrawal symptoms. After a period of regular use, the body needs time to “figure out” how to regain homeostasis. So, when you stop taking cocaine… symptoms follow.

Side effects when you stop taking cocaine

Getting off cocaine is a good thing, a great decision!,  but it comes with a set of adverse side effects. The common side effects that occur when you quit taking cocaine can include:

  • depression
  • disturbed sleeping
  • fatigue
  • feeling agitated
  • increased appetite
  • slowing down of activity

Even though the effects are not physically tormenting, they should not be underestimated since they can still cause cravings and provoke relapse. This is why experts strongly recommended you consider emotional-psychological support during the first week or so of quitting cocaine until the side effects wear off.

Stop taking cocaine suddenly

Suddenly stopping cocaine is certainly not pleasant for your body or mental health. In fact, this method can increase the likelihood of relapse, as side effects can be more severe and intense. Instead, get your body physically and mentally ready to cope with the absence of cocaine by means of slowly tappering down your dose. However, there are some cases when quitting cocaine cold turkey may be best.

Stop taking cocaine cold turkey

Heavy users may want to consider a cold turkey cocaine detox if there are not other viable options available for a controlled taper. However, going cold turkey off cocaine can provoke the so-called “crash period,” which is manifested by accompanied by a strong craving for more cocaine. When severe cravings occur, people often reach for other abusive substances or can even consider extreme ideas like suicide. This is why medical supervision is crucial during cocaine detox.

How do I stop taking cocaine?

Consult a medical professional such as a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or an addiction therapist (licensed psychologist) before you try to quit cocaine. While it is possible to quit without professional assistance, doing it on your own isn’t recommended, as it can be dangerous due to unstable mental health issues. A doctor can determine if a treatment facility may be best for you, or not, and will advise you on how to address withdrawal symptoms and be most comfortable during the process.

How to stop taking cocaine safely

Simply, the best way to stop taking cocaine safely is to seek medical assistance. Medical and mental health professionals can help you determine what is the safest way for your individual case, as all cases are unique and depend on a number of factors such as:

  • age
  • co-occuring disorders
  • general health
  • gender
  • medical history
  • level of dependence

If you are determined to quit cocaine on your own, stay surrounded by close and positive people. And seek help though support groups, psychotherapy, and/or people who your trust.

How to stop taking crack questions

In this article, we tried to cover the most common ways people quit cocaine and deal with the associated withdrawal symptoms. If you have additional questions about how to stop taking cocaine, feel free to ask us in the comments section below. We will try to respond to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NIH: Drug Facts on Cocaine
Medline Plus: Cocaine withdrawal
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I have been dealing with a wrong woman in a relationship and as I work an kept giving my heart trust I started to feel betray, turned on, used, lied to, ignore, ?useless if it wasn’t bout money or her I got on cocaine because i felt all those an evilness a guy getting beat upp by women Sound a bit crazy it happen, an happens a male never hit a woman. I’ve tried cocaine 2013 because of racism it was out my hands in God’s above hands instead of acting out I knew I should not act out… this cocaine time i felt evilness, betrayal, ?useless, unconcerned, lied too losing family and I couldn’t take it no more… now I feel cocaine is not the answer or help. I feel my fate chooses it because I still feel evil that was done to me attach to me an I ??wont it to flea, leave me, before I die early.

  2. I am currently trying to slow myself down on cocaine usage, I was using upwards of a half ounce a day I started doing cocaine to get off of heroin because my body couldn’t handle it anymore now my nose has tunnels in it and I’m always in pain and freaking out. I’ve lost my whole family and have been homeless for a long time I didn’t want to ruin my life someone help me out of my depression.

  3. I have been taking cocaine for a few years mostly on a night out . But the past 18months it’s got worse were am doing it at home . I have shut myself away from everyone and in a lot of debt . I just want the old me back . But I have no one to turn to my family did disown me . And I won’t go to the doctors cus people no me there and it will get out . Which if it did I don’t think I cud live with people knowing wat I have done am that ashamed . Plz help!

    1. I could of wrote this myself 🙁
      Your not alone I am really ashamed and struggling to think of anything but cocaine and i hate this situation I’ve now got myself in to.

  4. My 47 yr old daughter who was a professor had a psychotic break while on cocaine.
    She got a DUI, car impounded, lost her job, lost her condo and has no health coverage. She is in the psych ward now but will be released in a few days. Her step father will not let her live here. Any suggestions. Desperate. Thank you.

    1. Hi Donna. Your daughter needs a drug treatment. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find a rehab that suits your daughter’s needs.

  5. I’ve been taking Cocaine since working in hospitality, I used to take it on the odd occasion on nights out then everyone I work with seemed to be taking it. I can go weeks without it when I’m off and not in work but as soon as I am there I feel like I need to have some. Some nights I can go through a gram and other nights it will be a few lines. I don’t want to take it anymore but and need my job but as soon as someone offers and I take one I can’t seem to stop! Next few days after I feel horrible and vow not to do it again. Then it gets to the weekend or even a night shift during the week and I just go over board. I don’t have an urge any other time except when I am there. Most days I don’t even think about it. Not sure if this is an addiction that requires medical help. Are there any tips for stopping?

  6. Hi,

    I would be an occasional user of cocaine, maybe 2 times a month depending on if I go out on the weekend. Most of the time when I go to the pub, I would end up getting cocaine, the amount varies. It seems when I am out with friends its hard to avoid it and sometimes just doing it for the sake of it. After reading a lot of the comments, this is nowhere near a problem of what others are sharing. My problem is that there is constant cycle of drinking and doing cocaine. When I drink alone at home, I don’t really get the urge to get cocaine but when I am with the company of others, both myself and friends do not need much convincing for getting drugs. I have recently gone from not doing drugs from the Xmas period to the middle of Feburary but this involves shutting myself away from friends for weeks in an effort to take a break from drinking. I am Irish so drinking alcohol is pretty much embeded in our culture. I do wish to continue to go out with friends but just to have more self control over doing drugs. While I don’t necessarily feel addicted to it, I’m just sick and tired of ending up getting cocaine after a few beers. I do believe a combination of this and shutting myself away from it all has played a part of my mental health over the past 4-5 years. Maybe a solution is to cut out alcohol altogether as this seems to be a gateway to how I end up doing cocaine most times. More recently, since I started full time work, the only thing on my mind on a Friday afternoon is to have a few beers after a long week. As I said I am Irish so drinking plays a massive part in our social lives. Any advice or steps that anyone could share would be very much apprecaited. I will also be here if anyone else needs a chat regarding their problem. Thanks.


    1. Hey Adam,

      I’m the same. An Irish lad here, love nothing more than the weekend but as soon as I’ve a few beers I’m edging to get stuff. Would have a reasonably balanced week, eating well and minding the body but once there’s drink and friends that’s it. Plus I would suffer badly with low mood and anxiety and this sets it right off.

  7. The best way is to seek medical attention. I am not at that stage where I depend on it but it makes me feel good occasionally. I do have friends who do it all the time and it’s nice to do it with them. But it comes a time when I feel like I want it and it makes me feel nice, that’s the worry that I have. Little here and there still triggers the need for it. It’s not addictive from taking it everyday. It gives you a memory, I need for it. Also it makes you less drunk or more aware of what you are doing. Literally you think normal, and you can perform better. All these are signs mentioned in this article. Lord I am addicted…but I want to stop on my own without any medical assistance. I still believe I can do it on my own.

  8. My partner has been taking cocaine Nearly everyday it starting to affect our relationship as he is getting angry. He tells me he wants to get clean I need help please he wants to do it cold turkey.

  9. I have been with a crack addict for over 4 years now. When we first got together, he was clean and sober, then started using again. He just recently went to treatment at VA, but got out of the hospital after 20 days, came home and is back using again. This makes me so nervous and I want to know what is the best thing I can do for him. Would putting him in the street be better or continue to allow him to just go and come as he pleases to feed his addiction. I was nervous when he first went to treatment, but then I was starting to adjust, when he came back home. NOW his return is more nerve racking than him being gone. What is the best course of action to keep my own sanity and to also possibly help him to have the desire to stay clean and sober? Thank you and I appreciate your response.

  10. Cocaine has ruined the life of my ex fiancee. He hid doing cocaine from me about 4 years. The past 2 years has been hell he’s always angry or sad. I usually have to sit back and see where his mood is at. He can’t keep a job. Disappears alot and sometimes doesn’t sleep for 1-2 days. I have heard his heart racing at night and it scares me. He can’t keep any money and he doesn’t care about his appear anymore. I found out from his mom he struggled with this back in his early 20’s and now he’s 35 I don’t think stopping will be easy for him. I have left him bc I couldn’t take it anymore he flipped my life up side down. I still care about him and hope he will stop

    1. Hi Jazz. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the treatment options that fit your needs.

    1. Hi Fasial. Have you considered treatment options? Please feel free to call us on number displayed on our website to talk about treatment options.

  11. Hi iv been addicted to cocaine for 6 years this is m 3rd day without lost evdtythink can i get support im totally on my own with my 7 year old daughter plz i want this want to change my family hate me x

    1. Hi Down. I suggest 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 rehab for you.

  12. Hi everyone My name is David, i have been on and off Cocaine for about 20 years. In the beginning it wss a blast i was social loved to talk to people and i only did it maybe once a month. I was always able to party then not touch it for long periods of time. I thought i don’t have a problem i got control of this. But now in the last couple years it started getting more frequent. I started getting a bit out of control. 2 or 3 day benders. Now in the last few months into the last couple weeks its gotten so bad. I didn’t even realize till i was full blow daily use. At work, family functions. I have put it first before all else. Trying not to be a bug out in front of my wife. Trying not to let her hold me in bed so she cant feel my heart. Making excuses why wer can’t fuck. Its a living hell now. Im in that vortex of grtting it and of course its only good for 20mins, then i jones do more. I don’t even like it anymore. Now I get anxiety, paranoid, don’t want to be around anyone. Then i start coming down and say to myself, this sucks im done. Then I eat my Trazadone and try to fall asleep. The next day after i am kinds normal i seem to forget how much i hate doing it, because i am on the phone placing my order. I got to break this, does anyone have feedback on tappering off verse cold turkey.

  13. I only ever took cocaine when I drank alcohol so nearly every weekend for 10 years but never ever thought about it when I was sober until 8 months ago I’ve been doing it every day since, between £200 to £300 a day sometimes, I still have a bought house and own business, but my girlfriend recently became pregnant n I want to stop before the baby’s here, I know I can do it on my own i just need some advise

    1. Hi Alex. There are people who can help you. Call the helpline displayed on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab for you.

  14. Hi, I’ve been using cocaine for about a year now. Snorting up to 1-2 grams a day, it’s really what I use all my money on.. I live in Norway where coke is very expensive 100-150$ for 1 gram. I choose coke over food always and I gotta stop.. I’m sure this finna kill me soon if I don’t stop. What should I do?

    1. Hi Ruben. Admitting you have a problem is a good sign and a first step towards recovery. I suggest you consult a therapist or a rehab specialist, so they can help you choose the best treatment program for you.

  15. If I began using on a daily basis again of cocaine for like a couple weeks. What would be the best way to quit? Cold Turkey? Tapering? Also, for tapering would that be like longer and longer time between doses of the substance? Or like trying to insert whole days of abstinence like 24 hours and just keep increasing that time to like 48 hours 72 hours between re-use events? I take anti-depressants, I have an as needed medication for anti-anxiety, but not enough prescribed to take every day. I see a therapist, getting a new doctor, have a support group, but can’t be completely honest with all supporters about steps backwards, although they see step forwards from therapy treatment and other factors. Let me know what you think. I understand you aren’t giving medical advice and I will ask my primary physician before enacting any of your suggestions. Thank you.

  16. sir please help me my boyfriend take cocin from 1year 4 months now what should i do how can i help him to quit this his parents are not supporting they are not agreeing to send him rehab centre

    1. Hi Riya. Thanks for reaching out. We would love to talk with you more about how you’re feeling. We suggest that you speak with a social worker or doctor who knows addiction to learn more.

    1. Hi Attar. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab for you.

  17. My sons life has fallen apart, he’s lost his partner and is son, he is back living at home with myself and family, but he is using cocaine very frequently, I know that every penny of his wages are spent on cocaine, he promised that he would stop and turn his life around, but he is still using and spiralling out of control, I want and need to help him stop but I don’t know how. PLEASE help

  18. Hi, I don’t even know how to start but I’m a regular user of cocaine, spend up to £300 a week on it, it’s really bringing me down, it messed up so much of my life and I still continue to do it. I’m not looking to go into rehab just a bit of support would be good. Anybody recommend anything?

  19. I have started taking it but my boyfriend has been taking for many years he is addicted again and I want to help him get off

  20. I cannot stop using cocaine I have everyday for a year now c, I recently went to rehab and stopped cold turkey and I go to grouo everyday but after a month I started occasionally use once a week again … I just can’t stop and I don’t know what to do clearly rehab didn’t work it only worked for s period of time and I went back everytime I use it I jus get extremely sad and tell my self I’ll never use again and then I go right back knowing that is how I will feel I use but I still seem to do it knowing it doesn’t make me happy anymore it just makes me feel depressed and sad and worse off everytime I use even tho I don’t use everyday anymore I’m not sure what to do I’ve tried wverything to the point to where everytime I used I wanted to die and I wanted to kill my self but I sill use knowing it makes me feel like that how can I stop compeletly and never use again I feel like I am running out of options and I want to be sober so bad I think about it so much everytime I use and still do it again and again and again I feel like I will never stop and everntually maybe hurt my self but wanting to stop so bad everytime I use

    1. Hi Lin. Maintaining sobriety is a long and hard-working process. You may need to resolve the underlying issues for your addiction. I suggest that you call the helpline displayed on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

  21. Hi Mike, Bob, and Byers.

    Each of you has a different situation, but a similar problem. The bottom line is this: the earlier you get help, the better. Cocaine is habit forming in the brain…which means that it can become the only way you feel pleasure…it dysregulates the VTA and basically “hijacks” the pleasure center of the brain.

    I’d suggest that you find an addiction therapist in your area…and the sooner the better. Talk therapy is really the only way to quit cocaine for good. Cocaine is super-effective but it covers up the underlying issues of depression and sometimes, trauma. Talking it out with a psychotherapist trained in behavioral change can help. You can check out the APA’s (American Psychological Association) website for more. They have a direcory online, as well, so that you can find a therapist close to you, or one that can consult via video chat.

  22. His guys, I’m Martin I’ve been taking cocaine three and a half years now really bad every weekend and during weekday even in work I’m spending every last penny I have on drugs even weed when I don’t have the money for cocaine I’m only 22 years of age I really need help to get off it everyone I surround myself with has it when I’m with them also my mum had a heart attack just before Xmas 2017 but she is OK I really don’t want to go out the same way as my dad

  23. Hi,
    I’ve started to get into a bit of a habit of cocaine use. Have atleast a line most weekends, probably getting through 1.5grams a month.

    Typically only done it on a Friday or Saturday. Had 0.5gs on Friday and reached the position where I feel like the lows outweigh the high.

    The trouble is I find nights out so much better with it and after a couple of drinks the seed gets sown in my head.

    How do I know when it’s becoming a problem?

    Have a gram left, thinking when that’s gone I should call it quits…

  24. so i’ve been using for about a month maybe a little more. I started using following a really, really rough break up with my ex girlfriend who happened to be my best friend of 10 years as well. A serious loss for me and for us because she means so much to me even still. I found myself falling into cocaine use to, i guess, feel better when i was down, thinking of her, or just wanted that positive boost. But now i feel the side effects that i’ve read about and researched , and now i find myself truly scared for myself. I have a family friend whose struggled with this demon for a long time and has now stopped as well(so his family claims). I just don’t know how to combat this. Im afraid to confide in my parents cause i know they will detatch themselves from me, and who knows, throw me out of the house. I honestly don’t know how to go about this, and can really use some effective guidance

  25. I use coke pretty much every day, my left arm feels constantly numb lately, I don’t know if it’s the blow or anxiety. I have no problem working, but after work I need my fix. I don’t want to die , I don’t know how to quit, I don’t want to call the hotline, I don’t trust people. Live fast die young?

  26. Cocaine as ruined my story is long and depressing ..when a man chooses drugs over his really in a deep state of depression..

  27. Hi would just like to get my story out there, it feels good to admit to addiction. I am addicted to covaine. I first started using it after meeting my boyfriend. He did it before he met me but I didn’t know he was a user, then after a few months he introduced it to me. We can’t go more than a week without it. I tend to feel resentful towards him and put all the blame on him. I wouldn’t have started using if he didn’t. We moved to a rural location away from my friends and family. I’ve told him I think the only way we can both quit is to stop hanging out with his friends, which is super hard for us cause literally all his friends do it and I know they would do it around us if we were to hangout with them and I know I wouldn’t be able to say no to it. My bf is kind of in denial. I told him I just don’t want it in the house when I have to work the next day; fair enough request? Can’t do that, so obviously I’m going to do cocaine if he brings it around and not get any sleep and go to work. It’s dangerous, it’s starting to affect my job. Now on my days I’m asking for him to get it for us, we’re both enabling each other. I know the easiest way for me to quit is to just leave; get away from everyone, but I love my bf and don’t want to leave, but now it’s jeopardizing my job and everything I’ve worked for. I’ve become depressed, actually gained like 20 pounds, not sure why. I’m a super bitch when I don’t have it, our relationship is failing and I blame the cocaine and my bf for introducing it to me. But really I know it’s my fault, my decision, and I’ve become to hate myself. I’ve never in my entire life hated myself, I have always loved myself. I am now a different person. It feels good to get that all out. Thanks for listening

  28. I have been doing coke pretty regularly since September and I’ve hit rock bottom and realize I need to quit I’m looking for just I guess positive suggestions.

    1. Hi Kyle. Call the Cocaine Helpline listed here on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  29. I need help been through everything. Groups, inpatient you name it. I wish and pray that I can beat this addiction. I’m a good person but it’s destroying my life. Wish there was medication to help me get through it

    1. Hi R. Call the Cocaine Helpline listed here on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  30. I just want to say this ,cocaine is the worse drug out there it’s so fuckin expensive you can’t eat have sex you can’t sleep you lose weight I’ve been doing it for 10 years I fuckin hated it if ur reading this and u ever come across coke don’t ever fuckin take a line it will destroy you don’t even try it

  31. I have bin addicted to cocaine for 30 years. I have used everyday. I have stolen and did crime to support my habbit. To go to rehab they say you have to be clean for two weeks. I cant do 2 days. What can i do to get into a program. I am 50 and just want it to stop

    1. Hi Brendon. Call the Cocaine Helpline listed here on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  32. Jesus Christ what am I doing with my life! I could have everything a man could want from life yet I choose to do Cocaine instead, every penny I earn gone without a second thought! I’m a smart lad yet I’ve really let it get the better of me. I’m writing this now on a comedown! A cry for help! But tommorow I’ll think everything is normal and that my habit is not that bad, how do I get out of this vishus cicle??? anyone I just need to talk to someone even by text, DRUGS ARE EVIL

  33. Please help I’ve just found out that my 33 year old son is using cocaine how much I don’t know he’s still holding a full time job but his losing a lot of weight I’ve just faced him and asked him he lied about it at first but eventually told me the truth how do I go about at helping him do I take him to the doctors or what
    Please help he’s from a loving family and I really want to help but not sure how

    1. Hi Elaine. Maybe you’ll need to stage an intervention with a help from a professional. You may look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help:
      Also, you may call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7.

    1. Hi Scott. Call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7.

  34. Hello and thank you for this article, I can not afford medical treatment but it’s very important that I stop using everything on my own I understand that I will have withdrawals but for long and am I ever going to be normal again? And what kind of over the counter meds can be taken for the withdrawals? How much sleep should I get at the start and will my body ever get back healthy?

  35. I have been pretty much on a bender for about 3 months I need help bad, the problem is I have 4 kids and can’t go into a program because i am a single dad I need to stop so bad I’ve sold everything and I don’t want to ruin their lives does anyone have any suggestions for me to stop

    1. Hi Greg. Call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  36. I have a cocane Addison and I have gone days week even 2 mouths with out doing any but all asonden I feel like I just want to go get a little I don’t put the drug befor my bills kids or family or work I just get it fryday and stop satersay rest Sunday and not think about it no more untill week later or long I don’t understand it no running my life it like drinking a beer after work what might help me pen Point why I some time think or want to get some so I know when or what to do hat y’all think

    1. Hi Gene. Call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  37. Hi bin on coke for 10 years my life is one big fcking mess i bin with my girl for 16 years we have 4 kids she never tuck a drug in her life and i no its hard for her i realy want stop i hate the shit but each day i seem to find money for it its tuck over my life and at the min a just want end it all so my kids and my partner can have a better life with out me plz help

    1. Hi Woodey. Call the Cocaine Helpline at 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

    1. Hi Melissa. Support groups is a good start to remain you sobriety. First, I suggest that you enroll into cocaine rehab program. Call the Cocaine Helpline listed here on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7.

  38. Why is it every time I come down from cocaine I promise myself it will be the last time only for me to use again next chance I get? I’m so tired of it. Also the person I live with is the one bringing it home. Do i need to leave him?

    1. Hi Melissa. If you want to get clean, you need to work on your recovery. Eliminate all things that can trigger your cravings for cocaine. Also, call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  39. I am 54 years old and have been using cocaine since i was about 20. I have tried quitting multiple times but it or I never seem to stay clean. I had a quadruple bypass 3 years ago due to diabetes. I have no health insurance. I am so tired of feeling like crap and am on the edge. I have a wonderful wife that i feel i have ruined her life. Nobody knows how difficult it is when the cravings take over and there is nothing i can do about it. I try to fight it but it controls me. I really feel like i will never win this fight. I am so close to giving up on life but i could never do that to my wife. What the hell do i do i hate it. What do you do when that person you hate being around is yourself. ?

    1. Hi John. There’s always a way out, you just need to ask for help. Call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7.

  40. Hey, guys, I need help with life, I have been injecting Krokodil for about 2 months and I can’t stop, please help me, I’m so scared

  41. Hey guys, I just wanted to let you guys know that there is hope, you can quit cocaine, it is hard at first but the first step is the desire and will to want to quit. I was hesitant to try rehab at first but it wasn’t that bad at all. I stopped going to places that brought on the urge to use cocaine like bars & nightclubs, I quit drinking and other drugs (marijuana & hallucinogens) so I can think on a clear head and I confessed my situation to my friends, workmates, boss and my family so they would understand my reactions during withdrawal and support me through my journey. Rehab isn’t that bad, I see a psychologist and a psychiatrist and I continue going to work and living a regular life while doing rehab. It’s been 11 weeks since I’ve been off cocaine, I’m being treated with drugs for a condition my psychiatrist believes to cause my relapse and so far so good. My advice to anyone is to try to get help, because from my own experience I only got constant relapses after five weeks on abstinence.

    1. Hi Jim. Thanks for your message of hope and sharing your input with other readers. I am sure people searching for answers and motivation in this comments section will find your story inspiring.

  42. Someone I love is doing cocaine they don’t see it as a problem. I knew this person for three years before I knew that they was doing this kind of drug. How do I get him support how do I help him understand why he needs support.
    Is there anything I can do for this person

  43. I use cocaine about twice a week I have been trying to quit I also have a gambling problem it seems like I use cocaine to gamble online poker I will only gamble when I’m using this addiction is destroying my family how I been doing this for about 3 or 4th years how can I quit please I need help

    1. Hi Ron. Call the Cocaine Helpline listed here on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  44. i think you have sent from heaven just to help me lydia, i have taken your advices and my wife has seen progress. God bless you for comitting to help us online. i’m sticking to your principles, i’m not trying but do as you have said it.

  45. Hi my boyfriend has recently told me he’s addicticed to cocaine an has been for about a year. Will I be able to help him come off it. As he’s not really confident enough going to therapy groups I’ve looked for some advice online on how to come off it yourself. What would your recommendations be please

    1. Hi Jodie. Call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  46. Hi Frankie. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ve been through a miscarriage and I still mourn for that little soul. Cocaine is a very powerful drug…and one that requires help to quit. THe cravings can come out of nowhere, even months into sobriety. Have you thought about asking for help from a treatment center? Some states offer help with treatment in the form of vouchers…call your State’s Department of Health and Social Services to learn more. I wish you peace.

  47. Hi there. So i’ve been injecting cocaine for about 3 yearrs but stopped when i found i was pregnant however, tnis was hard and stopped about 4 months pregnant. Life was great i had money i was happy until 8 months pregant the creator took her back and i gave birth to my beaurtful stillborn daughter. I startwed using a month and a half after and have been going for the passed 2 months again and i hate where i am headed for. Help me :,,,(

    1. Hi Prateek. I suggest that you call the helpline displayed on the site to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best treatment options for you.

  48. Hi guys,
    I know nothing about drugs and hope I can find some help here.
    My neighbor’s adult son has started to come round our building and cause bother, and I am wondering if his behaviour indicates cocaine use?
    This man storms in at all hours of the day and night, though he is not a resident, slamming doors, racing up stairs and so on.
    I need to stress here that this is WAY, way beyond any normal noise caused by coming and going. He is of slight build but sounds more like a 300lbs football player, please trust me on that. It’s as if he has power surging through him way beyond his size. I have never heard anyone make so much noise, it’s like something you would hear on a construction site not an apartment building.
    I am a young single female and would not be able to intervene if he became violent, and I cannot get advice on what might be behind this but from reading your blog and other sites I am thinking it could be cocaine.
    He talks very loudly and excitedly – almost to the point of shouting – while others are having normal conversations.
    This usually lasts for about 30 minutes at a time, and resumes following a lull.
    The man appears highly agitated and upset – and angry – for no reason, yet on other (rare) occasions comes and goes more or less normally.
    On one visit he suddenly started talking about people being decapitated, and out of the blue, through gritted teeth threatened to stab his parent in the head, before continuing his meal as if he had commented on the weather. He was not fooling around or joking on this, trust me.
    I could see from the non-reaction of other members of the family there that this sort of outburst is not unusual for them to hear.
    Anytime he stays over he doesn’t go to bed but, makes the sort of noise I outlined above until until he leaves, which is at 2am or later. We live in a small town and he doesn’t work the nightshift so I can’t think of where he would be going to, nor do I care about his private business but because of all of this sleep is impossible for the rest of us.
    Can someone offer me some advice on whether these are likely symptoms of cocaine use or would it be some other drug?
    I am pretty sure alcohol is NOT involved in this case, incidentally.
    I don’t want to go into too many details on this person.
    All his family know about the way he goes on, and I suspect approaching any of them about this would only make matters worse, particularly for me. A friend of mine is a recovering alcoholic and I know from her that families often ‘normalize’ even the oddest behavior which seems to be what is going on here.
    Any comments on this would be welcome guys. I really need some of your expertise here.
    I want to have some insights so I can follow up and get this sorted out. Thanks in advance.


  49. iv tried your other sites but got no reply please help with advice i have been injecting rock and heroin at least 4 times a week. i have got a last chance alcohol detox. my liver and kidneys are not well due to my anxiety down to the coke? i have got a 70ml methadone script per day & when i get out of detox i will stick to it. after 20 odd years im ready but am realy scared the anxiety wont stop. iv got no chance of any sort of benzo script. what can i do? please reply thanks. E

  50. I started occasional cocaine use in February/March of 2015. Am I considered a chronic user? i need, want, and am going to stop. I’m afraid of the physical side affects and what will happen to me. I do take blood pressure medicine. I know I will need support through this although I’m afraid to go to a group as someone might know me, but I know I’ll need help.

    1. Hello Tucker. She can detox on her own without serious risks, but staying sober is the difficult part. She will need structured recovery treatment to help her deal with cravings and triggers that can be expected to hit hard in the following period, as well as occasionally in the future. If withdrawal symptoms are too harsh don’t hesitate to take her to the hospital. As for the period that follows, she will need to join a therapy group or attend counseling sessions to learn how to cope with all the challenges that await ahead and stay sober.

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