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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs and Detoxification

While using cocaine tends to produce a feeling of intense joy or happiness, cocaine withdrawal can result in the opposite effect. Almost immediately after the initial rush of cocaine, most users experience a crash that makes them feel fatigued, irritable or depressed. This crash is made especially unpleasant by the sharp contrast with the former high. After cocaine has been used frequently for a sustained period of time, cocaine withdrawal symptoms may last for a matter of months. Although the symptoms are often unpleasant, it is possible to overcome cocaine addiction and live a healthier life.

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Withdrawing from Cocaine: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Cocaine can be highly addictive on both a psychological and physical level. The substance is derived from the coca leaf and acts as a very strong stimulant. When it is initially used, cocaine often produces a feeling of elation and increased energy. While on cocaine, many people may seem more confident, active and talkative. As an individual continues to use cocaine more and more frequently or at higher doses, the initial high may grow weaker and stop producing an elated effect, switching instead to a sensation of paranoia or irritability.

When a person stops using cocaine, the cravings for the substance often continue, making it more challenging to avoid a reoccurrence of addiction. The symptoms of withdrawal can be unpleasant, including tiredness and malaise, unusually vivid and negative dreams, a greater appetite, depression, slowed behavior and movements and increased agitated and restlessness. If you are struggling with cocaine withdrawal symptoms or have noticed that someone you care about is displaying troubling behavior, you can call a hotline to speak to our knowledgeable support staff.

Cocaine withdrawal treatment methods often differ depending on your needs, taking into account your income, insurance provider or lack of insurance, geographic location, duration of cocaine use and other concerns. There are versatile options for people seeking help, allowing you to detoxify from the harmful effects of cocaine and get your life back under control.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Overcoming cocaine addiction is an essential step towards a healthy, balanced life, free from the financial, physical and emotional dangers of being addicted to a powerful stimulant. With continuous cocaine use, many people face the risk of seizures, paranoid psychosis and cardiac or respiratory arrest. Although it can be tempting for addicts to pretend that they can stop at any time, actually breaking free from cocaine dependency requires a genuine and sustained effort, and addiction treatment can offer essential guidance, medical supervision and support.

While cocaine withdrawal symptoms may be challenging, a professional and trust-inspiring environment with proper medical attention makes the process much easier and safer. As detoxification is under way, meaning that the body has a chance to cleanse itself of the drug, other treatments are available to address the addiction on a holistic level. To fully leave cocaine addiction behind, most people have to work with a team of medical professionals to address social, psychological and physical issues.

Therapy, counseling and other behavioral treatments are usually effective at helping people deal with the underlying stressors and issues that led to cocaine use and dependency. Both outpatient and inpatient treatment options are available, depending on your needs and abilities. If you feel ready to seek treatment for cocaine withdrawal and learn new ways to experience life, or if you wish to seek help for a friend, call 1-888-935-1318.

Cocaine Information at a Glance
Form, Intake, and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Powder
  • Administration Routes: Snorted, Injected, Inhaled (Smoked)
  • Dosage: N/A
  • Overdose: Some doctors estimate that 1.2 grams orally and 750-800 milligrams when inhaled is fatal
  • Alcohol Interaction: N/A
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: N/A
  • Contraindications: N/A
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Feelings of euphoria, energy and alertness. Can decrease the need for sleep and food. Physical effects include dilated pupils, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and increased temperature. Some users experience tremors, twitches and paranoia.
  • Long-Term: Intense emotional addiction, paranoia, dependency on cocaine to function and increased cravings; need for increased dosage for a high; possible death from overdose.
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Very high
  • Signs of Abuse: Bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, insomnia, mood swings, nose bleeds, job loss, money problems, anxiety attacks, interpersonal relationship problems, general unreliability, weight loss.
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: Within 72 hours of last dose
  • Withdrawal symptoms: Depression, fatigue, moodiness, nightmares, increased appetite, agitation/restlessness, slowed activity
  • Tolerance: Possible
  • Cross Dependence: Yes when antianxiety medication is used to treat withdrawal symptoms
  • Physical Dependence: No
  • Psychological Dependence: Yes
Legal Schedules and Ratings Costs, and Typical Quantities
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II
  • Cost/Price: $16,000-$24,000 per kilogram


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Cocaine withdrawals Last?

While the duration of the withdrawal symptoms for cocaine addiction will be different depending on the person, the withdrawal timeline begins approximately two days after the last use of the drug and can last any length between seven days and several weeks. The mental symptoms can last much longer.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Cocaine?

Coke, snow, flake, blow

What are Common Misspellings?

Cocane withdrawl, cokane withdrawls, cocayne withdrawel, coke withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

While some people have reported success going “cold turkey” when trying to stop cocaine use, the severity of the withdrawal symptoms is dangerous without the supervision of a medical professional. There are some natural herbs and roots which can act as a home remedy and ease the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal, but a physician or doctor will be able to provide proper help to relieve some of the symptoms and provide a more science-based alternative and longer lasting relief. This is the best bet for people who want to successfully stop using cocaine.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Cocaine?

The length of time it will take cocaine to leave a person’s system depends on how frequent and heavy the cocaine use was. Cocaine will be present in the body for approximately 72 hours after use. It can be detected in urine during this time, although traces of cocaine can be found in urine for up to 12 weeks in cases of habitual use. After the body is detoxed, psychological treatment and addiction recovery can begin. Search for detox programs in your area if you are looking for options which involve getting the help and guidance of a treatment center.

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