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What Cocaine Withdrawal Feels Like

man looking out window during cocaine withdrawal

One of the most addictive substances available today is cocaine. Millions of people are addicted to cocaine, and most of these people never enter into addiction treatment and begin their recovery. One of the main reasons people avoid entering into treatment is because they don’t want to face potentially painful cocaine withdrawal symptoms.

At Vertava Health Mississippi, we provide detox and cocaine addiction treatment for people who want to overcome cocaine withdrawal symptoms. If you or someone you care about might benefit from cocaine addiction treatment in Mississippi, contact our team today by calling 844.951.1931 or reaching out to us online.

How Cocaine Affects the Body 

Cocaine is a drug that can leave your system relatively quickly, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not detectable by certain tests for more extended periods. Scientists know the “half-life” for cocaine, which is the amount of time it takes for half of the drug to leave your system, is only ninety minutes.

That might seem relatively fast, but put that into context by thinking about how long the high of using cocaine lasts. There are three ways people are usually doing cocaine: what’s called intranasal, which is snorting it; intravenously, which is injecting it; and smoking it.

Each method has different lengths of effect, which is also determined by how much cocaine is being consumed and how often. Some facts about the effects of cocaine use include:

  • Snorting cocaine can affect you for between fifteen and thirty minutes.
  • Injecting cocaine typically brings along a short period of euphoria within thirty seconds and can last as long as twenty minutes.
  • Smoking cocaine has a nearly immediate effect on someone and will last somewhere between five and ten minutes.

All of these methods are also affected by the amount of cocaine being consumed as well as differences in physiology. In general, each of our bodies can tolerate different levels of nearly any substance due to how we have developed throughout life. 

Cocaine Crash

First, you experience what’s called the crash. Rapidly stopping cocaine use, especially heavy cocaine use, will bring this stage around quickly. It depends on how much cocaine someone is using, obviously. If a person is snorting cocaine and experiencing a high of thirty minutes, they may begin doing cocaine shortly after the initial dose. Reports show the crash can happen within an hour or a few days of stopping cocaine use. A crash occurs when the body has no cocaine and is essentially reacting to the brain trying to return to normal dopamine levels.

Those normal levels don’t feel normal, though, due to the constant cocaine use. The crash brings with it several side effects, including:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling exhausted and tired in general
  • Hunger and an increased appetite in general
  • Depression
  • A general lack of motivation

One of the more confusing aspects of the crash is it can produce a lack of desire for cocaine. Because this can happen within hours or the first few days after using, it may feel like no more than an alcohol hangover at first. The next stage will feel much worse, which is the full withdrawal phase.

Cocaine Withdrawal

The cocaine withdrawal stage can last for ten weeks, which is a little longer than two months. Common symptoms can include:

  • Depression
  • Disturbed sleep patterns and trouble sleeping in general
  • Decreased levels of concentration
  • Exhaustion and low energy levels in general
  • The strong urge to consume more cocaine

The End of Cocaine Withdrawal

Sometimes called extinction, this is the last stage of cocaine withdrawal. The final phase of the cocaine detox timeline can last up to twenty-eight weeks. That’s potentially around seven months of feeling occasional cravings to consume cocaine again. It can also come with a lack of motivation or slight depression.

It can be incredibly challenging for someone to move past cocaine withdrawal. If someone has become addicted to cocaine, stops consuming it, and has to go through potentially seven months of feeling the urge to use it again, they will be presented with a lot of challenges.

One of the challenges to staying sober is external influence. That’s a significant part of what will influence the urges during the final stages of cocaine withdrawal, and it’s a tough one. Maybe an object reminds you of cocaine or even an emotion you had. Trying to move past these cues and reframe your life in a way that cocaine isn’t featured can be stressful, discouraging, and feel impossible.

So, how do people do it? How do they get past all those roadblocks and start moving freely again? Asking these questions is a big part of it. Another way is to possess the strength for change. You have the strength. We know you do. If you need cocaine addiction treatment, our Vertava Health Mississippi team can help.

Overcome Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms at Vertava Health Mississippi

Our Vertava Health Mississippi team understands that it can be intimidating to enter into addiction treatment. That’s why we ensure that our comprehensive care for cocaine addiction gives people the tools they need to begin their recovery. Find out more about our programs and services when you call 844.951.1931 or connect with us online.