Detoxing from almost every drug is different, from symptoms to the timeline of how long withdrawal can take. Knowing how to detox from cocaine can prepare you for the process, and ultimately come out successful.
Despite cocaine’s reputation as a hard drug, detoxing from cocaine is relatively mild compared to other substances – at least, in the beginning.
You’ll experience the notorious crash 3-4 hours after your last dose, causing anxiety, restlessness, and depression.
The next few days, withdrawal symptoms might include body aches, increased appetite, nightmares, and other physical symptoms.
Within 3 to 4 days, however, the drug should be out of your system and physical symptoms may cease. However, the worst isn’t over.
For one week to ten weeks after your last dose of cocaine, you might experience intense cravings for the drug. If you find yourself in this phase, just remember that the average craving lasts about 30 seconds, no matter how brutal it may seem at the time.
Continuing on to residential treatment after detox can ensure that you’re in a safe place when those cravings hit.
According to research, you may still experience cravings for 10 weeks up to a year after your last dose. Often, these later cravings are sparked by a particular trigger.
Though these phases are typical, detox can vary depending on the severity of the drug abuse and also whether there was abuse of another substance in addition to cocaine – which is often the case
No matter the particulars of your abuse, choosing to get clean in a medically managed detox is the safest, most comfortable way to go.