Cocaine Withdrawal Timeline

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By | 2017-04-03T11:41:49+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|

Find out about the cocaine withdrawal timeline and how rehab can help you at

Has your cocaine abuse gotten out of hand? Are you trying to cut down or quit but find it hard to do? You can get off of cocaine permanently when you have the right kind of help. Here at White Sands Treatment Centers, we have special programs for cocaine addiction and detox that will safely help you get off of cocaine and stay off. We can explain the detox process and cocaine withdrawal timeline so that you know what to expect. You do not have to be a victim of addiction anymore, but you can begin to turn your life around and we can help you do it.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a popular illegal drug in the U.S. It is a potent stimulant and natural pain blocker that was initially used as an anesthetic. Cocaine can be snorted, smoked or injected and is known by the street names: coke, blow, slopes, toot, snow, blast and more. Cocaine’s stimulant effects may initially create an increase in energy, mental focus, motivation and just feeling good. But you may want to know “how do you feel the day after doing coke?” You will probably not feel too good during the cocaine come-down, and even experience a mild withdrawal from the drug with feelings of depression, fatigue and paranoia the following day. Cocaine can definitely mess with your head and prolonged use can be the start of dangerous health complications. Some of the adverse effects of cocaine abuse are:

  • Involuntary muscle movements, muscle twitching, tremors
  • Heart attacks, strokes, hardening of the arteries, thickened heart muscle walls, a ruptured aorta, heart muscle inflammation
  • Kidney damage, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease,
  • Hyper-activity, agitation, changes in attention and concentration, bizarre or violent behavior, auditory hallucinations, paranoia, psychiatric disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea 

Cocaine can also affect the chemistry of the brain causing behavioral abnormalities, psychoses and new on-set attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Neurological changes in the brain may impair the addict’s ability to manage and control his behavior and muscle movements. Long-term use of cocaine may impair the addict’s decision making abilities, cognitive performance, and make it difficult to carry out simple tasks.

Cocaine Detox

When you receive recovery treatment for cocaine addiction you should be given a medically supervised detox process. If you also suffer from a co-occurring mental disorder, it is highly suggested that you enter the rehab center as an inpatient because you will require more intensive care and treatment. You will be monitored throughout the detox process and kept stable and safe. The cocaine withdrawal timeline usually begins with withdrawal symptoms appearing during the first 90 minutes after taking the last dose of cocaine. Symptoms will continue for about 7 to 10 days after the detox has begun. Each patient experiences withdrawal differently depending on the severity of their addiction, mental and physical health, and other factors.

One of the most potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms is the risk for suicide because of severe depression and mood swings. That is why it is imperative that you never try to get off of cocaine by yourself, but get the help of addiction specialists who can help you get through the detox process safely.

Some of the cocaine detox symptoms that the patient may experience include:

  • Fatigue, exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, decreased activity, low libido
  • Depression, anxiety, anhedonia, paranoia, mood swings, suicidal thoughts or actions,
  • Intense cocaine cravings
  • Tremors, nerve pain, chills, muscle aches
  • Vivid dreams, nightmares, increased appetite

You can recover from cocaine addiction when you receive the proper addiction treatment programs. After your detox procedure you should receive individual and group counseling, behavioral therapy, relapse prevention therapy, and aftercare. If you commit to a comprehensive treatment program you will be equipped to live a happy, drug-free life.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Tampa at (877) 640-7820. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.
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