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How Long Does Cocaine Withdrawal Last?

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Withdrawal from any drug is a painful and dangerous process. It should be noted that withdrawal is not the same as treatment; withdrawal is simply eliminating the drug from the body so that treatment can begin.

In the case of the addicted cocaine user, the process of withdrawal from the drug can take from a few days to a few months. The post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last up to a year. Each case is individualized, but the cocaine user always has a better chance of avoiding relapse by seeking help at a Washington State drug rehab.

This article explores the timeline for detox from cocaine and explains what happens during cocaine withdrawal. Where can Washington State residents go for detox and addiction treatment?

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Washington State Drug Rehab and Detox

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says: “Detoxification is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal.” The detox process in Washington State drug rehab is designed to help you eliminate the drug from your body in the most comfortable way possible. This is a potentially dangerous time, so treatment is designed to monitor any life-threatening complications that could occur.

The goal at first is to effectively manage your life and health during the process of withdrawal. Then the Washington State drug rehab facility can focus on a longer-term treatment strategy addressing the physical craving that typically can cause relapse as well as therapeutic approaches to help you modify your behavior. Therapeutic intervention usually occurs as part of the withdrawal process.

Cocaine is psychologically addictive almost immediately; you get hooked on the feeling of intense well-being that comes with the drug. Over time, the body becomes used to the chemical, so eliminating it causes withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Intense anxiety
  • Chills
  • Pain
  • Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Craving for the drug
  • Excessive need to sleep
  • Body, muscle, and bone aches

Typically, the acute phase of the withdrawal process lasts up to three weeks. Cocaine will eliminate from the body in about 72 hours. However, traces of the drug can linger for up to 12 weeks if you have been hooked for a while.


In the first few days after coming down from cocaine, you will feel extremely fatigued, depressed, and just want to sleep. Days four through seven will find you in Washington State drug rehab alternating between extreme and low craving for cocaine. After the first week (sometimes two), you will start to feel better. However, the depression and exhaustion can linger, along with the craving – which can last for months.

Withdrawal from cocaine produces extremely vivid dreams; sometimes you may wake up with intense drug cravings. This could go on for months and is one of the reasons it is so hard to quit long-term use of cocaine without relapse.

Washington State Drug Rehab and Long-Term Sober Living

If you are hooked on cocaine, get help. Coke is one of the most addictive drugs available, so do not delay for even one more day. Washington State drug rehab teams are standing by to help you get clean. To learn more about admissionscontact us today!