Cocaine Withdrawal symptoms
- Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
- Physical Slowing or Agitation
- body aches
- tremors and shakiness
- inability to feel pleasure
- increased appetite
- sleep problems, including fatigue and excessive sleeping
- tendency to abuse medications
- mood changes
- strong cravings to use more
The initial crash of withdrawal varies on an individual basis. It depends on an individuals usage and their own brain composition.
Typically, the withdrawal period will last from a few hours to just a few days. Often severe withdrawal symptoms resolve within 24 hours.
Some who have a longer history of use and intensity of use can experience withdrawal symptoms for weeks or months (known as post acute withdrawal).
Detoxing from cocaine for a drug test
If you are concerned about detoxing in preparation for a drug test, know that the alkaloid in cocaine will stay in your system for roughly forty-eight to 72 hours, until the traces of the drug leave your system through metabolites in the urine. (Though this depends on the method of administration.)
To speed up the detox effects in preparation for a urine drug test you can drink cranberry juice to flush the drug from your body. Note, you must drink pure cranberry juice for the proper effect. You can also pick up detox kits from some stores and head shops, but these are more expensive. Some users have been able to pass a urine test 24 hours after their last use of the drug when utilizing detox kits/juice.
But for heavy users, juice alone may not be enough. Heavy users can fail a urine test even 30 days after the last time they used. If you are anxious about your results, you can test yourself at home with a drug detection kit.
Hair follicle drug test:
Hair follicle tests can accurately determine cocaine use from 90 days after last use.
The hair contains a chemical footprint of all the drugs you have done. Typically, the hair follicle test will examine the closest 2 inches of hair to the head, but if they test longer hair follicles cocaine use can be detected from many months past.
A blood test for cocaine can roughly determine whether someone has used in the last 2-5 days.
Tips to help detox from home
Dry Sauna / Steam Sauna / Baths
Saunas and baths will help cleanse the body of toxins, provide warmth for relaxation and soothe nerves.
Drink lots of liquids
Lots of water, juices (especially cranberry juice), soups & broths. These will help nourish your body and intensify the cleansing process.
Eat nourishing foods
Think soups, potassium rich foods like bananas, vegetables, meats.
Working out will boost metabolism, rid you of toxins via sweat, flush your system and improve your mood.
Supplements that aid detox
Withdrawal produces substantial suppression of the hormone 5-HT. You can address this by immediately supplementing 5-HTP following restriction of cocaine use.
Cocaine detox clinics
Detoxing at home can be too much for some. May it be the inability to take care of oneself or potential for relapse.
If you are financially able, it would be a good idea to invest in an inpatient or outpatient program during your detox. You could also continue to get support through a rehab facility throughout your whole drug recovery process.