A stimulant with painkilling and anesthetic properties, cocaine produces feelings of intense euphoria. It is used primarily as a recreational drug and is highly addictive and dangerous.

Many people who use cocaine also mix it with alcohol use, increasing the risk of overdose. Mixing cocaine with other substances, such as heroin, can form an extremely dangerous, potentially deadly cocktail.

Cocaine use presents a wide range of physical, physiological, mental, and emotional side effects, making it one of the most difficult substance abuse issues to overcome. But, with the support of a reputable addiction treatment center, it is possible to overcome cocaine substance abuse.

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The Physical Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is most often ingested in powdered form through snorting, and this leads to many nose and throat issues, including nosebleeds, sniffing, and a constantly running nose. Users may also experience hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and anosmia — the loss of a sense of smell. Cocaine rehab clinics know the signs of cocaine use, which include bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils. Long-term cocaine use can have severe and detrimental physical effects on the body’s vital systems and functions, including: 

  • Circulatory system
  • The brain
  • Digestive system
  • Kidneys and liver
  • Teeth and gums
  • Sexual function

Cocaine is known for providing a brief, yet intense sense of euphoria, lasting anywhere between 15 to 60 minutes. Like other illicit substances, cocaine remains in the body for a period of time following last use. If you have an upcoming drug test for work scheduled, you may be wondering about the timeline to get rid of cocaine in your body. How long cocaine is in your system depends on several factors. On average, it can linger from 12 hours to 4 days, sometimes longer.

How Long Cocaine Stays in Your System

Many factors affect the length of time cocaine remains in your body, such as:

  • Individual body chemistry including metabolism, age and overall health.
  • Amount used.
  • Length of time and frequency of use.
  • Method of ingestion.
  • Purity of the substance.

How Cocaine Is Administered Impacts How Long It Stays In The Body

The most common ways to administer cocaine are via snorting, smoking, oral ingestion and intravenous. Each method of administration has different “peak” times.

  • Intravenous. Takes 1 to 5 minutes to feel the effects with peak times between 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Snorting. Takes around 5 minutes to feel the effects with peak times between 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Smoking. Takes around 30 minutes to feel the effects with peak times around 45 minutes.
  • Oral ingestion. Takes 30 to 50 minutes to feel the effects with peak times between 50 to 90 minutes.

Snorting or smoking cocaine causes the substance to stay in the body longer — up to 7 days.

For recreational users, traces of cocaine can be found in the urine for approximately 2 to 4 days following last use. For chronic users, cocaine has been accumulating in the body for a period of time and therefore takes longer to eliminate. For heavy, frequent users of cocaine, traces of the drug can sometimes take up to 12 days to exit the body.

How is Testing Done for Cocaine?

The most common way to perform cocaine testing is through a urine test, also called immunoassays. When cocaine enters the body, the liver breaks it down into metabolites known as benzoylecgonine.

Other ways to test for cocaine are through saliva, sweat and occasionally through hair testing. However, these testing methods are less common. Hair testing, in particular, can produce inaccurate results as hair products can alter indicators. Chronic users may have traces of cocaine in fingernails and hair for a long time after the last use.

The amount of time it takes for cocaine to leave your system affects the intensity of detox. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for substance abuse, call the Beachway team at 877-423-4157 with any questions.


Detoxing from Cocaine Abuse

Other than fatigue and low energy, withdrawal from cocaine has limited physical side effects, which makes it an even more insidious danger. The lack of side effects can lead to denial about the severity of substance abuse. Cocaine withdrawal has many emotional, mental, and physical symptoms, including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Tiredness and varying levels of energy
  • Moodiness
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of enthusiasm

A well-versed cocaine treatment facility has the knowledge and expertise to help those with addictions manage all the emotional and mental symptoms associated with cocaine addiction treatment and detox.

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Cocaine Addiction Treatment Options

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We are a leading cocaine rehab center in Florida, where patients overcome cocaine addiction by embracing our unique, holistic approach. Individual and group therapy sessions help patients understand addiction. The program is designed to help recognize triggers, process grief and stress, determine the root causes of addiction, manage emotions and impulses, improve self-esteem, and rebuild trust and healthy relationships with loved ones.

With a low therapist–to patient–ratio, patients will experience a high level of one-on-one attention. We’re also able to treat co-occurring mental health disorders that may be causing or are caused by addiction.

Long-Term & Comprehensive Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Trained therapists work alongside patients every step of the way on their journey to recovery to find healthy solutions. After inpatient cocaine rehab, an aftercare program helps patients maintain their new-found sobriety. Aftercare programs provide continued counseling that helps ease the transition back to regular life and offers support to manage stress and other issues that may otherwise trigger a relapse.
During this final phase of treatment, Beachway also helps patients find housing in a structured sober living environment where there is supervision, a curfew, and access to drug and alcohol testing. Patients even get a gym membership so they can work on physical health as well as to complement their new emotional and mental strength.

Another aspect of Beachway’s full-service therapy is the Resource Center, a place where patients and alumni can access help with employment services, educational assistance, and government programs, such as:

  • Job application assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Job-seeking guidance
  • Continuing education
  • School applications
  • Financial aid applications
  • Access to government programs and assistance

Get Help With Cocaine Addiction

If you or a loved one are suffering from cocaine substance abuse, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out about the services we provide. We have personalized treatment plans available and welcome clients from all walks of life.

Get Help With Cocaine Addiction

If you or a loved one are suffering from cocaine substance abuse, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out about the services we provide. We have personalized treatment plans available, and welcome clients from all walks of life.

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