Learn About the Length of Withdrawal from Cocaine

Cocaine is a very effective stimulant. Withdrawal symptoms for the drug usually start within hours of taking the last dose.

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

Withdrawal from certain substances, like alcohol and benzodiazepines, can involve severe physical withdrawal symptoms; however, detoxing from Cocaine brings most psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Some symptoms of Cocaine withdrawal are fatigue, increased appetite, agitation and unpleasant dreams. These are acute symptoms which are usually resolved within a week or two of the last dose. However, other, psychological symptoms such as cravings can last a lifetime.

Timeline for Cocaine Withdrawal

How long does it take to withdraw from Cocaine? Timelines for Cocaine withdrawal can last for days or for weeks and even months after the last use. A general withdrawal timeline can look like this:

24 to 72 Hours


This is when the individual can expect to start to crash and be overcome with feelings of remorse and depression.  The individual’s brain will be sleep deprived during this period and they may feel extreme fatigue.

Week 1


In this period the individual starts to feel a lot better. Cravings for Cocaine appear to be manageable and the effects of the drug will seem to be wearing off. The individual will start to regain confidence in their ability to handle their addiction. Symptoms at this time are usually agitation, an increase in appetite and unpleasant dreams.

Week 2


This is generally when the cravings start to return, and the individual feels hungry, angry and depressed. They may have vivid dreams and start thinking about using again.

Weeks 3 to 4


A few weeks in, the individual can begin experiencing mood swings. They may still have trouble sleeping and be suffering from depression.

How Long do Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

As mentioned previously, Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can last a long time, more specifically from six months to two years. How long the symptoms last depends on the length of drug use and the amount of the doses, which determines the severity and length of the withdrawal period. If an individual has been a heavy user then the symptoms could last for years.

Individuals who have used Cocaine for extended periods of time may also experience Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS). These symptoms generally appear three to six months after the individual ceases Cocaine use, and occurs when the brain requires additional time to restore its normal functions after a long period of dependence on drugs.

Do you have questions about Cocaine addiction and withdrawal? Call The Villa to find out how we can support your goals for sober living.