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What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Cocaine?

by Will Long

July 17, 2023
cocaine withdrawal

If you or a loved one is grappling with cocaine use, it’s crucial to understand the physical, psychological, and emotional withdrawal symptoms that accompany the cessation of use. Cocaine, a powerful stimulant, can create a strong dependence, and withdrawal can be an intense process. Landmark Recovery, your trusted addiction treatment provider, is here to guide you through what to expect during cocaine withdrawal, and more importantly, how we can assist during this critical journey to recovery.

Physical Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

The physical toll of cocaine withdrawal can be daunting. As a stimulant, cocaine increases the user’s heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Once the drug leaves the system, the body tries to readjust to its absence, which can lead to several physical symptoms.


Because cocaine provides an intense rush of energy, stopping its use often leads to profound fatigue. This exhaustion can last for several days after the last dose and can include both physical tiredness and a sense of mental weariness or lack of motivation.

Increased Appetite

Cocaine acts as an appetite suppressant, so when a user stops taking the drug, they might experience a significant increase in hunger.

Disturbed Sleep Patterns

Despite feeling physically exhausted, many people withdrawing from cocaine experience disruptions in their sleep patterns. They may struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, and they may experience vivid and distressing dreams.

Psychological Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

Equally challenging as the physical symptoms are the psychological symptoms that come with cocaine withdrawal.

Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are common during cocaine withdrawal. Users may feel a sense of hopelessness, experience a lack of pleasure in activities they once enjoyed, or may have high levels of anxiety and nervousness.

Mood Swings

Mood swings are another common symptom of cocaine withdrawal. Individuals might switch rapidly between feelings of anger, sadness, or irritability.

Paranoia and Hallucinations

In severe cases, cocaine withdrawal can cause paranoia and hallucinations. Individuals may believe that others are out to harm them, or they may see or hear things that aren’t there.

The Cocaine Crash and Cravings

After the initial physical withdrawal symptoms, individuals often experience a “crash.” This phase includes intense cravings for the drug, making the individual vulnerable to relapse. This challenging period underscores the importance of professional help during cocaine withdrawal.

Cocaine Withdrawal Timeline

Every individual’s experience with cocaine withdrawal is unique and depends on several factors including the duration of use, the quantity of the drug used, and the individual’s overall health. However, most people will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms within a few hours to a couple of days after their last dose. These symptoms usually peak within the first week, and gradually decrease over the following weeks. Psychological symptoms, such as depression or cravings, may last for several months.

Here is a chart that shows the cocaine withdrawal timeline.

Time After Last Use
First few hours
Cravings, restlessness, increased appetite
24-48 hours
Continued cravings, irritability, fatigue, depression, insomnia
1-2 weeks
Decreased cravings, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, vivid dreams
1-2 months
Reduced depression, improved sleep, occasional cravings
3 months+
Possible resurgence of cravings during periods of stress, sustained abstinence leads to recovery

Please note that actual withdrawal symptoms and their duration can vary widely among individuals based on factors such as the length of time the person has been using the drug, the quantity of drug used, and individual health factors. Always consult a medical professional or organization like Landmark Recovery for accurate information.

Landmark Recovery’s Role in Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment

At Landmark Recovery, we understand the challenges of cocaine withdrawal. Our team of professionals offers a medically supervised detox program to manage the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse. Furthermore, we provide comprehensive treatment plans that include therapy and counseling to address the psychological aspects of addiction, ensuring a holistic approach to recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with cocaine use, don’t face it alone. Reach out to our compassionate team at Landmark Recovery today. We’re here to help you navigate the journey to recovery and regain control of your life.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.