Cleansing Your System of Cocaine
Cocaine hydrochloride, the purified chemical derived from coca leaves, was first used over a hundred years ago. Before modern anesthesia, cocaine was used to block pain during surgeries, and it was also added to many elixirs and home remedies until its drastic effects on the body were finally studied.
Today, cocaine is a controlled substance because it is considered highly addictive, and long-term use can alter brain structure and function.
All of this means that if you’re trying to quit cocaine and cleanse your body, it’s a process that must be handled with care.
How Long Does Cocaine Stay in the Body?
When you take cocaine, you’ll feel an elated, energetic “high” that lasts for around 20 to 90 minutes. Even once this high feeling has faded, the cocaine remains in the body.
How long cocaine stays in your system depends on several factors, including the method of use and how long you’ve been taking it.
The average user can test positive for cocaine:
- Up to 2 days after their last use when taking a blood test
- Up to 2 days after their last use when taking a saliva test
- Up to 3 days after their last use when taking a urine test
- Up to months or years after their last use when taking a hair test
Chronic users will generally have a build-up of the drug and its by-products in their system, which is why they can test positive for longer if given a drug test.
This is why they may fail a urine test for up to 2 weeks after the last time they took cocaine. It will also take them longer to complete the detoxification process.
The Cocaine Detox Process
If you’re trying to get cocaine out of your system, it’s important to understand that you must clear both the drug and its by-products from your body to truly cleanse your system.
As your body breaks down a substance like cocaine, it produces metabolites, which is what drug tests look for. These metabolites can stay in your system for days or weeks. However, the point of a detox program is not just to clear the drug out of your body.
When you quit an addictive substance like cocaine, your body will experience withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. These symptoms are unavoidable, and a necessary part of recovery, but withdrawal can be uncomfortable and even dangerous if not managed properly.
For a powerful drug like cocaine, it’s highly recommended that you undergo a medical detox.
Medical detox can be carried out as an inpatient or outpatient program, but it involves a dedicated treatment plan, support system, and timeline to help you recover from substance abuse. As part of your treatment program, you may even be given medications or therapies to help reduce cravings and other common symptoms.
Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms
If you have taken cocaine to the point that your body needs it in its system — which means your brain’s structure and function have actually been altered to work around the presence of cocaine — you will need to reverse those processes with the help of medical professionals.
Some of the symptoms you may need help managing and overcoming include the following:
- Vivid nightmares
- Overall discomfort
- Increased appetite
- Reduced activity
The recovery process looks different for every individual. Drug use can be even harder to overcome for individuals suffering from a mental health condition, as withdrawal can worsen symptoms like anxiousness, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.
These feelings can even occur in someone without a diagnosed mental health condition, which is why working with treatment specialists is important for protecting your overall well-being.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment Options
When you go through a drug detox at a treatment center, healthcare providers will work with you to minimize the uncomfortable side effects of withdrawal while supporting you through the detox process to achieve long-term recovery.
If you opt for inpatient treatment, you could go to a local hospital where you will receive intensive treatment surrounded by medical professionals.
Alternatively, you could enroll in a rehab center, often referred to as a residential treatment facility, where you’ll get 24/7 support from a mix of medical and non-medical staff.
Outpatient treatment is also an option if you have a supportive home environment.
When considering your treatment options, keep these things in mind:
- Drinking alcohol or switching to another substance like opioids is not a safe or effective way to try and quit cocaine
- Whether or not you have health insurance coverage, professional treatment is available to you
- Any clinician can connect you with the right resources for drug addiction and recovery
- Most detox centers have a 24/7 helpline if you have questions. You can reach ours at 855-430-9439
How Zinnia Health Can Help With Cocaine Addiction
Recovering from cocaine addiction may feel impossible to do on your own, but it’s something that a caring team of professionals can help you power through by providing you with the right support everywhere and any time that you need it. At Zinnia Health, we believe in providing:
- A safe, non-judgmental environment for recovery
- Treating the whole person: Body, mind, and spirit
- Designing customized treatment programs for each individual
- Aligning recovery with long-term life goals
- Supporting your interests and development with advanced programs, like music therapy
- Utilizing proven techniques to ease the recovery journey
When you’re ready to start your recovery journey, get in touch with our team at Zinnia Health. You can reach our helpline anytime, day or night, by calling our team at (855) 430-9439. We’re standing by to answer your confidential questions.