Timeline for Cocaine Withdrawal
At first, cocaine results in a powerful sense of euphoria and stimulation because of the large dump of dopamine that is deposited in the brain. This high will end after approximatel 15-25 minutes and the user will experience a crash. The severity of the crash depends on how long cocaine has been in usage during a session. After lengthy binge sessions of cocaine the crash can come swiftly and hard after stopping.
Many users report a complete inability to feel pleasure, or they are emotionally numb to it. This first phase of withdrawal can last for a day to a few days. A rubber band effect that is contrary to the euphoria of the high is observed, that is, users will experience moderate to intense feelings of depression and anxiety as well as the inability to feel pleasure.
The second phase of withdrawal can last approximately 10 weeks and is most defined by intense cravings for cocaine, lethargy, fatigue, and irritability. This is perhaps the most difficult phase to endure during a detox because of the most pressing physical need for cocaine is during this period.
There is a third phase which many consider to be a lingering desire for cocaine usage. This is common in most addictive drugs, the associations, memories, and connections built in the brain take a long time to change if the physical dependence lasted for years. This is why it is incredibly important to receive cocaine addiction treatment and attend one on one or group therapy to understand the triggers to your addiction.
These phases are just a general observation. It is crucial to recognize that withdrawal symptoms and timelines can vary between individuals and the beginnings and endings of phases are not clear cut. Medically supervised detoxes are a critical aspect of going through a safe withdrawal.