How to Quit Cocaine

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that can be difficult to quit due to its reinforcing, pleasurable effects and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.4 However, cocaine addiction is treatable, and getting support when quitting cocaine can help lay a good foundation for ongoing recovery.2

Why is Quitting Cocaine Challenging?

Many people may want to stop using cocaine and try quitting without outside help, but due to cocaine’s addictive qualities, this can be very difficult without support.

Cocaine’s rewarding effects on the brain can lead people to continue using it, often in increasingly large amounts, which can lead to dependence on cocaine. When a person becomes dependent on cocaine and tries to cut back or quit, they are at risk for withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to very unpleasant.3 To avoid withdrawal symptoms, people will often return to use, even if they have a strong desire to quit cocaine.3

Individuals who struggle with cocaine addiction may have trouble when they attempt to quit cocaine on their own because:

  • They lack structure in their approach.
  • They don’t have appropriate support such as a mutual-help group, therapist, or medical supervision.
  • They fall back into old habits or engage with people they used to take cocaine with.
  • They are unprepared to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal and strong cravings that can occur when quitting cocaine.

Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine use produces an extreme sense of euphoria (intense excitement or pleasure) because the brain releases large amounts of dopamine upon taking cocaine.5 When you stop using cocaine, you may experience “a crash,” or immediate intensification of negative feelings like anxiety and agitation, which are often accompanied by strong cravings to use more cocaine.3

The combination of withdrawal symptoms and cravings often lead people to use again even if they were trying to quit cocaine.3

Can You Quit Cocaine “Cold Turkey?”

Quitting a substance cold turkey means that a person suddenly stops all use of the drug. While people may try to do this, it’s best to quit cocaine and other substances with the support and supervision of qualified treatment professionals, especially if a person is using other substances or has co-occurring conditions.8

Supervised detoxification is a good place to learn how to quit cocaine use in a safe, managed environment. Detox services are often available at both inpatient and outpatient facilities depending on the level of care needed, and provide support to manage withdrawal safely and comfortably. Following detox, you may enroll in a 28- or 30-day, 60-day or 90-day inpatient rehab program.

Types of Cocaine Addiction Treatment

A variety of types of treatment programs is available. The most effective professional treatments for stimulant use disorders like cocaine are certain behavioral therapies and psychosocial treatments that promote abstinence and harm reduction.3

In addition to behavioral therapies, effective cocaine treatment may include:2

Structured cocaine treatment programs allow a person to receive support and supervision from trained treatment professionals to assist them in their recovery.





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Benefits of Quitting Cocaine

The following benefits may potentially occur as a result of quitting cocaine:2

  • Reduced risk of certain health problems.
  • Better sleep.
  • Fewer ups and downs associated with repeated use of cocaine.
  • Lowered risk of developing mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
  • Improved finances since you’re no longer purchasing cocaine.
  • Focus on professional and personal endeavors.
  • Improved attention, memory, and other thinking abilities, such as abstract thinking.
  • Increased self-confidence and self-control.

How to Help a Loved One Quit Cocaine

If you know someone who is struggling with cocaine addiction, it can be very stressful. Be sure to find support for yourself in the form of support groups, family, friends, therapy, and community.13

Support from loved ones can be helpful when a person decides to quit using cocaine. Remember that making big changes takes time and you’ll need to be patient with anyone struggling with addiction.13

While you can continue to support your loved ones, they are ultimately responsible for choosing to go to treatment, continue recovery, and manage their addiction.13

Receive 24/7 text support at your convenience with American Addiction Centers. Our team is well prepared to advise on all things treatment and help you find the care you need. We’ve helped thousands recover from addiction and we can help you too.

Find a Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program

If you or someone you care about is struggling with cocaine addiction, American Addiction Centers (AAC) is here to help. Our compassionate admissions navigators are ready to take your call at to help you if you’re ready to quit cocaine or have a loved one who is. We can also discuss treatment options at AAC facilities and check your insurance coverage so you can start the recovery process today.

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