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How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?

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You just found out that you will have a drug test, and you recently have done cocaine. Regardless of the reason for your drug test, whether for a job, parole or at your family’s request, the first question that usually comes to mind is, “How long does cocaine stay in your system.” Most people are looking for a definitive answer, but unfortunately, it is not a cut-and-dry response as several factors go into determining this answer.

What Can Determine Cocaine Detection Time in Your System?

Cocaine gets metabolized in your system within approximately four hours and can usually be detected for between two and 10 days. The factors below can all determine detection time:

  • Test type. Drug tests work by detecting metabolites, which are byproducts your body produces as it breaks down substances. Some metabolites stay in your system longer than others, so the detection window will depend on which metabolites are being tested.
  • How much you use. As with any substance, the more cocaine you use, the longer it stays in your system.
  • How often you use it. The more often you consume cocaine, the longer the detection window.
  • How you use it. Cocaine that’s snorted or gummed will remain in your system longer than if you smoked or injected it.
  • The purity level. Cocaine often contains contaminants or other substances, affecting how long it stays in your system.
  • Your body composition. Benzoylecgonine, cocaine’s main metabolite and the one that’s most often tested for in drug screening, can be stored in fatty tissue. The higher your body fat, the more cocaine metabolites can accumulate in your body.
  • Drinking alcohol. Combining alcohol and cocaine can cause certain cocaine metabolites to stick around in your system longer [1].

The amount of time it takes for half of the quantity of a drug to be metabolized is called its “half-life.” People who use cocaine at higher doses and take it more frequently increase the length of time that each use stays in the body. Therefore, the dosage and frequency of cocaine usage will impact how long it can be detected in your body.

Cocaine Testing Methods

There are various ways someone can be tested for drugs. The most common types of drug testing are blood, oral fluid, urine, and hair. While detection times aren’t always 100% exact, below are the approximate times cocaine can be detected in your system using various testing methods:

  • Blood – Within minutes to hours
  • Oral fluid – Five to 48 hours
  • Urine – Two to four days
  • Hair – Up to 90 days [2]

There are no shortcuts for getting cocaine out of your system. The only way to rid your body safely of cocaine is through detoxification which is typically done in a medical setting where you are supervised by medical professionals 24 hours a day.

Detoxification and Risks

If you or someone you know is struggling with cocaine addiction, it is important to know that you are not alone and many places can help. During detoxification from cocaine, you can experience intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms which is why it is always a good idea to detox as a medical facility with the proper staff that can help you through the process safely. Some of the risks to manage during cocaine detox include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Mental health risks
  • Seizures
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy [3]

Getting Help for Cocaine Abuse

At the present time, there are no medications that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cocaine addiction. It’s important to note that drug addiction is a complex disease involving changes in the brain and a wide range of social, familial, and environmental factors. When you are looking for treatment for cocaine addiction, the facility should address these factors and any other co-occurring mental health disorders that might require additional treatment [4].

You have a few different treatment options when looking for professional help for cocaine abuse. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem, then seeking the advice of a doctor, licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, mental health worker, or counselor who can help to guide you through this journey.

  • Inpatient treatment – This is a very structured treatment environment where patients are monitored 24/7 and live on campus where their treatment takes place.
  • Residential treatment – Very similar to inpatient treatment, except patients are monitored but not on a 24/7 basis.
  • Outpatient treatment – This type of treatment allows you to live or work at home or in a community residence while traveling to a facility to receive treatment, including individual and group therapy.

How Recovery Bay Can Help

Welcome to Recovery Bay, a distinguished men’s treatment center dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals seeking recovery from substance abuse. Our specialized men’s drug rehab center and detox facility offer more than just treatment; we offer a transformative journey towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Nestled in a serene and tranquil setting, our center creates the ideal environment for your healing process.

Our men’s treatment center prides itself on fostering a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere that plays a pivotal role in promoting lasting change. We understand the importance of a safe and therapeutic environment, which is why our dedicated staff is committed to ensuring that every participant feels supported and valued throughout their journey to recovery.

At the heart of our programs lies the core belief that recovery is about more than just overcoming addiction—it’s about equipping individuals with the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives. Beyond addressing addiction, our programs focus on instilling crucial life and leadership skills that empower participants to confidently navigate challenges and make informed decisions.

Physical fitness is a cornerstone of our approach, as we recognize the profound impact it has on both physical and mental well-being. Our tailored physical fitness activities not only promote physical health but also contribute to emotional resilience, providing a holistic foundation for recovery. Engaging in these activities alongside fellow participants creates a sense of camaraderie and support that further enhances the treatment experience.

We are here and ready to help you through your journey to recovery. Please call us confidentially today at 833-991-2955 to learn more about how we can help.


[1] A Timeline of Cocaine’s Effects and Time in Your System: Healthline
[2] What are Detection Times for Drug Testing? National Drug Screening, Inc.
[3] A Timeline of Cocaine’s Effects and Time in Your System: Healthline
[4] How is Cocaine Addiction Treated? National Institute on Drug Abuse: