Vertava Health - Mississippi Rehab Publishes Blog Post on How Long Cocaine Stays In The System

Southaven, Miss. — Vertava Health Mississippi, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center near Memphis, Tenn., recently published a blog post detailing the effects of cocaine consumption on the body and answering the question of how long cocaine can be detected in the system.

Cocaine is one of the more popular illicit substances and is known for its stimulating effects. It is mostly available in a white, powdery form and is usually ingested by snorting it. It has been glamorized in pop culture throughout the decades in various forms of media. People might be tempted to try cocaine at the insistence of a friend or acquaintance, and the initial experiment can turn into an addiction that is difficult to shake. It is highly addictive as it gives the user a quick high that can increase energy, awareness, and alertness. It ends up being misused by people from all strata of society regardless of their background and age group.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), cocaine consumption has remained steady for the past 20 years and has been a part of millions of Americans’ lives. SAMHSA reports that 40.6 million Americans ages 12 or older have tried cocaine at least once in their life. SAMHSA's most recent study also found that 5.9 million Americans claimed to have consumed it in the past year, and 2.2 million Americans claimed to have consumed cocaine in the past month.

Cocaine has a litany of negative effects on the body both in the short term and the long term. In the short term, cocaine increases heart rate and breathing, and that can lead to anxiety or panic. Cocaine can also lead to increased body temperature, increased blood pressure, violence, restlessness, irritability, paranoia (fear someone is trying to hurt them), tremors, vertigo (dizziness), muscle twitches, and seizures. The long-term side effects of cocaine include lung damage (including asthma), dependence, stress, depression, panic attacks, increased risk of getting diseases like HIV or hepatitis C, loss of senses, gastrointestinal issues, heart attack, heart disease, stroke, coma, or even death.

The half-life of cocaine, the amount of time in which the drug has halfway run its course in the body, is very short, close to one hour. Cocaine provides a short, intense high that tends to fade quickly as it gets metabolized by the liver and blood enzymes. The brief half-life period is the reason why urine tests for cocaine only detect its presence for three to six hours after ingestion. This time is not influenced significantly by the method of ingestion, which can be injection, snorting, or smoking crack cocaine. The other myriad factors that affect how long cocaine will remain in a person’s body include the amount of the dose, tolerance, time of the last dosage, urine concentration and acidity (pH level), frequency of consumption, age, body mass, metabolism, and kidney and liver function.

Cocaine testing can also involve blood tests, saliva tests, and, in some cases, the hair follicle test. They are much more reliable than urine tests as their detection time is longer. In blood tests, cocaine can be seen often for up to 12 hours. In saliva tests, cocaine is detectable for about 48 hours. Hair follicle testing has a detection period of up to 90 days for cocaine. No amount of product, hair dye, or washing can change the results of a hair follicle test.

Cocaine withdrawal can include symptoms such as depression, anxiety, cocaine cravings, fatigue (tiredness), nausea, chills, nightmares, nerve pain, muscle aches, fever, sweating, and general discomfort. Quitting cocaine cold turkey is considered to be dangerous as the effects are intense and can have serious health consequences.

Vertava Health Mississippi provides multi-level care for adults with mental health and substance use disorders. They have an industry-leading team of physicians and psychotherapists who specialize in dual diagnosis and help to not only address addiction but also any underlying mood or mental health disorders. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call (888) 956-6369.


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Vertava Health Mississippi
(662) 579-3955
340 Stateline Rd W
Southaven, MS 38671