Withdrawing from any drug is very difficult and very uncomfortable. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine compared to other drugs such as heroin and oxycodone as well as alcohol. The confusion comes through the differences of how the withdrawal affects a person. Some people mistake this difference as a sign that they truly are not addicted to cocaine hence they can just continue. Cocaine users over an extended frequent period of time become highly dependent on the drug both physically and psychologically. However with cocaine when one stops using the drug abruptly the withdrawal symptoms can manifest themselves more psychologically rather than physically like the other drugs and can resolve itself after a week or so. This does not mean that they do not have any physical symptoms as all such as aches and pains as well as tremors and chills. However these do not manifest themselves as greatly as the psychological symptoms. The initial symptom that occurs within the initial hours and a few days after stopping is known as “Crash”. This is the first phase of the withdrawal symptoms. During the “Crash” phase a person will feel complete exhaustion and fatigue. They will initially have no cravings for cocaine as their appetite increases and all they want is food. There is hypersomnia which is excessive tiredness that causes excessive sleepiness during the day and prolonged sleep at night. The user also feels dysthymia also known as chronic depression. Withdrawal also brings with it an overwhelming feeling of restlessness and irritability that makes it very difficult for them to be around people. The second phase that comes with the withdrawal symptoms is known just as “Withdrawal”. This happens within the first week and tenth week of not having access to cocaine. The person starts to feel lethargic. There is increased anxiety which is then followed by very erratic sleep patterns which is the opposite of what will have happened in phase one when all they could do was sleep. In this time the craving for cocaine is heightened and usually many people fall back into taking the drug. This is a crucial point where one has to decide to not return. At this stage the symptoms are so overwhelming and so hard to deal with. Just when one feels it cannot get any worse than emotional liability comes in. This is defined as a neurological disorder where one loses control of their emotions and cries uncontrollably or laughs without the ability to stop. Concentration levels at this point are very low and they are depressed which makes it difficult to work or conduct oneself to doing daily tasks. The final stage of Withdrawal goes up about 28 weeks. At this stage one experiences episodic cravings that are triggered by situational cues that the user is familiar with. These cues are usually responsible for one’s relapse. When a user finds themselves in situations that used to lead them taking the drug the cravings are really heightened and unless immediate action is taken, like removing oneself from the situation or taking rescue medication all the progress is erased. There is also some form of dysphoria which is a sense of unease and dissatisfaction. This works hand in hand with depression and anxiety. After some time, these symptoms begin to subside and a sense of normalcy begins to come back but like any addiction one is still prone to falling off the wagon again. These withdrawal symptoms do not always affect people the same way or last the same duration. With each person being unique their cocaine withdrawal symptoms will also be different some lasting only a short while and others for an extended period of time.