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The Length of Time Cocaine is in Your System

It is very hard to determine the exact length of time that cocaine remains present in an individual’s system. The general estimation is that cocaine is present in ones system for 72 hours after the most recent intake. But most drug tests do not search for traces of cocaine; rather they search for what is known as a cocaine metabolite. The length that a cocaine metabolite can be found in drug tests varies greatly form case to case. Many factors contribute to the length that they will show. Factors include, but are not limited too:

  • Age of the user
  • Sex of the user
  • Weight of the user
  • Speed of the users metabolism
  • Amount of cocaine ingested during last use
  • Frequency of cocaine use
  • The individual’s physical health
  • Medications that the individual takes
  • The individual’s tolerance to the drug
  • The method in which the cocaine is ingested (snorted, smoked, injected)
  • The purity of the cocaine that is used
  • They method of drug testing used

With all of the factors playing into the equation, it is practically impossible to give an accurate estimation of how long cocaine will show in a drug test. If someone snorts one or two lines in a single night, with no prior intake, it is generally estimated that the drug will no longer show in a urine test after 72 hours. Yet it is believed that even a single bump of cocaine will show in a hair follicle test for three months. Then there are the cases where individuals have been using cocaine habitually for years, and in those cases cocaine can be found in a standard urine test up to three months after the most recent intake.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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