This is the period following right after cocaine usage is stopped, and is usually known as a cocaine crash. No matter how much of the drug has been taken, be it one line or a substantial binge, the crash always follows. As with most drugs, this is the most intense period when withdrawal symptoms are experienced. The most intense feelings usually last anywhere from an hour, on up to two days. However, it will not be until about a week that this stage can be considered conquered.
Following the crash stage, there is usually a period of calm before subsequent effects are felt. During the crash stage, it can be virtually impossible to sleep, something that should go back to normal once the first week is done. This feeling of normality usually lasts between one and five days.
However, once this period of relief is over, other withdrawal symptoms will start to appear. Regardless of sleep, it is common to feel a sense of lethargy or tiredness throughout the day and night. Cravings usually begin at this point and are set off by different things. This can include happy memories of the times on the drug, as well as specific people or triggers. Stage two usually lasts for about three weeks.
Once the initial two stages have been survived without relapse, the cravings should start to slowly decrease in intensity off over time. The cravings themselves will still be noticeable for many months; however, they are usually not as strong as what was previously experienced. It is still vital to stay aware and vigilant, even with this decrease, since triggers can cause a spike in their intensity. This happens without warning and can cause the unwary to slip back to using.