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Cocaine and Your Career: How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?

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Passing a drug test is the first step toward getting the job you want, but true success comes with effort, attention to detail and a clear mind.

If you’re thinking about applying for a job that you know involves a drug test, your only sure-to-succeed option is to stop using cocaine. That’s especially true if you don’t know what type of drug test you’ll be taking.

How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your Saliva and Blood?

After your last use, cocaine can be detected in your saliva or blood for approximately 12 to 48 hours.

How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your Urine?

If you’re an infrequent user of cocaine, a drug test that detects cocaine in urine will only be positive for up to three days after the last time you used.

However, if you’re a frequent and heavy cocaine user, cocaine can start to accumulate in body tissue and it may be detectable as long as two to three weeks after you last used.

How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your Hair?

Tests that use hair samples are considered the gold standard of drug testing. That’s because they can detect cocaine use for up to 90 days.

When you ingest drugs, they go into the hair follicle and then the shaft, where they pretty much stay put as long as the hair is on your head.

Does that mean you’re in trouble if you have long hair, which could allow a test to detect years of cocaine use?

The standard way of conducting a hair drug test is to test only the inch and a half of hair that is closest to the root. (If you’re worried about drug use that occurred a long time ago, some sources recommend watching as the test is done to make sure they use hair closest to the roots.)

You’ll find claims online that special shampoos can “beat” a drug test, but most experts agree that hair drug tests are cheat-proof.

Other Factors

How much you weigh, your age, your metabolism, your amount of body fat and your general health can all impact how quickly your body can get cocaine completely out of urine, blood or saliva samples.

But the only guaranteed way to pass a drug test is to stop using cocaine. If that’s hard, know that cocaine is extremely addictive—and you may need help learning how to live without it.

Rehab for Cocaine Addiction at The Raleigh House

The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that believes addiction isn’t just a physical problem. That is especially true of cocaine, which changes the way the brain works. Our team of doctors, therapists, nurses and even a nutritionist knows how to best help—and give hope to—those in recovery for cocaine abuse. We’d love to answer any questions you may have. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the cocaine addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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