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How long does it take to detox cold turkey?

Answer

Wiki User
03/14/2009

Valium / Xanax / Benzos - up to 30 days

Ambien, et al - up to 30 days

Heroin / most opiates - 4 days (peak effect at ~48 hours)

Cocaine - 2 days (not medically recognized as a physical "withdrawal")

Alcohol - initially 2 days with potential for PAWS (post acute withdrawal syndrome) for 1 month

Marijuana - no physical withdrawal

Also, remember de-tox does not equal positive drug test. One can still test positive for a substance (e.g., marijuana) and not be going through de-tox per se.