How long does the withdrawal take?

How long does the withdrawal take?

Infographic Text: How long does the withdrawal take?

The length of the waiting period depends on the drug and the individual. Light green represents the minimum withdrawal time The dark green represents the maximum waiting time. Drug abuse treatment can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

  • Alcohol: 3-10 days
  • Caffeine: 2-9 days
  • Cannabis: 7-14 days
  • Cocaine: 7-14 days
  • Heroin: 5-10 days
  • Nicotine: 14-28 days

Bibliographical references:

  1. Guidelines for Clinical Practice of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal [PDF]. (2018, 18 April). NSW Health Ministry. Retrieved from
  2. When does the withdrawal of caffeine stop? (n.d.). Retrieved from

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