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Crack Addiction

Do You Know Someone with a Crack Addiction?

“Crack” is the nickname for crack cocaine, a crystalline form of the popular drug cocaine. While cocaine usually comes in powdered form and is “cut” by drug dealers (mixed with similar-looking substances to reduce purity and increase a dealer’s product supply), crack cocaine comes in a much purer form. Crack’s popularity can be directly attributed to is relatively cheap retail value on the street and the intense high it gives to people who use it. Since the typical crack high is felt and enjoyed for only a brief amount of time (about fifteen minutes on average), users build up a tolerance to and desire for more of the drug very quickly compared to other recreational substances. This is why crack is so addictive.

If you suspect that a loved one might be using crack, there are signs you can watch out for. Those include:

  • Dilated Pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Suppressed appetite/weight loss
  • Muscle twitches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Volatile mood swings
  • Aggression
  • Hallucinations or paranoia

Getting Help for a Crack Addiction

The strong sensation of euphoria produced from crack use will produce the exact opposite low once someone stops using crack. Crack withdrawal often includes very serious depression, heightened anxiety, increased irritability, and an intense desire to start using crack again. Symptoms of long-term crack abuse include:

  • Serious risk of stroke or heart attack
  • Malnutrition and severe weight loss
  • Significant cognitive decline
  • Delirium/confusion
  • Ongoing bouts of psychosis
  • Severe depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management issues
  • Tooth decay and soft tissue damage to lips/gums

For long-term crack users who wish to break out of their cycle of addiction, the process starts with a medically supervised detoxification at either a professional rehab center or hospital. After the physical detoxification process is complete, most patients move into a residential rehab center in order to receive treatment, group therapy, and one-on-one sessions with an addiction counselor in order to learn how to cope with life after crack.

Getting Help for a Crack Cocaine Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with a crack addiction, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have resources at our disposal which can help you or your loved one overcome a crack addiction and get started on the road to recovery.