Crack Withdrawal Symptoms

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse estimates that 6.2 million people in the US have experimented with crack at one point in their lifetimes. Of those, one million have done so in the past year. These are frightening statistics as crack is a devastating drug that can ravage all aspects of a person’s life.

Crack is considered to be one of the most addictive substances that you can buy on the illegal drug market today.

Its draw is so strong, it is possible for some people to become addicted after just one use. Following a “high” from crack, an intense “crash” with an overwhelming depression ensues. This powerful sadness spurs an individual to get another hit of crack in order to find relief. Oftentimes, individuals with a crack addiction are also simultaneously abusing other substances, such as alcohol or marijuana, in an attempt to even out the severe depression they feel between uses.

Physical Issues

When an individual with a crack addiction attempts to stop using or is unable to find their next fix, their body will start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be very intense, causing physical pain and discomfort in some individuals.

How long these symptoms last depends a great deal on how long someone has been addicted to crack, as well as how pure the substance they have been smoking has been.

Someone going through physical withdrawals from crack may experience any of the following:

  • Powerful drug cravings
  • Broken sleep
  • Shaking
  • Severe muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


Psychological Problems

In addition to the physical withdrawal symptoms above, there are also psychological withdrawal symptoms as well. Many people might think that physical discomfort is the most difficult part of withdrawal from crack. However, the mental anguish is often what drives someone to relapse.

The psychological symptoms from crack withdrawal that may occur are:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Lack of ambition
  • Psychosis


Finding Safe Help

Crack withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, both mentally and physically. Luckily, with proper support and treatment, prescription medications can be given during the detox process to ease the physical and emotional distress. As a stimulant, crack speeds up all the body’s metabolic processes.

When crack use is suddenly stopped, the body no longer has the stimulant it is dependent on and so the body’s physiological functioning is slowed down below a healthy level.

Individuals undergoing crack withdrawal may suffer decreased heart and respiration rates. This is one of the major reasons – to ensure safety – that medical professionals should supervise detox from crack.

Locating Successful Treatment Programs

If you or someone close to you is battling a crack addiction, you are not alone. An addiction to crack may seem like an insurmountable obstacle, but it can be overcome with proper treatment. We can help you by connecting you with some of the most effective evidence-based crack rehab programs currently available in the United States.

Contact us and we can match you with a quality crack treatment program that meets your individualized needs. Don’t spend one more day traveling down a dead-end path. Call (877) 345-1887 today.

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