Compassionate and Effective Treatment for Crack Addiction
For years, crack addiction was thought to be a problem that affected a very small population of the United States. This misconception greatly affected access to treatment while disproportionately incarcerating minorities. In recent years, crack cocaine has become a lesser-discussed addiction threat in the wake of the continued growth of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. It remains, however, a legitimate and pervasive issue in many areas of the country. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that nearly 10,000 Americans admitted to using crack on a regular basis in 2014. The highest rate of crack use is among adults 25 and older.
Understanding Crack Addiction
Crack is a crystalline form of cocaine that is usually smoked. Its name is derived from the sounds it makes when it is heated and absorbed into the lungs. Crack is significantly more potent than other forms of cocaine because of its rapid and direct method of delivery. Crack addiction creates profound and significant changes in brain chemistry and behavior.
Some of the more common behavioral signs of crack addiction include:
- Constant Preoccupation with Crack
- Frequent Disappearance to Get High
- Aggressive and Agitated Behavior
- Paranoia and Anxiety
- Restlessness and Irritability
If you or someone you care about is exhibiting these signs, seek professional help immediately to prevent the onset of any further damage.
The longer a person’s crack abuse continues, the easier it is to identify the symptoms. The cruel irony of crack addiction behavior, however, is that it manifests very quickly and by the time the user starts to exhibit signs, addiction has already taken hold. This is why it’s imperative that users’ friends and loved ones are diligent in recognizing the signs before they rise to the level of chemical dependency. Regardless of what we might think, we do have the power to guide our loved ones toward overcoming crack addiction and any other form of chemical dependency, no matter how powerless we think we might be.
Additional types of crack addiction behavior include:
Frequent disappearances (to get high)
- Dilated pupils
- Increased breathing rate
- Uncharacteristic irresponsibility
- Cracked or blistered lips from smoking out of a hot pipe
- Burns on fingers
- Trembling and Shaking
- Sudden and erratic changes in behavior
The Stigma of Crack Addiction
While all types of drug addiction carry their own stigma, crack carries perhaps the most direct and targeted stereotype. For too long, this sense of stigma led to arguably prejudicial enforcement policies and barred many users from getting the treatment they so desperately need. It’s important to realize that these stigmas, whether they’re associated with cocaine drugs or other types, get in the way of real and constructive prevention and treatment policies and can, in many cases directly contribute to overdose rates. Thousands of drug users have experienced critical delays and roadblocks to treatment that are a direct result of the perception of addiction as a moral failing rather than a disease. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the casualties of the crack epidemic.
Crack Withdrawal Symptoms
Perhaps one of the clearest signs that you or a loved one is suffering from crack or any type of cocaine drug addiction is withdrawal. The symptoms of crack withdrawal can develop very quickly and often include a variety of physical and behavioral signs, such as:
- Agitation or shaking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of motivation
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Anger or emotional outbursts
Immediate signs can include exhaustion, unpleasant dreams and difficulty concentrating. If you or a loved are experiencing these or other types of crack cocaine withdrawal symptoms, it’s imperative that you get help now. Recovery Unplugged is ready to offer you or your loved one quality, evidence-based crack cocaine treatment. Call us today for help .