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Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack Cocaine Addiction Facts

What is Crack Cocaine?

At its essence, crack cocaine is a crystalized derivation of cocaine. Cocaine normally comes in a powder form. Crack cocaine comes in the form of blocks or rocks as well as crystals.

Crack is considered to be the most potent form of cocaine. It’s purity can ranged between 75 and 100 percent, far higher than the powdered version of the drug.

How is Crack Cocaine Used?

Crack cocaine is smoked. The smoking process allows the drug to hit the brain far faster. The high associated with crack cocaine is described as intense. However, it is very short-lived, lasting typically about 15 minutes.

The intensity of the high coupled with the fact that it occurs so quickly and dissipates rapidly typically results in a person smoking crack persistently. Addiction experts at the Mayo Clinic report that it is not unheard of for a person to become addicted to crack cocaine after one use.

Crack Cocaine Addiction Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of crack cocaine addition vary from one individual to another. However, there exists a set of symptoms that commonly are associated with a person addicted to crack cocaine.

The most fundamental symptom of crack cocaine addiction is persistent compulsion to use the drug, ultimately at the expense of virtually everything else. A person laboring under a crack cocaine addiction will experience a noticeable, and sometimes extreme, weight loss. He or she may become clinically depressed, finding relief only through ingesting crack cocaine.

A person addicted to crack will fail to maintain appropriate hygienic practices. He or she will have significant sleep disruptions. An individual addicted to crack is likely to have significant financial problems, including a myriad of unpaid obligations and likely an inability to maintain gainful employed. A sign of crack cocaine addiction oftentimes includes a person embarking into criminal activities like theft or even prostitution (for both men and women) as a means of supporting a habit.

Crack Cocaine Addition Withdrawal

The symptoms associated with the crack cocaine withdrawal process can be severe. These include paranoia, extreme anxiety and intense cravings for the drug. A person can become physically very ill during the withdrawal process. Medically supervised detox is the recommended course for a person who desires to stop using crack cocaine and who faces the withdrawal process.

Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Because of the powerful nature of crack cocaine, and the fact that it is highly addictive, inpatient drug treatment oftentimes is the recommended course of recovery for an addicted individual. The length of an inpatient program can vary, depending on a person’s individual needs.

Outpatient treatment is also available to a person who desires to recovery from crack cocaine addiction and obtain sobriety from the drug. Initially, this typically includes treatment programs on a daily basis.

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