Dangers of Crack Detox a Home

Written by Chloe Nicosia

The dangerous side effects of crack detox at home aren’t work the dangerous risks. Get professional help.

When addicts attempt crack detox at home, they are placing themselves at risk. The addict may make this choice because they know they can back out quickly if they change their mind. It’s possible they feel everyone will know about their addiction if they go to a treatment center, and that would be too embarrassing. There may be a number of other reasons that convince an individual to attempt crack detox at home, but it is not a safe choice.

What Is Crack?

Crack is cocaine that has been mixed with another chemical. It is often mixed with ammonia or baking soda, which produces an intense feeling of euphoria when it is smoked. Nearly three-quarters of cocaine treatment admissions are for addiction to crack cocaine. Many users do not accept how dangerous smoking crack is. When smoked, crack is an intense stimulant that passes into the lungs, into the blood stream, and then straight to the brain. The body’s reactions can cause seizures, coma, and death. Every use is a serious risk. Other dangerous side effects can include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased respiration, hallucinations, and erratic and violent behavior. Many of these side effects can result in long-term health issues.

Crack Withdrawal Symptoms

It can be dangerous to try crack detox at home, and there is a high risk of relapse. It’s far preferable to go through detox in a treatment center where symptoms can be managed with crack withdrawal medication. Symptoms of crack withdrawal include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Anhedonia (When the user cannot experience pleasure without crack)
  • Cravings for crack
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tremors
  • Increased appetite
  • Frightening nightmares
  • Suicidal thoughts

It can take months for crack withdrawal symptoms to be completely gone, and during this time, the potential for relapse is high. The symptoms won’t be as severe, but the drug maintains a firm hold. During the period of regular crack use, the body adjusts to the influx of toxic chemicals. When the crack is withheld, there is always some uncertainty as to how the body will react. In a treatment facility, trained caregivers monitor how the user’s body reacts. Medical personnel can provide crack withdrawal medication to the individual, which reduces the severity of the symptoms.

How to Fight Crack Cravings

Crack is a very powerful drug that alters brain chemistry and directly affects the central nervous system. There are prescribed medications that can help lessen the withdrawal symptoms during the initial recovery and may help with some of the triggers that can cause a relapse. The medication may restore healthy brain function, which is essential for recovery. An individual may still crave crack for months after withdrawal. Part of knowing how to fight crack cravings is to understand what triggers them. The user needs to stay away from all of his or her old friends, avoid former haunts, attend counseling sessions, and build a strong support group of non-users.

Benefits of Detoxing At A Treatment Center

The most important reason for detoxing from crack at a treatment center is safety. There is immediate help in the event of a severe physical reaction during withdrawal. Medical and support personnel understand what the individual is going through and provide help throughout the process. Crack withdrawal medication is available to lessen some of the symptoms that occur. Ongoing therapy and counseling sessions help the user learn to face the obstacles of their addiction and learn how to avoid triggers that can result in a dangerous relapse.

If you suspect someone you love is addicted to crack cocaine, get help right away. Sometimes it is necessary to stage an intervention to get the person to be willing to go to a treatment center. Call the Better Addiction Care hotline to learn about treatment facilities in your area.