Signs of Crack Addiction

Written by Chloe Nicosia

What are the Signs of Crack Addiction?

Crack cocaine is a highly addictive substance with a high chance for abuse. It differs from cocaine because it is designed to be smoked instead of snorted, providing a near instant high. Crack is a stimulant that is created by using coca leaves. However, most cocaine is a mixture of flour, cornstarch or talcum powder to increase the drug dealer’s profits. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 1.5 million people were abusing cocaine within the last month in 2013. Signs of crack addiction can come on suddenly with repeated use, and recognizing the signs can help to stop the addiction before it can completely ruin a person’s life.

In this article, we will explore the signs of crack use that are most commonly seen.

Signs of Crack Use

Crack produces various effects in a person using it. They may suddenly become highly alert from a relaxed state. The intensity of the drug can cause them to become nervous over small things that occur. Crack also produces a feeling of euphoria, which is noticeable. It also produces high amounts of energy in a person when abused; however, these feelings may quickly turn to restlessness, anger or fear.

Other symptoms of crack use include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Lying
  • Insomnia
  • Sniffing constantly
  • A fatigued appearance

Signs of Crack Addiction

The signs of a crack addiction stretch beyond just what happens to a person while they are high on the drug. Since many drug users will isolate themselves, especially while they use, it is important to be able to recognize the signs of crack addiction that go beyond just what happens when they use it.

The physical and behavioral signs of crack addiction are as follows:

  • Weight loss due to suppressed apatite.
  • Constant nosebleeds.
  • Blisters on the lip from burning themselves on the pipe they use to smoke.
  • A decline in cognitive function.
  • Psychotic issues.
  • Confusion.
  • Visible damage to the teeth and mouth.
  • Depressed and anxious state of mind, even when there are no mental health issues.
  • Compromised immune system leading to higher risk of falling ill.
  • Damage to major organs including liver and kidneys.
  • There may be a desire to stop but when they try to stop they fail.
  • The drug abuse becomes a higher priority than other aspects of their life.
  • Financial problems.
  • Performance issues at work or school.
  • Partaking in higher risk situations such as unprotected sex or operating machinery while not fully able.
  • A tolerance to crack cocaine.
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as depression shakiness, nausea, vomiting and anxiety among others occur when the person doesn’t abuse crack.

If these are signs that you see in either yourself or a loved one, it is time to find professional help. Addiction is something that has no end unless action is taken, and when an addiction is severe, drastic changes must be made.

Treatment for Crack Abuse

The symptoms of crack use include many severe health conditions that can be life-threatening, such as cardiovascular problems causing a heart attack. Rehab is the obvious choice when looking to stop. A rehab center can provide a person with all of the things they need to safely recover from an addiction to crack. Whether through an outpatient or inpatient treatment program, crack addiction can be stopped through research-based treatments.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cocaine