If you suspect that you or your loved one have a serious problem with crack cocaine, the next step is gathering more information and preparing yourself for enrollment in treatment. Some of the key areas to address are the signs and symptoms of addiction, things to expect during withdrawal/detox and appropriate treatment options once detox comes to an end. With this knowledge in hand, you can make informed choices that support long-term success on your journey to recovery.
Addiction to crack and other forms of cocaine is a form of a larger condition known as stimulant use disorder.1 This condition includes symptoms of addiction, as well as symptoms of dysfunctional, non-addicted abuse. The stimulant use disorder diagnosis acknowledges the fact that you may have overlapping problems with crack abuse and addiction. You may also have separate issues that only fall into one of these categories.
Core symptoms of addiction in people with crack problems include:
Core symptoms of non-addicted abuse include repeated use of the drug in dangerous situations (i.e., while driving or operating machinery), a crack-related failure to meet important obligations/responsibilities and continued consumption of the drug after you develop problems with your friends or family.
A range of other signs may indicate the presence of an addiction to crack2. Things you should look for include:
Compared to powdered cocaine that’s inhaled or swallowed, crack has a much more rapid, powerful effect on your brain. This means that people who use the drug can develop symptoms of addiction sooner rather than later. It also means that people who use the drug have a greater tendency to develop severe addiction-related problems.
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