The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reported that 6.2 million individuals in the U.S. had tried crack at least once. Approximately 46,964 people were admitted to the emergency room for crack use and over 100,000 individuals sought rehab assistance for crack in 2012.
Quitting a crack addiction is not easy and individuals oftentimes experience different emotional stages that include avoidance, despair, depression, cravings and mood swings. Crack is a water soluble drug, which means that while there are no physical withdrawal symptoms as with other drug use, individuals suffer psychological symptoms which can last for many months or longer, depending on the severity of use.
Side Effects of Use
There are a barrage of vivid oratory and visual hallucinations that most users experience. These include hearing music, sirens or voices, as well as thinking are bugs crawling on their skin. It is not uncommon for users to have increased paranoia; even becoming suspicious of any movement.
Changes in Behavior
Friends and family will often notice behavior changes in a loved one struggling with addiction. It is not uncommon for addicts to become withdrawn and neglect their personal hygiene. They may also exhibit constant flu-like symptoms. Examples of this are an irritated runny nose and red watery eyes. Additionally, many experience a fluctuating mood from depressed to energetic.
Obsessed with Getting More
Crack users become consumed; even obsessed with having enough money to purchase more of the drug. They may beg, steal or sell personal items to be able to buy more of the drug. Sadly, some crack users resort to trading sexual favors to obtain the drug.
Deep depression and suicidal thoughts often come during the crash of a crack binge.. Once the individual passes this stage however, they experience feelings of successfully beating their addiction.
Dealing with Addiction
Addressing crack addiction has improved over the years as more understanding of the drug has developed. There are no detox procedures in place. However, since most users also engage in polysubstance abuse, a medical detox may be needed to deal with the subsequent abuse. At the present time, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports there are no FDA-approved medications to treat crack addiction. However, most users seeking recovery find there are many benefits tp participating in a residential or outpatient rehab treatment program. There are different programs available to help with the psychological symptoms that are associated with abuse/addiction including holistic treatments, 12 steps groups and cognitive behavioral therapy. If you or someone you know are struggling with a substance addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for alcohol and drug detox and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.