Crack is probably one of the most well-known, infamous drugs in America. Despite its popular use and mentions in movies, music, and TV shows, however, crack is an extremely dangerous and addictive drug that can cause serious consequences for those who use and abuse it.
What Is Crack?
Crack is a more powerful, more dangerous version of cocaine. It’s made by mixing powder cocaine with baking soda and water, and then boiling to form solid “rocks.” These rocks are smoked to get an almost instant high that lasts around 15 minutes, meaning most users will take several doses of crack in the space of a few hours.1
What Is Crack Withdrawal?
Due to the extreme potency of crack, it offers an even greater risk for tolerance and dependence than normal powder cocaine. Prolonged or excessive use of crack can cause your body to become used to the effects of the drug and leave you needing more and more of it to get the same effect—a process known as developing tolerance.
After a while, it becomes difficult for your body to function without the drug, which could indicate you’ve become dependent on its effects. At this point, if you try to stop or reduce your use of the drug, you’ll experience a range of adverse withdrawal symptoms, making it difficult to quit.
Crack Withdrawal Symptoms
The effects of crack withdrawal vary in intensity and duration, depending on how much and for how long you’ve used the drug. These adverse symptoms may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Aggression or anger outbursts
- Trouble sleeping
- Lack of motivation
Crack withdrawal can begin within 30 minutes to three days after your last dose and can last for anything between a few weeks to three months. People who used crack for a long time may also experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms for up to a year after quitting.
Why Doctors Do Not Recommend Quitting Crack Cold Turkey
Unlike a detox from drugs that are less potent, crack withdrawal can cause severe, dangerous symptoms that could put your safety and mental health at risk. Quitting cold turkey without any supervision could result in a relapse, an overdose, or harm toward yourself or others due to withdrawal. Instead of stopping your use of crack all at once, most doctors recommend gradually tapering down your use until your body learns over time to function without the drug.
Treatment for Crack Withdrawal
One of the best forms of crack treatment is participating in medical detox and a residential or outpatient program at a crack rehab. Professional supervision and a calm, controlled environment can significantly help reduce your discomfort and the dangers associated with crack withdrawal.
Medically Supervised Crack Detox
Detoxing from crack can be challenging, especially if you’re doing it alone. That’s why most doctors will recommend you participate in a medical detox program where you are monitored by medical personnel and have access to the medication and care necessary to minimize the discomfort and disruption experienced as you quit your drug use.
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