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Crack Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

Crack withdrawal can be a more intense experience than withdrawal from regular cocaine. Because crack is a more concentrated form of cocaine, it is more potent and more addictive. In addition, crack is typically smoked instead of taken orally or snorted, so this increases its effects and withdrawal symptoms even more.

Crack Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Crack withdrawal causes many symptoms because the drug directly affects the reward systems in the brain. Depression can be a symptom of withdrawal, which occurs when the brain rebounds from a crack cocaine high and sinks into negative emotions. In some cases, this level of depression can lead to suicidal thoughts. Someone who is withdrawing from crack may also become irritable or anxious due to the brain changes that occur when deprived of crack. Crack withdrawal symptoms may also include fatigue and sleepiness. People who are detoxifying from crack often experience strong cravings and may relapse just to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms. Paranoia and suspiciousness are other potential signs of crack withdrawal. Detoxification occurs as the body rids itself of crack and adapts back to normal functioning. Many people who undergo detoxification from crack cocaine end up experiencing some withdrawal symptoms, although the specific symptoms differ from person to person. In some cases, symptoms begin within hours of halting crack use, while other individuals may not start exhibiting symptoms for a few days. Crack withdrawal symptoms typically last about a week and then go away.

Withdrawing from Crack Cocaine: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Crack withdrawal can involve both physical and psychological addiction, so many different methods of treatment are used to help the addicted individual recover and become free of addiction. Some of the common treatment methods used in crack cocaine addiction treatment include:

  • Motivational interviews
  • Motivational incentives
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family counseling

Motivational interviews are designed to inspire the addicted individual to seek treatment and to be an active partner in his or her recovery from crack cocaine addiction. Motivational incentives involve offering rewards and incentives to encourage the recovering addict to stick to the treatment program. Individual counseling is a cornerstone of many successful treatment programs, since it helps the person investigate why the addiction began in the first place and what psychological factors contributed to the addiction. Group counseling can also be useful, since it is used to provide support while discussing the psychological factors involved in addiction and recovery. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to teach specific methods and techniques that the recovering addict can use when faced with a choice to use or abstain from the drug. Family therapy can be an important factor in preventing relapses, since it teaches family members how to support the addict's recovery in a healthy way. In some cases, a treatment center may also offer holistic treatment options, which can include art therapy, animal therapy, yoga, or meditation.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Detoxification is the first step in treatment for crack cocaine addiction. During this step of treatment, the addicted individual stops using crack and starts to experience withdrawal symptoms. When detoxification is complete and withdrawal symptoms have subsided, the process of long-term crack withdrawal treatment begins. Detoxification and treatment can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and it can involve one or more of the usual treatment methods. In most cases, the treatment plan will be tailored to the individual. This means that the specific treatment methods used can be altered over the course of the treatment should one method achieve a better effect than other methods. If you or someone you know is addicted to crack cocaine, contact us at 1-888-935-1318 to learn more about crack withdrawal, treatment options for crack addiction, and recovery.

Crack cocaine Information at a Glance
Form, Intake and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Rock/Crystalized
  • Administration Routes: Inhaled (smoked)
  • Dosage: N/A
  • Overdose: Difficult to estimate the dosage required for overdose, but fatal overdose is common
  • Alcohol Interaction: Increases crack cocaine’s effects and also increases the risk of sudden death
  • Illicit Drugs: Mixing crack cocaine with illicit drugs increases risk of sudden death
  • Prescription Medications: N/A
  • Contraindications: N/A
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Increased pleasure and euphoria, highly increased alertness, decreased anxiety, increased energy and decreased appetite
  • Long-Term: Impaired judgment, impulsivity, hyper sexuality, compulsive behavior, anxiety/paranoia, extreme weight loss, chronic sore throat, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, rise in body temperature, decreased motivation, social isolation, heart attack, stroke, panic attacks, delusions and sudden death
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Very high
  • Signs of Abuse: Depression, poor performance at school or at work, social isolationism, changed personal habits, rapid weight loss, coughing up black mucous and irritability
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 1 to 72 hours after last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Agitation, restlessness, depression, fatigue, increased appetite, lack of motivation, nightmares and irritability
  • Tolerance: Some people who experience crack cocaine tolerance find the effects of use increase over time
  • Cross Dependence: None
  • Physical Dependence: None
  • Psychological Dependence: High
Legal Schedules and Ratings Costs, and Typical Quantities
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II
  • Cost/Price: Approx. $45.00 per gram


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do crack cocaine withdrawals Last?

The timeline for crack cocaine withdrawal symptoms starts from anywhere between 1 hour and 72 hours after the last dose of the drug. For this duration of time, the body is detoxing, and withdrawal symptoms will be intense. The total length of withdrawal depends on the person and whether the crack cocaine use was habitual, but symptoms can last up to 12 weeks.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for crack cocaine?

Base, beat, chalk, gravel, hardball, rock, stones, moonrocks, casper, blast, devil drug, hell

What are Common Misspellings?

Crack withdrawl, crak withdrawls, crack cocane withdrawel, crak cocayne withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

While some people say drinking a lot of water will act as a home remedy and help clean the body of crack cocaine, there isn’t a natural alternative to ease the withdrawal symptoms as they are primarily emotional. The changes in the brain due to crack cocaine addiction cannot be dealt with herbally or using alternative medicine. Instead, if you or someone you love needs to get clean from crack cocaine safely, please view listings for treatment programs in your area using our forms or by using 1-888-935-1318 while you still have the choice to do so. Trained professionals will have access to proven methods to relieve the crack cocaine withdrawal symptoms and provide relief from the life-consuming addiction.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from crack cocaine?

Detoxifying one’s system of crack cocaine can take anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours at which point normal treatment programs may begin. Look at the options in your area to find help so you or someone you care about can safely get clean.

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