Symptoms of Crack Withdrawal
Crack cocaine is very similar to powder cocaine but is even more concentrated and powerful. Users of crack cocaine attain more intense highs faster, crash sooner, and return for another dose more quickly than they do on powder cocaine. As a result, addiction can take hold immediately.
While on crack, users may feel euphoric, intensely focused, or exceedingly confident. As soon as the high wanes, feelings of overwhelming sadness, anxiety, and restlessness can appear, and users quickly turn to another dose of crack to regain the pleasurable feelings of a high. Behind this emotional cycle is a physical change, as the brain is rewired to depend upon crack cocaine in order to experience pleasure.
When an individual quits using crack cocaine, they do not experience many of the physical symptoms associated with alcohol or drug withdrawal, but the psychological symptoms are just as real and difficult to overcome.
Acute symptoms of crack cocaine withdrawal can occur almost immediately and may include irritability, mood swings, intense sadness, inability to concentrate, exhaustion, unpleasant dreams, and anxiety. Those with a longer history of abuse or deeper dependency on crack cocaine may push past these acute symptoms only to run into post acute withdrawal symptom, also known as PAWS, three to six months down the road.
These long-term symptoms of withdrawal may include ongoing cravings, depression, paranoia, suicidal tendencies, inability to feel pleasure outside of cocaine use, difficulty sleeping, and unpredictable emotional outbursts. Each person is unique in their drug history, metabolism, and level of dependency, but withdrawal symptoms may persist for months, a year, or even more.
Without long-term professional support and new relationships away from the environment of drug use, it can be nearly impossible for a crack cocaine user to overcome the intense psychological challenges he/she will face as his/her brains works to restore normal functions.
If you or someone you know is using or abusing crack cocaine, do not let the lack of physical withdrawal symptoms fool you into thinking you can overcome this addiction alone. Although recovery will not be easy and the emotional and mental struggles will be intense, you can overcome this addiction with professional help.
Please contact The Owl’s Nest today to find a community that can support you in overcoming your crack cocaine addiction!