Addiction to crack cocaine is incredibly powerful and can quickly derail your life. Crack is a highly addictive and dangerous form of cocaine; it is smoked rather than snorted, resulting in a quick and intense high. The high only lasts 5 to 10 minutes, followed by a debilitating crash and an instant urge to use again.
Withdrawal from crack begins immediately, as the body works furiously to get the drug out of its system. The ill effects of withdrawal combined with the intense cravings for crack that follow its use result in high relapse rates among users.
It is recommended that Washington residents attempting to stop using crack should undergo supervised medical detox at a recognized facility. There are a couple of important reasons for this.
Withdrawal from Crack Cocaine
Withdrawal is an intense and often unpleasant step toward recovery, but it is necessary to start the journey. Every drug and every person create different withdrawal experiences. Highly addictive substances often come with the worst withdrawal symptoms, and crack is no exception.
Eliminating crack cocaine from your body can be an extremely debilitating process, and carries some significant risk. Both your body and your mind could experience some severe symptoms.
- Heart attack
- Increased appetite
- Erratic sleep
- Nausea / Vomiting
- Black phlegm
- Excessive sweating
- Slow motor control
- Brain seizures
- Vivid dreams/nightmares
- Mood swings
- Low motivation
- Difficulties concentrating
This combination of severe physical and psychological withdrawal is intimidating and can cause you to change your mind about getting sober and give up before you have even begun to move toward recovery. This also increases the risk of relapse and overdose; when your body is rid of the crack in its system, introducing a large amount all at once can effectively poison you and result in fatal consequences. It is for these reasons that health professionals recommend going through crack detox in a medical environment.
A supervised detox at a professional medical center can greatly increase your chances of pursuing long-term recovery. Expert medical care aims to make the detoxification process as quick and comfortable as possible.
The rate at which a person undergoes detox from crack varies greatly; it can be as little as one day to as long as several weeks. Currently, there are no effective medications available to assist in the crack detox process. However, trained and professional staff can make the process easier and monitor your progress 24 hours a day, giving you the peace of mind that you are being looked after by skilled personnel. In the case of a medical emergency, such as brain seizures or severe depression, doctors and nurses are right there to assist and keep you alive.
Once detox is complete, you are already in an environment that offers whatever further treatment you require to pursue long-term recovery. Residential rehab and its accompanying therapy treatments are usually only steps away from the medical detox center, providing a smooth transition to the rest of your recovery.
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