What to Expect When Withdrawing from Crack Cocaine
A crack is a solid form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted. This method of ingestion makes it more potent, producing a faster and more intense high when compared to snorting powdered cocaine. As quickly as this high arrives, it lasts only a short time. This causes users to seek out and use crack more often to remain high – called a “binge and crash cycle”. DrugAbuse.com explains that this vicious cycle leads individuals to “tolerance, dependence, and addiction” even faster than powdered cocaine. It is not then, surprising that cocaine detox and withdrawal might require medical assistance.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes a recent increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths driven by heroin and synthetic opioids. Even aside from such deadly consequences, long-term effects of cocaine use include organ damage, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, and even psychosis. Cocaine and its derivatives, such as crack, are life-ruining drugs that need to be discontinued immediately by those using them.