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How You Can Spot the Signs of Crack Addiction

According to the most recent statistics published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 4.10% of American adults aged 26 or older have used crack cocaine. Even more disturbing, 1.20% of 8th graders report having used in within their lifetimes. Statistics like these make it likely that you either know, or will meet, someone with an addiction to crack cocaine within your lifetime.

According to government statistics, the number of deaths related to cocaine use increased 29% from 2001 to 2013. The signs of crack addiction quickly become visible in all areas of an addicts life. If you suspect that a friend, co-worker, or loved one is suffering from this addiction, here are some of those signs.

Physical Signs of Crack Addiction

  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Nosebleeds
  • Burns on lips or fingertips
  • Severe itching
  • Hoarseness
  • Increased body temperature and respiration
  • Decreased appetite accompanied by rapid weight loss

Crack cocaine affects the central nervous system, as well as putting a great deal of stress on the heart and lungs. It also affects brain activity. Some of the most common causes of death for crack cocaine addicts include heart attack, stroke, hepatitis, HIV, and gangrene of the bowel due to erratic eating habits. Sadly, one of the symptoms of addiction is often avoiding regular medical check-ups to avoid discovery.

Mental and Emotional Signs of Crack Addiction

  • Mood swings
  • Aggressive Feelings
  • Defensiveness
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Sudden bursts of elation
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion

Those addicted to crack cocaine often display an exaggerated sense of power and confidence while under the influence of the drug. However, when the effects of the drug fade, those feelings are usually followed by feelings of powerlessness and despair. Extended use of the drug can result in the necessity of regulating emotions with the use of medications.

Social Signs of Crack Addiction

  • Frequent brief disappearances during social functions
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Job loss
  • Legal problems
  • Sexually inappropriate behavior

One of the social consequences of crack cocaine addiction is increased social isolation. This isolation only serves to perpetuate the cycle of addiction. Relief from social isolation is one reason that those addicted to crack cocaine benefit from drug rehab. In addition to providing a safe, drug-free environment where addicts can experience withdrawal, they also provide much needed emotional and social support.

Most addicts have suffered the loss of support from friends and family due to their frustration over destructive behaviors caused by the addiction. New research shows that the human component is perhaps one of the most important in the treatment of addiction. Drug rehab facilities provide opportunities for addicts not only to safely complete withdrawal and identify destructive thinking patterns, but to reconnect with humanity, both their own, and humanity as a whole.