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What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Crack Abuse?

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Crack Abuse?

Crack Cocaine

Crack is a solid form of cocaine. Powder is the traditional form most commonly used. Out of the many different illicit substances, crack is one of the most addictive. It is created from purified cocaine. The signs and symptoms of crack use are almost identical to those of cocaine use.

According to recent statistics, roughly two million individuals use crack cocaine. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know when a person is using the drug. Everyone reacts differently to drugs, and some people make it far more obvious that they are using crack than others. Loved ones will feel empowered if they can recognize the signs and symptoms of crack use.

There aren’t many feelings that are as frustrating as watching a loved one suffer from drug use. When a person is stuck in the cycle of addiction, he or she needs support from friends and family members. In most cases, the addicted individual doesn’t realize the true extent of their addiction.

Dramatic Weight Fluctuations

One of the telltale signs of crack use is dramatic weight fluctuations. Crack is a very powerful stimulant, and it’s incredibly good at suppressing a person’s appetite. Crack use almost always leads to weight loss. For example, a person might be slightly above a healthy weight level, and after they start using crack, they lose weight very rapidly. However, crack use can cause weight fluctuations in either direction. Some people use crack and get skinny, and when they stop using the drug for a period of time, they overeat and become obese. Crack addicts regularly go through cycles of weight gain and loss.

Dilated Pupils

When a person uses crack, the drug causes many changes in their brain. Norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin levels are artificially altered. Crack can increase levels of norepinephrine, which causes the pupils to dilate. Crack can cause a person’s pupils to become twice their normal size. The pupil is the dark, center portion of the iris. If the person’s pupils are extremely large in a bright room, there is a good chance that crack use is involved.

Increased Temperature and Respiration

Crack is a stimulant, and it acts on the central nervous system. As the person’s central nervous system is stimulated, he or she might breathe faster or feel hotter. Some other symptoms of crack use are increased blood pressure and rapid heart rate. However, it is nearly impossible to detect these symptoms by looking at an individual.

Lack of Interest

Another sign of crack use is a lack of interest. When a person is using crack, they might lack interest in their job, friends and family. They might also lose interest in personal hygiene and basic needs, such as sleeping and eating. Crack use can cause a loved one to avoid communication with friends and family members. It’s not uncommon for crack users to lose interest in personal hygiene and cleanliness because they start to care only about sourcing and using the drug.

Dramatic Changes in Sleeping Habits

A very common sign of crack use is dramatic changes in sleeping habits. When a person is using crack, they find it nearly impossible to sleep because the drug stimulates the central nervous system. On the flip side, crack use can also cause an individual to sleep too much. After using crack for a long period of time, many users will crash and sleep for days. The human body can only take so much before it needs to sleep. Crack use pushes the boundaries of what the body is capable of. Eventually, the body will crash, and the crack user will need to sleep for a very long time.

Mood Swings

Crack use can cause a person to experience frequent mood swings. It can cause extreme irritability, and make a person easier to provoke. A typical crack user experiences periods of euphoria, anger, and depression. The anger is caused by how crack affects the brain. In fact, all of the mood swings are likely to be caused by use of the drug. As the individual continues to use larger amounts of crack, the mood swings become far more noticeable.

Extreme Happiness

Most people have a good idea concerning how their loved ones should be acting. The use of crack cocaine can cause dramatic changes in emotions. Crack can cause a massive burst of euphoria, which is uncharacteristic, and if the person seems abnormally happy, then it’s possible that crack use is involved. Crack causes the brain to produce massive amounts of dopamine, which cause abnormal levels of happiness.

Common Symptoms of Crack Abuse

Immediately after an individual uses crack, he or she might experience vertigo, loss of appetite, dilated pupils, euphoria, insomnia, restlessness and muscle twitches.

Anyone who has an addiction to crack should seek inpatient treatment. Some benefits of inpatient care include clean, secure living quarters, counseling, healthy food and 24-hour care.