Cocaine and Crack Dependency

Cocaine and crack are highly addictive drugs, even for first-time users. These powerful stimulants are derived from the coca plant native to South America, and, of the two, cocaine does have legitimate medical uses as an excellent anesthetic and pain management drug.

But the pleasurable effects of the drug — euphoria, happiness and energeticness — can be difficult to resist, and when their prescription runs out, many legitimate users will find they have developed a dependency. Crack can be even more addictive than cocaine because of the way users take the drug.

Cocaine prevents your body from reabsorbing dopamine, a naturally occurring substance responsible for feeling pleasure and excitement. As a result, dopamine will continue to flow freely through your body with cocaine use, and users can sustain these highs for longer and longer periods of time.

Whether you were introduced to cocaine through prescriptions or crack through other means, the drug’s induced effects on the central nervous can be difficult to resist, and sustained use can quickly bring on devastating medical consequences.

The strong urge to continue using cocaine or crack once you’ve started means rehab, along with a medically-supervised detox, will be necessary to sever your dependency. Bayview Recovery can help supervise your detox and provide a full slate of therapeutic and behavioral treatments coupled with a personal commitment to get you safely past your addiction.

Cocaine and Crack’s Short-term Abuse Symptoms

Cocaine and crack affect all aspects of the body, and even short-term abuse can lead to many serious health problems.

Symptoms of cocaine and crack abuse include:

  • tachycardia (racing heartbeat)
  • restlessness
  • cardiovascular problems
  • high blood pressure
  • tremors
  • coordination issues
  • dilated pupils
  • nausea
  • elevated body temperature

Cocaine and Crack’s Long-term Abuse Symptoms

Cocaine and crack abuse have many long-term symptoms, and the symptoms you have may vary depending on the form in which you take the drug.

If taken long-term, users can expect:

  • a decreased appetite
  • malnourishment
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • coordination issues
  • higher risk of Parkinson’s

If snorted, users can expect:

  • an impaired sense of smell
  • nosebleeds
  • a constant runny nose
  • swallowing issues

If taken orally, users can expect:

  • decreased intestinal blood flow
  • bowel decay

If injected, users can expect:

  • risks of blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV

Cocaine and Crack Withdrawal Symptoms

Cocaine and crack stimulate the parts of the central nervous system responsible for pleasure and give users a sense of high energy. Without the drug, users will experience severe, negative and opposite physical and emotional responses.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • depression
  • fatigue
  • difficulty sleep
  • insomnia
  • concentration problems

Bayview Recovery’s Individualized Approach to Cocaine and Crack Rehab

You don’t have a choice. If you are currently on cocaine and want to get off of it, you will need a medically-supervised detox followed immediately by a comprehensive rehab program. Bayview Recovery can help you with both. We can work closely with your detox provider and provide a full suite of treatments and therapies designed to supplant your need for cocaine and crack.

There is no magic or mystery to our approach to drug treatment. We simply place more emphasis than any other treatment facility on understanding not only the problem but also — you. We have the resources to do this and the experience. And our results — many healthier, happier guests — tells us this is the right approach for a quality recovery and long-term wellbeing.

Call Bayview Recovery today at 888.570.7154 to learn more about our individualized approach to recovery, and how it can help you end your addiction to cocaine and crack. Your story doesn’t have to end with addiction, and we can help you turn to a new chapter in your life, one that’s authentic and deeply deserved.