How To Quit Crack Addiction And Take Control Of Your Life
The most important step in withdrawing from crack/ cocaine is accepting you have to get clean. Most addicts don’t get to this stage. You’ve taken a courageous step, and if you take action, you will find your path to recovery.
How Long Or How Much Doesn’t Matter
How long you’ve been addicted doesn’t matter. Even 30 years addicts have been able to get clean and take back control of their life. The only thing that matters is taking action.
However, if you have been taking crack cocaine continuously for over a month, especially if you have increased your dose lately, it’s quite hard to just stop.
That is because your body has adjusted to the presence of the crack cocaine in your system and your neurotransmitter requires it to produce sufficient amounts of dopamine. Sudden withdrawal from the substance will create a vacuum that is filled by other body chemicals, will manifest as severe symptoms and may send you into a shock.
People often underestimate the severity of the symptoms. Even if you feel you have not become so addicted as to experience such symptoms if you quit abruptly, you should consult a qualified physician before you begin so he/she can better handle any emergency and provide psychological guidance.
If you have developed dependence or tolerance (e.g. If you increased your dose lately), the best way to stop is to do it gradually. Start decreasing your dose little by little so that your body feels the symptoms mildly and starts readjusting.
For some other people, a cold turkey withdrawal may be beneficial. However, it’s best to consult with a professional so that you can get personal guidance on the best way to achieve your goal.
Symptoms To Expect
The Symptoms Provoked When Quitting Crack Cocaine Include
- Craving the drug
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
The severity of the symptoms depends on the length of addiction and the level of dependence. Some people may require medication to help them cope with very severe symptoms, but for the majority of addicts, the process is completed without recourse to any pharmaceutical.
The user is advised to stay under medical supervision as the severity of the symptoms usually kicks in 3 days after withdrawal and can last for more than a week.
An Effective Way to Stop Taking Crack
The best way to stop taking crack cocaine and minimize chances of a relapse is to do it under the supervision of a qualified medical professional such as a psychologist, physician, or interventionist. While the journey to getting clean is a personal one, they can help guide and support you throughout the process because they have the experience of helping dozens of people recover.
Stopping suddenly can work but there is a great chance of relapse and there might be an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated such as depression or anxiety. It’s not recommended, and just like cold turkey withdrawal, the symptoms may be too tormenting to endure without medical help.
Crack cocaine is highly addictive. Hence getting your central nervous system back to normal can be quite difficult, especially without medical help.
If you decide to do it yourself, free your home of any addictive substance and ensure that you’re in a place where you can’t easily get crack cocaine.
The initial symptoms that set in at about day 3 and last for over a week are called acute withdrawal symptoms. Another set of symptoms, called post-acute withdrawal symptoms, sets in and may include bad dreams, sleeplessness, inability to experience pleasure and so on and can last for more than a year.
Report any symptom as you experience them so that the medical professional can respond appropriately.
In conclusion, successfully withdrawing from crack cocaine goes beyond just withdrawal and managing the symptoms that follow. It requires dealing with the underlying emotional and psychological issues and learning new mental and psychological skills; new ways of thinking, mental strength, and handling life challenges better.