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Crack Cocaine Withdrawal

Crack cocaine is one of the most abused illicit drugs here in the U.S. It is no longer known as a drug used in drug houses or the dark corners of alleys. It has stepped forward and infiltrated school hallways, middle-class homes, and even in the workplace among executives.

  • Most users of this drug are recreational users.
  • Those who use crack are more likely to be arrested than those who use the powder form.
  • 5 million users over the age of 12 used cocaine during 2018.
  • Colombia is the leading country that produces cocaine.

Crack cocaine withdrawal, unfortunately, keeps most of us who use this drug in bondage. We know how unpleasant the side effects can be. However, treatment programs enable you to detox so that is not anything like going cold turkey on your own.

What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine made its way into the world sometime during the 80s. Freebasing cocaine powder and baking soda produce a substance that turns into hard crystal-rock-like formations when heated. Because of the sound of crackling as it is reheated to smoke, the name “crack” has since been attached to this form of cocaine. Crack cocaine is far more potent and dangerous than the powder form. It carries a purity of 75-100%.

Cocaine powder has always been considered a drug that only the wealthy could obtain. However, crack cocaine is less expensive to manufacture by clandestine labs because of the additive(s) that stretch it out. This drug quickly became attainable for the middle-class to the low-income population.

Cocaine has hidden dangers that a user does not know about, and those are things that a cocaine manufacturing lab in the outback of jungles or abandoned warehouses “cut in” with cocaine. Often, the drug dealer you purchase your crack cocaine from does not even know what has been added to the drug.

Additives “Cut In” (Mixed) in with Cocaine Powder

  • Caffeine
  • Amphetamines
  • Crystal Meth
  • Methylphenidate
  • Ergotamine
  • Aminophylline
  • Fentanyl (an extremely dangerous drug that is up to 100 times stronger than heroin)
  • Opioids (far more toxic than Fentanyl)

Crack Cocaine: Known by Various “Street Names”

  • Applejacks
  • Ball
  • Base
  • Beat
  • Candy
  • Chemical
  • Cloud
  • Cookies
  • Crack
  • Crumbs
  • Crunch Munch
  • Devil’s Drug
  • Dice
  • Electric Kool-Aid
  • Glo
  • Gravel
  • Grit
  • Hail
  • Hardball
  • Hardrock
  • Hotcakes
  • Ice cube
  • Jellybeans
  • Kryptonite
  • Nuggets
  • Paste
  • Piece
  • Primetime
  • Rocks/Rox
  • Rockstar
  • Scrabble
  • Sleet
  • Snowcoke
  • Sugarblock
  • Tornado
  • Troop

The Abuse of Crack Cocaine

Here in the U.S., there are 35.3 million users who are addicted to cocaine. Over the course of 10 years (2006-2016,) an exorbitant amount (145 metric tons) of cocaine was used.

Crack cocaine is smoked through glass or make-shift pipes. A user uses a glass pipe to heat the cocaine rock, which emits a vapor. That vapor is inhaled. Cocaine powder, on the other hand, is snorted, swallowed, or injected. Inhaling/smoking crack cocaine provides an immediate high that is very short-lived. This brief feeling of euphoria (up to 15 minutes) is what prompts users to use the drug repeatedly.

  • Peak euphoria: 3-5 minutes after inhaling
  • End of euphoria: 15-20 minutes after inhaling

Using crack cocaine over and over leads to addiction. As with any other drug, you eventually build up a tolerance requiring using higher doses more frequently. Do you see how easy it is to get snared and caught up with an addiction to crack cocaine? As your habit increases, your wallet decreases due to the expense of maintaining the addiction.

Side Effects of Crack Cocaine


  • Vasoconstriction causing damage to organs
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Aortic dissection
  • Renal failure
  • Sense of hyper-alertness
  • Surge of energy


  • Fibrosis of the heart
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Impaired function and thinking
  • Addiction
  • Overdose
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Angry outbursts
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizure
  • Hyperthermia
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Acute pulmonary syndrome
  • Fever
  • Respiratory failure

Crack Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

Understanding crack cocaine withdrawal and how long it takes is important. Withdrawal symptoms begin within a few hours to days after abruptly stopping use. The symptoms can last up to ten weeks. After detoxing, it can take up to 28 weeks for cravings and random side effects to subside.

  • Depression
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feeling washed out
  • No appetite
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Seizure
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Body pain
  • Abdominal cramping

Mental Illness and Crack Cocaine

Cocaine used in high doses can induce mental-like illnesses such as panic disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, and schizophrenia. Those of us who have pre-existing mental disorders are far more likely to abuse drugs to mask the symptoms associated with those disorders. Abusing drugs can also intensify pre-existing mental illnesses.

Treatment for a Crack Cocaine Addiction

Many who use crack cocaine discover that when they stop using, they begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. To ease those symptoms of crack detox, they would rather smoke crack again rather than go through withdrawal. It becomes a vicious cycle that they get caught up in. They become a prisoner of crack cocaine addiction.

We want you to know that you are not alone and that although you may feel powerless over your addiction, you have resiliency stored deep down. We all do, and rarely do we lean on that powerhouse within us. Getting help for your addiction is like what we all know as “ripping the Band-Aid off.” You do what you know needs to be done without giving it much thought because if you do think about it, you either put it off or it never gets done.

“Ripping the Band-Aid off” in your situation is picking up the phone and getting help. Resurgence has someone sitting by a phone 24/7 to take your call and get you on your way to getting better. You are the only one who can take that first step and call. Talking to someone here that genuinely cares about you and understands your addiction helps to build your confidence in getting better.

We will guide you through every step of treatment, and with Resurgence, you get full disclosure and transparency. There will not be any hidden fees, treatments, or therapies that you do not know about.

Once you arrive at our center, you will be welcomed by our warm and friendly staff. You will feel as if you walked into someone’s home because of the family-like atmosphere. We strive to make every resident comfortable and even offer different levels (standard, executive, or luxury) of accommodations and amenities that you are accustomed to. We also provide faith-based and holistic treatment programs.

Detox will be part of your treatment plan. This enables your body to be cleansed of the drug. This phase of treatment can be done medically to keep you comfortable during the process. We will be with you through the entire detox process.

Once you have completed detox, you will go on to partial hospitalization, where your treatment continues as you slowly work your way back into everyday life. Going on to outpatient status, you are no longer a resident here but will attend scheduled visits to continue therapy. For those with busy lives, we offer intensive outpatient therapy scheduled around your job, childcare, or school.

Some of our therapies are evidence-based, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Other therapies will consist of life skills and strategies that equip you out and help you to be successful in getting better.

Payment and Insurance

We are more than happy to contact your insurance provider to verify coverage. When it comes time to make a payment, we offer a convenient, secure online payment service.

We accept most PPO insurances. If you do not see your insurance in our listing below, give us a call.

  • Assurant Health
  • Vista Insurance Partners
  • Humana
  • Ameritas Group
  • Health Net
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Blue Cross
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

So, are you ready to “rip that Band-Aid off” and get crack cocaine withdrawal far behind you? We are waiting for your call.

Addiction Treatment that
Just Works

Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.