The Symptoms of Crack Cocaine Use

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The Symptoms of Crack Cocaine Use

14 May, 2021Articles, News

Crack Cocaine, also know as “the rock drug”, is extremely potent, short acting and highly addictive. Unlike traditional cocaine which is a white powder and most commonly snorted, “the rock drug” is more refined, it resembles a hard, white crystal-like plastic which is smoked with a glass pipe. The high does not last longer than 15-20 minutes and it is extremely intense, this produces extremely erratic behaviour related to the mental obsession for the next high.

It is important to know what to look for if you suspect someone is using crack cocaine. Some items that are common with rock users are:

  • Cut straws
  • Burnt tin foil
  • Glass pipes
  • Light bulbs
  • Cans with indents, burns or holes
  • Steel wool or copper gauze which is used as gauze

If you suspect someone of using “the rock drug”, there are physical signs for which to look out. These signs are a good indicator for potential rock use;

  • Dilated pupils
  • Burns on fingers and lips
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Frequent disappearances
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Bizarre/ uncharacteristic behaviour

Knowing what to look for can make a huge difference in being able to help an individual that you have concern for. The use of crack cocaine in any amount is cause for concern. It is fast-acting, potent and highly addictive. The next fix for the rock drug addict takes priority above everything else and the long-term effects can detrimental to physical and mental health.

If you spot any of the above signs, it should be cause for concern. If it is not the use of crack cocaine it could potentially be another substance, and some form of intervention will be needed. If you or a loved one needs assistance with crack cocaine or any substance abuse – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

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