An addiction to crack cocaine can cause a lot of damage, both to the body and brain of the addicted person and to their relationships. They often hurt the ones that they love due to their addiction, whether it’s because they have stolen money from them, hurt them with an emotional outburst, or simply because problems with addiction can affect every aspect of their lives, whether it’s physical, emotional, or financial.
If you are concerned that someone you know is addicted to crack cocaine, start looking for some of the symptoms. The symptoms of a crack addiction are categorized below into mood, behavioral, physical, and psychological so you know what to look for.
When someone is addicted to crack, some of the most apparent signs are seen in their moods. These are the types of things that most people around them will notice, but especially their family members and their close friends.
Someone addicted to crack will display:
Another indication that someone is addicted to crack cocaine is changes in their behavior. They often will do things that they didn’t do before. Below are some of the behavioral symptoms.
- Abandoning activities they used to enjoy
- Being extremely talkative
- Bizarre and erratic behaviors
- Borrowing or stealing money
- Increase in energy
- Risky and reckless behaviors
One of the most noticeable things about someone who is addicted to crack cocaine is the physical symptoms that they often have. Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Abnormal rhythms in their heart
- Insomnia, restlessness, or less of a desire for sleep
- Blood pressure increase
- Blood vessel constriction
- Body temperature increase
- Bowel gangrene
- Decrease in appetite
- Heart rate increase
- Muscular twitches
- Nasal perforation
- Nose is always running
- Pupils are dilated
- Contracting hepatitis, HIV, and other types of blood borne diseases
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sleeping more after using
Not only does an addiction to crack cocaine create mood, behavioral, and physical symptoms, it also creates psychological symptoms. These can actually be a worse than the other types of symptoms. Below are some of the psychological symptoms experienced by someone with an addiction to crack cocaine.
- “Breaking free” from reality, feeling unconnected to those around them
- Intense paranoia
- Violent mood swings
- No ability to show good judgement
- No motivation
- Rationalizing their drug use
Any of these symptoms can be devastating to a person suffering from addiction, but even more so to those he or she loves. If you notice any of these symptoms in one of your friends or loved ones, he or she may be struggling with an addiction to crack cocaine.
Someone with an addiction to crack cocaine will need significant help getting free of the addiction. If someone you love is struggling with this burden, consider consulting a professional before you confront them. If you need help finding a treatment plan that will help your loved one be free of an addiction to crack cocaine, there are resources available to help you. The staff at Treatment Now can answer questions and provide guidance 24/7. Just call us at xxx.xxx.xxxx.