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How can I help a friend who is experiencing a crack cocaine addiction that is ruining her life?

How can I help a friend who is experiencing a crack cocaine addiction that is ruining her life?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous (coda). ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How long on average, does it take someone to break a crack cocaine addiction in rehabilitation?

How long on average, does it take someone to break a crack cocaine addiction in rehabilitation?

It Depends: It depends on many factors, like how long the person used the crack, how often, how much each time and if there's a family history. Also, the support system at home plays an important role. It would be , for example, nearly impossible to quit it one's spouse also used. Attending support group meetings is beneficial. One usually gets out of treatment, what one puts into treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take to completely get over a crack cocaine addiction? I used for eight months and have been clean for 35 days now.

How long does it take to completely get over a crack cocaine addiction? I used for eight months and have been clean for 35 days now.

Congratulation: congratulation,you are already a winner since you took the first step toward your addiction. addiction is a tricky thing usually they tell you that you will always be vulnerable,never under estimate the power of drugs,alcohol,smoking. so you are already 35 days clean keep going into this path ,and never consider yourself immune from the drugs because you have been clean for 35 days, ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms from crack cocaine addiction?

What are the withdrawal symptoms from crack cocaine addiction?

Crack withdrawal: Involves depression, irritability, extreme fatigue, anxiety, intense craving for the substance and even paychosis. ...Read more

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How would you know if someone takes crack cocaine?

How would you know if someone takes crack cocaine?

Cocaine: Observe. She would have dilated pupils, her energy is elevated, her speech excited & exuberant. ...Read more

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What does crack cocaine smell like?

What does crack cocaine smell like?

Have never smelled: crack cocaine. It is reported to have mild odor, if any which dissipates quickly. From what i have read it can smell like burned plastic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of crack cocaine use?

Cocaine: Crack is stimulant, so hyperarousal & agitation & changes in pupil size with increased metabolism are common. ...Read more

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How could i detox my system of crack cocaine fast?

You can't: Cocaine leaves the body very quickly, within hours of taking it (and actually is converted to its metabolites in the bloodstream within minutes - which is why it is so short-acting). The metabolites are not active, other than the combination product with alcohol (cocaethylene), which is more toxic and longer-acting than Cocaine itself. The metabolites leave the body in 3 days, nothing speeds it up. ...Read more

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Can smoking crack cocaine make a person actually age?

Can smoking crack cocaine make a person actually age?

Absolutely: Crack Cocaine causes some people to develop circulatory system diseases that are usually only seen in old age (strokes, heart attacks). ...Read more

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I am doing a research paper on crack cocaine . . . Is the crack trend gone away, as I haven't heard much about it lately?

I am doing a research paper on crack cocaine . . . Is the crack trend gone away, as I haven't heard much about it lately?

Yes: You will not find this in the politically-correct literature, but during the late 1990's, the communities in which crack was dealt decided that the drug was doing more harm to their own people than the money that it brought in was worth. Extrajudicial street justice put the dealers out of business. There's a paper in scientific american february 2004 that's straight-talking. ...Read more

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How long can crack cocaine recovery take?

How long can crack cocaine recovery take?

Lifelong: Crack Cocaine is particularly addictive. Recovery involves changing behaviors, getting support from those who care about you and taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. An addictions specialist can be very helpful. ...Read more

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How can I stop relapsing on crack cocaine?

How can I stop relapsing on crack cocaine?

Active recovery: Relapse is part of recovery. Actively participating in any recovery program makes it significantly less likely you will use again. I strongly recommend multiple treatment approaches, the more invested you are in the recovery process the less likely for relapse. Participating in inpatient therapy provides time away from temptations, na, outpatient tx, avoiding old people, places, triggers. ...Read more

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How long does crack cocaine stay in your system?

How long does crack cocaine stay in your system?

48-72 hours: Typically 48-72 hours. If use is extremely heavy and chronic, maybe up to 96 hours. ...Read more

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I think my girlfrend is using crack cocaine how can I tell for sure?

Cocaine: Observe. She would have dilated pupils, her energy is elevated, her speech excited & exuberant. ...Read more

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How much time does crack cocaine stay in my system I am a heavy user?

A contradiction: There seems to be a paradox in your query. It sounds suspiciously like a question one would ask when one is trying to beat a drug test. But how could a heavy user hope to beat a drug test consistently? That would entail NOT being a heavy user pretty often. I guess I don't follow the logic of your question. ...Read more

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What are the negative consequences of crack cocaine vs. Plain cocaine?

What are the negative consequences of crack cocaine vs. Plain cocaine?

Both very addicting: Since "crack" Cocaine is smoked, it gets into the system faster than snorting the powder. The faster it gets into brain, the more intense the high. The speed of smoking crack is about equal to speed of IV injection -- lung vasculature is vast. Also the intensity of crack's high passes more quickly than snorting -- leading to more and more doses to maintain the high. Huge addictiveness with each. ...Read more

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If i did 1 gram of crack cocaine how quick can I get it out of my system?

It depends.: You can test positive for Cocaine in your urine for up to 3 days, but sometimes benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, can be detected in your urine for up to 3 wks, depending on how much and how frequently you use it. It is better to stay away from it, get into a drug tx program and attend 12 step mtgs. Help yourself by reducing the amount used and quit. ...Read more

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What are the first stages of appearance of someone that uses crack cocaine?

What are the first stages of appearance of someone that uses crack cocaine?

Acute vs chronic: The immediate effects of Cocaine are often euphoria and hyperactivity, followed by a period of dysphoria or irritability. Chronic use can lead to depression, mania, or psychosis. There is usually a personality change consistent with drug-seeking behavior. Physical changes can occur, such as weight loss and neglect of personal appearance. ...Read more

Crack Cocaine (Definition)

Crack is slang term for crack cocaine, a form of cocaine that can be smoked. It is the most ...Read more