Am I Addicted to Crack?
Crack addiction causes problems in an individual’s life which can plague them for a long time afterward. If you think you may be addicted to crack, it is better to start treatment as early as possible in order to help end chronic abuse of the drug and get your life back on track. Asking yourself whether or not you are addicted to the drug is often the first step toward recovery.
How Do I Know if I am Addicted to Crack?
If you have been abusing crack for a long time, you will exhibit many of the symptoms and effects caused by this drug. But according to CESAR, “tolerance and addiction” to crack can appear “even after just one use.” Because the drug is so potent and is normally abused in binges, addiction can set in fast.
Ask yourself these questions about your crack use. If you answer yes to many of them there is a strong possibility that you may already be addicted.
- Do you abuse crack every day?
- Do you smoke crack even when alone?
- Do you smoke crack to feel normal? (Dependence)
- Do you ever experience withdrawal symptoms when you are unable to smoke crack? These include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Strong cravings
- Do you seek out crack, even if you know you have to do something that isn’t safe?
- Have you tried to stop smoking crack and started using again?
- Do you crave the drug strongly and think about smoking crack even when you are not?
- Do you feel an inability to stop abusing crack?
The final question is important, as feeling unable to stop is one of the strongest signs of addiction.
What are the Signs of Addiction?
Addiction has many signs, and when someone is addicted to crack, their behavior will change. These behaviors can often be dangerous because the person abusing crack will not be able to stop on their own.
Ask yourself these questions about your behavior in the last year. If you answer yes to many of them, there is also a strong possibility that you are addicted to crack.
- Do you become hostile with your friends and family when they bring up your crack use?
- Have you experienced strange new psychological symptoms that you did not have before?
- This may be the “temporary state of full-blown paranoid psychosis” in which many crack abusers find themselves (NIDA). Its symptoms are hallucinations, paranoia, aggression, and delirium.
- Have you experienced many major problems in your life in the past year that may be attributed to your crack abuse? These problems could entail:
- Relationship problems
- Work problems
- School problems
- Financial problems
- Legal problems
- Do you ever feel extremely depressed or feel a diminished sense of satisfaction in your life?
- Have you stopped spending time with people you used to spend time with and now only want to spend time with others who abuse crack?
All of these are signs of addiction, some stronger than others. But ultimately, if you feel like your crack abuse is making it difficult to live your life and that you are unable to stop on your own, then you are addicted.