There are several phases to crack cocaine withdrawal. Phase one includes feelings of restlessness and irritability. The user may have an increased appetite and problems with sleeping.
Phase two can last anywhere from one to ten weeks and includes feelings of anxiety, strong cravings for the drug, depression, and poor concentration. Sleep and emotional problems also linger in this phase.
Phase three can last up to 28 weeks and includes feelings of intermittent cravings for the drug and possible dysphoria.
The withdrawal process from crack cocaine can be life-threatening. While usually, the physical symptoms of withdrawal aren’t as deadly as, say, heroin, crack cocaine withdrawal can cause an indirect threat to life.
Since crack cocaine withdrawal can cause depression, users going through withdrawal have an increased risk of suicide. This is also why it is important for recovering users to be monitored in a secure medical detox center.
Often, the withdrawal symptoms of crack cocaine addiction are so unpleasant for the user, they will treat the symptoms with other drugs and substances, such as alcohol. Under medical supervision, the withdrawal symptoms can be managed in a controlled, supportive environment with therapy and short-term use of legal medications, where the user isn’t at risk of trading one addiction for another.
Crack cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant. Withdrawal symptoms are powerful, unpleasant, and can be life-threatening. Going to a medical detox center to treat crack cocaine addiction in a controlled, encouraging environment is more likely to lead to lifelong recovery for the user.
Windward Way offers that support and encouragement, minimizing the suffering of addiction and withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal are effectively managed, and the patient is carefully monitored to minimize any potentially life-threatening effects. Treatment options are also tailored for the individual, and detailed evaluations are made to access the underlying cause of the drug addiction. Windward Way is an accredited, in-patient rehab center, providing people in recovery with empowerment, structure, and investment to reach their goal of life-long recovery.