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How long does crack withdrawal last?

Crack withdrawal includes physical and psychological symptoms. But you can go through withdrawal, one of a few signs of crack addiction, almost every time you use.  While physical symptoms usually resolve within a week, or so, cravings for cocaine can persist for weeks or months after last use. More here on the duration of crack withdrawal, addictive qualities of crack, and what you can do to treat them. Then, we invite your questions about getting off crack at the end.

How long until crack withdrawal starts?

Crack is a form of cocaine that is smoked and is popular among drug users who want to get high immediately. Crack smokers begin to feel euphoric immediately after inhaling crack. But crack is highly addictive and withdrawal can begin shortly after effects wear off. This is often why crack abusers will do anything to get another hit.

Physical withdrawal symptoms from crack addiction may not last more than a week. However, there are many psychological issues that arise due to crack use. Psychological withdrawal symptoms of crack persist for many after you stop taking the drug. Symptoms of crack withdrawal can include paranoia, impulsivity, terror of impending death, hyper sexuality, bronchitis, extreme weight loss, lung cancer, spitting up black phlegm, brain seizures, heart attack and many more dangerous effects.

Crack withdrawal timeline

24 – 72 hours

Within twenty four to seventy two hours you may start to experience paranoia and tactile hallucinations like skin crawling. Many people report hearing sirens or people talking. This will make you extremely alert to the point of being paranoid and suspicious of everyone and everything around you.

Week 1

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During the first week after you begin withdrawal from crack, you may attempt to convince yourself that you are cured and that you no longer need treatment. This is the time where most people let their guard down. It is during this period that fatigue has worn off and you start feeling more healthy. However, cravings persist and can lead to relapse. Crack withdrawal symptoms can typically last from 1-3 weeks and may also consist of apathy, irritability, disorientation, hunger, fatigue, and long periods of sleep.

Week 2

After two weeks of crack withdrawal, you may experience acute drug hunger and depression. The brain will have produced enough dopamine for you to want to smoke more crack, but not enough to affect your emotions and restore you to a happier state of mind. Alternating low and high drug craving, low to high anxiety, paranoia, and dysphoria (intense dissatifaction with life), are common during this time.

Weeks 3-4

After three to four weeks you can expect frequent changes in moods and your body will be chemically off balance without you being conscious aware of it. Psychological craving for crack persists and can be accompanied by anxiety and/or depression.

How long do crack withdrawal symptoms last?

Crack withdrawal symptoms can last up to six months or longer if you were a heavy user. Symptoms last longer for heavy users. The amount of crack you used determines the severity and length of the withdrawal period that you will experience. Seeking medical attention for untreated mental health disorders and to get your brain back in balance is recommended. Psychiatrists and addiction specialists can help, as can cocaine rehab centers and/or support groups.

Crack withdrawal: how long?

How long crack withdrawal lasts depends on how heavy of a user you were and how frequently you smoked crack. If you were a heavy user, crack withdrawal can last for months or longer. People who have used crack for long periods of time may also experience PAWS, or post acute withdrawal syndrome. PAWS occurs when the brain has been damaged to the point where it will take an extended amount of time to repair and get back to normal. Many drug abusers relapse during this time because they cannot handle the stress of PAWS. Symptoms of PAWS will appear usually three to six months after cessation of crack.

Crack withdrawal duration questions

If you have more questions about how long crack withdrawal lasts, please ask them in the comments section below. We will try to respond promptly and personally. And if we don’t know the answer to your question, we will refer you to someone who can help.

Reference Sources:  NCBI: Cocaine and Psychiatric Symptoms
Veteran’s Affairs: Treatment of Acute Intoxication and Withdrawal from Drugs of Abuse
NHTSA: Cocaine

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108 Responses to “How long does crack withdrawal last?
Mark
1:36 pm March 10th, 2014

Hi, I’ve been smoking crack for about 6 weeks now. I use everyday smoking about .2 of a gram n lately on some days .4 of a gram. I stopped for a week about 2 n half weeks ago n started again. My question is how long will my withdrawal last approximately and how severe will the symptoms be?

12:55 pm March 11th, 2014

Withdrawal duration and severity differ by person. Generally, the extreme fatigue should pass in the first week, or so after use. But cravings can linger for weeks or months. Have you sought medical help through a rehab center or outpatient clinic? Psychotherapy can help guide you AWAY from future crack use, and into a life of abstinence and contentedness.

Tamika
12:29 am June 2nd, 2014

I have a friend who is going through an extreme depression lately. Apparently on the 30th which was 2 days ago, the guy she was with drug her down with him and introduced her to crack. I’m unsure of how much she was smoking. It has been at least 12 hours since her last hit. I found out this morning and went and got her. I brought to my home where my children are. I want to help here but I don’t know where to begin or what I should do. Please give me some suggestions for getting my friend back on track. She is exhibiting some withdrawal symptoms and appears to be having cravings. I had hoped it was a joke but I can see that it is real. Please, please help us!

12:45 pm June 2nd, 2014

Hi Tamika. I know that you want to help your friend. The best thing to do is to get her professional help. Withdrawal is associated with VERY strong cravings. Rather than put your children through witnessing the potential difficulty, seek help by referring your friend to a detox clinic. Medical professionals will monitor her 24-7 and offer emotional support.

DMV
6:51 am July 4th, 2014

I was introduced to a guy I started hanging out with and I suffer form extreme depression issues. Have been using large amounts of crack for about 4 years. Over the last six months it has gotten to be increasingly more…after just a few hours of not smoking I get physical sickness so, I use ‘cuz I’m afraid of what is going to happen. What do I do to stop and how long can the withdrawal last ?

12:54 pm July 4th, 2014

Hi DMV. Crack withdrawal can last for about a month or so, the fist 2-3 day being the worst. But the withdrawal symptoms can last up to six months or longer if you were a heavy user. You can ease the withdrawal symptoms by Joining Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous, walking or cycling, and concentrating on eating a healthy diet, psychotherapy, social interactions with friends and family. Before you quit, it’s a good idea to see a doctor. Doctors can help you by prescribing some medications to ease withdrawal symptoms, or even refer you to a detox clinic or addiction treatment center in your area.

TINA
6:49 pm July 7th, 2014

I have been clean for about 13 years and relapsed for about 3 months long. At first I was not using daily. Only about 2 to 3 times a week . In the last 2 weeks it was daily, about $60 to $100 a day. I am clean now for 8 days. I do get bad mood swings and feel a lot of anger. I know this is because of my crack usage. I just wonder do I fall in the 3 to 4 week period or am I going to be one of those that have mood swings for months? I hate I did what I did but fortunately I do know what life s like without crack so I know I can do this because I want to live more than I want to die. I just wanted an idea how much longer my loved ones have to put up with my irrational behavior and when I start to feel better. Thank you for your time and what you all do for people like me.

Golan
4:45 pm August 10th, 2014

Hi my question is. My girlfriend smoked what I think is crack she said crystle, I’m in israel now Sobieski what it is but she’s not not it for 15 hours or so and she has no apitaite for food is that common ??
She can only drink and she’s hot and cold ??
Thank u.. Golan

Dennis
1:43 am September 21st, 2014

I have a friend that went to a treatment center two weeks ago to get help with her crack problem. The first week she had a very good attitude and I can tell the she is feeling more depressed and upset as time goes on. Would it be better if I just left her alone or should I call her to give her some support at the treatment center.

9:59 am September 22nd, 2014

Hi Dennis. You can call the treatment center and speak to a doctor or a nurse and get their opinion on whether you should talk to her or not. I believe they will put the two of you on the line, since support from the closest is very important in recovery.

gabe
8:44 pm October 14th, 2014

my friend is on crack how do I get her off

2:49 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi Gabe. You can have an open conversation and say that you’ll help if she’s willing to stop. You can also plan an intervention. Whether she’s willing to quit crack or not, every drug cessation starts with detox. You can get more ideas, here: http://drug.addictionblog.org/crack-detox-treatment/

lynn
3:01 pm October 26th, 2014

Im trying to trust my husband. He has been off crack for three months. The other day he fell asleep on the couch and talked jibberish in his sleep. Later after actualy going to bed he could not get an errction and talked all night in his sleep. When we woke up he still could not get an errection. In fact his penis was the smallest ive ever seen it. Do you think Im being paranoid now?

Dormay
6:48 am November 7th, 2014

my father was a crack addict,,,and while my daughter went to the house to see him,,,she found him and a disgustng and terrible sitiuatiion,,like he couldn’t stop peeing ….peeing in bed,,,,2 days with high fever,,,,dihyrdated and anxiety ,,,,2 months has passed in 2 days time,,,,with it he had an invertention on his heart …a Valve and a spring…..all the symtoms mentioned above already occured though he is still disturbed he is in intensive care and doctors had to cale him don but putting him to sleep…and a machine is helping him to breath…cause he cannnot make it ..breathing by himself…how can i be of any help pls…im so depressed….thank God for peope like you,,,God bless

Missy
11:45 am November 13th, 2014

My boyfriend and I have lived togather 25 years this drug crack is so bad I”ve put him out he’s been staying from pillar to past mostly at the mission I’m ashamed of him yet love him and have ran out of options except I can’t let him bring me down I’m going tto ask one more time for him to check in or the kids grandkids and I are moving on never looking back on someone so selfish

Riki
7:21 pm December 9th, 2014

My boyfriend was a crack smoker before I might him and was still using up to 5 months after we started dating he promised to stop for me and he did but now it has been 7 months clean for him but I am worried he might be showing signs of PAWS- My question is if he was smoking it once a week for 2 months and once a month for 3 months would he be showing sign of PAWS

Lynn
12:29 am December 14th, 2014

I am in the same situation as Riki. My husbannd smoked every day for two months. He’s been clean since the beginning of August. He sleeps through the night but is talking in his sleep every night. He never did that before. Is this PAWS?

david
12:28 am December 31st, 2014

Hi, my name Is david.i was addicted to crack for about 10 years didnt do it every day though, just on and off.i finally stopped doing it a year ago.ive been faced with alot of challenges.my body aches all the time.i have muscle spasms, numerous head aches, I have axciety and depression issues, that im taking drugs for, im always ittchy.im felling very fatigued.i wanna know if these are symptoms of bieng off the crack.i just wanna know what I can expect.

3:00 pm December 31st, 2014

Hello David. Fatigue is definitely a symptom of cocaine withdrawal. I’d suggest that you check in with a doctor for a full medical exam and for referral for psychological help; you don’t need to quit crack on your own, but could benefit from a support group or a community of people who have already successfully been off drugs for a while.

marcus
5:12 pm January 4th, 2015

I have a friend that is a long time crack cocaine user she wants to stop but can’t. based on what I’ve been reading it sounds like she is going to need long term treatment in a treatment facility she is physically and psychologically dependent on crack cocaine. I need to get her into a treatment facility but she does not have insurance. Can you recommend an inpatient facility in Houston texas that will help her.

5:04 pm January 14th, 2015

Hi Marcus. Your friend is lucky to have you! Now, first of all, I’d like you to explore the options for treatment for people who don’t have any health insurance. You can learn more here: http://addictionblog.org/FAQ/insurance/addiction-treatment-for-the-uninsured/ and for the location of the treatment center, you can use these search tools to find one that will fit your friends needs best: http://addictionblog.org/find-treatment/ or https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

KG
5:12 am January 17th, 2015

I have never used this drug but my boyfriend has in his past. Can you describe what cravings are for those that quit using but still have these at times. How long will these continue??
Anything on cravings would be appreciated.
Thank you

4:01 pm January 20th, 2015

Hi KG. Protracted withdrawal symptoms from crack cocaine can be experienced for 6 months and up to 2 years since completely quitting the drug. How long will the symptoms last and how severe the protracted withdrawal will be depends upon type, amount, and frequency of use. Low impact exercise and a good nutrioton program can help him with cravings, as well as counselling sessions or group meetings.

ampie
9:04 am February 26th, 2015

Ive been clean from crack for 26 months n still see things. I use for 26 years on n off,when I used I did it every day continually n I still hellucinate. Any idea how long will I see things?

Cynthia
4:00 am March 6th, 2015

Can i die from the witdrawls? Is there a free rehab that i can go to.

3:34 pm March 12th, 2015

Hello Cynthia. Every withdrawal is different, but is rarely life-threatening. The duration and severity of the withdrawal symptoms depend on amount of use, duration (over time) of use, frequency of use, level of crack cocaine dependency, your general health, level of hydration, etc. Another determining factor is how psychologically ready you are to quit using. To search for rehabs in your area and select payment options that wont cost you ‘an arm and a leg’ click on the following treatment locators: http://addictionblog.org/find-treatment/ or https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

tony
2:02 am March 25th, 2015

hi my name is Tony I’ve been smoking crack since I was about 21 years old I’m 47 now and I am so sick of using I used to use daily when I first started ….that’s when I used to sell ityou got to the point where I couldn’t even sell it anymore I was too busy using….then it came true vintage ale wants in and out of rehab so I don’t know how many times I stop for a while 6 months 8 months 6 months 5 months back and forth just to pick up again….now I’m at the point for the last 2 years I do or just about every two weeks

kellie
7:37 am March 27th, 2015

I only use twice a month. My kids father got me hooked on crack. I want to get off but I don’t know how and I don’t have support. What can I do

11:08 am March 27th, 2015

Hi Kellie. Quitting crack isn’t the easiest thing you’ll do, but it is very possible. You will need professional medical help, though. I’d advise you to seek your doctor’s advise and then start your search for a detox clinic or a treatment facility near your area that fits your payment possibilities, health insurance, needed treatment etc., here: http://addictionblog.org/find-treatment/ and here: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
Don’t forget that after the treatment program is done, you still need to stay committed to your recovery, go to counseling meetings or group therapy sessions. That way you will raise your chances of staying sober long-term. Good luck to you, Kellie!

Lewis
2:34 am March 28th, 2015

This is so much bullshit lol.. I have been a heroin and crack addict for years, and one thing I can categorically tell you is that withdrawals from Crack do not exist! I once spent 12 months smoking Crack Cocaine everyday, obviously there was days where I couldn’t get any money, but pretty much. On those day where I couldn’t get any money, I wasn’t ill lol and when I finally stopped, because I moved away, there was no withdrawals, only mental cravings. Believe me I know what withdrawals feel like because I have been a heroin addict too.., It just so happened that at that time I wasn’t using heroin, only crack, and believe me, there is no withdrawals. Every single person I know that is also an addict will agree too. It’s almost offensive hearing people complain about withdrawals because its obviously just a placebo… they do not exist!!!!
Physical dependence on crack? I dont care what science you show me, I have experienced it myself! Of course it is possible to experience phsycological issues like hallucinations but argghhh! Physical withdrawals? Its actually offensive… Crack is the most addictive drug I have ever taken, and it continues to give me problems, but if i want to stop, the only problem I will have is mental cravings… and thats the same for everyone. The power of the mind if obviously extremely strong!

calvin
8:06 am April 28th, 2015

Everytime I call one of these crisis hotlines all I get is private facilities that only care about what insurance I have! I want help and um reaching out for it but it seems hopeless. I dont know wat to do!

11:03 am April 28th, 2015

Hi Calvin. All medical facilities have expenses, that your health insurance will help cover. The point is to set up a treatment plan that fits your needs best, and that won’t leave you in debt. That’s why treatment programs need this kind of info – to set up a payment plan that you can afford. When dealing with addiction it’s one of the last things on your mind, but it is important for your life in recovery.

Craig
12:06 pm May 27th, 2015

I have been a drug addict for 23 years, I first used marijuana, lsd, mdma and then moved on to cocaine. I did cocaine for 8 years on average 8 grams a day, I then moved onto crack which I did eveyday for 9 years averaging a quater moon a day, sometimes half a moon (South African size description for crack) I then moved onto using ty white (heroine) using a tenth to two tenths of a gram a day and crack for roughly the last year. I died from a shot of heroine exactly five weeks ago, luckily my girlfriend, who is a long term heroine user, knew what to do and did CPR and brought me back to life. I tapered off my usage and two weeks later did cold turkey. Today I am 3 weeks and 1 day clean from herione and crack, however I am feeling worse now than ever. Intially I used 8mg Suboxone for 14 days. I stopped using them about a week ago. My doctor has prescribed a short term presciption of 10mg Valium and .25mg of Zanor to help me deal with my depression and general feeling of discontentment. What do you think of this?

3:10 pm May 27th, 2015

Hi Craig. Your doctor is definitely following the recommended guidelines for helping someone medically during withdrawal. Have you discussed any other aspects of recovery? Are you going to counseling or psychotherapy?

Craig
5:58 pm May 27th, 2015

I trained as a pastor, before all this, and I specialised in counselling and I went to rehab about 6 years ago. Even though I went to rehab purely to get a few clean days under my belt and re-nourish my body as I only weighed 54kgs at the time of admittance (I am 6″ tall and when I left school I weighed 80kgs), and I had started going blind from using to much crack and my liver and kidneys had started to shut down. At rehab I learnt wonderful tools to use to aid my recovery and I am putting them in practise today. I have recently started going back to church. I live in a very small coastal town which is a minimum of 200km of from any major center, there are no programs here for recovering addict except AA and the psychologists here don’t have a clue how to deal with someone here like me. I was doing well initially, detox was a breeze compared to how I feel now. I read up today about PAWS and a lot of the symptoms mentioned are what I am experiencing, memory loss, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, thoughts about just using because it seems easier than feeling like this, mood swings and anger and frustration. I am determined to stay clean for good, but hell, I feel like I am in hell.

4:41 pm June 12th, 2015

Hi Craig. PAWS are really a hell, but they come and go in periods. At least now you will know what’s happening when it happens. Those are all results of the disrupted and changed chemical balance in our organism. When experiencing the PAWS try to find yourself a strong support system that will keep you on the right track and ease the process.

olivia
10:49 am June 20th, 2015

Iv stopped smoking crack 2months ago I went trough stages of using every day then once week and just stopped completely I also had been a benzo addict and stopped taking them to and cut my methadone dose in half iv been HIV positive for over 10 years my status is undectable iv been on antiviral for six year maybe little bit less iv just realised how badly my body has been affected , my family tell me I imagine a lot of things that are not there I so body concious it affects my every day life will this stop over time or is it something i need to accept

beatrice
12:25 am July 28th, 2015

I was a heavy crack user for over a year. I used almost everyday especially the last few months i was smoking about $100 every other day. at the end of may I moved out of state away from everyone i know and all my bad habits. I am dealing with the cravings and depression and such by myself and doing ok. my problem/question is….around mid june i started having a terrible cough and it just keeps getting worse. no medications will help. i have only within the last week started actually coughing small amounts of dark matter up. is it possible this cough is fro the drug use and is there any end in sight????

lydia
9:03 am August 6th, 2015

I used crack for about 2months about 100 to 150 doller bags a day and have been not useing for 3 days and.have been horrible. Was wondering if u. Have an idea of how long till im not sick withdawling

Craig
8:34 pm August 11th, 2015

It is Craig again. Well it has been 3 months and I am still clean from crack and Ty. Just thought I would let you know. Taking it day by day. Its a conscious decision everyday to stay clean.

Crystal
9:54 pm August 15th, 2015

Been usin 7 year everyday or every other day but I quite for a month 2 week and 2 day how long my withdrawal symptoms last for

11:40 am August 17th, 2015

Hello Crystal. I believe that by now your acute withdrawal effect have subsided. Now that detox is done, your organism needs time to learn how to function without the drug and recover from the long-term use. There will be episodes of PAWS for a longer time now, but you can get passed them. Join a support and therapy group. Sharing your journey with people who have the same goal – to stay drug free, will motivate you and help you with the psychological cravings and triggers. Good luck to you!

Lisa
5:27 am August 23rd, 2015

Hi…my bf of three years has used crack on and off. I have never used any drugs. I don’t understand addiction. He has used on and off since I’ve known him. He will go sometimes three months without using then he will go on a binge. It started getting worse last February. He was “slipping” almost weekly until it came to a head in May when he was coming down from a binge. He got very angry and hit me then smashed in my front door. Needless to say I called the police and he was arrested. He was out of my house and he was using quite frequently during that time. I told him I would leave him and never look back if he didn’t get clean. The last time he used was July 1 and he is going to counselling. He has moved back in with me. Is there any hope of him kicking this habit for good or am I kidding myself thinking that he will not ever slip again…

Kacy
10:05 pm August 28th, 2015

Hi,
A really close friend of minds uses from time to time. I really want to help him but every time he gets depressed he feels the only way to cope is to start during drugs. I really want to help him get delivered; but unfortunately he’s just not ready to leave that life behind. He goes to rehab stays clean for 30 days go get high be gone for about 3 days and he doesn’t contact no one from his family. Please help me explain this evil disease?!?!
Thanks

melissa
7:16 pm September 1st, 2015

Hello Kacy,
I just finished reading your comments and my heart goes out to you. I know how badly it hurts to watch someone you care about struggle with any addiction but especially with a crack cocaine addiction. I am an addict. I struggled with a heroine addiction for a year before gaining control over it in 2001. I was clean until 2007 when I relapsed on crack cocaine. I was baffled by this since my addiction had always been opiates. I think I felt that crack would be “safe” because it wasnt my drug of choice. After smoking for 19 days straight, no eating, sleeping and very little liquids I found myself in Dauphin County Prison for retail theft. I got out after 3 weeks and stayed clean until August 2014 when I relapsed again on crack. At first it was only once a week, maybe every two weeks. Then it became 2-3 times a week, then every other day, and for the last 2 months it has been every day. I am honest with my boyfriend about my struggles and he is trying to help but he feels helpless to “fix” me. He has never dealt with addiction in any form, not with himself or anyone he is close with and it hurts me so much to see what I am putting him through. I try to hard to stay clean, every morning waking up completely sure that this will be the day I quit smoking and by noon or one o’clock, I have a crack pipe in my mouth. I dont know what happens when that “switch flips in my brain” but when it happens, nothing else matters beside getting high. I hate myself for it and I am disgusted with my behavior but that still isnt even to make me stop. I dont have any answers but what I do know is that your friend really appreciates your support even though you may not see it or he/she doesnt act like it. None of us want to be addicts. You will never find ANYONE who said “when I grow up I want to be a crackhead/junkie” We hate doing this and it makes no sense why we cant stop but trust me, WE WANT TO….You cant do anything for your friend until he wants to make the change himself. Just be there…thats all you can do but I must warn you (as I warn my boyfriend too) love him from a distance and protect yourself. We take hostages in our addiction, usually the people closest to us. We dont mean to hurt you. We do love you even though it doesnt seem like it, we just dont know how to stop or change. I am trying…..Just a few words of encouragement from someone who struggles every day and it SUX trust me…..

Cashmire
7:51 am September 4th, 2015

What does it really take to be sober? I hate this addiction.

Orla
11:40 am September 5th, 2015

I was a heavy crack user and been honest I only had withdrawn for a week maybe did get some depression and extreme hunger but other wise wasn’tto bad

Dennis
2:39 am September 16th, 2015

my girlfriend is addicted to crack she smokes it every other day what can I do it all she wants but she has no medical coverage what can I do to help her

Hope
8:46 pm October 21st, 2015

My fiance recently smoked and now hes being very distant from me could this be the withdrawl???please help me!!!!!!

dolly
12:52 am October 25th, 2015

I was using for years and had 85 days clean before I relapsed. The post acute was so bad with extreme fatigue and depression that I used again for 6 weeks very heavily. I now have 40 days clean and the extreme fatigue is back with major mood swings. Any idea how long it will last?

wishful thinking
1:06 pm October 25th, 2015

I want to stop i know I can’t on my own tried and still smoking I smoke every day. Is there a guide line to advise how one begins to quit and where to find help with out the world knowing your addicted.

4:07 pm October 26th, 2015

Hello wishful thinking. The safest way to stop taking crack is under medical surveillance. It’s considered the safest way, because symptomatic treatments can help you to decrease the chances of relapse. The emotional support can also help increases your chances of success. Every time you want to quit, consult a medical professional before commencing and follow their suggestions. Once crack will be out of your system, the recovery process continues. It tales a long time to address the psychological and emotional issues that led you to crack. Therapy which addresses past trauma, ways of thinking, or beliefs about yourself can be incredibly helpful. You can seek individual therapy, group therapy, or family therapy for this. You can also look into support groups such as 12-step meetings, SMART Recovery, or Rational Recovery in order to benefit from peer support.

linda
6:33 pm November 6th, 2015

i rented a room from a man back in july 2015. i do not use drugs. but he was using opiates (crack) i didn’t know it. he was also giving me a date rape drug. then beating me and raping me. when i wasn’t aware of what was happening. my eyes have been constricted for two weeks now.. when will they return back to normal and should i get help. also where should i get help from. i am on ssi. i am unable to pay for rehab.

Andy
10:10 pm November 10th, 2015

Been taking crack on and off for 10 years. I’m finding it impossible to stop. I came off methadone after 7 years of the stuff but crack became bigger part of my life. I suffer with mental illness so coming down is awful so try to stay high, its awful…feel so alone and thoughts of suicide are so strong at times. I have key workers but they are just a blur in my life as my habbit is too overwhelming to hear a word from anyone. Only when I’m high do I acknowledge how serious this is…I’m losing the fight. Coming off heroin and meth was hard but this is something else…what the hell do I do

Jason
6:58 pm November 27th, 2015

Linda, did you went to the police? I surely hope you did, because that kind of person that did this to you doens’t deserve to be on the streets.

Danielle
6:23 pm December 7th, 2015

My daughter’s father has been smoking crack on and off for 18 years, he exibits the signs of psychopathic behaviors. He is constantly using people to get his substance, he is only able to keep a job for short periods of time. He is a bartender and has been fired repeatedly for “overcharging” “drawers being short” he has a criminal history which is linked to stealing for drugs. He has only remained clean during periods of being locked up. He claims he is “clean” but multiple people have confirmed that he has still been smoking at least once a week he also uses Marijuana and excessive alcohol. I have cut off all communication with him to try and protect myself and our daughter and he has threatened to take me to court because at this point he has no rights to our 4 year old and I am trying to protect her as he has already taken her to but crack when she was 9 months old and I was at work. He has not had her alone since that day but how do I keep her safe? He is smart enough to stay clean at least for a short time if he does open the case. He is 36 and is seeing a 53 yr old women well at least that is his main “girlfriend” as he always has multiple “friends” at any given time. He recently smoked crack with her 34 yr old son and his girlfriend and I am terrified of what may happen to my daughter if she is ever with him alone. I am a single mom of 3 and do not have the finances to get an attorney but I need advice. He also has an extensive criminal back ground, including 3 felonies, domestic violence charges and multiple other offenses. Am I doing the right thing by cutting off communication with him and how do I protect my daughter if the case is opened by him? Please help

Kristina
12:16 pm December 15th, 2015

Hi, I am now 6 days clean and plan to try my hardest to stop as I attend regular NA meetings now. I am having big issues trying to get a good night’s sleep now that I’m cleaning up I was wondering if this is normal and how long will it last for

12:41 pm December 15th, 2015

Hi Kristina. Yes, it’s all normal. And, congratulations on moving forward in your recovery. As you can read in the article, withdrawal duration as well as intensity is different for everyone based on several factors. Crack withdrawal symptoms can typically last from 1-3 weeks and may also consist of apathy, irritability, disorientation, hunger, and fatigue.

shirle
6:17 am December 16th, 2015

My husband has used hyros,diazpam,, Crack sometimes for years also acholic. He said hydro not wokIng,then start taking subboxon. Now say he quit been 2 -3 weeks now getting depressed . Tell me do ineed to be afraid?

Ashley
10:43 am December 18th, 2015

This article is bs. I quit 7 years ago and it was easy. No paranoia no hallucinations nothing. The key is this when you quit and you’re craving realize that craving feeling is never going to go away and you’re going to have to live with it. Keep busy and know that is the price you pay for messing with it in the first place. After a few days you crave it less and less.
Stay away from whoever you did it with or move if you can, and delete their numbers.
After a few weeks you’re back to normal 100% and don’t crave it anymore at all.
I’d never mess with that stuff again it’s too time consuming and dangerous.

Carriefutch
8:14 pm December 20th, 2015

After doing crack every two to three weeks during the withdrawal can u get real bad migraine headaches an become real snappy after not using for two to three weeks or do withdraw start right after an only last for a few days do the user hav any control over their withdraws can they be dangerous to u an themselves

shirle
5:02 pm December 21st, 2015

Well back again husband is now using don’t no what found out he at drug dealers but he say he didn’t go to get anything just to talk lies lies and more lies I had home when we married a asked him to leave he say this is his home he not leaving. Can’t live like this any more I am not sucidal But depressed,anxiety stressed have been married for 17 year how can I get him out of house?

melissa
12:29 am December 22nd, 2015

Thank you for this post. I am struggling very bad with this crack addiction. It’s crazy that I am even addicted to crack. Opiates are my drug of choice. I always HATED the feeling you get from crack ut that has changed radically. I had extended clean time from opiates, 7 years, and 6 years. Both times I relapsed on crack. This last night was October 2014. I was using every day and within 2 weeks I had relapsed on dope as well. I got on methadone b/c those DT’s aint no joke. I was clean for 3 months off everything only to relapse last October. It is a year later, Im still on methadone and havent touch opiates at all but my crack addiction is out of control. I thought dope was bad but the crack shit is a million times worse (in my opinion and Im sure I’ll get feedback saying this statement isnt true but it definitely is for me. No matter how hard I try, I can only string together a few days then relapse. Its crazy b/c I’ll wake up in the morning completely dedicated to staying off crack and by 1pm that same day, I’ll be smoking. I wont even realize that that crack “switch” has been turned on. I f**king hate this addiction. I have 3 counselors, go to groups (not NA, thats another topic all together) see my therapist weekly, journal, and be 100% completely honest with my boyfriend, who by the way has never touched any drug in his life and boy has he ever see it up close with me….I hate what I do but cant find the strength to quit. I have had it and I dont know where to turn anymore. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

Melissa

Jess
1:21 pm December 29th, 2015

I am helping an ex partner come of crack! When he stops using will his aunti-depressant drugs help with his moods with the cravings for drugs, he’s only been 24hours with no crack but we’ve have been to seek help at the hospital

Trish
8:01 am December 30th, 2015

Hi. I have a little over a week clean from crack, and before September I had a little over 4 years clean. A good friend of mine passed and I believe a combination of that and trying tonstay clean on my own without a support network contributed to my terrible choice. I changed my phone number and deleted all my dealers numbers. It is hard to quit when dealers are calling and texting multiple times a day. I guess my issue is the mental urges I still get are really strong. I try to do other things until they pass. I have a job, insurance and people in my life who love me but don’t have any idea that I struggle with this addiction. Do meetings really help? Sometimes I feel really alone and that I cant talk to my family or bf about the challenges. I stayed clean on my own for 4 years and even when I used I was good at covering it. I am a binge user who is clean for a few weeks and then goes out and spends 300-600 in one night. I don’t like the paranoid feeling that comes with using and it is getting worse each time I binge. Plus the crash I feel days after are really bad. I don’t want my family, employer and friends to know that I am a binge user crackhead. I want to stay stopped for good this time. Do meetings and treatment really help?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:53 pm January 4th, 2016

Hi, Trish. There are many people who are living proof that treatments, support groups, and meeting helped them to fight and beat addiction. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment provider. Also, here’s a helpful reading: http://addictionblog.org/tag/support-groups/

Kristina
12:52 am January 5th, 2016

Hi, Trish yes programs and support help alot, you will realize that your not alone.

sweetie
4:31 am January 7th, 2016

I am desperate to stop crack and heroin. I have methodone
To help with the heroin. I used 12 years ago but only used for 6 months I had no problems stopping both drugs, however iv been using up to if not more £60 a day I am stopping tonight and have no support after reading your website which is very good and informative I’m so scared now about stopping ubruptly I didn’t think that you could get side effects from stopping crack just heroin. Can I just stop crack safety after using every day for over a year? Thank you for taking your time to read this and I will be so grateful to have honest and truthful reply. Ty

Tiffani
9:23 am January 7th, 2016

I am back smoking crack after 4 years of being clean. I smoked crack when I was in my mid to late 30s. Smoked for 9 months and quit. I quit on my own no classes no 12 step no drugs to help me get clean I quit and never looked back. Until a few months ago I just couldn’t shake the cravings of smoking crack. I don’t know what started it either but I am back smoking again. Anyone have any tips on why after 4 years of being clean did the cravings hit me so dam hard. And should I quit on my own again or should I go to those gay ass classes and 12 step program. I can quit on my own I just don’t know if that is why I am back smoking again or was it something in my life that has shaken me and I am running from reality. Any ideas. Anyone want to talk

tina
2:39 am January 10th, 2016

Hi I am one who has used for a year then stopped for 3 then picked up again last year and haven’t stopped since. Every day for a year. I see my anger and mood swings and what im doing to my loved ones. Some days I can smoke 60-80$, and some more than $150.00. I don’t know what to do. I want to be me again, but who is me??

Maria
12:30 pm January 29th, 2016

My man is a crack dealer and I always have crack if he is around. These breaks only lasts 2days then I am right back at it. I feel like I am going to die. I have all the physically crack cause. I am 63 yrs. old I need HELP PLEASE HELP ME

hanna
9:17 am January 30th, 2016

My best friend was lied to about what she was doing. We think it was crack and that she is going through withdrawals. How long do you think it will last? She is freaking out! And very scared as I am for her. She had the skin crawling feeling, shaking, anxiety, muscle pains, twitching, hard to breath, paranoia, sleepless, and fatigue. This is the first time she’s gone through this.. Help!

Elly
5:24 am February 1st, 2016

I Was on crack for about four months. For the last month I used every day for anywhere from 8 hours up to 20 hours a day. I went 4 to 5 at a time. Haven’t touch any for a week now. Have been to my doctor she gave me something to help me sleep. It worked for the first couple of days. Now only sleeping the most of a couple hours waking up in pamic attack so hot can’t regulate body temperature. Heart racing is this normal and how long will it go on?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:41 am February 2nd, 2016

Hi, Maria. If you are looking for addiction treatment, call our trusted treatment hotline, our consultants can help you make the best decision for you.

Lashawn
6:35 pm February 4th, 2016

I havent smoked crack in almost a month i had felt fine but i have had four periods since the beginning of jan. And now i started taking macrobid and im on my third pill i feel dizzie wek every wear and blurred vision. I have never felt that before and i have takin it twice before

philip
1:27 am February 27th, 2016

hi everyone my.
name is phil my brother says crack has the same withdrawals as pain pills but yet he doesnt seem to understand how bad the withdrawals are so im wondering if anyone can tell me what the difference is if any thanks for the info n good luck to all

Julie
4:44 am March 17th, 2016

I have been off crack for 8 months and some days it seems like i am not happy. I use to be an easy going happy person before trying crack and i was a using addict for 12 years mostly binger type , altho when i lived in low income apt in Seattle i was using daily for a couple years because everyone used there and step out the door and they are right in the doorways. But my question is , will i ever be well enough to be happy again , if so when?

Buzz
6:12 am March 21st, 2016

Hi I’ve been on crack everyday for good few years . Went clean a month b4 Christmas n then thought I’d av a bit . Bang . An everyday thing again :-( till a week ago been clean 8 days . I’m craving obviously but just want know Will I always get these intense cravings say a year n half from now. I was smoking sum really good s**t and ruined my life, I don’t want to live in that life. Can I truly put the past behind or am up doomed and it will always niggle at me. N wot can I do when I get a earge that will put me right off, turning my life upside down ain’t enough clearly .

Charlotte
1:24 pm March 22nd, 2016

Hello we have a 20 year old son we have now realised he has been using crack for at least 6 months daily we have taken him to the doctor so he has medication for his skin rashes and an appointment for Counciling
The family is now with him 24 / 7 he has stated eating but he keeps throwing up is this normal .
Am I right in thinking abnormal things are normal ? I need advise on what to expect and how to deal with things

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:49 pm March 23rd, 2016

Hi Charlotte. I’d advise you learn as much as you can about crack and its withdrawal. You may consider some over-the-counter aid, home remedies and teas to ease withdrawal symptoms. Also, here’s a list of suggested reading:
http://drug.addictionblog.org/tag/crack-withdrawal/

carrie
2:53 pm March 23rd, 2016

Thank you for the information keep me up to date with any new information hav a bless day

Subhash
11:58 am March 24th, 2016

My father is admit in icu due to ifection in chest also suffering from withdrawal symtoms of alchol what is better treatment plz suggest us and how many time is risky in withrawal symtoms

4:22 pm March 24th, 2016

Hi Subhash. I suggest you call the helpline you see on the site to get in touch with our trusted treatment consultants. They can help your father choose the right treatment program for him.

shirl
4:29 am March 25th, 2016

Well Dec 23 huband call me from jail drunk with drugs,car seized can’t get it back..I don’t go get him but his buddy did.so now it takes all his money to pay for lawyer and 3000 dollar credit card he run up in Nov and dec. So now I got no car an pay my bills plus all household bills tell me am I a fool or what? He tells me how much he loves me but I think using me!

Christopher
1:41 am March 28th, 2016

I have suffered crack cocaine addiction for 11years I wake up on a morning I 1st thought through my head is I need some crack and the area I
Live in do not help matters as it is a drug area I am frighten to go get help as I am scared to
Lose my children I would love nothing more than to get help please tell me can
I get help with out losing my children thank you Christopher

Jimmy
9:23 am March 30th, 2016

I can’t stop using crack. I spend all my money on it every week I get my unemployment. I have not bathed or brushed my teeth in 3 weeks. I am extremely depressed all the time. This had been going on for years. I have anxieties and can’t focus. I have trouble sleeping. I go days without eating. I don’t have a car. I am 53 years old. I need help badly but I so depressed, that it is hard to do anything. I depend on my father for rides. I have a lot of shame. I feel desperate. I don’t care about anything other than my 2 dogs. I feel so worthless. How do I get help. I can hardly motivate myself. Last year I tried to find a psychiatrist but none were taking new patients. I have a regular doctor. I am gay and lonely. My life is a disaster and I don’t know what to do. I really need help bad.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:51 pm March 30th, 2016

Hi Christopher. You may call the number displayed on the site, our consultants can help you make the best decision for you.

Tj
2:25 pm March 31st, 2016

Hi I’m an occasional user like once a week or two weeks I think I’m going through a withdrawal I’ve broke out with a rash on the back of my hands and my palms are very itchy does this sound familiar and how long will.it last

Dan B
5:17 am April 3rd, 2016

@jimmy at least you’re an honest soul, and you care for your animals! You sound like a lovely person who has much to live for but enjoys indulgences and wants someone to really love you, I hope you can get the love and help you need. I personally believe every addiction holds a function and we just need to find and understand that function. Personally I have used cocaine and smoked crack regularly for the last 3 months and yes I have an addiction even if it a minor problem in comparison with people who have sold everything for the drug etc! To me it;s function was taking away an addiction to my ex and her actions to which I was totally obsessed with! (TO THE POINT OF WANTING TO PUT MYSELF IN MENTAL HOSPITAL) I found cocaine took away my obsession with her and became my new best mate!!! I know it’s bad but it helped me in that way…. I just have to now learn to get off the shit lol and let go of all addiction… Least it better than padded cell I guess lmao…. Anyway bud, I hope you sort it out, I have 3 cats I love to bits, two of them were strays I took on coz I hated seeing them eat off the street, I still feed them well…

Steve
2:00 am April 16th, 2016

Hi, I was wondering if you can help me, if this blog is still active. I have a complete disablement from the chest down and with my massive increase of time, I started smoking crack through boredom and only had the mental addiction whilst smoking. I had smoked crack for 18 months 2-3 sometimes more 3-4 days a week, I have not touched for about 2 months which I found mentally easy to stop. It does still come into my mind on occasion but I stay clear of the idea. The problem lies with my muscles in my abdomen and my legs, being disabled I already had spasticity which was managed by medication. The spasticity in my muscles now is absolutely ridiculous. I have tried doubling my spasm medication just a few times to see if it makes any difference and absolutely not. I Was prescribed (oxicontin 20+40+60mg 12 hour release/ oxynorm 10+20mg and pregabalin 225mg) which I stopped dead 8-9 months ago. I had a function a few weeks ago and took a pregabalin and an oxinorm 10mg 1 because I do suffer from back pain sitting in my chair and to my amazement my muscles was a lot calmer whilst in my chair. The opiet makes my stomach feel like absolute shit and I did not feel an effect of the pregabalin. I had another engagement a week later, I stayed away from the oxynorm and just took the pregabalin hoping to have the same relaxed spasticity. I had the desired effect on my spasticity but after a few hours of taking the tablet it kicked me like a horse, I have also had that actual experience. I am honestly not sure what these spasms are related but does look like the pregabalin. I honestly don’t enjoy feeling like an absolute mong and cannot take those pills to calm my muscles with those effects. I have the will power to stop anything dead, I have done copious amounts of searches for someone with disabilities. I have always come up short and I now need some advice if you are able to help me.

Thanks
Steve

Betty
10:14 am April 28th, 2016

My husband is addicted to crack and wants to quit but finally realizes he has an addiction and I need to know how I can help him and what I need to do? He has promised me he will go to N/A every week but what else can I do to help him at home?

Mich
9:48 pm April 28th, 2016

My husband has been smoking crack heavily but not sure how long for. At least 2-3 years I think. He doesn’t think he has a problem so won’t get help. What can I do?

Chris
11:32 pm May 18th, 2016

Hi. I smoked crack heavily on and off for 7 years. I have been sober for 11 months. I still crave the drug. I am always tired and don’t have any energy. Will I ever feel good physically ever again?

Karina
5:36 am May 26th, 2016

My husband used to smoke crack about ten years ago he has been clean since then now a few years ago he became an alcoholic and now he is trying to quit alcohol but he is experiencing weird symptoms for example paranoid he claims there is something wrong with our cars at all time. He has severe mood swings he gets very very angry for no aparrent reason and same well for no ovoid reason he becomes emotional. He is eating good but no sleep could these possibly symptoms that he is smoking cracked or alcohol withdrawal

John doe
8:37 am June 25th, 2016

please help me I can’t admit I’m not strong enough somebody please help me

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:39 pm June 27th, 2016

Hi John Doe. Call the number you see on the website to get in touch with our trusted treatment consultants. They can help you find a treatment program that fits your needs.

Unknown
9:09 pm July 1st, 2016

Imagine spending £300/£1000 a day on crack and heroin . People using him like mad . He who doesn’t know the game of crack and tries it once may get away with a slap on the wrist but try it again and you will regret that decision a while down the line. I would never lure someone Into taking crack not even an enemy. The only thing and I mean the only thing you will be interested in is crack . It doesn’t see colour of a person nor gender hell even beauty. It chains you up like a prisoner and controls you . Every aspect of your life is crack and you get fed up of it and try quitting then you realise you can’t stop crack so you give in and have a heavy session . You cry later in bed and think of life so you try again and again and again until you realise your not in control no more and keep on smoking . All your dollars in your pocket now turn into pennies in your pocket. You try and try but the mind games take over your brain.

Roni
12:29 pm July 15th, 2016

My boyfriend was a heavy user he has accused me of cheating with every man in this planet… He has been clean for a month but in his head he is right and I’m wrong I also tried to poison him,so not true but in his head I did.. My question is will he ever stop thinking this or its set in his brain for good?

Eddie
4:28 am July 27th, 2016

I’ve now been off crack since Jan. 1st of this year after 27 horrible years, I feel like a different person, like I came out of a coma, I sincerely have no thoughts or desires of using again, but I feel lost, my family is in shambles and I’ve been blunt and have no compassion for my family for not helping me or being there for me for 27 years and now all I do is bitch them all out and being cold hearted blunt by the way they treated me, it’s complicated and I have no friends or family and don’t know how to live anymore, what should I do, I feel as though, like I said, I woke up and 27 years of my life are gone, please help, thank you

Millie
1:04 am August 23rd, 2016

I smoked crack Saturday night all the way until Sunday morning, then stopped. Ive been feeling as if death has consumed me. I had sex on my period.. he did use a condom. I feel so disgusted. I spend $300 of my money and smoked with someone. I want help I’ve been an addict for 19years.

1:10 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Millie. After almost two decades of feeding your addiction, it’s best to check into a professional detox and treatment facility. You will need extensive psychological and emotional support. But, you can make it!

You can start by searching for licensed rehab facilities in your area: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Mrs. O. G. Ragland, married to the greatest man on earth.
10:01 am August 26th, 2016

I choose to spoke cause I like it. I not to be able to go all day in my home town. Soon as I leave to go out of town I lose the taste. I have no reason to use, I guess. My problem is that I have convenience myself that I can get some more money, and I can handle it long as I take care of my business. I am really tired. I want to stop everyday of my life. At the same time I am looking for a cure. This is a disease that can destroy the best people including myself at this time. Feel like venting. HELP I AM IN TROUBLE.

carrie
1:56 pm August 26th, 2016

That was interested thanks for sharing

Linda
12:06 am September 8th, 2016

I have a friend who started using about a month or so ago it was offered to him and he took it now he uses everyday ,, says he needs to stop but not sure how he feels he need doctors help but does not want to be judged .. any advice for me

Kamal
12:22 am September 12th, 2016

Hello I was a on crack and heroine heavy 15years on H 2years in crack it’s been 9month now I stop went rehab it’s so hard I have still bad leg pain What ever the pain is I say no more to drugs

Susan
12:55 am September 12th, 2016

My boyfriend has used crack for the past 2 years, as far as I know. Gotten worse in the past year. How long would it take him to detox?

1st timer
9:48 am September 14th, 2016

I tryed crack and like the feel its been about 3 weeks ..
And I’m done..give me tips to stay strong

Gayle
10:02 pm September 18th, 2016

My boyfriend is a 30 year crack addict. He recently stopped using crack and is very irritable and mean. He yells screams and cusses me out constantly. I am afraid of him. Is this common for someone who recently stopped using?

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