How Addictive Is Crack Cocaine: A Personal Story
A Personal Story
People often ask, “How addictive is crack cocaine, really?” Well, I can tell you for a fact that it is one of the most addictive substances I have ever encountered.
My Drug Background
Let’s start of by prefacing this with the fact that I have tried most of the main illegal drugs including, cocaine, crack, opiates, pills, xanax, marijuana, mushrooms, LSD… Everything except heroin and methamphetamine. The only addiction I have ever gotten myself into was alcohol — which is worse than any illicit drug, in my opinion. When experimenting with drugs, I never really had the urge to do any of them regularly, just once or twice to see what it was like. I was never addicted to crack — because I didn’t let myself become addicted to it — but from my one experience with it, I can see just how addictive crack cocaine can be.
How I Got “Tricked” Into Smoking Crack
I actually got tricked into trying crack cocaine by a “friend” who offered me a hit of “cocaine” from a pipe. “Isn’t that crack-cocaine if you smoke it?” I asked, and was told no, it was just cocaine that you can smoke. So, I decided to try it.
What a Crack Cocaine High Feels Like
The rush that you get from smoking crack is unlike any other high I had ever had. Quick, intense, and actually short-lived. It is a strange mix of the intense euphoria and a bit of the psychoactive effects that you can get from strong THC or marijuana. I can honestly say that it was a very good feeling that left me on top of the world and feeling like I could do anything. This lasts for about 5-10 minutes before you start to come down from it. I had experienced the come-down from cocaine on the two occasions that I had experimented with it, and did not like it at all! You can actually feel the cocaine being metabolized quickly by your body, and as it leaves your bloodstream, it leaves you wanting more. Not so much that you want to be high again, but more cocaine will at least make the withdrawal feeling go away.
Crack Cocaine Withdrawals
With crack, the withdrawal is just like cocaine, but much more intense. It enters your system quickly, leaving you feeling great, and it makes you feel horrible as it is leaving your system. Without even a second thought, I asked for another hit off the pipe. There I was again, back on top of the world. The strange thing is that the high didn’t last as long this time before the withdrawal feelings kicked in. Ugh, it was horrible.
How Much Money Do I Have?
I asked my friend for another hit — to combat the awful feelings that were vibrating up my spine. “There’s no more left,” I was told, “But (Friend’s Name) is going to buy some more.” My immediate thought was, “how much money do I have in my account?” That’s right, without even thinking about the negative effects of the drug, or blowing all my money on a crack addiction, I was thinking about how much money I had, and getting more crack-cocaine.
Weening Off Crack Cocaine
Nameless friend did-indeed get more crack cocaine — what seemed like a pretty big rock of it. I was already starting to realize just how a crack cocaine addiction is formed, and was starting to get some of my better sense back, but the withdrawals were still tearing through me like razors. I can only compare it to a panic attack. I decided that I was going to have to smoke more crack to get rid of these withdrawals, or at least treat the withdrawals with crack and ween myself off of the drug.
Mind you, this all took place over 2 hours. 2 hours ago, I had never even tried crack cocaine and here I was formulating my plan to ween off of the drug. When I told my friend about the massive withdrawal feelings I was getting, he suggested to me that I binge on crack all night and then sleep it off for a couple days so that you sleep through the worst of the withdrawals. This was not an option for me. I wasn’t going to let it get any more out of hand than it already was.
How I Detoxed Myself From Crack Cocaine
First off, let me state that this is not necessarily a safe way to get off crack, or any drug; I do not recommend it, but then I do not recommend ever trying crack cocaine in the first place.
I was getting really worried that I might already have a full-blown crack addiction. Maybe it really is that easy to get addicted to crack the first time you try it. There was plenty of beer at this party, so I started drinking beers. The thing about crack is that it cranks you up, so without even realizing it I was drinking sip after sip of beer quickly — emptying one can and moving onto the next. The more I drank, the more I had to pee. The more I peed, the more I could feel the remnants of crack cocaine leaving my system. The withdrawals — they were still there. However, the slight numbing effect of the alcohol was sort of medicating me through the worst of the withdrawals.
After a few hours, I was staring to feel a little more comfortable in my own skin. I was a little drunk, and my head still wasn’t right, like I had a bit of psychosis from the crack. After about 9 hours, I felt like I could finally sleep, and did so on one of the open couches. By the time I woke up the next morning, I felt much better. There was still a bit of tingliness in my skin, but the withdrawals were finally gone. It still took another few days before I felt completely like myself again, but when I did, I was grateful for it.
I have not used crack cocaine since this one time, and frankly I never wanted to again. However, from my one foray into being a “crackhead” for a night, it was very easy to see how easily one can get addicted to this drug. Also, for the first time, I truly understood the phrase that is a pivotal part of the war on drugs: “Not Even Once.”