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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Crack cocaine

10/04/2004

Question:

If somebody were to do crack everyday would they only crave it after they did it or all the time?

Answer:

When an individual is exposed to cocaine or cocaine-related cues such as the drug paraphernalia ( crack pipe, using friends) these stimuli trigger a drug craving. The more frequent the use, the greater the chance of recurrent cravings for the drug. Within the first 90 to 120 days of use, the cocaine addict is at high risk for relapse from a powerful sense of craving.

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Response by:

Deborah L Hoy, CNS Deborah L Hoy, CNS
Clinical Instructor at the College of Nursing
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University