There is a clearly defined link between some eating disorders and some substance abuse issues. In fact, there are several. Many people who struggle with a behavioral addiction like anorexia or bulimia simultaneously struggle with anxiety and/or depression (or another mental illness), which leads to a higher risk of substance use.
Some people who have a pre-existing eating disorder might turn an appetite-suppressing chemical substance – specifically a stimulant – to help them keep the weight off. Prescription stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta and illegal stimulant drugs like cocaine, crack cocaine or methamphetamine might be used for this reason. While eating disorders are heavily stigmatized, they are not uncommon.
Significant Eating Disorders in Numbers
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men throughout the country will experience a significant eating disorder at some point during their lives. If you have a loved one who has been abusing crack cocaine, you might have noticed that this person has lost a significant amount of weight since beginning to abuse the drug. But why does crack cocaine cause such a steeply decreased appetite, and how can a person overcome an eating disorder due to crack abuse?
What Is and How Does Crack Cocaine Work?
Crack cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug derived from powdered cocaine naturally occurring). Crack has a reputation for being a “poor man’s” version of powdered cocaine, seeing as it is far less expensive to produce and because it is readily accessible. As a result, many lower-income demographics begin abusing this specific drug because of its affordability.
People who use crack cocaine (as opposed to powdered cocaine) tend to experience more serious consequences due to their substance use. According to an article published by the US National Institutes of Health titled, “Powder Cocaine and Crack Use in the United States: An Examination of Risk for Arrest and Socioeconomic Disparities in Use,” crack cocaine users have higher incidence of arrest and incarceration than powdered cocaine users. In addition, men and women who abused crack cocaine were found to have lower education levels and lower family income. Many were unemployed or worked minimum wage jobs.
However, it is important to acknowledge that crack abuse and addiction can affect anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status or demographic. If you or someone you love has been abusing crack cocaine, we are available to help.
How Can a Person Overcome an Eating Disorder Due to Crack Abuse?
Determining which preceded the other – the eating disorder or the crack abuse disorder – can be somewhat of a “chicken or egg” situation. The important thing is that all issues are effectively treated in a dual diagnosis treatment center. For example, suppose a person has been exhibiting signs of an eating disorder in addition to a crack abuse disorder. In that case, they will need to enter into a treatment facility equipped to treat both effectively. We are readily available to help you or your loved one find a reputable dual diagnosis treatment center in your area. Contact us today to learn more.
Begin Your Recovery Journey For Crack Abuse Today!
If you or someone you love has been struggling with crack cocaine abuse or addiction, we are available to help. Our staff members have extensive experience in the realm of illegal stimulant addiction, and they know what steps are necessary to obtain and maintain long-term sobriety. The first step is admitting that professional assistance has become a necessity and reaching out for help. We understand how difficult it can be to admit that you or someone you love has developed a substance abuse disorder involving such a powerful and insidious drug.
We also know how difficult it can be to overcome crack abuse and addiction considering the highly addictive nature of this particular drug. But, The good news is that with the right tools in place and access to the right resources, recovery is always possible. So, contact us today for more information on crack abuse recovery or to begin your healing journey (or help your loved one get started on theirs).