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What Is the Life Expectancy of a Crack/Cocaine Addict?

Last updated on: Tuesday, 14 May 2024
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Not many people can actually just casually use crack cocaine. They eventually end up with crack or cocaine being the center of their lives and running their day-to-day lives. Some studies show that some crack users will not live an average of 11.5 years after having started the heavy addiction but there is more to it. This is a very short lifespan, but crack cocaine especially is so addictive that a person will do just about anything to get the drug, which often gets them into dangerous situations, which could and sometimes do end their lives.

The primary cause of death among heavy crack users is overdose, which is not unexpected given the loss of control and awareness during high episodes—making it easy to consume excessive amounts. Additionally, the environments frequented by crack users are often unsafe. Drug-selling activities typically involve criminals with low moral and ethical standards, exposing users to potential dangers and violence.

Moreover, crack and cocaine users may experience delusions of invincibility, leading them to take reckless risks. Being under the influence also detaches them from the present, increasing the likelihood of accidents. These factors collectively have a direct and detrimental impact on their life expectancy.

In conclusion, while it is challenging to determine the life expectancy of a crack user precisely, it is evident that prolonged use of crack cocaine significantly reduces their lifespan. Through years of experience working with crack users, the harsh realities of withdrawal symptoms and the desperate measures taken to obtain the next dose are apparent. Observations of broken families and the contraction of diseases like hepatitis C, among other drug-related illnesses, further underscore the devastating impact. Essentially, once an individual starts using crack cocaine, their life, as it was known, is already lost.

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Nickolaus Hayes has been working with Drug Rehab Services for the past ten years. Over the past 15 years, he has remained connected to helping people who have been struggling with addiction. He first started working as an intake counselor at a drug rehabilitation center in 2005. During the five years as an intake counselor, he was able to help hundreds of people find treatment. Nickolaus was also fortunate to be able to work with professional interventionists, traveling across the country performing interventions.