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What is Crack?
Crack is, essentially, a more dangerous form of cocaine.
Often referred to as crack cocaine, the aptly named drug makes a distinctive cracking sound when it is boiled.
It is created by taking a base of powdered cocaine and mixing it with baking soda and water, so that crack users can then smoke the substance.
The effects of crack highs are very intense, but short-lived, making it a dangerously addictive substance.
Smoking crack gives users a feeling of euphoria, yet another reason it is considered to be the most addictive and dangerous form of cocaine abuse.
Research has shown that it could take as little as one hit of the drug for the brain to be rewired. In its original form, crack looks like rocks that are a slightly off-white color and are not particularly dense.
Crack users will typically use a small pipe or tube to smoke the substance, although it is sometimes also snorted or injected into the body.
Immediate Placement in Rehab for Crack Addiction
One of the many problems with crack abuse is that it’s difficult to tell when it has been cut with other substances, which it often is when it’s purchased on the street.
As with many other drugs, crack can be laced with other substances that have their own addictive qualities, and lead to additional physical and mental health issues.
Crack addiction is incredibly dangerous, sometimes even fatal, so it’s important to seek help as soon as you know that you or someone you love has a problem.
With expert help, the withdrawal process can be monitored to track progress, eliminate the risk of relapse, and can even be aided by appropriately prescribed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. The most common of these symptoms are muscle pain, fever or diarrhea, anxiety or depression, and intense cravings, among others.
Detoxing alone is incredibly difficult, but a controlled and safe environment can alleviate a lot of pain and stress. Doctors can not only prescribe medications that will help with physical and mental symptoms, but they can also provide encouragement and moral support to make the entire process less stressful. Detox in a controlled setting will typically take about one week, but the timeline will vary depending on individual factors like the intensity of the addiction and other underlying issues.
What is Crack Addiction?
One of the many dangers of taking crack is its highly addictive qualities. The short-term state of euphoria that occurs when the drugs reach the brain is nearly instant, but it only lasts for about 10 minutes or less.
Users of this particular drug also typically build up a tolerance very quickly, so they’ll begin to require more to achieve the same effect as before.
This leaves crack users desperate to reconstruct that feeling, again and again, chasing a high that won’t last, and causing potentially irreparable harm to the brain and body in the process.
Crack is a stimulant, entering and absorbing into the lungs and bloodstream almost instantly upon inhalation. In addition to feelings of euphoria, crack users may also experience an inflated sense of self, an intense burst of energy, and a significant increase in focus.
These seemingly positive feelings are incredibly fleeting and can be achieved long-term through healthier methods that won’t be followed by the painful long-term effects of crack use.
The list of side effects achieved from untreated crack addiction is lengthy and troubling.
Some of the most notable are: depression, edginess, an intense craving for more, an increased heart rate that may lead to a heart attack or stroke, muscle spasms or convulsions, feelings of paranoia, anger, hostility, anxiousness, and even breathing failure.
When the high wears off, many users will feel overwhelmingly fatigued, to the point of sleeping for several days. The drastic difference between unreasonable and manic excitement and uncontrollable fatigue will have a tremendous impact on daily activities and behavior.
Crack also damages the immune system and often leads to organ damage. With its highly addictive qualities and a wide range of potential problems, crack is a very serious health threat. Substance abuse, of any kind, is not something to ignore. And crack addiction, in particular, should be met with immediate medical attention.
Crack Addiction Symptoms
There are many signs of crack addiction, both physical and psychological.
If you or someone you love has experienced the following symptoms, we urge you to seek help by learning more about our rehab program today:
- You experience regular restlessness and have uncontrollable muscle twitches
- Your nose bleeds without warning
- Your lips are burned or blistered and so are your fingers
- You often feel like bugs are crawling underneath your skin
- You suffer from an obsessive need to smoke crack
- You feel amplified aggression and mood swings, often without reason
- You have trouble sleeping
- You feel depressed or anxious
- You have had suicidal thoughts that weren’t present before you began using crack
- You avoid your responsibilities and retract from meaningful relationships
- Your appetite is suppressed
- Your breathing rate is increased, even when you’re not in motion
- You have experienced hallucinations or other strange behaviors
Crack withdrawal is often a stressful and even painful process, but it’s also a necessary one.
Crack Addiction Treatment
Crack use is never considered to be recreational. It is a potent, dangerous, and addictive drug that is difficult to break free from once an addiction is developed.
However, treatment centers like ours can help you achieve sobriety and rebuild your life. Emotional, physical, and mental support from a highly trained treatment staff can provide the setting you need to sever your ties with your addiction and any other issues that may have contributed to it.
We offer a variety of treatment programs that include a medically assisted and monitored detox, a multitude of therapies, support groups, inpatient, and outpatient services, all in a safe and comfortable environment. Each treatment is customized to the individual patient, and won’t be established until we know enough about you to determine that your plan is as unique as you are.
When you call our facility, our admissions coordinators will collect your information, describe your options in detail, and perform a complimentary insurance verification, if you need one.
We can also help you establish alternative methods of payment when you call. The negative consequences of crack use are vast and undeniably dangerous, but they can be overcome with some help.
Thousands of individuals have used rehab to change (and potentially save) their lives, and put their crack addiction permanently behind them. It’s important to remember that everyone needs help sometimes and that you’ll never be alone on the road to recovery.