Crack Drug Rehab
Crack is cocaine that has not been neutralized by an acid. This form of cocaine comes in a rock crystal that is heated and smoked in what is commonly referred to as a crack pipe. The term “crack” refers to the sound that the rock crystal makes when heated. Smoking crack results in a much quicker high than if the drug were to be snorted because the vapors are immediately absorbed through inhalation into the bloodstream. Abusing crack leads to addiction and will destroy you or your loved ones life. It is important that you find a crack rehab program that will stop your addiction.
Initial signs of stimulation from crack cocaine use includes hyperactivity, restlessness, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate and euphoria. This euphoria is typically followed by feelings of discomfort and depression, with a strong craving to use the drug again. Sexual interest and pleasure can be amplified. Side effects can include twitching, paranoia, and impotence, which usually increases with frequent usage. With excessive use, the drug can produce hallucinations, paranoid delusions, itching and formication, where the individual may feel as “bugs are crawling” under their skin. If the person stops using, they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. A professional crack addiction treatment program can help with these withdrawal symptoms.
Crack cocaine is dangerous, and at times deadly. Even first time users may suffer the serious consequences. Cocaine related deaths, regardless of use, are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizure followed by respiratory arrest.
Crack Cocaine Symptoms
- Constricted blood vessels
- Dilated pupils
- Increased temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Daily disturbances in heart rhythm/heart attacks
- Chest pain
- Respiratory failure
- Gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal pain and nausea
When people mix cocaine and alcohol consumption, the individual compounds the danger each drug poses and unknowingly creates a complex chemical experiment within their bodies. The human liver combines cocaine and alcohol and manufactures a third substance, cocaethylene, which intensifies cocaine’s euphoric effects, while potentially increasing the risk of sudden death.
Crack Abuse Facts
- Labaratory tests have shown that a monkey will press a bar more than 12,000 times to get a tiny bit of cocaine. Then, upon receiving the cocaine, the monkey will immediately begin pressing the bar again to get more. This provides some insight into just how addictive cocaine can be.
- In 2005, 33.7 million Americans aged 12 and older reported having used cocaine at least once in their life. 7.9 million of those reported having used crack cocaine, the crystal rock form of the drug.
- Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that fuels a $35 billion industry, now the most profitable exported product for the country of Colombia. Because crack is smoked, the high is more immediate, though lasting only 5 to 10 minutes – instead of the high of up to 30 minutes that can come from snorting or injecting powder cocaine.
- Crack is a stimulant that, when abused, can lead to paranoia, delusional thinking and hyperactive, violent behavior. The advent of the more affordable crack cocaine has driven the drug into poorer neighborhoods. Cocaine, once known as “a rich man’s drug” because of its expensive cost, is now freely available to all economic classes. It is also more affordable for teenagers. However, the body’s demand for cocaine will grow in accordance with the length of the addiction. Thus, the expense of the habit may become astronomical, despite how affordable it may be initially.
Rehab and recovery from a crack cocaine addiction is possible, but the length of treatment will vary depending on circumstances like the duration of the addiction and whether other addictions or mental issues have developed. If you, or someone you know, suffer from a crack addiction it’s not too late to get help. Freedom Treatment Center drug rehab programs can help you kick the habit and live a clean life.