Crack, or crack cocaine, is the free-base form of cocaine and comes in solid blocks or crystals that vary in color from yellow to white. It is typically smoked from a crystal rock that has been heated, which allows the drug to immediately become absorbed into the bloodstream. Users experience a short but intense high that produces feelings of euphoria. However, once the high subsides and dopamine levels drop, users will feel depressed and begin seeking their next high.
Unlike cocaine, which is expensive to purchase, crack cocaine is relatively cheap. As a result, crack cocaine usage amongst young people, particularly teenagers, has increased over the past few years. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center over 6 million people in the U.S. over the age of twelve have tried crack cocaine at least once.
The chemicals found in drugs upset the brain’s entire communication system. These chemicals have the ability to reroute the way your brain sends, receives, and processes information. This can manifest itself in several mental and physical side effects.
Upon ingestion, crack cocaine releases an abnormally high amount of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that induces feelings of euphoria. An abundance of dopamine can over-stimulate the brain’s reward center. Because the high lasts only five to ten minutes, this euphoric feeling is fleeting and causes the user to constantly be seeking their next high.
Upon ingestion, crack creates a brief high that causes users to feel intense feelings of euphoria. This is immediately followed by feelings of intense depression. When the high subsides, individuals typically feel edgy and fixated on consuming more of the drug. Physiological side effects of crack abuse also include.
Those who use crack are more likely to neglect their responsibilities, including paying their bills, maintaining relationships with friends and family, attending work, and even caring for their kids. In addition, crack users are at risk for legal troubles as they will steal or partake in other illegal activity to support their habit.
Common long-term complications of crack abuse include:
As with many other addictive substances, individuals who are addicted to crack cocaine must receive a combination of detoxification and therapy in order to recover. Crack treatment typically begins with a medically supervised detox. Going to a detox facility is always wise as it provides a controlled withdrawal from the substance in which doctors can monitor patients for severe physical or psychological symptoms that typically occur during crack withdrawal.
After detox, patients are typically transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation center for structured cocaine addiction treatment by licensed professionals. Inpatient rehab centers focus primarily on the psychological effects of addiction. While at an inpatient treatment center, patients will undergo individual and group therapy as well as attend ongoing support groups.
After receiving treatment through detox and inpatient rehabilitation, patients typically receive ongoing aftercare. This involves the patient going back to their normal way of life while continuing to visit the treatment center for therapy and/or other necessary treatments on a regular basis. Some patients may choose to transition back into their normal life in a halfway house or sober living facility. By receiving proper, comprehensive crack addiction treatment, you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
If you or a loved one are struggling with a crack addiction, have any questions, or are ready to admit yourself to the premier crack rehab center in South Florida, please call HARP now at 561-201-1133 and begin your road to recovery.