Drug addiction is a serious epidemic we can fight together.
“Crack” is a type of cocaine that comes in a crystal form. In the past, people ingested cocaine primarily as a powder. Today, crack allows users to smoke the drug, often receiving a more intense high.
The white, rose or yellow-colored crack rocks make a popping sound when lighted, thus receiving the name “crack.”
Why People Need Help for Crack Addiction
Anyone who has been using crack needs to be made aware of its seriousness. Never believe that this drug is safe. Crack acts very fast to stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain. These nerve endings begin to accept and desire the intense feelings.
The so-called cravings associated with crack can cause an individual to do almost anything to get the drug. Quite often, users refer to this condition as “chasing the high.” In effect, crack is twice as powerful as the traditional powder form of cocaine. Crack enters the bloodstream immediately.
Two factors lead to crack addition. First is the immediacy of the high. Users begin to experience euphoria almost as soon as they ingest the drug. This makes it difficult for them to stop using.
Second, is the tolerance level. Because addicts continue to smoke crack to feel the immediate, intense high, they build up a tolerance. It takes even more of the drug to receive the same effect they got when they started smoking. In the end, the body begins to wither away. Crack addicts can suffer weight loss and nutritional imbalances.
Getting professional help is usually the only way to kick the crack addict. The drug is just too powerful for most people to fight it on their own. In fact, trying to self-cure a crack addiction can be dangerous. Serious users can make themselves even sicker.
An Affordable Drug
Crack is a drug that almost everyone can afford. This fact is not a good thing. It means that addicts can always find some way to get the drug.
Poor communities have been ravaged by crack. Users are willing to depart with what little financial resources they have for some crack. Unlike powdered cocaine, with its relatively high price tag, crack preys on those who have the least. For this reason, it is very important for those addicted to the substance to come in for professional help.
Crack Plays with the Emotions
This drug is very unforgiving. Smokers experience one of the most intense senses of euphoria possible. They are seemingly on top of the world. Yet, this feeling is merely temporary. After a few minutes, everything comes crashing down. Instead of happiness, the user sinks into a deep depression.
In the end, crack makes people miserable. They enjoy only brief interludes of good times that the drug suddenly snatches away. Psychologically this rapid back and forth can be damaging.
Along with these negative effects users also experience increased heart rates. They can suffer seizures and respiratory problems as well. Some have heart attacks. Many die after ingesting the drug.
The Health Risks
Although cocaine is dangerous as a powder, crack is even more so. Drug dealers, hoping to increase their profits, often mix crack with other chemicals. Remember, crack comes at a very low price. Dealers have to cut corners to make their profit.
Users never know just what their crack has been mixed with. The toxicity level of crack is extremely high, with medical professionals finding everything from detergent to laxatives in the concoction.
The Long-Term Effects of Use
Crack users suffer a double whammy of sorts. They have to deal with both the long-term effects of traditional cocaine and that of their more modern drug. These include:
- Internal bleeding
- Irregular heartbeat
- Kidney damage
- Lung disease
- Shortness of breath
- Tooth decay
Malnutrition is perhaps the most common long-term effect. Users spend so much time either smoking crack or trying to finance their addiction that they eat very little. Their bodies begin to literally wither away.
Of course, malnutrition weakens the body overall, making the individual susceptible to a host of other maladies. Crack is a gateway to sickness in general.
The Short-Term Effects of Use
- Loss of appetite
Getting the Best Recovery
Sadly, there is no guaranteed rehabilitation program that works for everyone. Crack is a very individual-specific drug. It affects each person differently. It is very important to seek professional counseling. The staff at the rehabilitation center will set up a program with the particular user in mind. Full recovery requires this attention to detail.
Trying to do what someone else did to get off of crack can result in failure and a return to the drug. Treatment has to address the reasons why the person chose the drug and became dependent.
To benefit the most from rehab, the user should be in an inpatient program. This environment is a peaceful one, free from the negative influences of the outside world. Gone are the dealers who make access to crack so easy. Gone are the pressures of family and friends. In contrast, the center is a place where everyone is working toward the same goal. The patients and staff all want the user to become free of the addiction. Full sobriety is the desired end result.
Nobody Has to Do it Alone
Never try to go the process alone. Many who attempt to go “cold turkey,” the euphemism for complete abstinence, wind up in the hospital sick from their withdrawal. This condition can be life threatening.
If you or anyone you know has a problem with crack cocaine, contact a professional rehabilitation center as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult things can become. Get compassionate help now. The staff will not judge you or your loved one. Instead, they will work with you all to achieve success in life.