We treat Crack Cocaine addiction
Derived from cocaine, crack’s euphoric effect is almost immediate but wears off quickly. It can cause depression, violent mood swings, psychosis, and it’s extremely easy to overdose on.
Understanding Crack Cocaine addiction
- Crack Cocaine is sourced from cocaine in powder form and is combined with baking soda and water before being boiled to create a solid that looks like a rock. Once the solid cools and is broken up, the pieces are sold as Crack Cocaine.
- Crack is much more highly concentrated than powdered Cocaine and is therefore much more addictive. A person can become addicted to Crack after just a single-use.
- Crack looks like rocks that are either white, cream or light brown in colour. Unlike Cocaine, which is snorted, Crack is smoked.
- When Crack is either injected or smoked, it takes effect in the body more quickly and the user experiences a more intense high over a shorter period of time.
- This is in comparison to Cocaine, which is snorted but gives the user a high that lasts much longer.
- Crack produces very different effects in the body in comparison to Cocaine. When ingested, Crack begins to take effect in the body almost immediately, peaking after around five minutes.
- The high generally lasts only up to an hour. Users who want a more intense high take Crack rather than Cocaine.
- Crack is also much cheaper and more widely available.
- Many people begin abusing Cocaine before transitioning to Crack once they have run out of money to fuel their Cocaine addiction.
- Street names for Crack include Black Rock, Candy, Cookies, Dice, Gravel, Grit, Hail, Hard Rock, Nuggets, Rocks, and Scrabble.
What are the effects of Crack Cocaine abuse?
How Crack takes effect in the body and causes the user to feel can never be exactly determined, as it all depends on how ‘pure’ the substance is. The Cocaine used to form Crack may have been mixed with other drugs, which only makes Crack all the more dangerous and unpredictable. The chances of overdosing on Crack are very high, and an overdose can lead to fitting, respiratory failure, heart attack, stroke, coma, and in extreme cases, death.
Common signs of Crack abuse include:
- A euphoric feeling
- Increased alertness and hyperactivity
- Dilated pupils
- Lack of appetite
- Increased heartbeat
- Strong cravings to use more Crack
What are the warning signs of an Crack Cocaine addiction?
Crack Cocaine is highly addictive, and addiction can begin to take hold from the very first time a user takes the drug. A user is often consumed and overwhelmed by the intensity and short duration of the high that Crack Cocaine produces, compelling them to take more straight after the first hit. Crack Cocaine addiction can lead to major mental and physical health problems, as it is the strongest form of Cocaine and is usually at least 75% more concentrated.
Warning signs of Crack Cocaine addiction include:
- Sweating profusely
- Erratic and compulsive actions and behaviour
- Talking very quickly
- Irritability and aggression/anger
- Dilated pupils
- Muscular spasms
- Feeling giggly
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
What are Crack Cocaine withdrawal symptoms?
As Crack Cocaine is more concentrated than Cocaine, withdrawal symptoms are more intense and difficult to overcome when a user suddenly stops taking the drug. The severity of a person’s withdrawal symptoms will depend on their weight, build and whether they have any underlying mental health conditions, as well as the severity of their addiction and metabolism.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Depression and low mood
- Anxiety and panic
- Anger and aggression
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Emotional outbursts
How to support someone with Crack Cocaine addiction
If you or someone you love is struggling with a Crack Cocaine addiction, you should try to get help as soon as possible. Crack is so addictive that many users put their drug-taking above all of their other priorities, including their health, loved ones and job. If you have noticed the above withdrawal symptoms either in yourself or another person, the next step is to get help as soon as possible via a rehabilitation facility.
When you speak to an addict about their drug addiction, be prepared for any response, including aggressive or defensive behaviour. Remember that their brain has been programmed to abuse Crack Cocaine, and that it will not be easy to convince them to stop taking the drug. If you are struggling to speak to an addict, you can use an intervention to try and persuade them to seek help and begin treatment. An intervention is a process in which family and friends of an addict approach them to discuss their drug-taking behaviours, encouraging them to get help. This can be done with or without the help of a professional interventionist. Sometimes, hiring an interventionist can be worthwhile, as they are trained in handling clients who experience violent or aggressive behaviour (both of which are common behaviours in Crack Cocaine addiction).
What is the treatment of Crack Cocaine addiction?
Someone in treatment for Crack Cocaine addiction will typically start to experience withdrawal symptoms as soon as their last dose of the drug wears off. The withdrawal symptoms occur because the user’s brain doesn’t know how to properly function without Crack Cocaine, as it has established a strong tolerance to it. Unlike other drugs such as Heroin, which requires a gradual tapered detox programme in which opiate dosage is removed gradually and slowly, Crack Cocaine detox involves simply quitting the drug straight away, with the support and medical expertise of physicians and rehab staff.
Staff may give the user medications to ease withdrawal symptoms after going cold turkey, and offer counselling to help them with any mental health problems they are experiencing. Treatment is usually given while the user stays in a rehabilitation facility on a residential basis.
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