Crack, also known as “crack cocaine” is an extremely powerful and addictive stimulant. People who use this drug immediately feel a sense of heightened alertness, euphoria, loss of appetite, and increased sociability. Because the effects of crack cocaine are fast-acting (effects typically wear off in 5-15 minutes), many people find themselves using this drug repeatedly and in higher doses to achieve the same initial high. This then leads them to dependency and addiction.

Cocaine directly affects the central nervous system within the body and is said to increase the dopamine levels (reward center feelings) within the brain. Crack is created by mixing cocaine and baking soda into small rock formations. Taking this drug makes the heart beat faster, which could result in a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest. Physical assigns of crack cocaine use are dry mouth, dilated pupils, restlessness, and talkativeness. Negative effects that have been said to appear either while the person is using or after a person has been using for a continued time are: depression, isolation, defensiveness, and paranoia. The person may also experience mood swings and a false sense of confidence and power.

Many people who abuse and are addicted to crack are at risk for places themselves in risky situations. Due to crack’s short amount of time for “high” effects, a person may choose to make dangerous or risky choices to maintain consistent use of the drug. These choices could include prostitution or theft, and may cause someone to become violent, neglect their responsibilities, or go to dangerous places to obtain crack. Legal trouble and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are also major implications of making these risky decisions.

If someone is withdrawing from crack, they will experience depression, increased anxiety, stress, and worry, high irritability and agitation, and intense cravings for the drug. Treatment is available for those who suffer from this addiction, and in-patient rehabilitation is often an excellent choice for this. Treatment will involve detoxification and the possible assistance of a medical team and psychologist. According to a study conducted by Socias et al. (2016), cannabis has also been shown to reduce crack cocaine use in individuals.

With many treatment methods available, the first step to take is to speak with a doctor and become admitted to a treatment facility. Once you do this, you can begin your road to a happier, healthier life. Recovery is possible and with the right support system and mindset, you can overcome this addiction.


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