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Help Is Needed to Overcome A Crack Cocaine Addiction
Many drug abusers do not understand the difference between cocaine and crack cocaine. They are different in how they are made, how they are abused, what they cost, and the side effects they produce.
Cocaine, a fine white powder, bitter to the taste, comes from the leaves of the Erythroxylum coca plant that grows in the Andes Mountains in South America. The cocaine alkaloid is available in many forms: coca leaves, coca paste, powder cocaine and cocaine base, known as crack. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reports that all of the cocaine coming into our country arrives as powder cocaine. It is modified and made into crack by dissolving pure cocaine in a mixture of water and either ammonia or baking soda.
Crack, which is almost always smoked, takes about 20 seconds to reach the brain. Its effects last for about 30 minutes. When powder cocaine is snorted, it can take up to 20 minutes to reach the brain. Its effects last up to 60 minutes. If you inject it into your veins, it reaches the brain within one minute. The effects last for up to 30 minutes. If you are like most abusers, you want the drug quickly and cheaply. The faster the drug is absorbed into the blood stream, the more intense your high is. In terms of cost, inhaling cocaine is much more expensive than crack.
Both crack and cocaine produce euphoric, energetic, and mentally alert feelings that are taking lives and sending more than 180,000 people to rehabilitation each year. In 2014, more than 5,400 people died from a cocaine overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The Pathway to Crack Cocaine Addiction
Akin to many folks, the abuse of illegal drugs like crack cocaine is merely social starting out until you or your loved one can’t live without the drug. In order to sustain cocaine’s short-lived high, did you fall prey to the common cocaine binge pattern? This is when you take the drug repeatedly within a relatively short period of time, at increasingly higher doses.
The effect that cocaine has on your brain is strong. It can harm or kill your brain cells that trigger the high that you feel. As you continue to abuse cocaine, your brain’s dopamine “pleasure center” is reset. When that happens, you are no longer taking the drug because it makes you feel good. You are taking it to avoid the negative feelings associated with the absence of cocaine. Research confirms crack cocaine is one of the most powerful illegal drugs when it comes to producing psychological dependence.
How Crack Cocaine Addiction Impacts You in The Short-Term
- Intense drug cravings
- Intense euphoric state
- Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
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Crack Cocaine’s Addiction Presence in The Long Run
- Severe depression
- Mood swings
- Risky behavior or actions
How to Tell if You Overdose on Crack
The more cocaine you take, the more life-threatening the side effects and symptoms become.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Cold sweats
- Strokes or convulsions
- Heart attack or cardiac arrest
- Severe paranoia – a temporary state of full-blown paranoid psychosis in which you lose touch with reality and experience auditory hallucination
Do You Have A Crack Cocaine Addiction?
Do you spend all your money on crack cocaine?
Is crack cocaine the most important thing in your life?
Do you panic if you run out of crack cocaine?
Does crack cocaine put you in dangerous situations?
Have you stolen from someone to feed your crack cocaine addiction?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, we strongly urge you to contact Willow Springs for crack cocaine addiction help.
How Do I Withdraw, Detox From Crack Cocaine?
The first phase of recovering from cocaine addiction is detox and withdrawal. There are unwanted symptoms that many people experience after being free of the drug for some time.
- High levels of depression
- Increased anxiety, stress, and worry
- Being highly irritable and easily agitated
- Intense cravings for more crack
The cravings can last for months. For that reason, an inpatient drug rehab program at Willow Springs is critical to your recovery. Around-the-clock care is needed to reduce or eliminate the cravings you might experience. Occasionally, medications will be administered to manage the pain and discomfort, but our doctors are careful not to substitute one addiction for the other. More importantly, while under medical supervision during your stay, our therapists and certified counselors will provide you with the tools needed to combat these cravings when you return to your regular daily life.
Cocaine Facts and Statistics
- In 2008, the Drug Enforcement Agency seized 49,823.3 kilograms of cocaine within the borders of the U.S.
- Cocaine continues to be the most frequently mentioned illegal drug reported to the Drug Abuse Warning Network by hospital emergency departments in the U.S. There were 448,481 emergency department visits involving cocaine reported in 2005.
- As of 2014, the Drug Enforcement Agency reports that current cocaine use among high school seniors has dropped 59 percent, and crack cocaine use has decreased 56 percent.
Can I Afford a Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment?
The biggest problem an addict might face is taking ownership of their crack cocaine addiction. Like many crack cocaine abusers, you or your loved one will eventually realize you can’t continue to live the same way you are living. We don’t want the cost of your crack cocaine addiction treatment in Texas to be an issue for your or your loved one. You might be an ordinary person trying to survive in a recessive economy. We are happy to tell you that your insurance will cover a portion of, or all of your crack cocaine addiction treatment in Texas at Willow Springs. The best way to find out how to get started is to call us as soon as you’re ready.