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Help Is Needed to Overcome Crack Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine and crack cocaine are different in how they are made, in how they are abused, what they cost, and the side effects they produce, but arguably, crack cocaine is much more addictive, and difficult to treat in addiction recovery.
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 the United States arrives as powder cocaine, which 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 twenty seconds to reach the brain. Its effects last for about thirty minutes. When powder cocaine is snorted, it can take up to twenty minutes to reach the brain. The effects last up to sixty minutes. If you inject it into your veins, it reaches the brain within one minute, and the effects last for up to thirty 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
In order to sustain cocaine’s short-lived high, did you fall prey to the common cocaine binge pattern? For many, the abuse of illegal drugs like crack cocaine is merely social, and continues until you or your loved one can’t live without the drug. 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 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. When it comes to producing psychological dependence, crack cocaine is one of the most powerful illegal drugs.
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 experience. Medications may be administered to manage the pain and discomfort. 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 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 are happy to tell you that your insurance will cover a portion, 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.