What is crack cocaine? Is it different from cocaine?
Crack cocaine is the crystal form of cocaine, it is usually a mixture of cocaine and baking soda. Users usually smoke it by heating the mixture and then inhaling the vapour through a glass pipe. It is also possible to inject crack.
Crack Cocaine is the cheaper alternative to Cocaine as it has been mixed with other cheap substances, which meant that it grew in popularity rapidly. It is also far more potent than cocaine and offers a more intense but shorter high, which is a recipe for a highly addictive drug.
What are the effects of crack cocaine?
The effects of crack cocaine include:
- Heightened alertness
- Increased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Intense cravings
- Decreased appetite
As the high that the users get from crack cocaine is so intense, it makes the substance highly addictive. It is much more addictive than cocaine and as the addiction progresses, the users will keep on looking for a bigger and more intense high. This makes it highly likely for the users to overdose on crack cocaine. Overdosing on crack cocaine can be lethal. It can lead to convulsions, coma and death.
What are the signs of being addicted to crack cocaine?
Once the user gets addicted to crack cocaine, the user will always be looking for their next “hit.” They may be restless and could show aggressive behaviour, uncharacteristic irresponsibility, have burns on their fingers and cracked or blistered lips. As soon as you smoke crack for the first time, the brain will rewire itself to seek the pleasures of the high as it is so intense. This makes it very addictive and will most likely change the way the person behaves. The more times the user smokes crack, the higher the dose they will require to fuel reach the same high.
Physical and mental effects of crack cocaine addiction
The physical and psychological effects of crack cocaine abuse can occur immediately after the first-time smoking crack. Long term abuse can lead to vital organ damage and failure and crack cocaine users are more susceptible to infections as it weakens your immune system. Other dangers include:
- Severe depression
- Permanent damage to blood vessels
- High Blood Pressure
- Severe Tooth Decay
- Sexual Disfunction
- Reproductive Damage and Infertility
- Confusion or Disorientation
- Paranoid Behaviour
- Respiratory Failure
- Heart Attack
Users are more likely to experience these effects if they are taking crack cocaine regularly. However, because of the potency of the substance, any amount of crack cocaine uses should be cause for concern.
How does the programme work?
It is likely to be difficult to convince the user to start treatment due to their addicted state of mind. As they can sometimes exhibit violent or paranoid behaviour, it is best to get a specialist to help you with the intervention and rehabilitation process. Steps Together have a specialist programme designed to provide all the support and care to help you or your loved one to overcome crack cocaine addiction.
Through the Detox programme, we will help to stop crack cocaine abuse. While this may seem like a daunting prospect, our experienced and specialist team are well equipped to guide you through the whole process. The programme also involves counselling, regular exercise and a balanced nutrition plan to give back nutrition and peace of mind.
At Steps Together, we understand how daunting the prospect of completely stopping crack cocaine can seem, but we have also seen first-hand that it is possible and that it is worth every second. The Detox will cleanse the body of unhealthy substances and give your body the time and nutrition it needs to recover. Although the detox phase can be accompanied by painful withdrawals, this phase is necessary for the body to extract the hazardous substance and it can be carefully managed through medical supervision.
Withdrawals and Rehabilitation
Because of the intensity of the drug and how it works, the withdrawals of a detox are worse than the withdrawals you would experience from cocaine. Crack Cocaine Withdrawals Symptoms could include:
- Mood Swings
- Difficulty concentrating
As withdrawal symptoms can be very intense and overwhelming, specialist medical assistance is needed to guide and help you through the process.
How Steps Together Rehab can help
We have been trained to give you the best advice and support to take you through the steps to a full recovery. Our modern facilities are designed to provide you or your relative with the rest, nourishment and support needed to make a full recovery. Steps Together provide you or your loved one with the tools to overcome addiction and take control of your life.
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Start your recovery journey with Steps Together and take your first steps towards a brighter future. Contact our friendly staff on 0800 038 5585 or by filling out our contact form. Together we can beat crack cocaine addiction.