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Crack cocaine is the crystalline form of cocaine that is created by processing the drug with water and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). This Schedule II substance gets its name from the popping and cracking sound the crystals make when they’re heated in order to be smoked. These crystals come in different colors, and they are the most potent form of cocaine.
Those who smoke crack heat up the crystals and inhale the fumes through a glass pipe, which allows the drug to take effect quicker than the powdered from. This immediate high can last about 15 minutes. The cheap price of street crack makes it highly desirable. This constant use of crack leads to abuse, and eventually, addiction can form.
Street names for crack cocaine include:
- Base or freebase
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What are the Effects of Crack Cocaine Abuse?
Crack cocaine is a stimulant drug that is considered to be more addictive and cause more negative health consequences than cocaine. The intense and short-lived high can be followed by depression, feelings of edginess and intense drug cravings.
Other negative side effects of crack abuse include:
Crack cocaine addiction is highly possible with regular abuse. Because this drug is so relatively inexpensive, users often take large doses in a short amount of time, exposing themselves to the risk of overdose and serious health effects. Other signs of addiction include isolation from friends and family and white burn marks around the mouth.
Recovering from crack addiction can be physically and psychologically challenging. Only through the help of a professional drug treatment program can you or a loved one get the help necessary to cope and manage their condition.
Because crack cocaine is highly addictive, the best course of treatment is a supervised detox period followed by a tailored inpatient rehab program. Depending on the patient’s physical and mental condition, as well as their history with drug addiction, the treatment plan will be designed to fit their specific needs.
An inpatient rehab program is the best and most effective way to recover from crack addiction. Choosing a treatment center that provides tailored treatment plans can help you address the physical ans psychological aspects of your addiction. Certified rehab centers have knowledgeable and experienced medical staff that employ the use of behavioral therapies, support groups, 12-step programs, relapse prevention training, and much more. This environment is safe and stable, and allows patients to safely be weaned off the addictive substance, while also teaching them new and healthier ways to cope with triggers and temptations.
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Last updated on April 7th, 2017 at 06:55 pm