Crack Cocaine Addiction
drugabuse.com states that crack cocaine is the freebase form of cocaine. Crack’s popularity, in part, was due to its appeal for drug users seeking an inexpensive, ultra-potent, fast acting high. Crack cocaine is considered to be one of the most powerful and highly addictive illegal drugs due to its ability to produce psychological dependence.
Crack cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. The use of crack cocaine allows users to achieve a “high” which includes an intense burst of energy, a euphoric feeling, inflated sense of self and increased self-importance, increased focus, and a sense of escaping reality.
Facts About Crack Cocaine Use
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that in 2008 there were 1.9 million current (past-month) cocaine users, of which is it said approximately 359,000 were current crack users. The survey also stated that adults ages 18 to 25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other age group. Over all men reported higher rates of current cocaine use than women.
Cocaine is administered through inhalation, intranasal, oral, or intravenously. Snorting cocaine in the process of inhaling cocaine powder through the nostrils, where is it then absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. Cocaine may also be injected which releases the drug directly into the bloodstream heightening the intensity of the drug.
Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Use
The effects of cocaine use are almost immediate and typically make the user feel talkative, energetic, euphoric, and mentally alert. Signs and symptoms of cocaine use may include:
- Dilated pupils
- Constricted blood vessels
- Increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature
- Twitching of the muscles
- Irritability, panic, restlessness, and anxiety
- Volatile mood swings
Cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest are often related to deaths caused by cocaine use.
Our intensive outpatient program in West Palm Beach offers support and guidance for those looking for treatment for crack cocaine addiction. At A New Start, Inc., our dedicated staff provides therapy services and a support system within our treatment program. Contact us today to learn more at 1-844-TALK-ANS.