Crack is a hard substance with a slightly white color in a mineral form. It’s produced by combining baking soda or ammonia with powdered cocaine and dried into rocks. Abusers usually inhale it through a glass pipe after it has been heated, to which it makes the cracking noise its name derives from.
Effects and Abuse
An illicit drug, using crack is automatically deemed abuse. Smoking crack allows it to reach the brain faster and produces an short-lived, but intense high very quickly.
Effects of crack include:
Crack is awfully potent and has an extreme risk of deadly overdose, even for for first-time users due to the drug’s short-lived effects requiring a high frequency of dosing.
With crack being exponentially more addictive than normal cocaine, it’s very easy for anyone to develop an immediate addiction to it. The high is very short-lived, which is why users require more of the drug to maintain its effects and an addiction is developed. Crack ignites large amounts of dopamine in the brain, which is a chemical that induces happiness. As a result, users develop highly strong cravings for crack so they do not go through undesirable symptoms and effects of withdrawal, making quitting terribly difficult.
Crack and Cocaine
Often, crack is abused by a person with an addiction to cocaine. Coke is considered more expensive than crack, with the latter having a reputation for possessing cheaper prices. Therefore, crack has more accessibility than cocaine for many people, largely to those who are underprivileged. Yet developing an addiction to crack can lead to spending thousands of dollars per week to sustain.
Treatment for Crack Addiction
While crack can take over your brain when suffering from an addiction, you can get the needed help to return to a sober and healthy lifestyle. The Discovery House offers addiction treatment programs at its long term treatment centers for addiction in Los Angeles. Securing treatment at its luxury rehab facilities will best prepare you for long term recovery. Call us today at 818.452.1676 or fill out our form.