Crack Cocaine is an illegal, dangerous and addictive freebase from the drug Cocaine. Crack Cocaine came about by individuals creating a cheaper alternative to Cocaine. Crack Cocaine is a stimulant which creates a quick, euphoric high that has an addictive feeling that users crave. Being a stimulant, Crack Cocaine will speed up the brain and nervous system causing the abuser to be awake and alert. Users will be awake and alert for a few hours but the rush they feel in the beginning will only last for a few minutes. Because the high is so quick, Crack Cocaine is abused in large amounts creating an addiction and tolerance to the drug.
An addiction to Crack Cocaine is a serious mental disease that can cause havoc in the abuser’s life. There is a minimal chance that someone could use Crack Cocaine casually due to its addictive nature. Crack Cocaine abuse should not be taken lightly. It comes with many dangerous symptoms and can cause damage to the mind, body and soul. Some of the physical symptoms to look out for when you feel someone is abusing Crack Cocaine are insomnia, dilated pupils, increased heart rate, loss of appetite, weight loss, and twitching.
There are psychological and behavioral symptoms to look out for also such as aggression, mood swings, hallucinations, paranoia, inability to stop using Crack Cocaine and anxiety. Someone who abuse Crack Cocaine will also put the use ahead of family, friends, work and school. Along with physical signs of Crack Cocaine abuse there are many health problems that can occur due to the use of Crack Cocaine.
The short-term health effects of Crack Cocaine abuse are nausea, high breathing rates, cardiovascular problems, delusional thinking, anxiety and seizures.
The long-term health effects of Crack Cocaine abuse are malnutrition due to significant weight loss, persistent psychotic symptoms, major depression, anxiety, and irritability and long-lasting cardiovascular issues that may include heart attack, stroke and damaged vessels.
You may read these signs and symptoms and declare yourself hopeless. You know what you are doing to your body and you can’t seem to stop. You are positive you are going to die addicted to Crack Cocaine. These are thoughts that addicts have who don’t realize there is a way out and another way of life. There is hope for those struggling with a Crack Cocaine abuse problem. They just have to be willing to do what it takes to recover.
There are, however, individuals who never get help for their Crack Cocaine addiction. These are people who didn’t know there was help available or denied the help one to many times. If you have at least an ounce of willingness in your body to save your life from the depths of Crack Cocaine addiction, treatment can help you save your life. You don’t want to be the person who is begging for money on the side of the street at an old age. You deserve to have an actual life with a family, love, and happiness. This is possible for people who get the help they deserve.
Treatment for Crack Cocaine abuse would usually start with a detoxification period. Detoxification otherwise known as detox is a process where the Crack Cocaine and any other harmful substances are removed from your body. When planning to detox it is best to do it with the help of a medical professional. Having a medical professional around during your detoxification process will keep you safe and they will be able to ease the pain of withdrawal with medication. The medication a doctor will prescribe will be different for each patient. Some of the most common medications used for Crack Cocaine withdrawal are Gabapentin, Modafinil, Topiramate, and Vigabatrin.
When detox is completed, you aren’t just “cured” from your problem. You will need to go to a rehabilitation center so you can learn how to maintain your addiction. In treatment, you will learn why you started abusing drugs in the first place. You will get down to the bottom of your abuse problem, talk through all pre-existing problems and find a better way to cope with emotions. There are many things you will learn and do in treatment that will help you stay sober for good. Although treatment is the beginning of your journey, you will need to take further action because recovery doesn’t just “end.”
Once you have completed treatment, you will need to figure out an aftercare plan that will keep you from wanting to go back to using Crack Cocaine. Attending 12-step meetings can help you prevent relapse and give you a good, sober group of people to share your new sober life with. 12-step meetings have helped people for many years to stay sober and keep their mind off drugs and alcohol. 12-step meetings prevent relapse and give you a better chance at living a life of recovery. If 12-step meetings aren’t your thing there are other options available. If you are ready for treatment for your Crack Cocaine abuse problem and don’t know where to start, give us a call. We will gladly help you in any way we can: (866) 578-7471