Almost 38 million people have admitted to have used cocaine in their lifetime.
95% of crack-related arrests involved addicted individuals trafficking cocaine.
Over 8.5 Million American citizens have ever abused crack cocaine.
CCrack Cocaine is a form of Cocaine, grown from the coca plant, primarily found in Columbia and South America, but is grown locally too. Crack Cocaine is a stimulant that affects the brain and nervous system. Crack Cocaine influences the brain’s mesolimbic dopamine systemthe reward pathway. Crack Cocaine amplifies the signal of the neuro transmitters to create a euphoric effect, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse. Negative impacts include depression, negative moods, and the brain compelling the user to seek Crack Cocaine over food and other responsibilities.
Withdrawal symptoms for Crack Cocaine abuse can be extremely dangerous. This is why you should admit yourself to a medically managed detoxification treatment center. In a detox facility, you will be under 24-hour care, should you have any issues. Withdrawal symptoms from Crack Cocaine include: sweats, depression, anxiety, agitation, headaches, difficulty concentrating and increased appetite. Harsher symptoms can be rapid heart-beat, stroke, seizure and heart attack. These symptoms are all the result of your body’s way of getting used to not consuming Crack Cocaine.
According to a 2013 report by the National Institution on Drug Abuse about 5,000 deaths were caused by Cocaine, which also includes Crack Cocaine. The danger of crack cocaine overdose is high because it stays in the body for a shorter amount of time than Cocaine, which causes abusers to use even more of it, increasing their risk for overdose.
The most effective form of treatment for Crack Cocaine addiction is inpatient treatment. Typically, patients stay at a 24-hour medically managed facility for 30, 60 or 90 days. Addiction and medical professionals provide several types of therapy including individual, group, family and cognitive behavioral therapy. Inpatient facilities are able to provide individual care while removing temptation, and arming the clients with psychological help to help them better focus on their rehabilitation. Inpatient rehab also addresses the underlying causes of addiction, including the genetics, psychology, cultural, physical and environmental conditions the patient is under.
Outpatient care is where clients travel several times a week for treatment sessions at a facility and leave, rather than staying overnight in the center. This affords the clients more convenience in their life if they have family and work responsibilities that they can’t ignore. The downside is that the client is still exposed to the conditions and environments that may be contributing to their substance abuse. Outpatient treatment can be successful in that people receive coping mechanisms to avoid the temptation to use. Outpatient treatment is typically less expensive than inpatient care, so it may be an option for some people where cost is a factor.
Because Crack Cocaine is a diluted freebase version of Cocaine, the price is much less expensive than Cocaine, and it is more available. Users inject or snort the powder form of Cocaine, which is the hydrochloride salt. The freebase or Crack Cocaine is created by processing Cocaine with baking soda or ammonia and water, and then heating it to remove the hydrochloride to manufacture a smokable substance Crack Cocaine refers to the cracking sound it makes when it is smoked.
According to SAMHSA.GOV (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), in a report conducting in the year 2013, there were 601,000 people aged 12 or older who had used Cocaine for the first time within the past 12 months. Of these, approximately 58,000 tried Crack Cocaine for the first time (in 2013), which is a drastic decline from 353,000 in 2008 and 95,000 in 2009. The sharp decline could be based on many factors, including the lesser expensive narcotics of Meth and Heroin, and their increased availability on the streets.
It is important to remember addiction is a family disease. Everyone will be affected in some way. Family members are often victimized by loved ones battling addiction. Even after the active drug or alcohol use stops, there will still be some behaviors that may cause worry. This is where family therapy in rehab could be helpful.
In family therapy, the therapist will teach the family how to handle problems in a more effective way. Family therapy helps everyone by allowing them to open up and share about their problems. It will teach the family that even though someone is in recovery it will still take time for them to get over certain behaviors. Talking about problems within the family is a process and helps with the healing process they need.
When people finish detoxification and a treatment plan is created for them, they have the opportunity to choose from a variety of treatment plans for them, and even use a combination of these. Many of these include individual, group, family and cognitive behavior therapy. Group therapy is very effective for those people who like to open up and share their experiences. They share with peers and counselors and through this sharing, they come to an understanding of why they abused drugs or alcohol and how they can prevent abuse in the future, which ultimately leads to healing. Connecting with peers just like them, who are addicted to similar substances can be powerful on the road to recovery. They can develop their own support group to help them when times get tough.
People abuse Crack Cocaine for a variety of reasons. Some use it as a recreation drug, to get a high while they’re out partying. It’s a stimulant and it will keep them awake longer so they can continue to party harder. Other people use Crack Cocaine as a weight-loss mechanism as it raises metabolism. Some use it to enhance performance in athletic sports or as a studying tool to remain alert. Regardless of the reason, Crack Cocaine is a very dangerous illicit street drug and overdose is always a possibility. A person could overdose and die at any given time. It also damages mucus membranes and causes brain damage as Crack Cocaine toxins go directly to the brain when inhaled nasally.
People who use Cocaine are 24 times more likely to have a heart attack than the average population. Crack Cocaine users are also high-risk for contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases and chronic diseases like HIV/AIDs from shooting cocaine intravenously. Prolonged abuse can cause anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, psychotic issues, sexual issues and sleep disorders. In many cases, Cocaine has induced seizures, neurological disorders, vascular and lung issues, comas and death from overdoses. People who abuse too much Crack Cocaine are at serious risk of overdose which may result in unconsciousness, coma, or death. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Crack Cocaine, call us now. Our trained professionals will help you find a treatment center near you so you can start your path toward a sober life. (866) 578-7471