Introduced in the 1980s, crack is a highly addictive variation of cocaine that destroys the lives of addicts and their families — and in some cases, disrupting entire communities and neighborhoods. If you’re ready to beat the crack addiction causing problems in your life, call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237.
What is crack?
Crack is cocaine not yet neutralized by an acid producing hydrochloride salt that forms what’s typically referred to as “powder” cocaine. Unlike powder cocaine, crack cocaine comes in a rock crystal that can be heated, its vapors smoked.
According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the term “crack” comes from the crackling sound made when heated.
Street names for crack, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, include Jelly Beans, Rooster and Tornado. Crack mixed with heroin is sometimes called Moonrock, while marijuana cigarettes laced with crack are often referred to as Oolies.
How is crack abused?
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, crack is almost always smoked. Smoking crack delivers large quantities of the drug to the lungs, producing an immediately intense euphoric effect.
How widespread is crack use?
The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 8.4 million Americans aged 12 or older reported trying crack at least once in their lifetimes, representing about 3.4% of the U.S. 12-and-older population.
About 1.1 million Americans surveyed reported using crack within the past year and roughly 359,000 reported crack use in the last month.
Short-term effects of crack:
The short-term effects experienced by crack users are similar to those found in those who abuse powder cocaine, though in some ways the effects of crack can be more intense. Crack effects include:
- Constricted blood vessels and increased temperature and heart rate
- Lung trauma and bleeding
- Aggressive and paranoid behavior
Long-term effects of crack:
- Gastrointestinal complications
- Paranoid psychosis
- Heart attack
The Drug Abuse Warning Network estimates that in 2002, crack abuse was associated with 42,146 emergency room visits, which makes up about 21% of all cocaine-related emergency room visits that year. For more information on crack cocaine treatment, call us now at 877-417-6237.
What are the risks of crack addiction during pregnancy?
Pregnant women who use crack risk killing their unborn child, as crack has been linked to increased numbers of still births and miscarriages. According to the American Pregnancy Association, crack has also been shown to increase the chance of premature labor by 25%.
Pregnant women who don’t seek treatment for their crack addiction may give birth to babies with smaller heads or other growth deformities. The baby itself may also be born with an addiction to crack, causing the infant to suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as sleeplessness and muscle spasms.
Why is crack addiction so hard to overcome?
Crack cocaine is one of the most addictive substances. Upon inhalation of this powerful drug, the user’s body instantly begins the addiction process. After continued use, crack addicts begin to believe they cannot live without the drug. When an addict tries to quit, they’re often discouraged by unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Angry outbursts
- Muscle pain
- Intense craving
Crack addiction treatment is a proven way to quit.
Crack addiction treatment has a well-documented, proven track record of leading clients to sobriety. With help of American Addiction Centers, you or your loved one will receive compassionate, knowledgeable care during each key step of the process. The difficult step of detox will be made much easier through around-the-clock medical care which includes administration of medications specifically designed to ease crack’s difficult withdrawal symptoms.
After cocaine detox is complete, our clients receive intensive individual and group counseling that addresses the root causes of their crack addiction. After drug rehab, clients receive continued assistance through recovery support groups.
A better life, and one free of crack addiction, is waiting. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237.
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