Crack-cocaine is the heightened man-made form of cocaine. Crack provides a greater high, lasts longer, and is less costly than the powder form of cocaine. Furthermore, crack is more addictive, which explains the high number of users in crack addiction. It is used primarily for the ability to provide a rapid high, a burst of energy, and an amplified ability to stay focused. However, the negative consequences of crack are numerous with dependence happening with just one use. Moreover, crack is typically a rock-like substance that is smoked, but it can also be injected. Crack can come in all types of sizes and types since it is made illegally and usually added to additional substances. Also, crack goes by many street names including:
Crack is used for the “high” feeling it gives for about 10 minutes after it is first taken. This is the reason for the drug’s addictive propensity since even first-time users will chase that short-lived high over-and-over. In addiction, some crack addicts will take multiple “hits” to lengthen the time frame of the high and delay the certain crash. Eventually, addiction forms and the individual will say and do anything in their pursuit to get more of the drug, no matter the costs. Signs and symptoms of crack addiction often include:
Addiction is created when dependence of the drug is overt. Dependence happens when withdrawal symptoms appear when the drug is not used. This happens because the body gets used to crack in the system and doesn’t function properly when starved of it. Dependence is directly connected to addiction. Crack addiction is evident when a person tries to quit using crack but fails or experiences negative consequences from using crack and continues to use without any regard. Crack addiction can lead to many unhealthy and dangerous activities since a person will engage in actions that negatively affect their well-being just to use again. Some of the high-risk situations crack user may get into include:
Criminal Behavior: Beyond crack itself, users will commit crimes to get more crack. Typically, burglary or robbery.
Risky Sexual Behavior: Crack often impairs judgment and increase the desire to perform sexual acts. It is not rare to hear of prostitution as an attempt to attain crack. Crack addicts frequently put themselves at increased risk for STD’s.
Neglecting Everyday Tasks: When addiction takes hold, there is little else to focus on other than using crack. Responsibilities such as school, family and jobs take a backseat to securing more crack.
Violence: Crack can ignite any emotion like it is multiplied by 1000. This includes level of anger that can be exhibited.
Our professional staff understands the perils of crack-cocaine addiction and continually devises treatment plans for clients that wish to be free from the prison of crack addiction. Those afflicted with crack addiction are unhealthy and in need of professional medical and therapeutic help, just like those with an illness who need medical attention. In crack addiction, users may want to stop but physically and psychologically they cannot. The only help for those addicted is to admit to Safe Haven Recovery drug rehab. Here, we know what it takes in addiction recovery to rebuild from crack’s hold on our life. Our crack-cocaine treatment provides essential skills and knowledge for a client to start on a life of sobriety well-being.