Understanding Crack Cocaine
Crack cocaine is a hard, mineral-like substance with an off-white tint. Crack is made by mixing baking soda or ammonia into the powder form of cocaine and dried forming the “rocks” known as crack cocaine. It is most usually vaporized in a glass pipe and inhaled, though some people use soda cans or aluminum foil to heat it.
The name comes from the cracking or popping sound the substance makes when heated. Other names for it include: rock(s), base, candy, cookies, kryptonite, sleet, or most commonly, crack. If someone you or a loved one is struggling with a crack cocaine addiction, contact us now.
Crack Effects and Abuse
When it is smoked (rather than snorted through the nose), the drug reaches the brain more quickly, producing an intense and immediate high. This high, however, is short-lived.
The effects of crack cocaine include:
Due to its potency, there is a high risk of fatal overdose from using crack cocaine. Even someone using the drug for the first time can overdose.
An overdose is typically preceded by dilated pupils and sweating. Signs of a crack cocaine overdose include:
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Addiction to Crack Cocaine
Crack is far more potent and addictive than regular cocaine. Therefore, an addiction to crack develops quickly, and some people become addicted the first time they try it.
Strong cravings for the drug along with the desire to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms make it difficult to quit. People addicted to crack tend to ignore the negative consequences caused by their drug use.[/col_inner] [/row_inner]
Getting Out of Crack’s Grip
Just as your brain can be rewired into feeling like crack is the only form of pleasure in the world, it can also be wired back to its original, healthy state through appropriate treatment. Take the first step in taking your life back today.