Here are some facts about crack addiction that are useful as we try to understand addiction.
FACT: Crack cocaine is a kind of cocaine that is smoked. Cocaine is mixed with baking soda and processed into cubes. The term crack actually came from the sound that the drug makes when it is smoked.
FACT: Crack cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, and some claim it is more addictive than the powder cocaine that has been glamorized in movies and television as a drug of choice for young professionals.
Whether or not it is more addictive than cocaine remains to be seen, but it is a dangerous and problematic drug. It became popular in the mid 1980’s as an inexpensive alternative to cocaine. There is nothing glamorous about Crack Cocaine Addiction Facts.
FACT: Although crack cocaine is a stimulant, it can have a numbing effect when applied directly to an area. Crack smoke can numb the tongue for example.
FACT: Crack cocaine buyers do not really know what they are getting, because the cocaine is cut with some other substance to add volume to the cube.
FACT: Crack cocaine is usually in the form of a rock, but sometimes users and dealers will buy regular cocaine and do their own processing.
FACT: Crack cocaine works on the brain. The user enjoys the rush, a euphoric feeling, the increased energy. The cocaine causes the release of the natural brain chemical dopamine, the cause of the euphoria.
FACT: Crack smokers will have a high for five to ten minutes and will need more drug to remain high. The trouble is, that original high is difficult to duplicate and crack users are always “chasing the high” wanting to feel good. They need more and more drug to achieve the goal.
FACT: Crack cocaine addiction sets in when the user can no longer choose for him/her self whether or not to use the drug. The cravings take over. The brain chemistry is altered and the user’s brain is tricked into thinking the crack cocaine needs to be there in order for it to function “normally.”
FACT: Crack cocaine addiction suffers know the feeling of the intense cravings that are the worst part of withdrawal.
FACT: Once the high wears off, the dopamine levels in the brain decrease, like dropping a stone into a swimming pool. The addict feels depressed and needs more drug to feel good again. The trouble is, because so much dopamine has been released into the brain, it takes a long time for that dopamine to be replenished, so each successive high is less intense. Still, they chase the high, sometimes binging on the stuff for days without sleep.
FACT: Crack cocaine addiction has no happy ending. The user continues to chase the high, never getting the same results, and the prolonged use of the drug leads to paramoia, mood swings, irritability, sometimes violent behavior
FACT: Crackheads can lose touch with reality and have hallucinations. Other dreadful psychological side effects can occur, such as thinking their skin is crawling with bugs, sometimes called “coke bugs.” Not knowing reality from delusion, the crack addict may try to rid himself of the bugs and scratch his/her self into a bloody mess.
FACT: Because crack cocaine addiction requires the user to take more and more drug, putting them at risk for dreadful behavioral consequences. They can become violent, have seizures, muscle spasms and become paranoid.
FACT: Crack cocaine can also cause the user to engage in risky or stupid behavior, taking chances they normally would not take.
FACT: Crack cocaine use can be fatal. Users may have a heart attack or respiratory failure.
FACT: Sometimes cocaine is mixed with heroin, called speedballing, but crack cocaine is not mixed with heroin.
FACT: Crack cocaine might be mixed with other substances to give the rock bulk. Users cannot be sure that pure crack is what they are buying. Some batches of crack may contain toxic substances. Crack users always deny these Crack Cocaine Addiction Facts.
FACT: Crack cocaine addiction is a major public health concern. Heavy crack use can lead to what is called “crack lung,” the crack smoke constricts blood vessels in the lungs. This stops blood and oxygen from circulating. Eventually scarring occurs and the lungs are permanently damaged. Lung problems are often obvious but often overlooked Crack Cocaine Addiction Facts.
FACT: Mothers are cautioned against using crack while carrying a baby, but the claim that babies born to crack addicts are addicts themselves has not been proven. The mother is in jeopardy of serious health issues, but there is not evidence to suggest that the crack is going to arrest the development and growth of the baby. Bottom line, it’s a bad idea to smoke crack, period.
FACT: Babies that are exposed to crack cocaine may, however, have come cognitive issues, such as their ability to process information being compromised, or their attention span being limited. Studies continue. Low birth weight, premature babies, are a couple of concerns. There is evidence to suggest that coke can cause unborn babies to suffer a stroke or heart attack. These are very sad Crack Cocaine Addiction Facts.
FACT: There are treatment centers for crack cocaine addiction and addicts can learn to rebuild their lives and live a healthy and productive life. As with any addiction, treatment from qualified, professionals is the best answer to the addiction problem. Crack Cocaine Addiction Facts have shown through research that recovery is possible!
I am addicted to crack and heroin.
It all began when i was 15, & like most teens I thought it was cool
to do drugs. My first real boyfriend's mom snorted cocaine, even with
her son, and that's where I first tried it.
I loved the rush, the feeling of increased energy.
only got worse from there, at age 17 things ended with my boyfriend and
i moved in with another guy and his parents. We got drunk every night. I
found out his parents were huge crack heads. I started buying cocaine
from them and not too long after, i was learning how to cook coke into
The rush of euphoria and the feelings of greatness when I
took a hit were so powerful, i never wanted to stop. I was 17!!
smoking crack at 17! Pretty soon i turned 18, and things really got
I received a settlement of $6,000, buying bags of coke
every night. Not long after that I met a way older guy, 38 years old,
who smoked and sold crack. We hit it off, and i would hang out with him
because i knew he would always give me crack and get me high.
quit my job, moved out of my house and in with him. Not long after that i
started shooting heroin to come down from the nasty side effects crack
left. I loved it.
I sold my nice stereo for the ten minute
crack high, cells phones, even a ps3! Endless fights between me and my
boyfriend over his smoking, who gets what hit and just stupid nonsense.
really taken over my life. To this day i stay from motel to motel with a
38 year old man thinking about how I'm gonna get high.
I hate it, i hate every second of it.
when i wanna quit, i keep going. I've almost had strokes from smoking
so much. When he gets going, he doesn't quit. I smoke at least 2 eight
balls a day. Then when there's no money or nothing left to sell, i hate
myself for all the stupid stuff i go through to get high.
here i am away from my boyfriend who's not answering his phone because
he's too high to answer. These drugs have taken over my thoughts and
what i once called life.
Now I'm 18 years old, i ignore all my
friends and family just to get high. If i had to stop that would mean
cutting out all the drug users in my life. And even more sad, I've
smoked crack and shot heroin with my own father.
nobody's fault but my own, and every time i chose to load the needle or
hit the pipe, i know i take the risk of never living a day again. If
only i had the power to quit.
Not Strong Enough by: Ned Wicker
I really don't think anybody is strong
enough to just quit using drugs, not you, not me or anyone else.
Treatment is the only proper answer to getting clean and getting your
young life back on track. Please, I encourage you to seek professional
That mother who snorted coke with you and her son ought
to be horsewhipped. Your boyfriend, who is twice your age and a
deadbeat, is no walk in the park and an evil influence on you.
have your whole life in front of you, but you're throwing it away on
drugs and a man who uses you. It's a road to nowhere, but there is
You can overcome this and with the right kind of
professional support and a little love, you can. But you have to get
out and away from the deadly drug culture. It only leads to the grave.
You need to get into treatment and leave your drug life behind.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8