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Crack Cocaine Help with addiction

It’s a popular drug. Crack addiction is associated with having good times with your friends, having money and power. They write songs about it. They glamorize it.

But it’s a lie!

Let’s take a closer look at Crack Cocaine Help with addiction and see if it’s as desirable after the facts are presented. Knowing the facts about Crack Cocaine, the truth, might save someone’s life, maybe your own.

Derived from the coca plant

Other names for Crack Cocaine include, but are not limited to coke, snow, lady, flake, gold dust, freebase and crack.

Crack Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant, found in South America. The leaves are mashed, much like grapes are for making wine, then are treated with sulfuric acid. During this process, the active drug is released, as a paste is formed. The paste is then further refined and the end result is Crack Cocaine hydrochloride, a fine, white powder. It looks like powdered sugar.

Crack Cocaine became popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s and since that time the medical community has learned much about the highly addictive nature of this drug.

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Addiction, explaining the serious increase in the use and addiction to Crack Cocaine and she wrote:

“One of NIDA’s most important goals is to translate what scientists learn from research, in order to help the public better understand drug abuse and addiction, and to develop more effective strategies for their prevention and treatment.”

Volkow explains that scientists can actually observe the “dynamic changes” in the brain as a person uses this drug. They can see the “rush” and the “high” and actually see when a person is “craving” Crack Cocaine.

How does Crack Cocaine work in the body?

Crack Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system. The drug causes the user to experience euphoria, a feeling of well-being beyond what you would regularly encounter. People who use the drug regularly do it for that “rush” they get. They want to feel good.

Side-effects of Crack Cocaine Help with addiction

People who chose to snort the drug, often develop nasal congestion and damage the mucous membrane of the nose and have bleeding cartilage. People coming down from a Crack Cocaine high might get depressed, or experience insomnia. Common for Crack Cocaine people is a decrease in appetite, accompanied by weight loss.

Use of Crack Cocaine causes blood vessels to constrict, leading to an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and heart attacks are common. Crack Cocaine can lead to irregular heart beat, lung disease and irreversible brain damage.

Body temperature and blood sugar rise. Respiratory failure, strokes and seizures are also possibilities. In rare cases, first time people have been known to die from the effects of the drug. Crack Cocaine Help with addiction also contributes to dramatic changes in behavior, as some people are known to display bizarre actions, or become violent.

Crack Cocaine people have been known to contract HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Blurred vision is a common side effect. Women people are susceptible to miscarriage, or if they carry to term, serious birth defects often occur.

Crack Cocaine Help with addiction and Alcohol: A dangerous mix

When Crack Cocaine and alcohol are used together, another dangerous physical situation occurs. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse research:the liver combines Crack Cocaine and alcohol, producing a new substance, cocathylene

This third player intensifies the high, but at the same time increases the risk of sudden death.

Highly Addictive

Crack Cocaine is highly addictive and one of the most rapidly addictive drugs used. While it became popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s, it is hardly new and is one of the oldest drugs known. Crack Cocaine Help with addiction has been abused for over 100 years.

Crack Cocaine Help with addiction creates a tolerance to the drug, as more drug is needed more often to achieve the same results. However, Crack Cocaine is so powerfully addictive that even a first-time user can gets a Crack Cocaine Help with addiction. The craving for the drug can come after the first hit of a crack pipe, or the first snort. People lose control and “need” the drug to feel good.

Withdrawal

People will start to withdraw from the drug sometimes as soon as six hours after taking Crack Cocaine. The withdrawal can last up to two weeks. People can experience depression, insomnia, paranoia, restlessness, and crying spells. Addicts have had cravings for the drug for a month or more.

Forms of Crack Cocaine -- Crack Cocaine Hydrochloride

There are a couple forms of Crack Cocaine that are most common, Crack Cocaine hydrochloride (powder) and “freebase.” The powder can be mixed with water and injected, or snorted through the nose. Most commonly, Crack Cocaine on the street is a white powder, diluted by street dealers with talcum powder, mixed with sugar, cornstarch and oftentimes with other stimulants.

Crack (freebase)

The term “crack” comes from the street and refers to the cracking sound the drug makes when it is smoked. Crack Crack Cocaine is made by combining the powder form of the drug with ammonia or baking soda and water, then heating the mixture to remove the hydrochloride. The drug produces an almost immediate high, usually within 10 seconds. It became popular in the 1980’s for its quick effect and for the fact that it is inexpensive. The combination of these two factors have made crack a huge problem, as people number close to 600,000.

Scope of Crack Cocaine Help with addiction

According to a 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), some 35.3 million Americans (14.3%) age 12 and older have tried Crack Cocaine at least once. The most likely age group to use Crack Cocaine is adults 18-25, and use among men is slightly higher than women. Five years ago, the estimated number of Crack Cocaine-dependent people was 1.5 million. That 2006 study showed that approximately 6.1 million people used Crack Cocaine in the previous 12 months and that 2.4 million had used during the last month.

Crack Cocaine may be fashionable, but it kills. Crack Cocaine may be popular, but only because people aren’t thinking of it as an enemy. Crack Cocaine may be celebrated, but it is not worthy of its praise. People don't know the truth, either because they have never been told or because they have chosen not to listen. Crack Cocaine is a lie. It represents the dark side of the human experience, the desire to feel good now and have it all now. For a fleeting moment of euphoria, it robs the human soul of purpose, meaning and the gift of relationship. It takes over and becomes lord and god to whomever uses it.

If you are using, seek help. If someone you know or love is using, get them help. Nothing Crack Cocaine provides is worth having.

My son is on crack and is robbing everyone?

by Cryssy
(Pennsauken NJ)


I have a 25 year old son on pcp and more recently crack. I put him out but its cold now so I let him stay in the basement.

I lock everything up but he finds things to steal anyway so I had to put him out again. He is living in a house with no heat roaming the street. I hurt for him and don't know what to do. Hell, I'm starting to feel a little crazy myself what should I do?

Force the Issue
by: Ned Wicker

Dear Cryssy,

Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me. You are learning that the diseased mind does not allow for reason, compassion, respect, appreciation or any other characteristic or behavior that well-adjusted adults display routinely.

You son can’t help himself and left to his own devices will likely kill himself eventually. However, as you have found out, you can’t have him living with you because he will rob you blind and leave nothing behind just to feed his disease.

You can only take cared of your own business and you can’t force him to do anything, even save himself.


You need support, so a call to Al-anon is a good idea for you. So many parents struggle with what to do for their sons and daughters. You have a difficult situation, because other than throwing him out, you have no control over your son and he is certainly not going to allow you to express any desires and opinions that are against him using.

Al-anon’s members have been through this struggle and they understand your experience.


Sometime addicts refuse any help, regardless of their wretched condition. You have the problem, not them. They can handle it. They know what’s best. You know from experience that your son is out of control, so you have to find a way to stop him before it’s too late.

You can try to gather the family together, under the direction of a trained professional, and have an intervention. It doesn’t always come down the way you see it on television.

You may also consider having him arrested and placed in a court-ordered drug treatment program, which he will fight against. In any event, you need to create a situation that forces him to understand that there are consequences to his behavior. He has to want to change and want to get help.

Your son has a brain disease. Nobody wants to be an addict, but he made some bad choices and it happened. Yes, it may be self-inflicted, but that does not diminish the fact that he needs treatment.

By hook or crook, you need to find a way to get him some help. Call Al-anon.

and Finally Remember:

"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


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