Many people go to addiction treatment centers to help them overcome addictions to cocaine. Crack cocaine use in particular has been in the news a lot lately and is also common to see in movies and on television. Some individuals may not understand the difference between traditional cocaine and crack cocaine. Crack cocaine is considered a particularly addictive drug, and it is important for people to understand the dangers of this substance and the possible consequences of using it.
Crack cocaine is a form of the drug that has been processed with chemicals. According to an article published by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, people make this drug by dissolving and boiling regular cocaine in a mixture of water and ammonia or baking soda. When this mixture cools, it takes the form of a rock. Most people use this drug by smoking it, while others may inject it. The drug is called crack because of the sound it makes when it is heated up. Once people inhale it, the high they experience only lasts about five to 10 minutes.
Crack can affect the body in a number of ways – it depends on how long and often people use it. Some of the effects of crack include increased blood pressure, seizures and a thickening of the blood vessels. Furthermore, the CBC added that when people use both crack and alcohol, their risk of experiencing sudden death increases over that of just using crack alone. Long-term use of crack has been associated with psychosis, sleeping and eating problems, impotence, birth defects, breathing problems and erratic behavior.
While it is difficult to determine which drug is the most addictive, crack is certainly high on the list. The CBC explained that research has shown that smoking crack is the most addictive method of doing cocaine.
The Drug Policy Alliance explained that cocaine in all forms has become more plentiful and less expensive since the 1980s and is widely available throughout the U.S., which is why this is such a widespread issue. Thankfully, it seems that although cocaine is simple for many teenagers to obtain, less of them are trying it now compared to the 1980s. According to the DPA, surveys have shown that 8 percent of high school seniors said they had tried cocaine at least once, compared to 17 percent in 1985.
The Toronto Star spoke to a woman who experienced how crack can negatively impact a person’s life first-hand.
“I met people who lived on the street. I had girls who were cracking, coming to my apartment. I got kicked out. I landed on the street. I wasn’t street-wise,” the woman told the news source. “I sold everything I had to get drugs. I was alone. I was lost. I was sleeping near some railroad tracks.” She added that while she had met people who could recreationally use this drug, most of the people she knew who did crack were addicted to it.
The Toronto Star spoke to another man named Peter, who explained that anyone can develop an addition to crack – it is not just underprivileged people.
“I’ve been in rehab with cops, with people who have power and positions of control – people who don’t like it when there’s a threat of that control being lost; it’s scary for them and their families,” he told the news source.
People who are addicted to crack should know that they can get help from rehab centers to reclaim control over their lives and stay clean and sober.