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Effects of Crack

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug and, in its powdered rock form – also known as crack – it is even more addictive.

Crack can be dissolved in water then injected or heated in a pipe and smoked. It’s the crackling sound that the drug makes when it is smoked that gives it its name.

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Physical Effects of Crack

When you smoke crack, its effects are felt almost immediately – both physically and mentally. According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General, some of the physical effects commonly reported by those who seek treatment for dependence upon the substance include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature

These effects can last between five and 20 minutes depending upon how much is smoked. Users report that one hit is never enough – they always want more right away.

Why Do People Smoke Crack Instead of Snort Cocaine?

Crack is an inexpensive form of cocaine. It is also highly potent. While cocaine is more often used in social situations, crack is more often used by those who are maintaining an addiction and desperately need a quick high.

Mental and Emotional Effects of Crack

The use of crack seems to create a tunnel vision in users; they can think of nothing but getting more crack. The Pennsylvania Attorney General says that some mental and emotional effects of using the drug include:

  • Irritability
  • Intense anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Paranoia

When the drug wears off or the user attempts to stop smoking crack for good, depression almost always sets in. In an effort to feel better, many people turn back to crack in order to alleviate the bad feelings.

Who Uses Crack?

The stereotypical crack addict is down on his luck, urban, often homeless, and a desperate criminal – according to popular media. However, studies that look at the use and abuse of substances across populations in the United States are reporting that crack use is becoming more and more common among those who are living and functioning in the middle and upper classes.

Crack’s Toll on the Body

Long-term use crack can be devastating to the body, just like long-term ingestion of any drug or toxic chemical. The Pennsylvania Attorney General reports that some of the common physical issues seen among those who have used crack for a long period of time include:

  • Ulceration of the mucus membranes in the nose and throat
  • Respiratory problems
  • Chest pains
  • Internal bleeding
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Seizures

Treatment Options for Crack Abuse and Addiction

Medical detox, intensive psychological therapies, alternative and holistic treatments, long-term aftercare services – all of these together can create a comprehensive addiction treatment program that can help you replace crack dependence with a new life that is healthy and hopeful.

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