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In the 1980s, crack use hit epidemic levels in large cities across the United States. At the time, The New York Times reported that crack addiction was predominantly affecting people from low-income areas. Today, crack use has spread to other types of users, including those in middle-class or even high-class areas. With crack use becoming more prevalent, some people might ask what it is and why it’s being used by many different types of people.
Crack is a solid, crystallized form of cocaine. While some versions of cocaine can be snorted or injected, crack is typically left in its crystallized form and smoked. Even though crack is taken differently than other forms of cocaine, crack users will often experience the same drug high that other cocaine users do. A cocaine high can lead to feeling like extreme happiness and elevated alertness.
Some people who take crack say that the drug helps them focus on day-to-day tasks. This isn’t the case for everyone, however. Others can have the opposite effect, which could lead to other complications.
Continuous crack abuse can lead to severe, lifelong medical problems. Even if individuals manage to stop their crack addiction, chances are that any long-term drug abuse will leave a permanent mark. Late in life, some past crack abusers have developed Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders due to their drug use. There are other, not as permanent negative effects involved with crack addiction, including:
Some people who struggle with crack addiction will binge on the drug. Instead of taking a dose every so often, they will repetitively use crack multiple times in an hour, increasing the dosage each time in order to maintain their high. People who consume a large amount of crack are susceptible to violent and unpredictable behavior. This sort of behavior can also lead people to overdosing, which could cause them to die.
Once someone becomes addicted to crack, it can be hard to stop using. Withdrawal symptoms, old habits, and simple need can keep people using for years, even if they know the drug is bad for them. The best way to start a sober life is to reach out for help at an addiction treatment center. It’s important to find a facility that works specifically with cocaine or crack.
At Beaches Recovery, you’ll be surrounded by medical professionals who are familiar with cocaine addiction. Not only that, but we also offer traditional and holistic programs that can be adapted to your specific problems. No matter what you’re dealing with outside our treatment center, we can help you learn how to cope with those stresses without turning back to substance abuse. By coming to Beaches Recovery, you put yourself in the hands of trained professionals who want nothing more than for you to succeed in living a sober life.
You don’t have to keep living with a crack addiction. While the drug abuse may have a permanent impact on your life, it’s still possible to live a sober, lasting life. Beaches Recovery can help you through the worst of your addiction treatment and put you on the path to success. Call Beaches Recovery today at 866-605-0532 to talk with someone about your treatment options.