Crack Cocaine Intervention
Crack Cocaine Intervention
Crack Cocaine Addiction can be deadly. Cocaine is the most addicting stimulant drug on the planet and creates a major difficulty for those attempting abstinence. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (“Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, and talkativeness in addition to potentially dangerous physical side effects like raising heart rate and blood pressure.”
The powdered form of Cocaine is usually inhaled through the nose (snorted) and absorbed through the nasal tissue and can be dissolved in water and injected into the bloodstream. Crack is a form of Cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal (also called “freebase cocaine”) that can be smoked. The crystals are heated to produce vapors that are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs. The term “Crack” refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock as it is heated. Most cocaine addicts refer to the regular cocaine as “soft” and the crack cocaine as “hard,” when looking for drugs off the street.
The Intensity and duration of Crack Cocaine pleasurable effects depend on the way it is administered. Injecting or smoking Crack Cocaine delivers the drug rapidly into the bloodstream and brain, producing a stronger effect but a shorting lasting high than snorting. The high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes; the high from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes.
To sustain their high, cocaine abusers often use in binge patterns, taking the drug repeatedly within a relatively short period, at increasingly higher doses. This practice can easily lead to addiction, a chronic relapsing disease caused by changes in the brain and characterized by uncontrollable drug-seeking regardless of consequences. Many users will spend all the money they have using cocaine and crack, then stop for a period and begin using again. Frequently addicts will steal from friends and family members to continue their cocaine addiction.
Cocaine’s Effects on the Brain and Body
-Constricts Blood Vessels
-Increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
-Decreased appetite, often leading to malnourishment
-Risk of heart attack
Using cocaine along with other illegal drugs or drinking can be very harmful to the brain chemistry and physical body. For example, A speedball (combining cocaine and heroin) forms a toxic substance that can lead to deadly outcomes for many poly-substance abusers. If any addict is experimenting with drug abuse and mixing illegal drugs, poly-substance abuse can be deadly if not treated immediately.
Holly Conklin and Angel Intervention, located in Van Wert, Ohio, offer substance abuse resources, drug intervention assistance, drug rehab information and aftercare assistance. Please reach out for help if you or a loved one are struggling with cocaine addiction or poly-substance abuse.