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Can you get addicted to crack?

Yes, crack is an addictive drug.

Addiction to crack happens after repetitive use over a period of time. So, the more you take crack, the higher the probability for getting addicted.  Learn what crack is made of, what it does to your body and brain, and how you get addicted to it here.

Plus, we’ll review what signs to look and how to treat addiction. At the end, we invite you to ask questions about crack. We try to respond personally and promptly to all legitimate comments.

Crack chemistry and use

Crack is basically pure cocaine heated and mixed with other substances such as baking soda, ketamine, and many others which solidify and turn the mixture into rock-like form. Technically, crack is a freebase version of cocaine which comes in rock crystal form. Purer than cocaine, crack is somewhat stronger and produces quicker and more intense effects. Further, crack is a Schedulle II substance, meaning that it has a highly abusive potential.

Today, crack is obtained illegally and used only recreationally, whereas decades ago it was used for treating anxiety and pain. People generally use crack for its pleasurable effects such as increased energy and alertness, heightened perception or in conjunction with alcohol for a more intense euphoric effect (feeling high). However, getting high on crack has devastating effects of your mind and body.

What does crack do in the body?

When inhaled, crack is quickly delivered to the brain where it targets the dopamine neurotransmitters. Dopamine controls the feelings of pleasure. When crack crosses the blood-brain barrier, it interferes with the reabsorbption process of catecholamines; it effectively blocks dopamine from be reabsorb, resulting in alleviated mood, sensation and euphoric rush known as the “high”.

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Crack also constricts the blood vessels, disrupting the blood distribution to the heart and causing rapid increase in heart rate and blood pressure which could be pretty dangerous. When the effects wear off, what happens is that the person becomes lethargic, feels drowsy, drained, and irritable. Regular users often seek crack again and often administer new doses to maintain the state of being high, becoming dependent on crack physically and psychologically.

Who gets addicted to crack?

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reports that in the U.S., about 150,000 people aged 12 to 17 and another 1 million people aged 18 to 25 have tried crack at least once. But people of all ages can get addicted to crack, since the drug has a powerful addictive potential. In fact, you can become addicted to crack even after one use.  While treatments for crack addiction can be successful, early intervention has shown best results.

Signs of crack addiction

If you suspect that someone you know is addicted to crack, keep an eye out for potential signs of addiction which may include:

  • anxious behavior
  • becoming angry or energetic very quickly
  • insomnia
  • loss of interest for important things
  • lying to get money
  • red, bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils
  • running nose
  • sniffing
  • tired and neglected personal appearance
  • unpredictable behavior
  • weight loss

How to avoid crack addiction

Simply, stay away from crack and people who use it. Hanging out with crack users, especially if you have a proven track record of activities related to addiction is a risky business if you do not want to get hooked on crack.

Having already explained the addictive properties of crack, the likeliness of getting addicted after using it for only few times is still high. If you just started taking it, immediately seek medical assistance to help you quit and treat potential withdrawal symptoms. The earlier you quit, the less severe the withdrawal and the more chances you have of recovery and maintained abstinence.

Questions about crack dependency

If you still have questions about getting addicted to crack, please write us in the comments section below. We will be happy to answer your questions or refer you to someone who can.

Reference sources: NIDA: Cocaine Facts
Pennsylvania Attorney General: Drugs – Crack
U.S. Department of Justice: Crack Cocaine Fast Facts

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7 Responses to “Can you get addicted to crack?
Alana
7:57 pm November 16th, 2014

I have a question. If some one is smoking crack and it makes them paranoid every single time why would they want to do it over and over again? It seems to me they would never wanna do it again.

1:06 pm November 17th, 2014

Hi Alana. Psychological reasons for drug use are various. I don’t have a precise answer to your question, but I know that in order to discover the underlying reasons that compel drug use, you need to dig deep. Maybe psychotherapy or counseling can be beneficial.

amy
8:14 pm March 20th, 2015

i smoked yesterday and i have a hair drug test on monday can it show the actual times i smoked and the ammont of days i didnt?

Sexy
2:03 pm August 3rd, 2015

I smoke yesterday testing Thursday will it show up in my urnine

Renee
7:45 am January 5th, 2016

I am in love with a man an he loves to smoke crack. He left an didn’t come home on New years boy did that hurt i have done all i know from smoking with him getting mad acting like i don’t care nothing seems to work. He knows all the steps ro stop an he can do it. He was addicted ro heroin years ago an now he will not rouch it so i know he can lay crack pipe down. My oldest son who is 26 got involved with a girl much older than him she was very antidrug then she got introduced to heroin they told her it would help the pain she was dealing with. She tried it an loves it. It took about 1 year but she got my son using who by the way is a TBI SURVIVOR. She started shooting him up because my theory is if she could get him on it then he would stop fussing at her. With this she shot him up with a infected needle so now he has Hep C an his disability has stopped because he wasn’t able to go ro his review. So now he has no insurance to pay for his hep C treatments. So with all these things compiled on top of each other i am loosing my mind. I just want my man clean an my son clean an to be able to get treatment. I stay angry all the time to the point where i hate myself an everyone around me. My boyfriend proposed to me on Christmas eve i have since took the ring off an i told him when he was ready for a change he could put it back on. Is there any hope my life will turn out the way i want it to or is it all gonna fall apart. Help i don’t know what to do. Besides cry an scream.

pam
4:26 pm January 12th, 2016

Im pam but im using my friends laptop she does not know, im doing this nor do I smoke yes crack and I feel very weak like I need a hit my friends got me hooked on it ive been smoking for since december25 th 20015 to just recently we had ran out of monrpey and tabacco and gasoline, I got thrown out of my boyfriends house that day because I was late coming home

crystal
1:25 pm November 7th, 2016

What if you only took 2 hits, will it stay in your system a long time?

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