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Crack

1 Documentary about crack addiction

Documentary about crack addiction

May 30th, 2013

If you’re looking for a documentary on crack cocaine, check out Hitting Rock Bottom. This TV-style online documentary is an EXCELLENT teaching resource for prevention or addiction treatment. Why? We review here.

18 Signs and symptoms of crack addiction

Signs and symptoms of crack addiction

March 21st, 2013

Signs of crack addiction include noticeable mood changes, insomnia, and blood shot, red eyes. What else to look for in a crack addict here.

19 Is crack addictive?

Is crack addictive?

December 31st, 2012

Yes. Crack is addictive. What makes crack addictive? More on the euphoric effect and the chemical dependency that crack cocaine develops in the brain here.

8 How does crack work?

How does crack work?

October 18th, 2012

Crack cocaine works by affecting the dopamine neurotransmitters in the brain. Can you make crack work better? What does crack do in the body? More on how crack cocaine works in the brain and body here. Plus a section for your questions about crack at the end.

46 Mixing crack with alcohol

Mixing crack with alcohol

September 14th, 2012

Mixing crack with alcohol creates cocaethylene. While alcohol can intensify the length and the high you get from crack, it can also make the body shut down, inducing an unconsious state. More here on dangers and risks of mixing crack with alcohol.

603 How long does crack stay in your system?

How long does crack stay in your system?

March 5th, 2012

Crack can stay in your system for days to weeks after use. Chronic crack cocaine use can result in detectable levels in your system for weeks in urine, sweat, and saliva samples. More about crack’s detection time here.

Crack cocaine street names

Crack cocaine street names

January 14th, 2011

An ongoing series for parents, family or friends of addicts looking to see-through addiction. From the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a thorough list of street names for crack.

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Crack

What is crack?

Crack, the freebase form of cocaine, is created when cocaine is mixed with water and other solvents (mostly sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, and ammonium carbonate). After mixing, crack cocaine is then cooked into a hard, rock form.

Typically, crack is used by smoking it through a glass pipe. This way, it is quickly absorbed into the blood stream and reaches the brain in a matter of seconds. However, crack can also be injected intravenously directly into the blood system. Users also snort crack, since it affects the brain and the central nervous system (CNS) and produces a quick high when nasally insufflated. However, because there is no way to know how much of the drug is actually contained in any single batch of crack, and using crack can quickly lead to toxic overdose and serious consequences.

Why do people use crack?

People use crack because of the relatively low-cost and the extreme high that results from using it. In fact, crack has become one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States. The “high” crack offers only lasts a few solid minutes, so usually people abuse crack progressively, in order to prolong the effects of the drug. This is also why crack is so addictive.

Crack effects

Crack affects the body as a whole. It changes the brain chemistry by stimulating the release of dopamine in the body. After inhaling crack, users experience an instant rush that can last for a period of minutes. Euphoric effect is then followed by a “crash” that drives them to crave the drug and compulsively use more. As a result, users can experience euphoria and supreme confidence as well as extreme paranoia.

A list of common side effects associated with crack use include:

  • aggressive outbursts
  • alertness
  • cravings
  • extreme euphoria
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased energy
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of sexual ability
  • seizures
  • strain on the heart
  • sudden heart attack or stroke
  • violent behavior

Excessive crack users can also experience formication, nicknamed the “cocaine bugs” or “coke bugs”. Other negative side effects of crack use include:

  • broken interpersonal relationships
  • death
  • depression
  • financial crisis

Crack also influences pregnant crack users and their babies. During the prenatal period, crack cocaine can increase the risk of miscarriage, trigger pre-term labor, or impair an infants’ normal growth. Babies exposed to crack cocaine have low birth weight which can result in death. After birth, if a mother continues using crack, it will be present in her milk and breastfeeding is not recommended.

Is crack addictive?

Yes, crack is addictive. In fact, crack is a highly potent, very powerful stimulant drug; it is known to be more powerful, cause physical dependence faster and to be far more dangerous than powder cocaine. Crack abuse leads to crack addiction very quickly, and the reason is the drugs’ strong potential to cause physical and psychological dependence. Actually, addiction can develop after one single use, or after just a few uses of crack.

Crack addiction is a state of captivity. The drug takes control over a user’s life, making it very difficult to stop. Cravings to smoke crack can dominate the psyche and all daily activities can become directed towards obtaining and using the drug.

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4 Responses to “Crack
Julie
8:53 am April 30th, 2016

I have been clean now almost 10 months , i thought I’d never get past the feeling flat but it isn’t the worst part or the trauma, or the people that are lost , dead or the things you have done for this drug. The worst part is…you felt like these people were your friends because you spent so much time together, in it …together and the horrible things you have done to one another and once you get past it , the addiction, the wanting, ohh and i know it’s not over and probably never will be …but the actual worst thing is you want to do something for them, just like when you were out there , wanting to do something for them and never being able to , whether you hooked them up or not , you weren’t able to help them and worst of all , you still can’t.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:35 pm May 13th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Julie.

paranoid
8:35 pm June 5th, 2016

Hi.
I’ve been a heroine and cocaine addict and alcoholic for 15 plus years. I went to detox on may 6th. Six weeks before I went I to the detox I was kicked off of a methadone clinic. My last dose was 150mgs and that was a steady daily dose for 10 years. I’m also positive for hepatitis c. While at the methadone clinic I was given random oral swabs and I would show positive for cocaine for up to three weeks after last use! On friday June 3rd I smoked crack for the first time since may 6th. I consumed about a half of a gram and also drank the night of may 6th and may 7th. Both nights I had two double shots of vodka mixed with about one bottle of wine. My question is this… I have a urine test that is the morning of Wednesday June 8th and I’m worried that I will still test positive for cocaine and or alcohol. Other then Friday and Saturday (the 3rd and fourth) I haven’t been using or drinking. If cocaine stayed in my system for 3 weeks while I was on methadone clinic and using daily, is it likely that it will still stay in my system now that I’m not on methadone and not using habitually? I’m on suboxone now, although I’m not using g any opiates or craving them, I’m having a lot of trouble staying g away from alcohol and that seems to lead me to my DOC which is cocaine/crack. What do you think my chances of passing my June 8th (wednesday) urine screen? I have already failed 2 screens for alcohol because I drank 2 days prior to the test and now I’m concerned that if I fail another one I will be discharged from the suboxone program. I know what I need to do to be sober…. I just don’t know why I’m not doing it, seeing as I’ve lost everything… anything will help. I’m getting a lot of mixed answers
and also, my hep c levels are normal, will this still effect the length of time substances stay in my system.

mandy.
10:14 pm September 18th, 2016

My partner has been smoking crack for 12 years now. I have only been with him for two. He has stopped 3 times before. And the longest time was 3 years in prison. When he came out he went back to it. On our journey, which has been a nightmare for me. I have seen him smoke it. And come down from it. But something tells me he is smoking heroin to come down. His eyes are like tiny pins. And he paces slowly, stops looks at his hand, dresses, undresses, gets hot gets cold, and I quiet. He said he doesn’t touch heroin. But I don’t know the come down from crack or the signs . So not sure really. I have asked him and he said no. He is just coming down. He scratches his head all the time. And his not sleeping is getting worse. He said he can stop it and he will. Again!!

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