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Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack cocaine addiction can be overwhelming and challenging to overcome.

Many individuals fall prey to this addiction every year.

Cocaine itself is one of the most common and dangerous illicit substances.

While all variations of cocaine come with risks, crack cocaine is particularly dangerous.

Its immediate and potent side effects disappear relatively quickly, increasing the likelihood of addiction and overdose.

Committing to an addiction treatment program is the best way to a sober and healthy life away from this substance’s detriment.

The experts at North Jersey Recovery Center can help.

What Type of Drug is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine combines different elements, making it more difficult to classify than other illicit drugs.

This particular drug is an addictive and powerful stimulant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has labeled cocaine as a Schedule II drug.

This label is due to cocaine’s high potential for abuse and its potential to cause severe psychological or physical dependence.

Drugs in this category are considered dangerous to your health.

And cocaine becomes more dangerous after modification into crack cocaine.

There are no approved medical uses for this substance, and it is highly addictive.

You are more than your addiction. It is time to take back control.

What is Crack Made of?

Crack has a base of cocaine mixed with additional substances like water and baking soda.

A crack user might also mix cocaine with ammonia and then ingest the mixture.

While both traditional cocaine and crack cocaine may rewire your brain, the timeframe is not the same.

Crack users often find that the reaction occurs much faster, along with dependence and addiction.

For some, this can happen after the first use.

Crack cocaine use can quickly alter your thought patterns and behaviors.

With prolonged use, these changes become more drastic.

After a time, you may feel as if you do not even recognize yourself anymore.

You may become dependent on the fleeting side effects that come with crack cocaine use before the crash.

These highs and lows may lead to serious long-term mental and physical health complications.

Career interruptions, relationship problems, accidents, and criminal activities are often connected to the use of this substance.

The impacts of abusing this illicit substance are far-reaching, extending into all aspects of your life.

However, you have the power to choose a better way.

You can take back the reins, and our addiction treatment programs can help you do this.

Forms of Crack Cocaine

This substance is typically in the form of light, off-white rocks.

When boiled, these rocks do what the name suggests — they crack.

These boiled rocks make distinct cracking sounds.

Depending on its form, a crack user may inject, smoke, or snort the substance. Each ingestion method can cause an addiction. There is no safe method of ingestion for this drug.

Each of these methods is also more dangerous than regular cocaine ingestion.

Crack cocaine is both more addictive and more dangerous. When a crack user inhales crack cocaine, it reaches the blood and lungs almost instantly.

The desired side effects of euphoria and increased energy also appear almost instantly.

However, one of the major factors that lead to crack cocaine addiction is the fleeting side effects.

Generally, these effects fade almost as quickly as they appeared.

On average, the side effects caused by smoking crack cocaine last for a mere 10 minutes.

To prolong its effects, crack users are left ingesting more of the substance. This is extremely dangerous because each increase makes an overdose or addiction more likely.

The Danger Levels of Different Ingestion Methods

Whether you smoke, snort, or inject crack cocaine, this practice may lead to addiction, health concerns, and overdoses.

However, injecting crack cocaine is regarded as more dangerous than other forms of ingestion.

Injecting crack cocaine produces instant but fleeting effects that leave many crack users feeling desperate for more.

The injection of this substance also comes with additional complications too.

Injecting crack cocaine may expose you to various skin infections and infections from shared needles. Other complications include greater chances of an overdose and the possibility of collapsed veins.

The mental and physical health complications associated with crack cocaine can derail your life.

Do not let them. Help is right around the corner. It is time to accept it.

Crack Addiction Symptoms

Crack addictions tend to be easy to recognize because there are no approved medical uses for crack cocaine.

Unlike prescription medications, there is no way to graduate from a genuine medical need to an addiction.

Any level of crack cocaine use is abuse, and addiction tends to follow shortly after.

Crack addiction symptoms are generally more mental than physical.

Signs of addiction include persistent drug cravings, overwhelming withdrawal symptoms, or a strong desire to seek crack cocaine over accomplishing daily tasks.  

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Crack Abuse Side Effects

Many crack users are seeking the short-term, early side effects associated with crack cocaine use.

You may temporarily notice an increase in feelings like excitement, happiness, and energy. But the crash comes quickly after.

This powerful stimulant speeds up your body’s processes, but these increases are not sustainable.

The crash tends to come within 10 minutes of ingestion.

Instead of excited, happy, and energetic, you will start to feel your mood shift in the opposite direction. Your energy level will drop, and you may begin to feel sad, angry, tired, or paranoid.

What is more troubling than these side effects are the drug cravings that come from repeated use.

With increasing dependence, drug cravings trick your brain into believing that you need more substance to feel better again.

Increasing dependence is one reason why addictions and overdoses are common.

Strokes and heart attacks are also common in crack users.

If you share needles, you face the additional risks of developing HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis.

While it is dangerous enough on its own, combining this drug with alcohol or other drugs increases each of these risks, as well.

Crack Cocaine Rehab

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we provide high-quality drug and alcohol addiction treatment that works.

The best way to treat your addiction is to attend rehab and receive the support and treatment that matches your needs.

Our rehab programs address various problems related to substance use, and each program is individualized per patient.

Your addiction treatment may include:

  • Detox
  • Contingency management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Therapeutic communities
  • 12-step programs

We will work with you to determine the methods, treatments, and settings that will benefit you the most.

Inpatient treatments tend to be better for those with severe addictions, withdrawal symptoms, or a relapse history.

Outpatient treatments are ideal for those who cannot take time away to attend a full-time program.

Outpatient programs are often used as follow-up treatments to help with long-term abstinence after inpatient or other intensive programs are complete.

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Paying for Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatments

Most major health insurance providers provide coverage for addiction treatments.

Your treatment program may be fully or partially covered.

If you are unsure of what your provider covers, please call our admissions department. They will review and verify your insurance for you.

North Jersey Recovery Center

Our mission is to make your addiction treatment experience as comfortable as possible at North Jersey Recovery Center.

We offer high-level, customized care to meet various needs and help work toward your goals.

We offer recovery programs for every situation.

Recovery does not occur overnight, but we are available 24/7 to help you work toward it every day.

Call North Jersey Recovery Center today for more information.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.