Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that can result in severe psychological addiction. It comes from the coca plant, and it has been used and abused for hundreds of years. Cocaine comes in a powder form that can be snorted or added to liquid and injected. Crack cocaine, meanwhile, is a rock crystal-like substance. Many substance abuse therapists, medical researchers, and past users claim that crack is cocaine’s most addictive form.
Because crack cocaine is so addictive, and the physical health costs so high, there is a great need for effective rehab centers for crack cocaine addiction. At our crack cocaine rehab center, we help people beat cocaine and crack cocaine addiction, even when rehab has been tried before. Call us today for a free consultation 866-480-4328
Cocaine is Versatile
Cocaine typically comes in a powder form that can be snorted or added to liquid and injected into the user’s veins. When done in one of these ways, the drug stimulates the reward pathways in the brain. For this reason, it is very easy to become addicted and use the drug chronically.
Crack cocaine is a rock crystal-like substance that users typically smoke in a glass pipe. Many users claim that crack is the drug’s most addictive form. It produces a faster and more intense high than cocaine in powder form.
The Effects of Cocaine
During the rush of taking cocaine, the user’s brain floods the body with dopamine, causing an intense euphoria. This euphoria is followed instantly by a craving for more crack. Because it takes a longer time for the brain to replenish dopamine stores than the rush actually lasts, subsequent hits weaken in intensity.
During a crack cocaine binge, the user takes more and more of the drug to try and achieve the first high’s strength. This causes worsening anxiety, paranoia and anger. The most severely addicted people suffer from hallucinations and psychosis. When this happens, it’s time to consider contacting the professionals at our crack cocaine rehab center. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at 866-480-4328
The History of Cocaine and Crack
The coca plant is indigenous to South America, and people have chewed the leaves of the coca plant for hundreds of years, both for medical purposes and as a recreational drug. When the Spanish explored South America in the 1500s, they began taxing the coca crop after they discovered the mental effects of cocaine.
The drug spread throughout Europe and the U.S. In the past, cocaine and coca leaves were used to “cure” everything from dandruff to flatulence; today cocaine has limited clinical use as a topical anesthetic. It was not long before people discovered that the chronic abuse of cocaine quickly turns into addiction, and so laws were passed in the 1910s and 1920s to ban the substance.
Still, demand in the U.S. grew as the drug came north from Central and South America. Soon it developed a reputation for crime and violence.
Crack first appeared in major U.S. cities in the early 1980s, with the first large-scale production and use occurring in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. Because of crack cocaine’s purity, the drug was cheaper and more lethal. Many people who had built a tolerance to cocaine would overdose on crack cocaine, so much so that hospital admissions due to cocaine overdose doubled across the U.S. within one year.
Side Effects of Cocaine: Physical
Cocaine does not produce physical dependency in the brain but it can cause serious damage to organs and systems. Death resulting from overdose and subsequent heart attack is a very real risk. Intravenous drug users also put themselves at risk of a variety of diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Like many stimulants, cocaine abuse causes tooth-grinding that leads to tooth decay when combined with dry mouth. Regular cocaine use can also lead to the collapse of nasal passages (from snorting) and gastrointestinal issues ranging from nausea to kidney failure. Regular cocaine use can also lead to the development of serious autoimmune diseases, like lupus.
With frequent or chronic abuse, cocaine causes physical problems such as irregular heartbeat, and spikes in body temperature and blood pressure. People who struggle with cocaine addiction often have appetite problems, nasal congestion, and sleep issues that range from insomnia to oversleeping.
In addition to all the risk factors associated with cocaine, people who smoke crack cocaine often suffer lung trauma. It should also be kept in mind that illicit manufacturers of crack cocaine may add a toxic substance in order to “stretch” the drug. For this reason, people who smoke crack are at risk of developing the kinds of serious complications related to ingesting hazardous toxins.
Side Effects of Cocaine: Psychological
While cocaine does not cause a physical dependency, it remains one of the most addictive drugs in existence.
Psychologically, people who abuse cocaine often develop intense paranoid fantasies and violent tempers. While a user might appear euphoric at first, agitation, restlessness, and anxiety develop over time. After a cocaine binge, depression, exhaustion, and anxiety often result. This is known as the “crash.”
Quitting cocaine can be extremely challenging because of the intensity of the psychological withdrawal. Such withdrawal symptoms include:
- disturbing and vivid dreams
- intense cravings to use cocaine
- depression and agitation
- suicidal thoughts
Crack Cocaine Rehab and Recovery
Most people who become addicted to cocaine start with casual or occasional use. Cocaine teaches the brain that the mental rewards it is receiving are so great that the only thing to worry about is where the next high will come from.
People who become addicted to cocaine wind up doing things they could never imagine doing when sober. Stealing money, avoiding close friends, harming their own children—cocaine addiction causes intense physical, emotional, and spiritual damage. This damage is inflicted on both the addict and the addict’s loved ones.
How 12 Keys Crack Cocaine Rehab Center Can Help
12 Keys Rehab is a cocaine and crack cocaine rehab center. We help people beat cocaine addiction, even when rehab has been tried before.
Our staff is qualified to treat all aspects of substance abuse, including the mental health disorders that commonly co-occur alongside addiction. Whether you or your loved one began using cocaine because of preexisting depression or you are suffering the aftereffects of substance abuse, our staff can help you heal and grow stronger. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Get Help Now
Our holistic substance abuse recovery program combines medically assisted detox, multidisciplinary evidence-based therapies, 12-Step care, and comprehensive aftercare.
Our crack cocaine rehab center, which only enrolls a limited number of clients at one time, offers more one on one therapy than most other rehabs in the country. This small size also lets us keep group sessions small and non-threatening, which our clients appreciate.
When inpatient care ends, our staff works with clients and their family members in the development of a comprehensive aftercare plan that addresses specific lifestyle needs. For more information on JourneyPure 12 Keys Rehab, call us.
From managing cocaine withdrawal symptoms to uncovering and treating the roots of addiction, you can rebuild your life, health, and relationships at 12 Keys Rehab.