Crack-Cocaine: the 10-Minute High that Destroys Lives
Old or young. Rich or poor. Man or woman. Black or white. Crack addiction does not discriminate and affects people from all backgrounds and walks of life. However, in the last ten years or so, the crack-cocaine epidemic has decreased, most likely due to the recent increase of opioid abuse.
Well-hidden by the stigma associated with this drug, the magnitude of crack addiction in the United States has been underestimated for years. Unlike other drug abuse problems, such as the use of prescription painkillers, the use of crack-cocaine is something that most users are not likely to talk about or disclose to others. In actuality, the addiction to crack has crept into all classes of people living in the United States and is not exclusive to a small segment of the population as believed by many. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that 10,000 Americans admitted to the regular use of crack-cocaine in 2014.
Interesting about the use of crack-cocaine is that the initial high of the drug has a very short duration. In fact, users report the high to last somewhere between five and 15 minutes. That is an average of only ten minutes.
Is that ten-minute rush worth the detrimental effects it has on your life? No. It’s not. However, if you or a loved one is addicted to crack, you are certainly not alone. While the effects are short-lived, the intensity makes this drug highly addictive.
Stroke. Heart Attack. Brain Damage. Crack Use Carries Significant Health Risks
Short-term use of crack cocaine can cause serious damage, including respiratory distress, heart attack, stroke, hallucinations, kidney and liver damage, severe depression and anxiety, and brain damage.
If a crack-cocaine habit continues untreated, the intensity of addiction and withdrawals only grows. This powerful substance can cause serious long-term effects on the body and brain, the most notable being neurological damage that cannot be reversed.
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What are the Effects of Crack Addiction?
Cocaine in its crystalline form is known as crack. This substance is nearly always smoked and the name comes from a crackling sound heard when it’s heated. It’s significantly more potent than cocaine, and it can cause brain chemistry changes, sometimes in just a short period of time. Typical behaviors associated with crack use include:
- Constant preoccupation with the drug
- Aggressive behavior
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