Crack, a concentrated form of cocaine, is very dangerous for a variety of reasons. Because it is generally smoked, the rapid absorption into the lungs moves the drug to the brain in a matter of seconds, giving the user a quick and intense high.
However, this overwhelming, euphoric rush is accompanied by a high risk of overdose and poisoning which can lead to serious health complications and even death. The high from crack dissipates after just a few minutes and leaves the user with feelings of intense depression and the urge for yet another dose of crack. Because this cycle of highs and lows is so fast and intense, crack addiction has the ability to set in faster than almost any other drug.
Physical Harm from Crack Addiction
Crack (and cocaine, from which crack is derived) comes with many physical dangers that can cause serious injury or even death. Some of the physical risks of crack abuse and drug addiction include stroke, increased blood pressure, heart attack, a heightened risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C, and even death.
A full physical assessment is an important part of any crack cocaine addiction. At the Canyon, we begin treatment with a full physical and mental health assessment. This assessment is designed to take a closer look at the physical and psychological effects of crack addiction in order to develop an effective treatment plan.
Psychological Problems from Crack Addiction
Crack cocaine doesn’t just affect users physically; it also affects them psychologically. Because cocaine is a powerfully addictive substance, crack cocaine can lead to the following effects:
- Physical and auditory hallucinations
- Physical brain changes
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Selling off personal items to pay for the addiction
- Psychosis and schizophrenic-like behavior and thoughts
If crack use continues for a significant length of time, a type of severe psychosis may develop. In this state, people may be under the illusion that there are insects or bugs crawling underneath their skin, a condition which can lead to violence or suicide. Additionally, if other drugs are combined with cocaine during the preparation of crack other side effects or even poisoning can occur. Some of the more dangerous drugs often used to cut cocaine to make crack include benzocaine and procaine, substances that can harm brain tissue and cognitive process.
Additionally, there is often a great deal of shame and guilt associated with crack cocaine use. The use of this substance is often exacerbated by the psychological effects of the drug, such as impulsive tendencies, high emotional reactivity, and a strong compulsion to keep using this drug.
Rehab for Crack Addiction
The Canyon’s evidence-based treatments and therapies offer you the opportunity to reconnect with your personal goals and dreams while developing a positive relationship with yourself. Our experienced, licensed staff at The Canyon in Malibu, California will assist you with every step of your crack addiction recovery process, from the moment you first enter the door until long after you return home.
Programs such as clinically supervised detoxification, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, single gender groups, combined gender groups, expressive therapy and psychodrama help you connect with yourself and others in The Canyon community. Our gourmet, organic and fresh nutrition program ensures that your body receives the very best natural and organic food available as prepared by experienced chefs. Multiple types of therapies, in group, single and family settings, are available and further assist you in your journey to rid yourself of the oppression of crack addiction once and for all.