The Dangers of Crack Addiction

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

dangers of crack addictionCrack (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.

Psychological Problems

Crack cocaine doesn’t just affect users physically; it also affects them psychologically. A powerfully addictive substance, crack cocaine can affect people psychologically in the following ways:

  • Physical and auditory hallucinations
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Selling off personal effects to pay for the addiction
  • Seizures
  • Heart attacks
  • Psychosis and schizophrenic-like behavior and thoughts

If crack use continues for long any significant length of time, a severe case of psychosis may develop, leading to a state known as formication. In this state, people are 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 for sale, other side effects or poisoning can occur. Some of the more dangerous drugs often used to cut cocaine to make crack include benzocaine and procaine.


The Canyon’s myriad of treatments and therapies available through the treatment program offer you the opportunity to reconnect with your personal goals and dreams while developing a positive relationship with yourself. Our expertly trained 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 equine-assisted psychotherapy, single gender groups, combined gender groups, expressive therapy and psychodrama help you connect with yourself and others in The Canyon community, and the Healing Life Nutrition program ensures that your body receives the very best natural and organic food available. 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.