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Crack is a freebase form of cocaine that is often smoked. When bought off the streets, it is usually cut with other ingredients. The purer forms of crack may appear as dirty white, small rocks with rough edges, plastic that is brittle, or in a crystalline form that will snap if broken. Crack has a numbing effect and is considered a stimulant drug.

Crack is a drug that alters the chemistry in the brain bringing a sense of euphoria, elevated confidence, decreased appetite, elevated energy, staying up for not only excessive hours but often several nights in a row, and with each successive use, the individual begins craving more crack, which leads to addiction.

Once the addict chooses a crack drug rehab center they will be educated to the effects crack has upon the body; such as, delusional belief they have bugs crawling under their skin. Withdrawal is often combined with elevated fevers and hallucinations (visual) about insects.

Some effects to look for if you suspect someone in your family or a friend is addicted to crack: dilated pupils, an increase in body temperature and heart rate, and the rise in blood pressure. When the addict feels the need to increase the amount of crack to maintain their high, you may notice them exhibiting bizarre, violent behaviors. Their body will begin twitching, shaking or what is known as tremors, and paranoia.


Abuse of crack can lead to death which is commonly seen as cardiac arrest.

It may take several attempts to convince a loved one or friend that they need help for their addiction to crack. It is often harder for the addict to see that they have a problem and takes longer to accept than it does for those involved in the addict’s life.

There may come a time when a hard line needs to be drawn and the family members have to choose not to enable the addict further. This is often called letting the crack addict hit bottom so they make the choice to seek help for their addiction.

Once the addict chooses to get help and willingly enters a crack rehab drug center, the first and often hardest part is the withdrawal. Addicts are often trying to recapture the intensity they first experienced. They never reach the feelings of the first high but this does not stop them from trying.

The addict will receive support, education, and nutritional information to help them live a clean life. Education is also available for the loved ones in the addict’s life.