Crack is a freebase form of cocaine, a crystallized 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 is heated and smoked. It has its name because it makes a cracking or popping sound when heated.
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.
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. Many people using crack will exhibit paranoia.
It may take several attempts to convince a loved one or friend that they need help. They don’t see their use of it is out of control. It is often harder for the addicted person to realize they have a problem. Unfortunately, it takes longer for the individual to accept than for those involved in their lives.
There may come a time when you need to draw the line. That is a hard fact in addiction and hard to accept for many people. The family members have to choose not to enable the addict further. Letting the crack addict hit bottom is one way of doing it. Another is calling on a professional addiction interventionist in order for the addicted to seek help for their addiction
Prolonged freebasing causes several problems, including: