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.
The Use of Crack
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 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.