Crack cocaine is the freebase form of cocaine that is generally smoked but can also be injected. Other common street names for crack cocaine include rock, hard, iron, cavvy, base, or simply crack.
Crack cocaine seriously affects brain chemistry; causing euphoria, extreme confidence, reduced appetite, insomnia, increased alertness, augmented energy. It can also lead to a craving for more cocaine (addiction), and potential paranoia following use or while “coming down”.
Crack cocaine is popularly thought to be the most addictive form of cocaine.
Crack cocaine usage is associated with a number of physiological and psychological health issues.
As with most stimulants and amphetamines, dopamine levels in the brain plummet following usage , leaving the user feeling depressed. Ultimately, after repeated use, the body stops producing dopamine at the level it is supposed to. This can result in long term depression and increased dependency on the drug. This psychological dependency can add to and amplify physical addiction.
Dangerous physiological complications include risk of death from cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest as well as a number of lesser concerns including vertigo, tremors, twitches, and pupil dilation.
The most common method of crack addiction inpatient treatment includes detoxification, maintenance, counseling, and support. Continued participation in support groups and outpatient treatment programs can also contribute to the effectiveness of a program.
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