If you or a loved one uses crack cocaine, you know how quickly recreational
use can turn to dependency. Since it’s cheaper than powdered cocaine
and produces a more intense high, crack is well-liked among drug users
and often leads to a powerful addiction.
Drug addiction can not only be detrimental to your health, but it can also
cause you to lose your employment, close relationships with friends and
family and your overall self-worth. While a heightened sense of awareness
and extreme euphoria may feel great in the moment, crack can grab hold
of your life in ways you never thought possible. But why is crack so much
more addicting than its sister drug, cocaine?
The Difference in Form
Crack is chemically very similar to cocaine, as both are derived from the
same coca plant and made into tiny crystals. With crack, though, the process
includes an additional step where the crystals are boiled down and combined
with sodium bicarbonate. This extra purification may seem minimal, but
it has a huge impact on how it interacts within your body.
Because crack is in rock form, users generally inhale the vapors instead
of snorting the drug, allowing them to reach maximum levels in less than
a minute. Crack tends to be a preferred drug choice with its more intense
rush and cheaper street price than cocaine, but unfortunately crack users
are also at a much greater risk of overdose and addiction.
The effects of crack can vary from person to person, but they typically
include intense feelings of euphoria and an increased heart rate. When
you come down from the high though, you may experience extreme mood changes,
bouts of anxiety or depression, insomnia, paranoia and even hallucinations.
Treating Your Addiction
Admitting you are dependent on a drug is not easy, but when crack begins
to take over every aspect of your life, it’s time to seek professional
help. Deciding to kick your addiction is a brave, yet scary first step,
and because the detox symptoms can be strong, it’s important to
heal and recover in a long-term facility like Blueprints for Recovery.
At our center, you will find yourself in a community of other young adults
ages 18 to 25. Our clients tend to really identify with the counselors
and specialists here, as the entire team is made up of members who have
personally experienced and successfully recovered from addictions of their
own. And since we only house up to 24 clients at a time, you can be sure
to escape your addiction in an environment that is compassionate, relaxing
We understand that your background with crack is unique, as are the reasons
you started in the first place. For that reason, we are committed to providing
you with customized care to meet your individual challenges. We focus
on the 12-steps, behavioral therapies—both individual, group and
family—as well as holistic drug rehabilitation.
As you transition into independent living, we find it important to find
ways to have fun in sobriety. Through outdoor adventures like hiking,
rock climbing, camping and kayaking, you will learn to trust and work
as part of a team.
Overcoming crack addiction is difficult, no matter when or why you started.
But with the guidance of our personable staff members, it is possible.
If you are ready to relieve yourself of your deepest struggles and restore
normalcy back into your life, Blueprints for Recovery is the place to
do it. For a confidential consultation, give us a call today at (888) 744-9969