Crack Cocaine Addiction

crack cocaine addictionCrack Cocaine Addiction

Crack cocaine is a free base form of cocaine. Crack can be smoked and provides the user with an inexpensive and intense but short high. It comes in solid blocks or crystals in varying colors including yellow, white or pink. Crack is said to be one of the most powerful and addictive forms of cocaine. Other names for crack include: dice, candy, base, rocks, piece, nuggets, jelly beans, cookies, and gravel.

Cocaine is a fine white crystal powder that can be snorted or rubbed into the gums. It is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. Additional names for cocaine include: crack, coke, blow, rock, and snow.

Cocaine is often used as a recreational drug with effects including extreme confidence, euphoria, insomnia, loss of appetite, craving for more cocaine, and increased energy. The drug works by releasing a large amount of dopamine, which is a chemical in the brain that induces feelings of euphoria. The use of cocaine also provides an intense burst of energy, inflated sense of self, and increased focus.

Physical symptoms of cocaine use include:

  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nosebleeds
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Increased blood pressure

Psychological symptoms of cocaine include:

  • Violent mood swings
  • Hallucinations and paranoia
  • Inability to stop despite the desire to do so
  • Obsessive thoughts about smoking more crack
  • Continuing to smoke crack despite damaging effects on the individuals relationships, finances, job, responsibilities, etc.

Withdrawal symptoms from cocaine include:

  • Depression
  • Increased anxiety, worry, and stress
  • Intense cravings to use crack
  • Highly irritable and easily agitated

crack addictionCauses of death with cocaine use include cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest.

Silicon Beach Outpatient Center is a substance abuse treatment center located in Los Angeles, California. We provide intensive outpatient and outpatient services for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. If you or a loved one is suffering from crack cocaine use please call Silicon Beach Outpatient Center today at 310.846.8215.