Breaking the Grip – Crack Addiction
Crack cocaine, or freebase cocaine, is a nasty drug because it is so easy to become addicted to it. Many get hooked after just one or two tries. The instant euphoria is what grabs the person so strongly. It causes a rapid liberation from all worries, anxieties, aches within 10 to 15 seconds. In other words, it numbs the person out. Bang! It’s a fast nosedive from a higher level of responsibility to a lower one for self and others.
Freebasing’s Continuous Tightening Grip
Because of the instant but short-lived effect of the drug, people tend to do another pipe and another, and another. Partly because one usually will only smoke what he can inhale at one time. So people burn small quantities each time. Because it is a purified form of cocaine, the person takes a much more potent hit than would be with cocaine. It usually is between 75% and 100% pure. Smoking causes the chemical to enter the bloodstream and the brain much faster than snorting as you would cocaine. Each new inhale actually tightens the grip and only ensures a better chance of a crack addiction.
Anxiety & Drug Psychosis Vs Crack Cocaine
The drug stimulates the key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extremely heightened euphoria. Because of the quick access to the brain due to smoking, compulsive abuse develops rapidly. Once the individual comes down from the high, intense depression and craving for more of the drugs occurs. This drug makes people feel paranoid, angry, hostile, and anxious – often even when not high. Regardless of the length of use or amount, the facts are clear that this drug carries a high health risk and addiction potential. Users can experience a heart attack, stroke, seizure, respiratory failure. Each use is a chance of resulting toxicity, overdose and crack addiction.
Loosening the Grip with Education
The first and most useful step to loosening the grip is “education.” Your son, daughter, or spouse needs the truth about this drug. It doesn’t matter how you get it to them. It can be by text, link in an email, or a copy of a document of the subject lying around. Just keep putting it out there no matter how many times they push it away. The day will arrive when they get the message and say, “I can’t do this anymore. I need help.” Correct and accessible information on crack cocaine is available on our website.
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