Crack cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. The use of crack cocaine allows users to achieve a “high” which includes an intense burst of energy, a euphoric feeling, inflated sense of self and increased self-importance, increased focus, and a sense of escaping reality. The dangers of using and abuse cocaine are well documented and if you’re worried that cocaine use is starting to cause problems in your life, it may be time to seek help from a professional source.
Facts About Crack Cocaine Use
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that in 2008 there were 1.9 million current (past-month) cocaine users, of which is it said approximately 359,000 were current crack users. The survey also stated that adults ages 18 to 25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other age group. Over all men reported higher rates of current cocaine use than women. People from all walks of life can find themselves struggling to overcome a serious problem abusing cocaine and many don’t know where to turn for help.
Cocaine is administered through inhalation, intranasal, oral, or intravenously. Snorting cocaine in the process of inhaling cocaine powder through the nostrils, where is it then absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. Cocaine may also be injected which releases the drug directly into the bloodstream heightening the intensity of the drug. No matter which method is used, cocaine remains a dangerous and addictive substance with the ability to completely destroy someone’s life.
Dangerous Long-Term Effects
The long-term effects of cocaine addiction and crack addiction can be devastating. You may begin by abusing cocaine casually and eventually become an addict. Over time, you may use other drugs and alcohol along with cocaine or crack, which can have damaging affects to your health such as:
- Major depression
- Loss of sense of smell (from sniffing cocaine)
- Severe schizophrenia
- Heart attack
The more you abuse cocaine and the longer you abuse it, you are at an increased risk of death by overdose. However, the earlier you seek treatment for cocaine or crack cocaine addiction, the better your chances of avoiding the long-term effects. When you seek help at i-Kare Treatment Center, you’re putting yourself in a great position to succeed with sobriety. There’s no reason to let cocaine addiction ruin your life when i-Kare Treatment Center offers real hope for recovery. With caring and supportive staff on hand at all times, it’s easy to find the help you need to turn your life around!