Crack Addiction Treatment

Crack cocaine is a crystalized form of the drug that is heated and smoked. It gets its name from the crackling sound it makes as it is heated. Like cocaine, crack is a potent stimulant with strong addictive tendencies. The drug is the most powerful form of cocaine available today and the most dangerous. It also tends to be more affordable than powder cocaine, which is why it is often attractive to teens and young adults.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1.8 percent of 12th graders admitted to using crack at some point during their lives. While incidences of crack use are typically lower than powder cocaine among teens, its powerful addictive qualities and inherent risks are a significant concern for young users. The majority of crack users are between the ages of 18 and 25.

Crack’s Effect on the Body

In addition to the short, intense high brought on by smoking crack, the drug can have the following effects on the body:

  • Increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature
  • Contracted blood vessels and increased blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils and dry mouth
  • Hyperstimulation, increased energy and hallucinations
  • Paranoia, anxiety and depressions
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Reduced appetite, weight loss and possible malnourishment

Symptoms of Crack Addiction

Crack addiction can occur very quickly, since short-lived highs make the user crave more of the substance almost right away. Signs of crack addiction might include:

  • Burns on the lips or fingers from smoking a hot pipe
  • Collections of paraphernalia like spoons and pipes
  • Spending more time getting, using and recovering from crack
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and activities
  • Stealing money to pay for addiction
  • Experiencing legal, professional or personal problems from crack use

Crack Withdrawal

Crack’s intense addiction characteristics can also lead to severe withdrawal symptoms if a person tries to stop using. These symptoms might include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Intense cravings for the drug

Treatment Help

Like powder cocaine, crack cocaine is a highly addictive, dangerous substance that usually requires professional treatment to overcome. At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, we offer programs for teens battling crack addiction to help them manage withdrawal symptoms and move toward treatment and recovery. To learn more, contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.