Crack is a crystalline rock form of cocaine. Because of its extreme addictive properties, it’s considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs available. Crack cocaine reached the peak of its popularity in the ’80s, but it remains relatively common, mainly because of the rapid development of addiction among users.
It’s also still widely used because of its potency, quick-acting effects and relatively inexpensive price point.
The term “crack” actually refers to the sound that the rock form of the drug makes as it’s burned, since crack is often smoked. Crack is sometimes referred to by street names such as gravel, dice, candy, cookies, rocks, jelly beans, nuggets or base.
When crack is smoked, the lungs immediately absorb the drug, and it enters the bloodstream. As a result, users experience a short-lived, intense burst of euphoria, energy, focus and confidence. But this high wears off within minutes and is quickly replaced by agitation, restlessness and an intense craving for more crack.
Because of this cycle of feeling high and then crashing, users often quickly develop physical dependence on the drug, and the overpowering urge to get more leads to serious complications in many areas of their lives.
People using crack often display the following behavior patterns in their efforts to obtain more:
Beyond these effects, crack has serious effects on users’ health.
When a person who has developed physical dependence on crack attempts to quit, withdrawal occurs. Symptoms of this include:
Teens and young adults typically obtain crack by purchasing it on the street or getting it from friends. They smoke it by putting it into a pipe, heating it and inhaling its vapor. Sometimes users get burns on their lips or hands from the heated pipes.
If you’re concerned that your child may be using crack and they’re displaying several of the following behaviors, it may be time to get help:
If you think your teen or young adult is using crack, it’s important to get professional help as soon as possible. Keep these points in mind.
The caring, compassionate team at Sandstone has helped many teens and young adults recover from crack addiction, and they can help your family, too. For more information, call us seven days a week at (888) 850-1890.
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