Crack cocaine is a processed, uniquely altered form of powdered cocaine. This version is considerably more potent, making it more addictive and dangerous too. Crack cocaine was first developed in the 1970s and it soared to popularity in the U.S. in the 1980s.
Most people erroneously believe that crack cocaine has become less interesting or desirable, but in actual fact, the drug is just as popular as it ever was. The drug is much cheaper to produce than powdered cocaine is, so it is therefore also far more affordable for addicts to purchase.
The Center for Substance Abuse Research defines crack cocaine quite well, saying that:
The article goes on to discuss the danger present with crack cocaine:
Clearly, crack cocaine is a very potent and highly desirable drug. Even with the plethora of other drugs that are available to misuse today, millions of addicted Americans still turn to crack cocaine as their first choice.
Just about everyone already inherently knows that they should not misuse drugs and alcohol. However, that common sense alone is often not sufficient to stave off peer pressure or any of the other problems that people tend to struggle with that lead them to drug use.
It’s best to get the true data on individual drugs, so we can understand why we should not experiment with such drugs. With that in mind, some of the short-term and long-term effects of crack cocaine use have been included below:
Clearly, there are plenty of reasons not to use crack cocaine. This drug carries with it immense risk, a substance that is harmful and dangerous even after just one use.
Crack cocaine has earned the title of being one of the most addictive drugs in the world. This substance has ruined millions of lives due to users simply being completely incapable of getting off of the substance on their own.
The Center for Substance Abuse Research penned another article on the addictive properties of crack cocaine, information which has been included below:
One of the interesting things about crack cocaine is that, though the drug does not produce chemical dependence as heroin or alcohol does, the drug still absolutely does produce powerful withdrawal symptoms. People who use crack cocaine never want to stop, and when they do stop, they are usually met with severe discomfort for some time.
Getting off of crack cocaine is difficult, but it is possible, and it is done by dozens of Americans every day. The key is to make full use of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, preferably an inpatient program. Such programs possess the tools and the necessary treatment modalities for fully helping people to overcome addiction.
No one should start using crack cocaine, by any means. There is no good reason to start. But if one is already addicted, the most important thing to do is to get help. This drug is still very popular and very dangerous in 21st-century America, and it likely will remain that way until we take the necessary action to help everyone who is addicted and educate the rest so that others do not find the drug in any way appealing.
Heike has been working in the area of substance abuse treatment for 6 years. With her personal experience with addiction she is passionate about recovery service.