Crack and cocaine drugs are highly addictive and among the most difficult addictions to manage without help. Crack/cocaine addiction can change the entire course of a person’s life. It can cause relationship and family problems, job loss, health, and financial problems.
In addition to the negative social effects, cocaine use is dangerous and potentially fatal. It can cause heart attacks, headaches, seizures, strokes, and coma.
In a normal, healthy brain, activities like exercise, eating, and sex stimulate the brain’s reward center. These activities make people feel good. Cocaine interrupts the brain’s normal reward process. It produces a longer and much more intense euphoria or high and heightens the pleasure of the above activities.
But with repeated exposure to cocaine, the brain adapts. The brain’s stress levels increase while its reward pathway becomes less and less sensitive. Users must take higher and higher doses to achieve the same high. Activities like exercise, eating, and sex are less and less pleasurable. Due to the increased stress and lack of pleasure, users are more likely to focus on getting high at the expense of their social and physical wellbeing.
Repeated use and stronger doses change the brain’s chemistry, which makes every day functioning harder. Sleeping becomes more difficult, memory worsens, and reaction time slows down.
People with these addictions can get their lives back on track. The path to happiness and fulfillment starts with seeking professional help. These addictions can be managed with medical detox, a therapy plan, and some lifestyle changes. We highly encourage people addicted to crack and cocaine to call our team as soon as possible so that we can get them the help they need.
To find out more about treatment for crack/cocaine addiction at New Horizon Hospital in Houston, Texas, call us at (281) 397-1530.