As the second most trafficked drug in the world, teens can easily get crack cocaine from nearby neighborhoods or even a classmate. Despite the fact that Crack abuse among teens is less common than teen use of other drugs, in the instances when crack is used by a teen, it is highly addictive. As a parent, it is important to get your teen into treatment right away to stop them from developing a greater dependence on the drug.
What is Crack Cocaine?
Crack cocaine, also known as crack, is the crystal form of cocaine. And the crystals normally vary in color from yellow to pale rose or white. In addition, the drug is heated and smoked by users. Also, it has its name because it makes a cracking sound when heated. Alarmingly, Crack is the most addictive form of cocaine. Furthermore, it offers smokers a short but intense high. And, the drug causes the teen to lose interest in school, friends, and activities that were once important to them. Also, there is a long list of side effects. As a result of crack abuse a teen may have bloodshot eyes and act jittery or paranoid. Additional effects of crack cocaine include euphoria, supreme confidence, loss of appetite, insomnia, alertness, increased energy, crack cocaine cravings, and potential paranoia.
What are the health effects?
The effects of crack usage vary from person to person. The long-term physical effects of crack abuse include tooth decay, stroke, chest pains, heart disease, heart attack, lung damage, respiratory failure, liver damage, kidney damage, sexual dysfunction, infertility, malnutrition, abscesses at injection sites, contraction of infectious diseases, addiction and potential death.
Warning signs your teen is using Crack:
- Aggressive behavior
- Hallucinations and paranoia
- Frequent disappearances
- Dilated pupils
- Increased heart rate
- Suppressed appetite and weight loss
- Cracked or blistered lips
Why choose Inspirations as a teen Crack addiction rehab?
Crack cocaine addiction like any other addiction can be deadly if left untreated. At Inspirations for Youth and Families, we create an individualized treatment plan for your teen consisting of cognitive and behavioral therapy. This combination of therapy teaches teens healthy ways of coping and skills to continue making sober choices. Your teen will be embraced and encouraged to recover from the very first they come to treatment to the day they are discharged.