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“Crack ruled my life and the lives of my wife and children  for over 10 years

Getting of Crack was not as hard as I thought and I wished I had done this program along time ago .I would have saved 10 years off pain, misery,suffering and degradation”.

Q.) What is crack?

Girl smoking crackCocaine powder is “Cocaine hydrochloride”, and is a water soluble salt. Because Cocaine Hydrochloride is water soluble it can be absorbed by various means such as: snorting, ingested or by injection.  However, a cruder form of cocaine is a “Cocaine freebase” or “Crack” and is not soluble in water and as a consequence it cannot be eaten, snorted or injected; to get any effect it has to be smoked.

A.) Freebasing Cocaine hydrochloride makes the drug more potent and the effect more euphoric. "Crack" is a solid form Cocaine hydrochloride. It is called "crack" because it snaps and cracks when heated and smoked.

One gram of pure powder cocaine will make approximately 0.90 grams of crack. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that crack rocks can be anywhere between 74 and 91% pure cocaine.

In the 1970’s cocaine was too expensive for the average person and was considered the drug of celebrities and the wealthy. The introduction of inexpensive crack increased the accessibility of this drug to the middle and working classes.

 As early as 1980, reports of crack use were appearing in Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston and the Caribbean, and by 2000 the UK was starting to experience it’s own Crack epidemic. Crack rapidly became a dealer’s dream; it produced an instant high, and could be smoked rather than snorted or injected which made it more appealing to the user, who wanted to avoid the stigma of injecting, but also because of the intense addictive nature of Crack, for which addicts would go to great lengths to procure funds to fuel their addiction.

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Q.) What is the difference between crack and cocaine?

A.) Essentially, Crack and Cocaine are the same drug. However, Crack is made from cocaine, not the other way round. In a process called freebasing, cocaine powder is heated with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to create Crack, also known as rock, hard rock, sugar block, kryptonite, or chunks that can be smoked. The word crack refers to the crackling sound when the final freebased rock is heated and smoked,usually with a pipe. Smoking crack cocaine creates more intense effects that are felt more quickly and intensely, but which diminish much faster than those of powder cocaine.

Cocaine is produced as a white chunky powder. It is sold most often in aluminium foil, plastic or paper packets, or in glass vials. Powdered Cocaine is usually chopped into a fine powder with a razor blade or crushed using the side of a credit card, on a surface such as a small mirror or some other hard flat surface; once finely crushed, it is arranged into small rows called "lines," which are then quickly inhaled ("snorted") through the nose using a short straw or rolled up paper (often money, but similar textured paper could be used in the absence of paper cash). Powdered Cocaine can also be injected directly into the blood stream after mixing with water and a citric acid, to facilitate absorption, such as lemon juice or similar.

Crack can be converted back to cocaine by the use of vinegar, lemon juice, or hydrochloric acid (HCl or stomach acid) which may be obtained from car batteries by the desperate.

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Q.) How is crcrack pipesack used?

A.) The same way that freebase is used, namely, by placing the substance in a glass pipe (or hash pipe) with a fine mesh screen under it, then heating it and inhaling the vapours. The vapours of the crack are absorbed through the lungs, into the bloodstream, and transported to the brain within 10-15 seconds. One inhalation will produce a degree of intoxication usually lasting 10-15 minutes. Crack pipes can be bought from drug  paraphernalia shops, but crack pipes are easily made from disused bottles etc.   

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Q.) Why is crack such a dangerous drug?

A.) Crack is inhaled and rapidly absorbed through the fine membranes of the lungs, it enters into the blood, and is transported quickly into the brain. The risk of overdosing and poisoning leading to coma, convulsions, and death is greatly increased. Crack's rapid rush - 5 to 15 minutes of intense pleasure - quickly subsides, leading to depression that needs to be relieved by more crack. This cycle enhances the chances of addiction and dependency exponentially. Because it is such an intense but short high, crack users are constantly thinking about, and devising ways to get more crack. Psychologically, the drug reduces concentration, ambition, drive, and increases confusion and irritability, wreaking havoc on users' professional and personal lives. Habitual use may lead to cocaine psychosis causing, paranoia, hallucinations, and a condition known as formication (a sensation like insects or snakes are crawling over the skin). The paranoia and depression can instigate violent and suicidal behaviour. The side effects of substances cut with Cocaine increase the risk factors associated with cocaine addiction. The drug is often cut with one or more of any number of other substances, such as the cheaper drugs procaine, lidocaine, and benzocaine, and substances that pose no serious risks, such as sugars (mannitol and sucrose), talcum powder or starches. However, when quinine or amphetamines are added, the potential for serious side effects increases dramatically.

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Q) What is crack addiction?

A) The process of crack addiction demonstrates the potential power of this insidious drug. Even though death lurks around the corner, individuals with an addiction to crack continue to use it with no regard for their life or anyone else's.

Once an individual has tried crack, they may be unable to predict or control the extent to which they will continue to use. Crack is probably the most addictive substance that has been devised so far. Crack addicts must have more and more crack to sustain their high and avoid the intense "crash" or depression that follows their binges. They become physically and psychologically dependent on crack, which is often a result of only few doses of the drug taken within a few days. This dependence so often leads to a full blown addiction requiring a comprehensive crack rehabilitation programme.

All to often, the process of crack addiction goes something like this: The "soon to be addict" takes their first hit. Upon inhalation of this powerful drug, the users body instantly begins the addiction process. The individual's mental and emotional being is soon to follow, but for now just their body suffers from the initial stages of crack addiction. After the first few times using the drug, their mind slowly starts the addiction process. This grows stronger and stronger until, mentally, the addict believes that they cannot live without the drug. They now are entangled in a full fledged crack addiction. Shortly after this occurs, crack takes complete control over their emotions and indeed their life.

Once the individual's emotions have been overridden by cocaine, they no longer feel normal without being intoxicated. When this occurs they feel the need to use more crack just to feel normal. In order to get high they have to take an immense amount of the drug. Their crack addiction has infiltrated all areas of their life. They can no longer function physically, emotionally, or mentally without crack. This cycle of addiction continues until the individual either quits using by means of a comprehensive crack rehabilitation programme or dies.

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Q) How does crack produce its effects?

A) Crack works on the automatic nervous system. The automatic nervous system controls the sympathetic system which speeds everything up such as heart rate and breathing. The autonomic nervous system also controls the para-sympathetic system which does the exact opposite (slows things down). This explains why people become hyper when they smoke crack. Crack works by causing the brains neurotransmitters to release all the dopamine at once (dopamine is a chemical in the brain which releases feelings of pleasure). When we laugh, a slight amount of dopamine is released and this makes you feel good. After this dopamine has been released, crack can block the re-uptake of the dopamine in some cases. If this happens, the person will now make it a mission to get any sort of pleasure, any way.

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Q) How does crack effect the brain?

A) The use of crack alters the processes of the brain by causing a change in the way neurons in thePicture of brain of crack cocain addict brain communicate. Nerve cells, called neurons, communicate with each other by supplying the brain with chemicals called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters allow information in the form of electrical impulses to be passed through the body. This process works by neurotransmitters attaching themselves to certain areas in the brain. One of the neurotransmitters affected by crack is called dopamine. Dopamine is released by neurons in the part of the brain that controls feelings of pleasure and well-being. This area is in the limbic system of the brain. Normally, once dopamine has transferred to a nerve cell's receptors and caused a reaction in a cell, it is transferred back to the neuron that released it.

Crack cocaine causes damage to this system and blocks the process of transfer. Dopamine then builds up in the gap synapse between neurons. As a result, for crack cocaine users, dopamine keeps affecting a nerve cell after it should have stopped. That's why someone who uses crack cocaine feels an extra sense of euphoria and pleasure. Although crack cocaine may bring on intense feelings of pleasure while it is being used, crack cocaine can damage the ability to feel pleasure in the long run. Research conducted, with the help of crack treatment centres, suggests that long-term crack cocaine use may reduce the amount of dopamine or the number of dopamine receptors in the brain. When this happens, nerve cells must have crack cocaine to communicate properly. Without crack cocaine, the brain can't send enough dopamine to the receptors to create a feeling of pleasure.

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Q) When are the effects felt from smoking crack?

A) Facilitated by the large surface area of the lungs' air sacs, cocaine administered by inhalation is absorbed almost immediately into the bloodstream. It takes only 19 seconds to reach the brain. However, only 30 to 60 percent of the available dose is absorbed due to incomplete inhalation of the cocaine-laden fumes and variations in the heating temperature.

Crack smokers achieve maximum physiological effects approximately two minutes after inhalation. Maximum psychotropic (mental) effects are attained approximately one minute after inhalation. Similar to intravenous administration, the physiological and psychotropic effects of inhaled cocaine are sustained for approximately 30 minutes after peak effects are attained.

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Q) What are the short term effects of crack?

A) The short term effects of crack can be felt upon the users initial hit. The individual begins to feel the effects of crack immediately. The user experiences an increase in energy, body temperature, mental alertness, heart rate, constricted blood vessels, as well as a decrease in appetite. These temporary effects of crack are as short lived as the users high. Because crack is smoked, causing it to travel through the blood up to the brain much faster than cocaine which is snorted, the user experiences these short term effects more intensely. The duration and intensity of these short term effects of crack are based on the amount of crack that is used.

The short term effects of crack include but are not limited to:

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Q) What are the long term effects of crack?

A) The long term effects of crack affect the user physically, mentally, and emotionally. An individual's long term effects from crack vary from person to person depending on their length and intensity of abuse. In general, the long term effects of crack include restlessness, mood change, irritability, depression, anxiety, auditory hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and eventually and rather quickly, addiction.

The long term effects of crack include but are not limited to:

Extreme euphoria (feeling of well being), Uninhibited, Impaired judgement, Grandiosity,Impulsivity,Hyper sexuality,Hyper vigilance,Compulsivity,Extreme psychomotor activation/agitation,Anxiety; irritability; argumentative,Transient panic,Paranoia,Terror of impending death,Poor reality assessment; delusions,Extreme weight loss,Chronic sore throat,Hoarseness,Shortness of breath,Bronchitis,Lung cancer,Emphysema,Respiratory problems such as congestion of the lungs, wheezing, and spitting up black phlegm,Burning of the lips, tongue, and throat,Slowed digestion,Weight loss,High incidence of dependence,Blood vessel constriction,Increased blood pressure,Increased heart rate,Brain seizures that can result in suffocation,Dilated pupils,Sweating,Rise in blood sugar levels and body temperature,Disability from drug-induced health problems,Suppressed desire for food, sex, friends, family, and social contacts,Heart attack,Stroke,Death.

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Q.) What are the side effects of crack?

A.) Below is a list of side effects due to crack addiction:

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Q.) What are the dangers of mixing other drugs while using crack?

A.) When people mix crack and alcohol consumption, they are compounding the danger each drug poses, and unknowingly forming a complex chemical experiment within their bodies. Research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that the human liver combines crack and alcohol to manufacture a third substance called cocaethylene that intensifies crack's euphoric effects, while possibly increasing the risk of sudden death. Sudden death takes place when the users' body chemistry is imbalanced to the slightest degree. This releases toxic chemicals into their body creating a reaction within the individual resulting in cardiac arrest. This negative reaction to crack's toxic chemicals is the cause of "sudden death".

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Q.) What are the symptoms of crack withdrawal?

A.) Crack withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

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Q) What are the symptoms of a crack overdose?

A) Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of crack usage is the high risk of overdose. Since crack is more potent than street cocaine, it enters the bloodstream more quickly and in higher concentrations. This is particularly risky since smoking the drug makes it difficult to estimate dosage. The most frequent overdose that people experience from smoking crack cocaine is mild and is felt as a very rapid heart beat and hyperventilation. These reactions are often accompanied by a feeling of impending death. Although most people survive, several thousand are killed by overdosing on crack every year. All forms of cocaine and crack cocaine use have been linked with heart failure in users. This also includes otherwise healthy users.

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Q) What complications are associated with smoking crack during pregnancy?

A)The most innocent victims of crack cocaine are babies born to mothers who use the drug during pregnancy, these babies are referred to as “Crack Babies . Crack babies unlike their there parents were never given a choice. Crack babies started a life of crack addiction before they were born and have to go through the same withdrawals as any adult crack addict, that's if they survive. Smoking crack while pregnant can  also encourage:

Prior to birth of a new born, mothers who smoke Crack can damage the foetus in several ways:

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Crack addiction rehabilitation treatment

Surprisingly, despite the horrendous withdrawals crack addicts experience when the level of crack in their blood drops, Crack addiction and crack rehabilitation is rather straight forward in comparison to other street drugs, and a person can be leading a normal productive life in as little as 12-16 weeks.

Any Crack rehabilitation treatment programme will start with a “crack withdrawal” then should be followed immediately with a New Life Sauna Detox™ after which the person will be feeling much better and be able to go on to the next step of their crack rehab treatment.  

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While all addictive drugs can be ruthless, Crack is one of the most barbaric narcotics available. Crack addiction, without the hope of treatment for Crack , is like being a helpless slave to a relentless, demonic dictator that will eventually strip a person of everything they own: money, possessions, jobs, families, pride, dignity, integrity, liberty, health and eventually their life. Crack can destroy a person quicker that anyone could ever imagine.

Such is the power of the addictive nature of crack that a person will go to extreme methods with little concern to consequences to fuel their addiction.


Narconon has been been very successful in rehabilitating and reversing the ravages of crack addiction since 1965. ……………………………………………………………………………….

People experimenting with crack  for the first time are seldom mentally or emotional equipped for the addictive powers of it, the high is euphoric and the low is a desperate, frantic need for more crack, and it may not take very long before they find themselves fighting an apparent losing battle to stay in control of their lives.

A day in the life of a Crack addict, without the possibility of rehabilitation from the Crack, could be described as a “continuous spontaneous chaos” of which friends, family and relatives are almost obliged to share.

Fortunately, what is one of the world’s most addictive drugs with the capability of such immense merciless destruction, with the correct treatment crack addiction can be reversed.

What is crack?

What is the difference between crackn ad cocaine?

How is crack used?

Why is crack such a dangerous drug?

What is crack addiction?

How does crack produce its effects?

How does crack effect the brain?

When are the effects felt from smoking crack?

What are the short term effects of crack?

What are the long term effects of crack?

What are the side effects of crack?

What are the symptoms of crack withdrawal?

What complications are associated with smoking crack during pregnancy?

What are the symptoms of a crack overdose?

Crack addiction rehabilitation treatment

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