Cocaine Addiction Treatment
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that physically alters the chemistry of your brain and your central nervous system. When snorted or injected, it increases the levels of dopamine and releases it, which gives the users feelings of happiness and excitement. As such, cocaine can quickly alter the brain’s dopamine production, leading to addicting habits in order to get those same “high” feelings and effects again. In the powder form, cocaine is called simply cocaine or coke.
What is Crack?
Crack cocaine is cocaine in the rock form instead of the powder form. When the hydrochloride salt in its powdered form (cocaine) is combined with water and another substance (usually sodium bicarbonate), it forms a solid that can be broken into smaller pieces. This rock form is called crack cocaine or more commonly crack. Crack is more commonly smoked, whereas cocaine is snorted or injected. Crack is highly potent because of its intense concentration, and crack addiction can occur after only a few uses.