Crack and the Brain
Crack, a concentrated and more potent form of cocaine, is one of the most troublesome and problematic drugs in modern society.
Due to its addictive nature and some of the side effects that the drug produces in those who use it, people who are addicted to crack will go to great lengths to obtain their next fix, sacrificing friends, jobs and connections with family members. Crack, like cocaine, forms an addiction in the user’s brain, and many people do not understand the internal mechanisms that create an addiction to crack.
The Brain and the Autonomic Nervous System
Neurons and Neurotransmitters
In normal operation, the brain release the chemical dopamine in response to events and emotions. Dopamine is then taken up by nerve cells in the brain that have specialized dopamine receptors, which process the chemical and produce feelings of pleasure. Once the dopamine has been processed, it is usually transmitted back to the place in the brain where it was generated, where it can be released again later when needed.
When you use crack, however, the drug causes the dopamine to be released in one big flood, resulting in a massive euphoric wave. Unfortunately, the natural re-uptake process of the dopamine is blocked by the crack, resulting in a longer euphoria (of a few minutes as opposed to a few seconds naturally). This blockage of dopamine uptake can take some time to clear out, and until it happens, a user will feel depressed and lethargic. Therefore, addicts will rely upon crack to get those feelings of pleasure back, repeating the vicious cycle over and over again.
Rehab at The Canyon
The core of the Canyon’s treatment program is to help you develop a positive relationship with yourself. To aid in this journey of recovery and self-rediscovery, a variety of therapies are employed by the our therapists and medical professionals, all of whom are dedicated to helping you turn your life around.