What is Ready Rock in Drug Slang?
“Ready rock,” is another name for the rock drug or what is also known as crack cocaine. The rock drug is a severely addictive drug that is created from a paste extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant. Crack cocaine is a stimulant or part of a class of drugs that are also called “uppers.”
By nature, stimulants are drugs that cause short-lived, intense highs characterised by an increased heart rate, increased alertness and a feeling of absolute euphoria. However, these short-lived highs are often followed by periods of depression, edginess and paranoia. The rock drug is often used in tandem with other drugs to produce different effects. These include meth amphetamine and heroin. Crack cocaine is a white crystalline powder that looks like small rocks or chips that are sometimes an off-white or pink in colour.
The use of crack cocaine can have devastating physical effects including severe lung damage, heart disease, malnutrition and aggressive behaviour. Symptoms that become apparent over time in abusers of the rock drug include loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss, sleep deprivation and paranoid behaviour that becomes progressively worse over time.
Crack cocaine has a profound effect on the way the brain processes chemicals. For this reason, users need to ingest increasing amounts of the rock drug in order to achieve a feeling of normality. Over time, the “high” itself loses its potency and the withdrawal effects become unbearable for the addict. Withdrawal effects include extreme anxiety and depression, agitation and mood swings. Withdrawal effects will vary depending on a number of factors including the user’s tolerance, their metabolism and the severity of their addiction.
Symptoms of prolonged crack cocaine usage extend far beyond the realm of the physical body. Users of the rock drug suffer from outbursts of anger, lack of motivation and what many recovering addicts in retrospect call “spiritual bankruptcy.”
Recovery from the rock drug usually begins with a supervised detox program where the addict can be monitored physically and mentally. At a treatment centre, this will be followed by individual and group therapy, life-skills workshops, information sessions and an introduction to a 12-step fellowship like Narcotics Anonymous. Treatment centres provide a solid foundation for recovering addicts who are ready and willing to rebuild their lives with the help of supportive peers.
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