Crack Cocaine Addiction
Crack is the street name given to a cheap form of cocaine that has been processed to make rock crystal, which is then heated and smoked. It is inexpensive to purchase and results in a quick high, which makes it a popular street drug. Like cocaine, crack is a very strong stimulant that speeds up the central nervous system and places a strain on the user’s heart, lungs, and brain.
How Addictive is Crack Cocaine?
Crack cocaine is far more addictive than regular cocaine. Crack cocaine produces a short-lived and intense high. Because of it’s short half-life and the drugs intensity, users will rapidly abuse the drug and create a tolerance requiring them to use more and more of the drug in order to experience the same high.
It is rare for users to try crack first. Generally users who are addicted to crack have used cocaine previously. Due to the high price of cocaine and the affordability of crack cocaine, this becomes a replacement for their pre-existing cocaine addiction.
Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
There are many symptoms of addiction to crack cocaine. You or someone you know may be addicted if you are experiencing one or more of the following side effects.
- Dilated pupils
- Dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme depression
- Defensive behavior
- Mood swings
- Picking at the skin
- Difficulty concentrating
Are You Seeking Treatment for Crack Addiction?
There are several ways to get help when you are suffering from a crack addiction. Call us at American Addiction Centers today to figure out what treatment option is best for you.
With treatment facilities across the United States and trained advisors answering our helpline 24/7, we are equipped to help you figure out what option is best for you and get you the treatment you deserve.
Detox Centers and Withdrawal Treatment
Detox is the first step in the process of crack addiction treatment. It requires a controlled environment away from any temptations and outside influences. Crack is a binging drug. Many addicts go a long time between using, and they often use other drugs between binges if they are unable to locate crack. Because of this pattern, rehab may last anywhere from weeks to months. The drug leaves a residue in the body, so patients need to allow time for this residue to get out of their systems.
Once the drug has left their bodies, patients begin to experience withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, aggressive outbursts, fatigue, vivid dreams, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, cravings, sweating, and restlessness. Detox requires plenty of rest in a medically supervised environment, proper nutrition, and medications to control withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient Crack Rehab
Inpatient crack addiction treatment is one method used to treat crack addiction. With inpatient treatment, the addict is placed in a treatment center that provides round-the-clock medical supervision and support. This type of treatment is ideal for someone who has relapsed, or for anyone suffering from more than one addiction. It is also best for people with high-dose or long-term crack addictions. Inpatient treatment includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps addicts learn to cope with situations where they are likely to relapse. Family therapy offers support to family members, and also provides them with assistance in identifying warning signs of a potential relapse. Inpatient therapy also includes group sessions that allow recovering addicts to interact with and get support from others in similar circumstances.
Intensive Outpatient Rehab
Outpatient crack treatment programs provide medications to help patients cope with their withdrawal. They also offer the same therapy and group meetings that inpatient centers provide. The main difference between inpatient care and outpatient care is that in outpatient facilities the patient is allowed to return home each night with the promise he or she will return to treatment the next day. This is often a preferred treatment for those with children and for people with a short-term crack addiction.
Aftercare/ Addiction Counseling/ Sober Living
Crack rehab is a lifelong process. Once an individual has successfully completed the process of detox and withdrawal, he or she must begin rehabilitation and learn how to stay sober. There are plenty of support systems to help keep a crack addict sober. It is important to keep all appointments with physicians and psychologists and to attend all group counseling meetings. These activities help hold recovering addicts accountable. A physician or crack treatment center can provide information on the closest twelve-step program, which provides individuals with tools for living with an addiction. Members of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) share personal experiences and help others develop coping mechanisms. Joining an NA group also provides an opportunity to socialize with new friends.
Get Help Now
It is never too late to get help for a crack addiction. Whether you are a long-term user or someone who has just started, you can contact out toll-free helpline to locate a crack treatment program near you. You may also want to call if you have questions and concerns about someone you love who is suffering from crack addiction.