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What is Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment?

Although crack cocaine is sometimes thought to be used only by addicts in violent communities, the use of crack is more common than you may think. In fact, according to the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 8.6 million Americans aged 12 and older reported having used crack in 2006. Additionally, 71% of all cocaine admissions to treatment centers that year were for people addicted to crack cocaine.

While no form of substance abuse should ever go untreated, crack is an especially dangerous substance, with potentially deadly consequences. For this reason, those who use crack cocaine should seek addiction treatment immediately at a crack addiction rehabilitation center, for the sake of their health and well-being.

Crack cocaine is created by combining powdered cocaine with baking soda and/or other substances. The cocaine and other ingredients are then mixed in water, which is boiled until solid pieces form. The solid crack is then broken into smaller pieces, sometimes called “rocks,” and sold using street names such as Gravel, Base, Nuggets, Hail, Paste, Hard Rock and Sleet.

Crack rocks can be off-white, pink, tan, or light brown, due to the agents added in the cooking process, which often include far more than baking soda. In fact, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, caffeine, arsenic, over-the-counter or prescription drugs, sugar, talc, and even cleaning chemicals can be added to the mix.

Mixing in these substances can increase the high created by the drugs but can also allow the crack to be made with less expensive ingredients, increasing the profit made by dealers. This can make crack far more potent and concentrated than typical cocaine, and smoking crack allows the drug to reach the brain much more quickly.

Because of these compounding effects, crack cocaine is notoriously addictive, with many individuals becoming addicted after a single use. In fact, studies show that over 62% of those who use crack cocaine become addicted, regardless of their age or frequency of use. As a result, those who use crack cocaine typically need the assistance of a professional crack addiction rehabilitation treatment center, such as Resurgence Behavioral Health, to detoxify their bodies of the dangerous chemicals, and to begin to rebuild their lives.

Effects of Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Crack was developed as a cheaper alternative to cocaine, making it a more affordable street drug, especially in low-income communities. This ease of access and affordability resulted in an epidemic of crack use by the 1980s. Those seeking a fast, intense high are often attracted to crack, and because of the substances with which crack is mixed, the euphoria produced by crack is different than that of pure, powdered cocaine.

The effects of smoking crack take ahold quickly, peaking in 3-5 minutes, and lasting 30-60 minutes. However, since the most intense phase of the high is gone quickly, the urge to smoke crack frequently to continue the high is strong. Even the act of smoking crack can be dangerous since glass pipes are often improvised from thin glass vases and other objects. This can result in serious cuts and burns.

While crack produces feelings of happiness and energy, these effects come with dangerous health consequences, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Strange or violent behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Convulsions
  • Overdose

People who smoke crack will usually experience a devastating crash after the high dissipates, which can result in feelings of extreme depression and anxiety.

Continued crack use has serious physical and emotional consequences, such as:

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Convulsions
  • Liver, kidney, and lung damage
  • Malnutrition and anemia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Abscesses
  • Infertility

Research also indicates that violence among crack users is common, with 97% of crack users reporting engagement with violent behavior. High-risk sexual behavior and an increased likelihood of HIV are also found among regular users of crack. Treatment can help prevent these tragic outcomes, and assist those who have grown dangerously sick, or who are in danger of violence and sexual victimization, find the resources they need to improve their health, safety, and future.

Mental Illness and Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Crack use often stems from issues of mental health, such as low self-esteem, hopelessness, bipolar disorder, depression, and isolation. Crack dramatically worsens mental health issues, necessitating addiction treatment for recovery. One of the most dangerous mental health issues faced by people who smoke crack is almost immediate addiction, which can take over the life of the user.

Crack cocaine users report feeling so desperate for crack that they engaged in dangerous and illegal behavior, such as theft, prostitution, and even murder. Furthermore, one of the many reasons that crack addiction treatment is so critically important is the powerful withdrawal effects of the drug, which can be almost impossible to escape.

Symptoms of crack withdrawal include:

  • Inability to experience joy
  • Violence
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Severe depression
  • Agitation
  • Nightmares
  • Fatigue

Furthermore, without professional crack addiction treatment, paranoia, hallucinations, mood swings and depression can torment those who struggle to break free from their crack addiction, leading to suicidal ideation. To provide those addicted to crack the best chance of lasting recovery, people who smoke crack must be offered medical and therapeutic options to address all physical and mental health issues.

Treatment and Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

The withdrawal process of crack cocaine can be torturous and should not be undertaken without professional cocaine treatment. The first step in the cocaine addiction treatment process should be medically assisted detoxification, which guarantees medical care in case of a heart attack or stroke.

At a professional addiction treatment center, medical experts will be able to assist with the depression that follows withdrawal, prescribing medications to help with anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. The worst part of the withdrawal should be over in a week, though additional assistance with withdrawal systems may be needed in the following weeks, as well.

Once the crack cocaine has left the body, those in recovery will feel healthier and more able to participate in other treatment options offered by their providers. While there are outpatient treatment options available, social and environmental factors often trigger crack addiction. Residential addiction treatment centers can provide an opportunity to escape peer pressure, improve overall wellness, and focus on recovery.

In addition to detoxification, crack addiction treatment programs also provide treatment plans, counselors, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, peer support, 12-step programs, and other resources to assist with recovery. Surrounded by a caring and experienced treatment team, those who struggle with crack addiction can find lasting recovery and a new lease on life.

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Addiction treatment should help you focus on the transformational journey ahead. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, it does. We know that recovery, not money, should be your primary concern. And Resurgence Behavior Health offers recovery and payment plans that can work within almost any financial situation.

By accepting most PPO insurance and private forms of payment, we help eliminate barriers to crack cocaine recovery. We also know that navigating insurance coverage can be confusing, so our team will communicate with your insurance provider on your behalf. Call us at 855-458-0050. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, you are not alone.

How to Get Help

Imagine a welcoming, non-judgmental recovery experience, with all of the comforts and emotional support your need to begin your healing journey. Welcome to Resurgence Behavioral Health. Our state-of-the-art facilities, experienced staff, and responsive programs will help you achieve the recovery you deserve.

Resurgence offers medical drug detoxification, residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs, counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other customized resources to enable your healing. And our breathtaking locations in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, and Fullerton Hills have everything you need to minimize distractions and focus on the new you.

Call Resurgence today, and say hello to a brighter future.

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