Crack cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant that produces a short but intense high. When smoked, it quickly floods the body with dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure. The high lasts only 5 to 10 minutes and once it begins to wear off the user may experience depression, anxiety, fatigue and, in some cases, paranoia. The user will experience an intense craving for the drug and often will continue to smoke crack in an attempt to recreate the euphoria of the first high and to avoid the feelings associated with “coming down.”
Physiological Effects of Crack Cocaine Addiction
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Lung Damage
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Kidney damage
- Increased risk of aortic dissection (tear in the wall of the aorta)
Treatment for Crack Cocaine Addiction
Crack is a powerful drug and without treatment, many addicts are simply unable to stop using. Some can maintain abstinence for a period of time, but will inevitably go off on a “binge” for several days or even weeks. Sometimes addicts can identify the trigger or triggers that set them off on a binge—work-related stress, a fight with a loved one— other times they have no idea what prompted their drug use. Regardless of the reason, the emotional, physical, mental, and financial toll of these binges is substantial. Recovering Souls can find you the necessary treatment you need to achieve sustained recovery and enjoy a healthy, sober life.
If you are searching for a rehab facility that specializes in the treatment of crack cocaine addiction, Recovering Souls can help. We are not a treatment center, but a free service that finds treatment for individuals struggling with addiction. Treatment for crack cocaine addiction begins with detox. The facilities we work with provide clients with a safe and medically supervised detox designed to keep you as comfortable as possible. Once detoxed, you will undergo a thorough psychological evaluation, as well as a drug and alcohol evaluation. You will then work with the treatment team to develop an individualized treatment plan. A dedicated and caring staff of licensed therapists and certified addictions counselors will guide you through your early recovery, providing you with the emotional and spiritual support you need. We believe that in order for treatment to be effective, it must address the underlying issues that may have contributed to your using. The treatment centers we work with provide one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and family counseling. A board certified psychiatrist is available for those requiring treatment for a dual diagnosis. As you prepare to complete treatment, you will develop an aftercare plan with your therapist and be expected to continue to attend12 Step meetings. By the time you are ready to leave, you will have learned the skills you need to achieve success and serenity in recovery.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to crack cocaine, Recovering Souls can help. Contact us today.