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Even if it seems like you can’t live without cocaine, we know how you can turn your life around. We’ve seen others succeed. You can, too.
More here on why crack is so addictive and how you can best treat addiction. Then, we invite your questions at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all real life questions personally and promptly.
Understanding Crack Addiction
Addiction is a medical condition. It is treated medically. Anyone who says that you are a bad person because you’re addicted to crack does not understand the disease of addiction. We do. Call us at 1-877- 721-6695 for help quitting. We can walk you through what you need to do to get better.
Here are the basics on addiction.
Cocaine is super effective as a drug. When first used, crack produces feelings of intense pleasure and euphoria. It stimulates the brain to release abnormal dopamine amounts at once. But with repeated use, dopamine amounts in the brain decrease. And when you rely on cocaine for feelings of pleasure, you will do almost anything you can to get it. Over time, crack will:
- impair brain neuron communication
- damage the brain’s ability to transfer and produce dopamine
- damage a person’s ability to experience pleasure at all
Soon after regular use, compulsion and loss of control occur – also known as the state of “addiction”.
Q: But which factors contribute to the formation of addiction in the first place?
A: Addiction is not a disease influenced by a single factor. On the contrary, it is a complex disease influenced by: genetics, environment, physical and/or emotional trauma. These factors combined together determine the possibility about whether a person will develop a substance abuse disorder or not.
If you no longer want crack addiction to control your life, seek help at 1-877- 721-6695. Crack addiction treatment can help you overcome all of the things which keep pushing you back to crack abuse.
Getting the Best Treatment
If you are experiencing crack addiction issues and searching for the most suitable treatment program you might be pleased to know that you have many options to choose from. Addiction treatment programs differ by several categories such as:
- Duration (30-60-90 DAY or longer)
- Type of therapies offered
- Treatment settings (inpatient/outpatient)
Before you make your decision on which program you’ll enroll in, be aware that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment program. In order to get the best treatment possible, you need a tailor made program. So, a treatment program is usually created based on the following elements:
- your personal history of drug abuse
- past trauma
- personal and emotional issues
- other root causes of addictive behavior
- quantity/length/frequency of crack (ab)use
- your unique treatment goals
Regardless of all the differences and variations of treatment needed, there are some therapies that should be offered at a reputable crack addiction rehab facility. These include:
Education about the harm and consequences of crack (ab)use
Medication Assisted Therapy (Gabapentin and Vigabatrin for reducing crack withdrawal discomfort)
Integrated or Dual-Diagnosis Therapy (if needed for co-occuring metal health issues)
Relapse Prevention Training (learning your individual triggers and ways to cope with cravings)
Aftercare for maintaining health and sobriety
Addiction treatment offers you many opportunities to quit crack for good. Why waste any more time? CALL 1-877- 721-6695 and end the mental battle today.
The First Step of Recovery From Crack
STEP 1: Decide to quit. Addiction to a strong drug like crack can be very difficult to cope with, as the need to use can be overwhelming. However, the first and most important step toward recovery is your decision to seek help. But a dedication to regaining control over your life can be difficult. Rehab can help. People who are struggling with living crack free life need to be surrounded by others who understand addiction. This is why rehabs focus on providing support and motivation during recovery that help people stay clean.
When entering treatment program, you should expect the three main treatment stages:
- Detox from Crack
- Inpatient Rehab
1. Detox from Crack
The detoxification process can be the most difficult part of the treatment, but also very important step toward recovery. As depression often follows after cocaine use, it is important this phase to be done in controlled environment, as it helps cleaning the body from the substance. Emotional support is critical during this time. Additionally, short term use of antidepressants can address dopamine and serotonin imbalances in the brain.
2. Inpatient Rehab
Inpatient rehab is one of the best ways to successfully complete your recovery. A personalized treatment plan will be evaluated and prepared based on your condition. However, it will be mostly focused on your behavior and socialization. You should be prepared for the rehabilitation program to last between 30-90 days, or even longer in more severe cases.
After rehab, the journey begins. You’ll need to address triggers. At the beginning, regular counseling may be required while identifying all risk factors. You may also benefit from living in a sober house and attending support group meetings. Finally, there are specially designed trainings which help you reintegrate into society without needing to adapt in the same behavioral patterns.
Treating Crack Addiction
Without doubt, the safest way to treat crack addiction is in a residential rehab facility. This is because cravings for cocaine can be intense and lead to relapse. In rehab, you willl receive therapy and learn coping methods that will keep you off crack. Plus, you’re under constant supervision to keep you safe from harm. Often, this is the best option for those who have a history of addiction, who have tried to get clean, and failed before.
Some people decide to change their home and work environment by removing triggering people and situations that can cause relapse. However, it’s recommended that you enroll in a treatment center that will monitor your progress to help improve your chances for success. You can also join a support group such as Narcotics Anonymous/Cocaine Anonymous. Since addiction to crack is mainly psychological (as opposed to physical dependence), recovery has to be oriented towards psychosocial treatment, developing coping mechanisms to stress and creating safe non-triggering environments.
How to Help Someone With a Crack Addiction
People who are struggling with crack addiction often experience psychological struggles such as:
- mood swings and/or
- feeling unable to quit
So what can you do to help?
1. Show real support. The most important thing you can do is show your support. By making sure the person feels your love, he or she will understand that you are prepared to do whatever needed to help them in their struggle with crack addiction. A support from their home environment makes a huge difference in recovering addict’s life.
2. Avoid the blame-game at all costs. While your loved one is going to a hard struggle, the least needed is someone to throw a blame on them…or yourself…or another family member. Addiction affects one in three American families. You are not alone. The more you learn about addiction, the more you can look into causes: genetics, environment, and trauma.
3. Stay positive! You can discuss successful recovery stories and communicate the high chances of overcoming addiction via treatment programs. Look into statistics and check out addiction advocacy groups like NCADD, Facing Addiction, and CASA Columbia for support.
4. Learn what you can about addiction. Always take into consideration that some things will be hard for you to understand regarding crack issues. What you can do is educate yourself about how crack works in the brain and how addiction develops.
5. Investigate evidence based family counseling. Finally, the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) program is an effective method of training with a therapist in order to prepare yourself to convince your close one to get help. It will help you learn how to cope with stress, motivate the addicted person to seek help, and support them during treatment.
Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
Most addicts focus on the first part of their recovery (completing residential treatment), since it considered the foundation for sobriety. However, rehab is only the beginning of a lifetime of happy recovery. Inpatient programs exist to provide people with the basics of a healthy drug free life (detox, medication treatment and aftercare) but the real challenges begin outside treatment.
Once you leave a rehab center, you must implement all the lessons learned during treatment and find a way to manage problems without using crack as an escape plan. In other words, once you finish an addiction treatment program (30-60-90 DAYS), you address life balance and handle all kinds of stressors without the help of external simulative substances such as crack or any other drugs of abuse.
Life after crack rehab is just as important as rehab itself. Recovery it is not a temporary phase, but rather a process that requires continuous work. Even after completing rehab, many addicts continue to struggle with crack addiction.
Q: Why is crack aftercare necessary?
A: Aftercare programs aim to help crack addicts:
- recognize potential triggers
- avoid high risk situations
- develop the coping skills to achieve long-term recovery
4 Steps to creating an effective crack aftercare plan
1. Participate in on-going therapy sessions
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) sessions give the opportunity to continue to work on underlying issues that may have caused your crack addiction.
2. Know your crack addiction triggers
A variety of environmental, social and psychological factors can trigger a return to crack (ab)use such as:
- flashbacks of abusive situations
- job loss
- sudden death of a loved one
- unexpected emotion or sensation
These are just an example of triggers that might push you back to old patterns. Because the return to independent living can often trigger new problems, identifying and understanding these triggers is a key part of aftercare.
3. Learn how to cope with stress
After rehab, individuals may face many stressful situations. This is why aftercare services incorporate stress coping skills in their programs and teach crack addicts how to handle cravings. Attending support groups provides important structure in the addict’s life so when stress occurs, they can simply access this supportive structure and reduce their risk for relapse.
4. Plan what to do in cases of relapse
Addiction recovery is a repeated cycle of ups and downs. Relapse is a common part of people’s failed attempts to quit crack. But this does not mean lost chances of recovery. It simply signifies that you have to learn from your mistakes and try again. A key component to every aftercare plan is a “what to do” strategy when relapse occurs. This strategy includes reviewing your relapse outcomes and creating a plan to address each slip.
Does Treatment Work?
Yes, addiction treatment works. Choosing treatment for a cocaine addiction can lead you to a sober life with many benefits including:
- reduced drug use
- improved mental health condition
- better communication and relationship with others
- employment and career opportunities
If you want to put an end to your crack addiction struggle call 1-877- 721-6695 for guidance, support and treatment referral. We here and ready to pick up the phone to talk.