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CRACK ADDICTION

A Particularly Deadly Form of Cocaine

Crack is a rock-like, crystalline form of cocaine that is refined and smoked. It produces a more intense cocaine high than when cocaine is snorted and is one of the most lethal addiction problems in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were 354,000 lifetime crack users in the United States in 2014. A problem once thought to primarily impact impoverished urban areas, crack has transcended all cultural stereotypes and has once again become a full-scale addiction threat. Crack is generally much cheaper than powder cocaine and is much more accessible to younger users.

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Physical and Psychological Dangers of Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine changes the brain’s chemistry and can very quickly turn users into addicts. The dangers of powder cocaine abuse are magnified with crack because of the intensity and immediacy of the high. Many addicts feel the need to smoke more crack just 15 minutes after their last high. Some of the more serious physical dangers of crack include:

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Constriction of blood vessels
  • Stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Respiratory problems

Signs of Crack Cocaine Abuse

The CDC reports that those who abuse prescription painkillers are 40 times more likely to start using heroin. Although certain states may be more vulnerable to drug abuse and addiction than others, this disease knows no stereotype, and can affect anyone, regardless of age, culture or economic background.

  • Restlessness and Irritability
  • Nervousness and Paranoia
  • Dramatic Weight Loss
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Labored Breathing
  • Burns on Fingers from Crack Pipe
  • More Frequent Disappearances
  • Change in Social Circle
  • Problems at Work of School

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

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The Social Stigma of Crack Cocaine

For decades, crack has been viewed as a problem that mainly affects impoverished minorities. The reality is, however, that this drug affects users of all ages and backgrounds. SAMHSA reports that approximately 8,000 adolescents between 12 to 17 used crack in 2014, while the National Institute on Drug Abuse Reports that 4.6 percent of all Americans 26 and older used crack that same year. The stigma associated with addiction is especially strong when it comes to crack, and has prevented many users from getting the help they need. If you or someone you care about is battling crack abuse, don’t let shame prevent you from seeking treatment.

Treating Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack addiction causes significant changes in brain activity and physical health. For these reasons, addicts should enter a medically supervised detox program to ensure they’re stable enough to enter recovery. Once detox is complete and patients are medically stable, we offer quality partial-care, intensive outpatient and regular outpatient treatment programs.

These treatment programs include:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individualized Counseling
  • Aftercare
  • Ongoing Monitoring

Crack addiction can cause particularly serious damage in users’ lives, including their finances, relationships and life skills. Our aim is to give patients the strength and confidence they need to independently rebuild their lives, while simultaneously helping them heal from addiction and substance use disorder. Recovery Unplugged is waiting to help your or your loved one move past their crack addiction and take charge of your future.

Call us today at (855) 384-5794 to start your recovery.