Crack is a powerful stimulant derived from cocaine, though much cheaper and easier to access. It is made by mixing cocaine with other ingredients like baking soda or ammonia and then boiling it until it hardens into a rock-like formation. The fact that crack is smoked makes it more addictive than cocaine, which is typically snorted. In addition to the risks of cocaine use (constricted blood vessels; increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and risk of cardiac arrest and seizure), crack abuse can result in acute respiratory problems, including coughing, shortness of breath, and lung trauma and bleeding. Smoking crack can easily lead to harmful psychological symptoms such as paranoia and aggression. The above risks make crack addiction treatment vital to the millions of people who find themselves in the grip of addiction.
Please reach out to Serenity Light Recovery if you or someone you love is struggling with crack addiction. It’s easy; just call 855.658.6109 or use our secure online form today.
Signs of Crack Addiction
There are some warning signs that can alert you to the possibility that someone is abusing crack. Not all the symptoms below prove addiction on their own, but if several or all are in evidence, or if any is present in addition to crack paraphernalia, don’t wait—seek help.
- Excessive bursts of energy in rapid cycles – Crack is a powerful stimulant whose effects last from five to ten minutes. If your loved one experiences periods of rapid speech, erratic or aggressive behavior, and excessive anxiety, with alternating periods of overwhelming exhaustion or lethargy, this can be a sign of stimulant—e.g. crack—abuse.
- Drastic appetite and eating changes – You may notice speed eating—the incredibly rapid consumption of food, or the opposite—lack of appetite and severe weight loss. The effects of crack on the metabolism are not subtle.
- Decline in oral health – Crack use affects the mouth, and abuse and addiction can quickly lead to oral bleeding, gum recession, and excessive and rapid tooth decay. If someone you know exhibits some of these seemingly inexplicable changes to their oral health, probe for more information.
- Withdrawal symptoms – Someone addicted to crack will not be able to hide the effects if the drug is withheld or there is no access to it. Withdrawal sets in within hours, and symptoms include muscle spasms and pain, diarrhea, fever, depression and/or anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
Any of the above signs warrant a conversation about seeking crack addiction treatment. The risk of overdose, which is always a medical emergency, is ever-present for those addicted to crack. Other long-term health effects include heart disease, seizures, and stroke.
Crack Addiction Treatment at Serenity Light Recovery
Our cocaine addiction treatment center is where clients addicted to all forms of cocaine go to receive high-quality care as they begin recovery. Any program for crack addiction treatment will begin with a safe, medically supervised detox to help purge the body of all the frightening and physically dangerous effects of crack use.
At Serenity Light Recovery, our compassionate and highly trained staff welcomes you from the moment you arrive. Our peaceful facility is conducive to beginning your recovery journey, on which you will experience a myriad of evidence-based treatments from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to biofeedback, group therapy to individual therapy, 12-step program to trauma therapy, and so much more, including faith-based treatment options. Whether inpatient or outpatient, you will benefit from the expertise and support of our professional staff.
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We are here to be a beacon of hope as you navigate the journey of recovery from drug abuse. Contact us to find out more or to take the first steps. Dial 855.658.6109 or fill out our online contact form.