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How Do You Help Someone With An Addiction To Crack Cocaine?

Imagine that you have been completely taken over by an alien-like in the horror movies we see sometimes being released. You cannot get free; you are helpless just to say no and get clean without major help. Crack cocaine not only takes over your body and your mental state, but it also feels like it takes over your soul and every fiber of your being.

If you have never been addicted to crack cocaine, you probably do not understand the depth in which it takes a person. You may not comprehend the control it has over the person addicted. You cannot imagine what it has made to their thought process, to how they perceive themselves (usually in a more negative way than you think) and how isolated and depressed they feel. Yes, when they are at the height of their high, they can present themselves as feeling superior, but as they crash, it becomes a terrible spiral to depression. Can they be helped? Yes.

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How do you help someone with an addiction to crack cocaine? First, seek the advice of those who specialize in the field of drug addiction. Call a helpline or your local drug rehab center. Explain what is going on with your loved one and that he or she is addicted to crack cocaine. Getting the facts relayed properly is important because it helps the intake counselor to get you set up with the proper type of intervention and counseling.
What is an intervention? It is when you come together to speak openly to the person addicted to crack cocaine and let him know that he deserves help, that he NEEDS help. It is advised that this be done with an experienced counselor on hand, someone who will go over the proper way to handle an addict.

A person who is addicted to crack cocaine needs professional help. This is not an addiction that can be easily broken free from. It is important that the person be checked out medically and psychologically as withdrawing can actually be harder on this type of addict than most. Because crack affects every area of the body, it is important to understand that a crack-cocaine addict needs to recover under constant supervision. It is usually advised that a person addicted to crack cocaine be an inpatient because of the many side effects of withdrawing.

You can help someone with an addiction to crack cocaine by offering your support, seeking expert advice and being encouraging. There are successful recovery stories every day about people who made the journey back from this addiction. With the right treatment, your loved one can be one of them.

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Sylvain Fournier

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