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What Are the Different Ways of Treating Crack Cocaine Addiction?

Crack cocaine is in the top three for being one of the most difficult drugs to struggle with, and crack addiction is one of the toughest problems to treat for addiction professionals. It is very common for crack cocaine addicts, especially those who have been addicted to the drug for a lengthy time, to struggle with remaining sober. Other common problems with crack addiction is that many crack addicts will make more than one attempt at drug treatment before something sticks. Crack cocaine is a powerful drug and creates intense mental dependency, which in turn will trigger a physical dependency when the body begins to feel agitated and anxious. Treating crack cocaine addiction is hard because all types of treatment methods can essentially be effective, but it is hard to know what will work. Both traditional and non-traditional drug rehab will work, and 12-step meetings have also been useful for crack addicts. Essentially there are many ways that a crack-cocaine addiction can be treated, and this is what makes it hard for families to deal with. Most families may have already invested significant amounts of money into private treatment. Other families may have been through all the government-funded programs or free services that may be available, and nothing has worked. With all of this taken into consideration, it is important to look at treatment methods that can be effective initially, and what has the best track record for working.

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What is crack cocaine?

Crack cocaine is the free-base form of powder cocaine, when powder cocaine is cooked down to form a crystal-like substance that can be heated up and smoked. Crack cocaine is a highly addictive drug because when it is smoked and inhaled into the lungs, it immediately enters the bloodstream, and the user feels the effects instantaneously. However, the effects of the drug will last 15 to 20 minutes and this why the drug is so addictive. Crack cocaine addicts will continue to romance after the drug, and will continually chase it. Crack cocaine causes an intense euphoria and a feeling of being lifted from the body, but it is only temporary. Crack addictions can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars per day simply because the user will want to achieve that same effect they experienced the first time they used crack cocaine.

What treatment methods are effective?

The most effective crack cocaine treatment approach is done in an inpatient rehab facility. Residential drug rehab centers will offer more stability and control, and offer a stable environment for the patient. When crack cocaine addicts are in a position to have access to their old environment or drug friends, they are more likely not to succeed in treatment. Long-term drug rehab is also more successful for crack cocaine addicts, because those crack addicts who do achieve sobriety have done so with a significant amount of clean time under their belt. Another effective treatment approach is aftercare support, whether this be a halfway house or a sober living community. Being around other sober and like-minded people will help reinforce sober living and a sober lifestyle. Sober living communities are excellent places for former crack cocaine addicts because they can begin to bring normal routine to their lives and start down a path of more stability. If crack cocaine addicts are not able to commit to residential long-term drug rehab, the family should at least attempt to get them through detox and into an outpatient treatment program/routine. Crack cocaine addicts require stability and clean time, and a strict routine to prevent a relapse. The drug causes an intense romance with the user, and the majority of relapses happen quite easily because the addict is either in no routine or has simply put themselves in a position where they trigger the cravings for the drug and end up relapsing. If a family is struggling to locate or decide what is the best form of treatment, they should access addiction assessment programs that will ensure they can find a drug rehab or treatment method that will be effective for their loved one.

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Sylvain Fournier

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Across Canada, there are many different treatment options to choose from, private, government-funded, inpatient, and outpatient. See More