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Recovering from Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack cocaine is an illegal drug that is the rock form of powder cocaine. Unlike powder cocaine, which is snorted, crack tends to be smoked. This produces in an intense and euphoric high to the brain almost instantaneously, and can cause extreme cravings and, often, psychological dependency.

Crack cocaine is one of the most addictive stimulants used today. Many people who succumb to crack addiction find that drug rehab is necessary, as far as breaking the cycle of using and becoming abstinent are concerned.

Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine addiction treatment

“How long will I need to stay in treatment?” is one of the most common questions we get asked. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult to answer with any accuracy. The length of time spent will typically be determined by an addict’s individual needs. Port of Call recommends that if you are considering residential addiction treatment to speak with one of our advisors on 08000029010.

We will listen to you and make a recommendation about the most appropriate crack cocaine addiction treatment for your needs. As far as the length of stay is concerned, most clinics in the UK offer programmes that run from 4-12 weeks. Research indicates that the longer a person stays in treatment, the more likely their chances of long-term abstinence are. As with a treatment placement, clinicians are able to advise individuals regarding length of stay.

Benefits of residential treatment for crack addiction

1. A change of environment

Inpatient residential addiction treatment or ‘rehab’ provides recovering crack addicts with a complete change of environment. Living in the treatment facility is one of the biggest advantages of treatment. This gives recovering addicts a much needed change of environment and removes temptation and triggers.

2. Access to therapy

Staying in a residential treatment facility and participating in one-to-one and group therapy sessions, as well as education sessions about relapse prevention, help crack cocaine addicts acquire the tools they need to stay clean and help build a successful foundation for ongoing recovery. Having a safe place in which to explore underlying issues with expert, qualified guidance enables addicts to come to terms with the psychological underpinnings of their dependency.

3. Peer support

A lot of support in crack cocaine addiction treatment comes from one’s peers. The unity and companionship found between fellow recovering addicts is a powerful component of recovery that provides social and emotional support.

What happens in residential crack addiction treatment?

Clinical Detox – The effects of crack withdrawal often includes symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, sleeplessness and cravings. Most people struggling with a crack addiction who contact Port of Call have experienced these symptoms and are scared about what will happen when they stop using. The process of detox is about making the withdrawal as safe and as comfortable as possible.

Psychological Treatments – Individual therapy and group therapy are two of the main psychological addictions used through crack cocaine rehabilitation. Family therapy is often encouraged in to help rebuild familial connections and help loved ones better understand addiction and recovery.

Aftercare Program – An addiction aftercare program is a necessary step for a successful transition from rehab to everyday life. Port of Call can help with aftercare treatment planning and many rehab clinics will provide 12 months’ worth of aftercare, normally on a weekly basis.

If you have questions about residential rehabilitation for crack addiction or wish to learn more about crack cocaine addiction treatment options, we’re here to help. We can help you understand where to get help for drug addiction and find you a rehab close to home. Please contact our helpline in confidence on 08000029010. We know how much courage it takes to make the call and we’re here to guide you through the process.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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