Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant derived from the leaves of a South American plant. It is usually snorted and produces a high that comes on somewhat slowly but lasts for 15 to 30 minutes. Crack is a smokable form of cocaine. It produces an instant and intense high that lasts for 5 to 10 minutes.
Most people who seek treatment for cocaine addiction have used crack before or are regular users. Unlike opioid and alcohol addiction, there are currently no approved medications in the U.S. to treat cocaine/crack addiction. But non-medication therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), 12-step, and others, can be effective treatments.
If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine or crack addiction, recovery is possible with the right help.
Cocaine and crack abuse cause both physical and behavioral signs. Users typically have dilated pupils and may be excitable, talkative, and unusually confident. Cocaine use often causes a runny nose, and users may have nosebleeds. You may also notice burn marks on their hands or mouth and poor personal hygiene.
People who use cocaine and crack are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, and they may lie or steal to get money for drugs. They have mood swings, isolate themselves socially, or lose interest in things they once enjoyed.
Over time cocaine or crack addiction can become all-consuming, causing a person to lose everything.
Cocaine constricts the blood vessels and increases a person’s body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, which can be dangerous. Using a large amount of cocaine can produce an intense high, but it can also lead to erratic and even violent behavior.
While a minor cocaine overdose may cause lightheadedness, agitation, and sweating for a short period, a severe overdose can cause hallucination and seizures. It can also cause heart attack or stroke, which can be fatal.
Cocaine and crack use can change the way a person’s brain works over time. Most people who are addicted to cocaine or crack will need professional help to quit.
Adelante Recovery Center offers comprehensive addiction treatment for people struggling with crack/cocaine addiction as well as dual diagnosis programs for those who have co-occurring mental health issues.
Our luxury treatment centers in Corona del Mar is the ideal setting for healing and recovery. Individual counseling and group therapy form the core of our programs, but we allow plenty of time for restorative activities like yoga, beach walks, and hiking, and plenty of down time for reflection.
Our on-site medical doctor and certified addiction counselor will work together to create a tailored treatment plan for your specific needs—body, mind, and spirit. We do everything possible to keep you comfortable during crack/cocaine withdrawal treatment.
Recovery is possible at Adelante Recovery. Contact us today for crack/cocaine addiction help and to learn more about our Southern California crack/cocaine drug rehab facilities.
If you or a loved one are in need of help with addiction, contact us today. Our professional and friendly addiction specialists are able to answer your questions and get things moving in the right direction.