Crack/Cocaine Addiction in America: An Overview
Crack/cocaine refers to a chemical drug found across the nation. Crack/cocaine are two different forms of the same drug. Cocaine is cut into a powder form, and crack is the mineral formed when the cocaine is mixed with other chemicals to make the rock. Cocaine abuse is usually conducted by cutting the powder very fine and snorting it through the nose or smoked. The name crack is derived from the sound of the mineral cracking when it is being heated by the user and then smoked. Both forms of this drug are highly addictive and only gives a short-term high, encouraging those addicted to continue to use consistently in a short period of time.
The history of crack/cocaine in America stems back decades. Cocaine was introduced first to the United States, but then the crack component came shortly after with a discounted price tag as compared to its powder sibling. In the 1980s, crack/cocaine began filling the streets of the United States and it is still one of the leading substances in those addicted today.
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The Signs + Symptoms of Crack/Cocaine Abuse
Signs of cocaine abuse include:
- Increased hyperactivity
- Sudden Agitation
- Unexplained nosebleeds and running nose
- Inability to concentrate or focus
Signs of crack-cocaine abuse include:
- Increased hyperactivity
- Newfound confidence
- Tense or anxious
- Increased talking
The signs may differ slightly, but overall, if someone is suffering from crack/cocaine abuse, then hyperactivity and behavioral changes will reflect a crack/cocaine addiction.
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Why is Treatment Needed for Crack/Cocaine Addiction?
The long history of crack/cocaine addiction in the United States and its addictive property make it a substance that often needs treatment for recovery. Treatment assists those suffering from crack/cocaine abuse by treating the physical addiction and the behavior associated with using.
The relapse potential for a crack/cocaine addiction is higher than other substances because the craving is so strong and affects the brain so strongly. The benefits of treatment teaching those who have suffered how to move forward in their life post-addiction, avoid triggers and stay focused on the road of recovery.
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Treatment Options for Crack/Cocaine Abuse
Inpatient treatment is one of the most popular options that require those with a crack/cocaine addiction to detox their body from the substance they are using. During the initial process of inpatient, the detox begins shortly after they have entered the facility and only hours after the final use. Physically, they will become sick, agitated, as their body amplifies the craving for the substance. Once this has subsided after several days, they will experience a variety of treatments and therapies in the facility until treatment has been completed. Each treatment plan is designed with the individual in mind, and is determined based upon the severity of the addiction and can provide family counseling.
Outpatient treatments are available for those with much milder addictions, who can still operate their daily lives while battling their addiction. These patients are given resources and access to therapy sessions and other treatments that help them adjust to crack/cocaine recovery. They are scheduled for weekly check-ins and visits with the doctors and counselors at the facility until their treatment is complete.
Sober Living is the stage that comes post-treatment. While in treatment, patients are introduced to this via therapies and sessions with each other where they are taught the different types of triggers and what to avoid once treatment is over. One the patients complete the treatment, have identified the triggers, they are provided assistance reintegrating back into society. They are also assigned to support groups for outside assistance.
The types of therapy included in the treatment options include individual therapies where the patient has the ability to work with a counselor one on one regarding their personal triggers. This opportunity gives them the chance to discover why they took on the addiction initially and how to treat the source of the problem. They are also provided access to group therapy sessions while in treatment, where they are introduced to others who have experienced similar situations and provide a lifeline of accountability amongst each other.
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Get Clean from Crack/Cocaine for Good at Launch Centers in Los Angeles
If you or a loved one is suffering from crack/cocaine addiction, then let Launch Centers help you or them quit crack/cocaine for good. Launch focuses on the individual when assigning a treatment program and then offers a range of therapies and skills that will assist our patients once their treatment is complete and they are completely reintegrated back to society.
We understand that each addiction battle is unique to each client. It is our goal to ensure that our patients not only seek treatment but get all of the tools needed to continue on the path of crack/cocaine recovery even after they have left our facility. Call us today at 1-877-895-3231 to begin the process of overcoming an addiction to crack/cocaine for good.