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What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine is the crystal form of cocaine, and usually comes in powder form. It is the most potent form of cocaine and poses the greatest risks to the user. It is between 75% and 100% pure and far stronger than regular cocaine. Crack cocaine is heated and smoked, and smoking crack allows an addiction to develop much more quickly than if cocaine is snorted through the nose. When snorting a substance, it takes longer to reach the brain than when you smoke it.

Sadly, crack cocaine users can become addicted on the first occasion they use the drug,. Smoking crack allows it to reach the brain very rapidly, and the high is intense and immediate. It is also short-lived, rarely lasting longer than 15-20 minutes. This means the mental obsession is extremely severe – addicts sometimes struggle to hold a conversation due to obsessing over their next hit of the drug. This only strengthens the vicious cycle of addiction, as users are constantly chasing their next high and trying to re-create the initially pleasurable effect.

Crack cocaine will destroy lives, but the Providence Projects is here to help you change yours. You can recover from crack cocaine addiction and we are here to help. Call us for a free consultation today on 0800 955 0945, and you can discuss your addiction with one of our expert team of counsellors, and begin your recovery and a new way of life at our drug rehab.

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Signs and Symptoms of Crack Cocaine addiction

It’s important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of Crack cocaine abuse, and to know that there is help out there, and detox and rehab programmes available for you and your loved ones. The effects of smoking or injecting crack cocaine are intense, and often easy to spot. Signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Aggressive, unpredictable behaviour
  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Dilated pupils
  • Frequent disappearances to get high
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Physical health problems
  • Burns on fingers
  • Blistered lips from smoking out of a pipe

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What is a Crack Cocaine detox?

Detox from crack cocaine is when the user undergoes detoxification from the substance and all other drugs they may have been taking. If you use crack frequently over a length of time, and stop too suddenly, you will experience a series of uncomfortable and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may be so unpleasant that you continue using crack cocaine just to make the symptoms stop.

We strongly recommended detoxing from drugs in a professional, safe and medically-supervised setting, such as a private cocaine rehab and detox clinic. Withdrawal from crack cocaine can be difficult, and the symptoms are more severe than those associated with taking normal cocaine. By detoxing in a residential rehab facility, all remnants of crack cocaine will be removed from the body in a safe manner.

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Crack Cocaine withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms from crack cocaine detox can be both physical and psychological. Withdrawal is the process of adjustment that the body goes through, when a frequently-used drug such as crack cocaine, is suddenly removed from your system. When substances such as drugs, alcohol or even caffeine are constantly consumed, they trigger the release of dopamine into the body’s reward system. This makes them so addictive because of the pleasure hit that the brain gets when they enter the body. Over time, the body gets used to having these substances there, so when they’re removed, the body has to adjust, to maintain an internal balance called homeostasis. Withdrawal symptoms are the result.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Shaking
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Irritability
  • Cravings
  • Fluctuating appetite

Crack Cocaine Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawal affects everyone differently and withdrawal timelines are only a general, rough guide to what you might expect. The intensity of the withdrawal symptoms will depend on a variety of factors, such as how long you have abused crack cocaine, the amount of the drug you have been using, your general physical and mental health, and whether you’ve been abusing any other substances at the same time. 

Crack cocaine withdrawal symptoms tend to begin within 24 hours of last using the drug. Symptoms tend to peak within 72 hours after last use, and after a week or so it is normal for powerful psychological cravings to present, as well as mood swings, anxiety and depressed mood. 

It is very dangerous to undergo withdrawal and detox from crack cocaine without medical assistance, such as in the home. The initial stage of detox can be really difficult and uncomfortable, and withdrawal symptoms are at their most intense during this first phase. Being in a residential rehab clinic, such as the Providence Projects, will mean the symptoms are reduced and more bearable. You will be supported by a team of expert counsellors, doctors and therapists, who are leaders in their field and understand the severity of the detox process and what support you need. 

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Crack Cocaine Rehab

There are a range of private cocaine rehab centres across the UK. Here at the Providence Projects, we provide high-quality, affordable treatment for a whole range of addictive disorders, and have been helping addicts and alcoholics to recover since our doors opened in 1996. By checking into a private residential rehab centre, you are giving yourself and your loved ones the best chance of a lasting and successful recovery. Whilst the idea of detox and rehabilitation can seem daunting and scary, we want you to know that it is the best possible decision you can make. We are here to help you make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

The Providence Projects offers a free, no-obligation telephone assessment for our cocaine rehab and detox programmes. We have a team of addiction experts ready to take your call and run through your options and the programme details.

Private crack cocaine rehab varies in length from 28 days to 6 months. How long you stay will depend on your individual circumstances and financial, family and work obligations. After completing the initial detox phase, you will engage in a comprehensive therapeutic rehab programme. This incorporates a range of evidence-based therapies, such as group therapy, motivational interviewing, CBT and individual counselling. Workshops on different aspects of addiction are also a feature of the timetable, on topics such as boundaries, grief & loss, anger, resentment, and triggers for relapse. It is important to explore your past and understand the often complex myriad of reasons you may resort to using crack cocaine. This allows you to start to heal and move forward from your addiction.

After the rehab programme is complete, we provide a range of bespoke aftercare solutions for all clients. You will work closely with your focal therapist to determine the best course of aftercare for your individual needs. Plans may include 1-1 counselling, group therapy, Zoom meetings, attendance at local Cocaine Anonymous meetings, health and fitness plans, sober coaching, or attending Providence aftercare groups, depending on your location. We understand the transition from rehab to independent sober living can be challenging, and we are here to support you all the way.

The best way to stop your crack cocaine addiction is to check in to a rehab and detox facility, where you can begin the recovery process. We have developed a streamline cocaine admission process, dedicated to helping you achieve sobriety as soon as possible. We can assist in transporting you to the rehab clinic, with admissions possible in as little as 24 hours.

Addiction to crack cocaine can lead to serious mental health problems. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, then please don’t hesitate to give us a ring today on 0800 955 0945. Our experienced team of addiction counsellors are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help you overcome your crack cocaine problem, arrange detox, and explore the best possible solution for your and your family. We want to help in any way we can.

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