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Crack cocaine is an illicit drug that’s highly addictive and caused severe damage to individuals and communities. Studies show that hospital admissions for health disorders related to cocaine use have skyrocketed in the past decade. Hospital admissions are not surprising, given that regular cocaine abuse can lead to psychosis. As the epidemic grows, the number of individuals dealing with crack addiction continues to grow as well. At Harmony Hills, we offer comprehensive care in our crack addiction treatment program that helps individuals detox, heal, and recover.a sample of crack represents a crack addiction treatment program

What Are the Signs of Crack Cocaine Addiction?

The symptoms of crack addiction may appear suddenly after someone starts using the substance. Crack addiction is easier to spot because it doesn’t follow the average trajectory of substance use disorders. While physical signs may be difficult to spot at first, users often leave glass pipes or brillo pads lying around that an unsuspecting person may find. Brillo pads are the screen’s remnants, preventing the crack from entering a user’s throat when it is smoked. 

Other physical signs of crack abuse you should look for include:

  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness or paranoia
  • Heightened alertness
  • Pressured speech
  • Dilated eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Contracted blood vessels
  • Increased body temperature
  • Hyperexcitability
  • Nausea

More intense signs that someone displays during withdrawal will include:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory failure

How Does Treatment for Crack Addiction Work?

Addiction is a chronic disease that has no cure. However, advances in addiction science and therapy have led to improvements in treating addiction. While treatment will not resolve associated cravings that some crack users may experience for a lifetime, it will help control their behavior. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown successful while treating crack addiction. 

The first and most intensive stage in the treatment process is medical detoxification. An individual will spend up to seven days to 10 days in detox as the drug exits their system. Detox consists of around-the-clock care that medical professionals oversee. Addiction specialists will ensure the client’s safety and well-being during this rigorous process. 

Once detox concludes, we work with clients to determine a treatment plan and goals to best suit their needs. Entering into the right addiction treatment program is key. At Harmony Hills, we offer the complete spectrum of care, including:

Dealing with crack addiction can be challenging, so a residential treatment setting is likely recommended for individuals with severe cases. During their extended stay in treatment, they will attend various therapies that help them recognize triggers and better understand the root of their addiction. The most common therapies you may participate in during treatment include:

Those battling crack addiction must seek treatment immediately. Crack cocaine has been compared to the devil. It may cause someone to sell their belongings and fall into the streets in a short time. Fortunately, there is help available and a helping hand in your corner. Once you complete treatment, your journey is not over. 

Reach Out to Harmony Hills Today

Treatment centers like Harmony Hills provide you with the resources necessary to safeguard your newly founded sobriety. You will connect with others in the sober community, and they can help you as you face your addiction head-on. While treatment and sobriety may not always be enough, having others fighting the same problem can sometimes be enough to keep you going. Reach out to us today at 855.494.0357 to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one heal.