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Despite what Hollywood shows, the real-life effects of crack cocaine addiction are nothing short of devastating. Many people quickly find themselves in the throes of misuse and dependency due to the severity of crack’s effect on your brain’s reward center. But it’s possible to mitigate the short- and long-term effects of crack use with comprehensive and supportive care at Refresh Recovery & Wellness Centers. Our staff is trained to treat a range of substance use disorders effectively and with compassion. You’re in the right place.
SIDE-EFFECTS OF CRACK COCAINE USE
Immediate and short-term effects of crack use include:
- Aggression, anxiety, and/or paranoia;
- Dilated pupils;
- Extreme bursts of energy;
- Increased blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate;
- Intense cravings;
- Restlessness; and/or
- Tactile hallucinations or formication, the feeling of something crawling under your skin.
DANGEROUS LONG-TERM HEALTH RISKS OF CRACK COCAINE USE
The long-term effects of crack use affect several systems and organs inside your body, such as the central nervous system, cardiovascular, and respiratory. Effects and health risks include:
- Anosmia, or loss of smell;
- Brain aneurysm and/or hemorrhage;
- Chest pain;
- Elevated blood pressure;
- Functional and structural brain abnormalities;
- Increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks;
- Movement disorders;
- Nose bleeds;
- Seizures and strokes;
- Sinus infections;
- Shortness of breath and/or wheezing; and/or
- Ulcers in the throat.
AN OVERVIEW OF CRACK DRUG FACTS
Crack cocaine differs from powder cocaine in how it’s made. Manufacturers dissolve powder cocaine in a water mixture with ammonia or baking soda. The mixture is then boiled until it becomes a solid. This is dried and broken to make the chunks or rocks known as crack.
Smoking crack cocaine is the most common form of consumption. This provides an almost immediate and vivid euphoric effect. As the smoke hits the lungs, the large surface area is a direct pathway into the bloodstream and to the brain. Crack is a Schedule II substance, meaning it has a high potential for misuse; misuse of Schedule II substances can cause severe physical or psychological dependence along with mental health concerns.
Street names for crack include Candy, Cookies, Gravel, Grit, Hail, Nuggets, Purple Caps, Scrabble, and Yam.
Crack Vs. Cocaine: What’s The Difference?
Along with methods of manufacture, crack, and cocaine differ in the method of use and color. The intensity and duration of its effects are also vastly different.
- Method of use: Cocaine is mostly snorted, though it can be smoked or injected if mixed with water. Crack is only smoked.
- Color: Crack can range in shades of brown, including tan and light brown, to cream and white. Cocaine powder is usually white or off-white.
- Intensity of effects: Crack has a more intense but shorter high, while snorted cocaine has a less intense but longer-lasting high.
- Timing of effects: The effects of snorted cocaine begin within five minutes, peak within 30 minutes, and fade within 1 to 2 hours. The effects of crack begin within one minute, peak within five minutes, and go away within 30 to 60 minutes.
Medication-Assisted Treatment For Crack Dependence
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses medications, counseling, and therapy to treat substance use disorders and promote sustainable recovery. This intervention is managed at our treatment facility under the care and supervision of trained healthcare providers and therapists. Our medications and intervention methods are evidence-based and customized to meet the individual needs of you or your loved one.
Although there aren’t any FDA-approved specific medications available for crack dependence like there are for alcohol or opioids, research is ongoing and promising. Robust over-the-counter pain relief medicines are used to manage withdrawal symptoms, and acute therapy helps reduce and manage cravings.
Crack Cocaine Treatment Options in Massachusetts For Safe Recovery
Substance abuse is different for each person, and so are the treatment programs at Refresh Recovery. Our team of licensed clinicians compiles the data from a thorough intake assessment to design a program best suited to meet your needs and situation.
- Partial Hospitalization Program: Also called Day Program in Massachusetts, PHP in MA takes place 9 am to 3 pm during the week. It’s often used by clients who recently completed detox or an inpatient treatment program.
- Intensive Outpatient Programs: Three levels of IOP in MA give you the flexibility to continue treatment but on your schedule around daytime or evening hours for three, four, or five days a week.
- Outpatient Program: The last step before aftercare begins, this program features weekly meetings with your individual therapist. You’ll connect with resources and support options to use once outpatient ends.
HOW CRACK COCAINE TREATMENT AT REFRESH RECOVERY CAN HELP YOU OR A LOVED ONE OVERCOME CRACK DEPENDENCE
More than half — 55% — of people with cocaine-induced psychiatric symptoms have violent behaviors. And 68% to 85% of people experience paranoia. Because crack cocaine can create dependence after a single use, it’s often extremely hard for someone to overcome misuse without supervised detoxification and targeted professional support.
During their participation in crack cocaine addiction treatment in Massachusetts, many people find a sense of community through professional and peer support. Counseling focuses on discovering the why behind a crack use disorder and offering coping strategies and skills to help you or your loved one after their treatment plan ends.
WHY CHOOSE REFRESH RECOVERY
INDIVIDUALIZED CARE PLANS
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TREATMENT FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF DISORDERS
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Many of our supportive staff have been right where you are and know the strength it takes to maintain a lasting recovery, and they’re here to help in every step.
A THERAPEUTIC APPROACH TO CRACK DEPENDENCE IN MASSACHUSETTS
While many people see counseling and therapy through a specific lens, it’s much more. They’re the foundation for lasting recovery. We offer a variety of counseling and therapy interventions at Refresh Recovery. Here are a few modalities you can expect to be part of your individualized treatment plan.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Identifies underlying causes of undesired behavior and works to change thought patterns and habits.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Establishes more emotional control and regulates unhealthy internal patterns.
Motivational Interviewing: Activates core values and raises personal motivation to live healthier.
Trauma-Informed Treatment: Safely process past or present trauma with professional guidance and help.
Group Therapy: Share experiences in a safe space, learn from peers, and practice coping skills.
Family support groups: Learn from and support everyone in your family unit in effective and healthy ways.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE: IDENTIFYING A COCAINE DEPENDENCE
Frequent signs of crack dependence include manic activity like rapid talking, nervous agitation, and/or eating food at a merciless rate; itching or scratching; sweating; and/or dilated pupils.
Physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms often feature:
- Concentration issues;
- Exhaustion or extreme fatigue;
- Muscle aches and pains;
- Tremors and tics; and
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COCAINE AND REHAB FOR CRACK
How can I help someone with a crack addiction?
Don’t forget to take care of yourself and ensure your own safety. The stress that a substance use disorder casts a weight on everyday life for everyone involved and often creates resentment and tension instead of a solutions-focused perspective.
What are the street names for crack?
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Comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Massachusetts
At Refresh Recovery, we provide comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Massachusetts. Our experienced team offers evidence-based therapies to address a range of conditions, including addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Find out how we can help you achieve long-term recovery.
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