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Crack Cocaine Rehabilitation

Crack is possibly one of the strongest addictions in the world and for that reason it is important that you can recognize signs of crack cocaine abuse.  This information is provided for families to recognize the signs of crack addiction.

Our mission is for families to recognize the signs and know what they can do in the case a family member is using or suspected of using crack cocaine. The quicker you recognize the signs the quicker you can get help and begin the road to recovery.

How to Recognize the Substance

Crack cocaine is a freebase form of cocaine that can be smoked, it comes in white ‘rock’ form with rough edges it has a waxy feeling but with a higher density. The pure forms of crack can resemble a hard brittle plastic, and most commonly are sold on the streets.

Crack provides a powerful but short high, usually lasting between 10 to 15 minutes, It effects the brain of the user and can cause a euphoric feeling,

Signs of a crack cocaine user can range from loss of appetite, extreme confidence, alertness, insomnia, increased energy.  The person will often experience numbness in the mouth or burn marks on the mouth or fingers. Change of behavior can be a sign of crack use such as social isolation, forgetfulness, irritability, or even extreme talkativeness, depression and/or even a loss of job.

Withdrawal from crack cocaine can cause the person to feel depressed, angry, irritable, and have no motivation.

How to Confront a Drug Addict

The first thing is to not expect any hugs or loving feelings, this process can be frustrating, infuriating and heartbreaking, addicts will get defensive or come up with any convincing explanation and often believe their own lies.

To help an addict you need incredible strength, patience and caring. The goal is for the addict to admit he or she has a problem.  It is best to have friends and loved ones to confront and let the addict be aware that they have support and love and most importantly that they don’t have to do this alone. A family intervention may be a solution to help with confronting an addict. Contact a counselor today to find out about an intervention if one is needed.

Begin the Road to Lifelong Recovery

Treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation facility is the most recommended course of action for overcoming crack cocaine addiction.  These programs offer a secure environment where the recovering addict can avoid the stress of daily life and focus entirely on healing.

Remember, as a family it is important to give support, care and a positive viewpoint. For an addict, this can be a long battle and they need your love and guidance during this difficult time.