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Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack cocaine addiction is prevalent throughout the United States in people of all ages and crack addiction contributes to the growing number of drug treatment admissions nationwide. This highly addictive drug is inexpensive and easily accessible, becoming a sufficient substitute to its more costly counterpart cocaine. Once a user is involved in crack addiction, he or she finds that it is almost impossible to kick the habit alone. Some symptoms experienced by the crack user include dilated pupils, an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, hot and cold flashes, anxiety, sleeplessness and a decrease in mental clarity.

Crack cocaine addiction and heavy use of any drug results in medical complications and problems both mental and physical. Often friends and family members are confused as to why after all these complications their loved one still seeks comfort in a substance that is so harmful. The fact is crack addiction has taken over the user’s life and it is no longer a choice: crack has become the user’s life.

A person suffering from crack addiction will find that tolerance for the drug has increased making it harder to get high or loaded off of the same amount of drugs. While crack and crack addiction has predominantly been associated with people from lower class backgrounds and has been deemed a habit of the homeless and poor, crack addiction affects people from all walks of life. Crack cocaine addiction does not occur in a particular type, race, or class of people but can be found in all neighborhoods and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Crack cocaine addiction is a treatable illness. Just like all other addictions, crack cocaine addiction can be treated and cured by using treatment programs, support groups and other methods. The first step in recovery from crack addiction is completing a drug detoxification. For many crack addicts the hardest part of staying off drugs is the initial period at which cravings and withdrawals seem intolerable and doing more drugs seems like the only way to combat the pain.

A variety of medical centers offer detoxification but then let the crack addict go back out to the streets where the temptation to engage in crack cocaine addiction is too hard to handle, most of these people relapse immediately. Instead crack addicts need to first detox then begin a program of recovery that offers day to day solutions and a plan to stay off crack for good.

If crack cocaine addiction might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give NIR a call today to learn more about our intervention referral options.

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