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Cocaine/Crack Addiction

Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

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Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

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Cocaine + Crack-Cocaine Addiction in America

Addiction is a disease that millions of Americans struggle with every day. What might seem like nothing more than a bad habit to some is a lifestyle for others that is truly destroying everything they love. Addiction is not the end of the line, with the right treatment, the right help, and the right facilities, anyone can overcome their addiction to become the successful and happy person that they always dreamed of.

In America alone today, over 23 million people total to meet the criteria to be classified as addicted and abusing substances. This is only the reported statistic and many professionals believe the number is closer to 40 million in total. Drug addiction in America is rampant and it is now more necessary than ever for treatment centers to cater and change their approach to fit the growing needs of addicts and their own individual addictions.

Though crack and cocaine are both used synonymously, they are actually different forms of the same chemical compound. Crack is the crystalline form of cocaine and it is often taken in different ways that powder cocaine might be taken. Crack is smoked rather than inhaled or snorted while powder cocaine is almost always either snorted or eaten. Crack is heated in a pipe and the smoke is then inhaled. Cocaine and crack are easier to obtain now than they ever were before making them exceptionally dangerous. Cocaine is also highly addictive, mind-altering, and can cause death very easily. With cocaine and crack as prevalent as they are in today’s society, it is now more important than ever to have adequate and ample treatment for addiction.

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Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

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Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment
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What are the Signs + Symptoms of Cocaine/Crack Abuse?

Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

There are some different signs and symptoms that someone that is addicted to crack or cocaine might exhibit. Dilated pupils, runny nose, loss of appetite or weight, and even inability to sleep may all be physical symptoms. As many physical symptoms as there are, there are just as many personality or mental symptoms to look for. Someone addicted to cocaine might be irritable, they may be missing or late for work often, they might have depression or be overexcited, they may also become paranoid and act like an entirely different person than the one that you know. These symptoms may show up immediately or the change in an addict may appear gradually over time.

Another issue to note is that these symptoms may appear all at once, one at a time, or in different combinations. Just because someone is addicted to cocaine does not mean they are going to come to work or social outings with cocaine on their nostrils. Similarly, someone that uses recreationally may show signs of addiction even before they know they are addicted. Addiction is not something to take lightly. If you believe that you or someone you know is addicted, you should seek help immediately.

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Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

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  • Opioid/Opiate Prescription Drugs: Percocet (oxycodone), Vicodin/Norco (hydrocodone), Oxycontin, Morphine, Codeine, Dilaudid, Suboxone, Methadone etc.
  • Benzodiazepine addictions: Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), etc.
  • Opiate/Opioid Illicit Drugs: (heroin, and opium)
  • Illicit Street Drugs: cocaine, crack/cocaine, methamphetamine (crystal, meth, etc.), hallucinogenics (mushrooms, acid, etc.), marijuana and more
  • Club Drugs: spice, molly, MDMA (ecstasy), flakka, GHB, etc.
  • Alcohol Abuse: hard liquor, beer, and wine.

Treatment Options for Cocaine/Crack Addiction

Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

There is a huge range of options when it comes to treating cocaine and crack addiction. The first step is to detox the addict. This should be done under the direct supervision of a medical professional and their team in order to ensure that the patient is not harmed, that their withdrawal symptoms are managed, and they are being given the proper medical care. Detox is an intense process that involves withdrawal. Withdrawal can include sweating, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, pain and even death if the symptoms are not managed properly. Cocaine withdrawals can be very intense and can often lead to death or serious physical injury if they are not monitored and tracked by medical professionals and a compassionate team.

After cocaine detox patients can become a part of a residential inpatient program. This is a 24/7 program that includes both group therapy and individual therapy to get to the root of what caused the addiction in the first place. Generally, inpatient treatment is best for very serious addictions like cocaine and crack. Inpatient treatment also includes managing any symptoms of withdrawal, working to find an approach that works for you, and working to make sure that each patient has an ample chance for success.

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We Can Help You Get Clean from Cocaine/Crack at Victory Detox Center in Southern California

Crack/Cocaine Addiction: Signs, Withdrawal + Treatment

At Victory Detox Center of North Hollywood, patients can have an individual treatment program that combines modern, traditional, and holistic healing approaches to find the one that works best for each individual patient. We work to find the treatment that is going to work best to treat the addiction itself as well as the underlying causes of addiction to make sure that each patient has the best chance at getting better and living the life that they want to live.

Addiction is not the end of the line and with the right treatment, anyone can overcome the disease that is an addiction and being dependent on substances like cocaine and crack. It is not too late to get the help that you need and the help that you want.

We can help you get clean from cocaine/crack, all you need to do is take the first step toward recovery.

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