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Crack cocaine is a very powerfully addictive stimulant drug. The smoking of crack involves inhaling the vapours into the lungs, which is then rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and immediately affects the brain creating a euphoric feeling. Smoking crack is one of the quickest ways to feel the effects of the drug, and the user will experience a very strong high.
Crack cocaine increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. This powerful stimulant can make the detox period very difficult for an addict. When users stop smoking crack, they will experience a crash, and they can experience depression and feel extreme levels of anxiety and paranoia.
The use of this substance will increase a person's body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Crack cocaine users can also experience a full blown paranoid psychosis, and this can even occur during the detox period.
The chemical products and by-products that crack cocaine has produced in the body must be gently removed through a very careful detox process. There needs to be a stabilising process, which reduces anxiety and cravings.
To detox from this drug it is recommended that the process is done in a controlled environment away from the enticement of the drug. It is also suggested that crack cocaine detox can take considerably longer because the addict can apparently go without using for weeks and months at a time. Therefore the psychological aspect needs to be addressed.
In our recommended rehab centres behavioural therapy is given to enable different approaches for coping with their thoughts of drug use. This may be in the form of a selection of counselling approaches including cognitive therapy and integrative psychotherapy. Many of the rehab centres offer and provide a combination of both therapy and other services to meet the individual needs of the client. By calling The Referral Network, we can assess your needs and refer you to treatment to assist in permanent recovery from this substance abuse.