Recover from Crack Addiction at Beachside Rehab
Crack: American pop culture has lots of references to this drug in its music (crack rap), its movies (Jungle Fever), and its books (Diary of a Crack Addict’s Wife): It is a drug that has twisted its way into the fabric of our culture, and about 6 million of us have smoked it, at a significant risk to our health.
Indeed, the National Vital Statistics System estimates that over 6,000 Americans die every year as a result of using cocaine, including crack cocaine, and 167,914 Americans entered rehab centers faced with an addiction in 2007.
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What Is Crack?
Crack is a cheaper, processed form of cocaine: It is not inhaled through the nostrils but smoked or injected. Cocaine hydrochloride is extracted from a tall bush-like plant named coca that grows in places like Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.
Suppliers make it by mixing cocaine with water and ammonia, or with water and baking soda, and then boiling this mixture into a solid form, which is then dried and broken up into small pieces.
Who Uses Crack?
About 150 Americans will try it, known by many names like biscuits, bones, chalk, crumbs, devil drug, and hardball, for the first time every day, which means that about 58 thousand of us will try it this year. Crack users tend to be over the age of 26, live in large urban centers and are more often male than female.
A recent study titled Monitoring the Future found that 2% of American students in grade 12 have tried drugs and that over 5% have tried cocaine. The National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that about 1 million Americans regularly use drugs and that over 6 million Americans have tried it at least once.
How Does Crack Make You Feel?
The short intense high that is achieved has been described like so:
“You inhale and as the smoke is filling up your lungs a strange feeling starts creeping up your legs. You feel like there’s butterflies in your stomach and bam, your while body is buzzing in pure sensual stimulation. You let go and you take another hit. Here it comes again, only it makes you feel even better.”
Though coming down from a high is a bleak process: Users report depression, anxiety, and a nagging desire to find more to smoke, to help to chase away the unpleasant symptoms.
What Are The Side Effects of Using Crack?
It has been described as a highly addictive substance with some users reporting becoming addicted after only one use of the drug.
If you use regularly for a few weeks or months, it is likely that you don’t sleep well, don’t eat healthy food, often feel angry and hostile, experience physical convulsions, as well as episodes where your heartbeat inexplicably speeds up.
What Are The Long-term Effects of Using Crack?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the long-term effects of using include withdrawal, experienced as negative moods and increased displeasure when not using crack. Also, it changes your brain so that it is more difficult for you to feel pleasure in natural ways, intensifying the symptoms of withdrawal.
As your brain becomes accustomed to regular doses, it requires more of the drug, in more frequent doses, to achieve the desired effect, and provide relief from withdrawal symptoms. Using more often can result in more intense irritability, panic attacks, paranoia and even occasionally psychosis, which means that you break with reality and may experience auditory hallucinations.
Using even once puts you at risk for heart attack, seizure, and respiratory failure. Prolonged use can damage your lungs, heart, liver, and kidney. Also, using puts you at risk for stroke, heart attack, tears in your gastrointestinal track, Parkinson’s disease and other negative health outcomes.
Should you drink alcohol while using your liver will produce a compound called cocaethylene, which can result in you being at risk for a heart attack, and sudden death. Unfortunately, mixing alcohol with crack can result in experiencing a more intense euphoria that when the drug is ingested alone, resulting in some users drinking alcohol more often.
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How Is Crack Addiction Treated?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that about 13% of all admissions to treatment centers are for cocaine rehab, and that about 72% of people who enter rehab do so because they are addicted to drugs.
Research has been published that indicates that rehab has been shown as an effective treatment for addiction.
The best rehab for addiction will consist of four elements: intake, detox, a holistic approach, and aftercare.
During intake, you tell your story, including any trauma you have been subjected to, and you undergo some medical tests. The purpose of intake is to record a full medical history that forms the basis of the treatment plan.
After intake comes detox: You stop using your drug of choice, in this case, crack, and experience the withdrawal that will come in a safe space under medical supervision.
When detox has been accomplished, you are ready to begin counseling, as an individual and in groups, and will be offered treatments that can help to heal you holistically, like yoga, meditation, and acupuncture.
When you are ready to leave the rehabilitation facility, you will be provided with an aftercare program, which will usually consist of options such as 12-step meetings, further counseling, life coaches, nutrition counselors, and others.
How To Get Started?
Should you or a loved one be considering rehab why not contact a rehabilitation center? Speak to a medical professional who can provide you with information, answer your questions about cost, and, most importantly, begin to walk with you as you begin your journey to holistic health and well being.
Beachside Rehabilitation provides crack rehab in Florida, for example, and offers seclusion in sun-soaked nature as an environment conducive to healing, as well as extensive experience in supporting clients throughout the rehab process.
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As a chronic disease, addiction must be managed like arthritis, diabetes, and other ailments. With Beachside, a full recovery isn’t just a possibility, it’s a common goal that we believe all clients can achieve with hard work and a positive outlook.
Whether you notice the signs of drug addiction in a loved one or yourself, it doesn’t have to be like this. Help is just a phone call away. Choose to enter luxury drug rehab today and receive exceptional care in a luxurious and serene atmosphere. Call us today to get the help you deserve.
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