Crack cocaine is a free base form of cocaine. It is “cooked” with solvents, dries into a hardened solid, and “crackles” when it is smoked. Crack offers a brief, but intense high to the user. It is a strong stimulant that energizes the central nervous system and puts enormous stress on the heart, lungs and brain.
While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Melbourne campus, JourneyPure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.
It has been called the most “addictive” form of cocaine. The United States saw a rapid rise in crack use in the eighties, targeting low income, inner-city neighborhoods, and causing subsequent devastation on families and communities. Crack produces a stronger, more potent high than cocaine, however, it is short-lived, causing the user to consume more to achieve another high. Use of the drug becomes rapid to maintain the high, and abuse and/or addiction begins. Crack is inexpensive and easy enough to obtain in urban areas, so it remains one of the most widely used, and abused substances in the United States. Crack cocaine is a very difficult substance to quit, the frequent use makes for a cycle of addiction that is very challenging to end, which is why seeking professional help like the kind we offer here at our crack detox center in Melbourne, Florida is extremely important. When the individual goes too long between uses or tries to quit altogether, they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. This can be a very unpleasant experience, prompting them to abandon their efforts to stop and use again if only to ease the symptoms. Stopping and starting is very dangerous and can be the cause of an overdose. The effects of withdrawal vary with each individual. How much crack they used, the frequency in which they used, and the duration of their addiction all contribute to how severe the symptoms may be.
The symptoms of crack withdrawal have both physical and mental symptoms:
- Flu-like feeling
- Muscle and bone pain
- Extreme exhaustion
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Impaired brain function
- Aggression or rage
- Mood swings
- Suicidal ideologies
- Psychosis or Hallucinations
- Drug cravings
Three Stages Of Our Crack Detox
JourneyPure’s Melbourne, Florida crack detox center is the best choice for making this process more manageable. We approach the detox in three stages, individuals can experience all or a few of these symptoms depending on their history of use.
The first stage of withdrawal can cause the addict to physically and emotionally shut down as the body is missing the stimulant effect of the drug. They may feel fatigue and exhaustion but also suffer from insomnia. Increased appetite, lethargy, and feelings of depression and anxiety may also present. The duration can last several days to a week.
Stage 2 is the acute phase of withdrawal, symptoms are at their peak. Many addicts, given a choice, would leave treatment and use to escape the discomfort, so extra care is needed during this sensitive phase. These symptoms can continue for weeks before finally subsiding and can include strong cravings, irritability, low cognitive function, and exhaustion.
Called the “extinction” phase, this phase can continue for weeks after the individual has stopped using. There can still be strong cravings and the potential for co-occurring mood disorders like depression and anxiety. PAWS (post acute withdrawal syndrome) occurs when an individual experiences long-term effects of their withdrawal symptoms, this will take time and treatment to improve.
What To Expect At JourneyPure’s Crack Detox Center in Melbourne
Detox from crack cocaine can be a daunting challenge. Our crack detox center in Melbourne, Florida will make your journey as comfortable and supportive as possible. We provide immediate and ongoing medical care. Your medical needs are assessed and a treatment plan is made. Medications may be prescribed and administered to ease your discomfort and help you to return to normal levels of sleep and eating functions. Therapy is used to initiate the emotional healing that is needed after someone has struggled with addiction. One on one time with a therapist is critical so that the patient feels comfortable dealing with the emotional responses that the detox process can bring. Group therapy is also a big part of the support system offered to the individual and can be an ongoing source of support through a detox center.
Behavioral therapy like the kind we offer here at our crack detox center in Melbourne, FL plays a key role in readjusting how one view themselves, and their relationships with others. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps curb negative self-talk, and teaches someone how to seek alternative solutions to problems, and learn coping skills. Dialectical behavioral therapy coaches patients in managing their suffering and improving their distress tolerance. Family therapy is used to unite the family in their healing, and providing unconditional support to their loved one who will eventually return home from treatment, and will need a safe supportive place to land. It is our hope that you will continue on with crack rehab here in Melbourne, as studies have shown, individuals who have participated in an inpatient treatment program have an improved chance at long-term sobriety, and that is certainly what we wish for you.
Get The Help You Deserve At Our Crack Detox Center in Melbourne, FL
If you are addicted to crack and are ready to quit, contact our crack detox center in Melbourne, Florida right now. You do not need to keep going down a path of destruction. You can reach out for help and begin blazing a new trail for your recovery.
Do not waste any more time abusing crack. Call our detox center right now to find out how we can help you.