Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

While “crack” and cocaine are often used interchangeably, they are two distinct drugs. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant. Crack cocaine is processed from the powdered form of cocaine by combining it with water and another substance like ammonia or baking soda. This causes the drug to gain more potent effects while lowering its cost, making crack cocaine far more addictive than regular cocaine.

If you believe you or a loved one struggles with a crack cocaine addiction, Beacon House is here to help. Our crack addiction treatment center in northern California is a great place to go to detoxify with as little discomfort as possible while at the same time benefiting from our holistic care approach.

How Crack Cocaine Affects the Brain and Body

Both crack and cocaine are stimulants that affect your central nervous system. However, the effects of crack cocaine vary because the purity of the cocaine used to process it is always questionable. This makes smoking crack highly unpredictable and often more intense.

Crack cocaine influences bodily chemicals that control feelings of pleasure, memory, and decision-making. It changes how your brain’s reward system responds and creates deep cravings for the drug. Crack also produces a variety of physical and mental side effects:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Restlessness
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

Smoking crack causes the drug to be absorbed through the lungs’ membranes, thus entering the blood and brain within 10 seconds. Because of this, crack cocaine exposes users to an extreme risk of overdose, which can lead to convulsions, coma and even death.

When someone dependent on crack cocaine attempts to quit, withdrawal symptoms will soon follow. These physical and mental side effects can make it difficult for those addicted to crack to give it up. They include:

  • Overall discomfort
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Exhaustion
  • Slowed responsiveness
  • Increased appetite
  • Depression
  • Vivid nightmares
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Signs and Symptoms of Crack Cocaine Addiction

An addiction to crack cocaine is not always obvious, even to the person who has it. That’s why it’s important to look out for the signs that could indicate that you or someone you care for has a crack cocaine addiction. These signs include:

  • Constantly thinking about the drug
  • Inability to stop using or decrease the amount of the drug used
  • Needing larger amounts of crack to feel the same effects, indicating a growing dependence
  • Difficulty managing work, relationships, and other personal and relational responsibilities
  • Spending large amounts of time and money obtaining and using crack cocaine

The Beacon House Crack Cocaine Drug Treatment Program in Monterey CA

Receiving professional treatment for a crack cocaine addiction allows you to break free and reinvent your life. At Beacon House, our experienced team takes the time to understand your individual needs so that we can develop a personalized treatment plan for your care. Because of our location near Monterey and Big Sur, we include a variety of experiential programs into our treatment approach, such as golfing, surfing, hiking, and equine therapy.

Our intimate treatment facility provides a healing environment where you can begin to understand the underlying cause of your addiction. During rehab, your tailored addiction counseling will help you develop new strategies to remain sober in the future.

If you or someone you love has fallen victim to a crack cocaine addiction, don’t wait. Contact Beacon House online today or give us a call at 831.372.4366 to learn more about our substance abuse treatment programs.