What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine is an extremely addictive illegal drug which is formed from a mixture of powdered cocaine, water and other substances to create chunks of crystalised cocaine known as ‘rock’. Crack is typically sold in small quantities and is ingested by heating and then smoking the drug, giving users an immediate and intense short-lived high.

The body becomes tolerant of the drug extremely quickly which leads to increased use and dosage needed to achieve the same initial high, causing an addiction to the drug sometimes immediately.

Addiction to the drug is also common because of the instant euphoric sensation users experience after the initial use of crack cocaine. Users can be left wanting to recreate the feeling (sometimes described as “life-changing”) instantly, causing the cycle of addiction and dependence to start rapidly.

The drug has caused mass social upheaval amongst communities throughout the United Kingdom and the United States and is usually associated with criminality.

Crack cocaine is also much more potent than powdered cocaine due to the way that it is absorbed, as smoking the crack reaches the bloodstream and the brain much faster.

The drug has a huge negative physical impact on the body, as the drug accelerates the central nervous system which puts the heart under major stress. It can cause major personality changes and often causes physical and mental health problems. It is important to seek medical help for a crack cocaine addiction and Ocean Recovery Centre provides a rehab programme for help.

Signs of Crack Cocaine Addiction

Addiction to crack cocaine can cause devastating physical and psychological effects on the user have a huge impact on their everyday life and it can also be difficult for the user to accept that there is an addiction at all.

If a person using crack cocaine becomes dependent on the sensation that it provides, becomes agitated without access to the drug or needs increasingly higher dosages to experience a high, this is a substance addiction which will require cocaine detox to overcome.

As crack cocaine increases the levels of dopamine in the brain (which causes a sensation of pleasure and satisfaction), when crack cocaine is no longer in the user’s system, the user experiences negative feelings and emotions. This is what starts the cycle of addiction for a crack cocaine user and the need to consume more drugs.

The main sign of crack cocaine addiction is withdrawal symptoms. Often when withdrawing from crack cocaine, the symptoms are so uncomfortable that the drug is a way to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal.

If symptoms such as powerful cravings, depression and insomnia are experienced when crack cocaine use is stopped for a period of time, it is extremely likely that the user has a substance abuse problem which needs immediate medical intervention.

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Admissions to Rehab

For people seeking treatment for a crack cocaine addiction, Ocean Recovery Centre will undertake an initial assessment to help you recover from drug addiction. The assessment takes place entirely over the phone and after an initial discussion, you will receive a date to enter Ocean Recovery in person.

Upon arrival at our private alcohol and drug rehab centre, you will receive a full physical and psychological medical examination by a qualified staff member to determine the treatment plan and your needs.

The clinical team at Ocean Recovery will then create an addiction treatment plan which is designed to meet the likely challenges that clients may face during the rehabilitation programme.

Crack Cocaine Rehab at Ocean Recovery

The first stage of crack cocaine rehabilitation is the drug detox. You will be treated by the team at Ocean Recovery for your withdrawal symptoms and will receive 24/7 medical attention throughout this period.

A typical detox programme begins with a medically observed detox where crack cocaine is flushed from your system. In order to ease painful withdrawal symptoms a number of prescription medications are also offered if needed.

Ocean Recovery is a residential rehab, so all clients have meals and cleaning provided by the centre’s support staff, enabling the full attention of each patient to be solely on recovery and wellbeing. The needs of each individual are monitored, and treatment is personalised to ensure patients find their detoxification transition as comfortable as possible.

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Crack Cocaine Detox Process

The withdrawal period is necessary to flush out the toxins from your system and can be difficult to manage without professional medical support. Particularly during the acute withdrawal phase of detox, symptoms can be hard to manage and so uncomfortable that the crack is a way to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal.

The staff are available 24/7 to provide medical attention to patients during this difficult period and are able to prescribe medications to ease the side effects of detox.

Physical withdrawal symptoms of crack cocaine detox include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Headache

Psychological withdrawal symptoms of crack cocaine detox include:

  • Powerful cravings for crack cocaine
  • Suicidal intentions
  • Severe depression
  • Paranoia

How is Medicine Used to Treat Crack Cocaine Addiction?

Opiates cause painful and hard-to-manage withdrawal symptoms which can often stop users from becoming sober outside of a monitored private rehab facility.

Particularly as crack cocaine is so readily available and inexpensive to buy, it is important that the detox process is managed carefully to give the patient the best chance of maintaining sobriety upon finishing their treatment at Ocean Recovery Centre.

As a result of the large amount of information known about crack cocaine as an opioid, the withdrawal symptoms are easily managed with other non-addictive medications which can ease the pain of detoxification.

Certain medications known as opioid agonists and antagonists are able to balance the effect of opioids in the brain. These types of medications are prescribed by medical professionals to make the detox process more comfortable for patients and increase the likelihood of managing sobriety.

Therapy for Crack Cocaine Addiction

The detox period of crack cocaine is typically between seven to ten days depending on the severity of the drug addiction. Once the crack cocaine detox has concluded, clients are encouraged to attend therapy and counselling services to address the psychological effects of crack cocaine addiction.

These therapy sessions are conducted by qualified psychotherapists, recovery workers or psychologists. Cognitive behavioural therapy and group therapy are common treatments offered, and powerful coping strategies are taught to clients to prevent relapse. It is an important aspect of the recovery process and is necessary to provide patients with the tools needed to stay sober.

Help for a Family Member with Crack Addiction

If you are a family member of an addict, we offer an intervention service. Call today on 01253 847 553 to enquire about the rehab services that are available at Ocean Recovery Centre.

Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and a member of the team will respond shortly.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: February 1, 2023

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana Ocean Recovery

    Dr. Olalekan Otulana - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: February 1, 2023


    Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Specialist Physician. He is particularly interested in Substance Misuse Management and has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management and residential rehabilitation of patients with drug and other substance addiction problems. His main aim is to assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

    Dr Otulana started practising as a doctor in 2000 and has been in the field of addiction for over a decade. He is an Advanced Practitioner Member of Addiction Professionals and holds a Part 1 Certificate in Clinical Psychopharmacology from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is excellent healthcare service professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.