Crack Addiction

Crack Addiction Treatment in Georgia


Crack cocaine is an extremely dangerous and popular narcotic. Like other forms of cocaine, crack creates short spurts of “highness” that trigger changes to the central nervous system. As a result of altered brain-chemical composition, it can be difficult to ever realize you have become addicted to crack until it has already caused extensive harm to your mind and body.

Thankfully, no matter how long you or a loved one have been addicted to crack cocaine, there is always the option to get help and overcome the addiction. At The Carter Treatment Center in Cumming, Georgia, our drug rehabilitation center utilizes a number of traditional and creative treatment methods, each one personalized for each patient. By placing your faith in us and taking power away from crack addiction, you can find your strength and sobriety in comfort and confidence.

Call (678) 737-4430 or contact us online to learn if our addiction treatment center is right for you.

Symptoms of Crack Addiction & Withdrawal

Using crack cocaine for even a brief number of times can cause a variety of serious health concerns. Prolonged use will only raise the chances of a health complication occurring. The potency of crack cocaine also triggers strong withdrawal symptoms in a user, tempting them to relapse just to stop or alleviate the pain and discomfort of withdrawal.

Common symptoms of crack addiction and withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Exhaustion or muscular fatigue
  • Night terrors and insomnia
  • Full-body tremors
  • Uncontrolled moods and emotions
  • Irregular heartbeat or breathing

It is also important to realize crack cocaine is commonly comprised of a number of unidentified substances and narcotics. You cannot be positive what is in a single dosage of crack. As such, the immediate consequences and continual symptoms could be much different and all the more dangerous than the aforementioned list.

Long Term Effects of Crack

Long term crack use can cause server damage to the heart, lever and kidneys.

Other effects include:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Weight loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Depression

Phases of Withdrawal

Crack has serious effects on the mind and body. When used long enough, it can cause permanent psychological damage and kill the user. One of the first steps in breaking crack addiction is addressing the physical dependency. Going cold turkey from crack is extremely difficult. The withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable and many people will give into temptation to use again if they are not being monitored. In a medical detoxification center, patients will receive assistance managing withdrawal symptoms from trained professionals.

What happens when you stop taking crack?

  • First 72 Hours – Paranoia, body aches, and in rare cases, hallucinations. Many people also experience cravings, fatigue, and insomnia for the first 24 hours.
  • First Week – As some of the more potent symptoms fade, feelings of irritability, fatigue, and lethargy may set in. Many people often have trouble sleeping.
  • Second Week – Cravings start increasing around this time, as do feelings of depression. The brain has trouble producing dopamine during this time now that it’s been cut off from crack. Dopamine is the naturally produced chemical that creates feelings of pleasure.
  • Third & Fourth Weeks – Physical cravings will start subsiding around this time, but psychological cravings remain. Anxiety and depression may still be present, but for the most part, the more acute symptoms should be fading.

Acute withdrawal symptoms usually last for several days, while some of the more long-term effects can take months or years to process. Detox provides treatment for acute symptoms, while the long-term effects are addressed in rehabilitation.

Treatment for Crack Addiction

Crack creates an instant high feeling that is short-lived. The drug is also very cheap and easy to obtain. Breaking this addiction is not easy, but with a strong community and support system, anyone can do it. Detox should always be followed up by admission to a rehabilitation center. In rehab, patients will be completely removed pressures to use and remain occupied throughout the day with therapy and counseling.

Behavioral and talk therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, have proven very effective in treating the underlying causes of crack addiction. Many people suffering from addiction also have co-occurring disorders. Rehab should focus on treating both conditions for a more comprehensive healing experience.

After inpatient rehab, many patients continue treatment through outpatient therapy. Leaving inpatient rehab is a big step, and outpatient therapy helps ease the transition. Patients will meet with support groups and counselors several times a week to continue their recovery.

Turn to The Carter Treatment Center Today for Help

Crack cocaine use torments your mind, body, and soul. In order to address all the problems caused by crack addiction, our drug rehab center in Georgia uses alternative therapies, such as equine-assisted therapy, group therapy, meditation, and yoga. Partnered with the knowledge and experience of our addiction treatment specialists, our holistic services can help you find the right path to recovery with as little stress on your shoulders as possible.

We also serve the communities of Alpharetta, Suwanee, Dawsonville, Johns Creek, Roswell, Gainesville, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners, and Gwinnett County. Get more information by contacting us online or calling (678) 737-4430 at any time.

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