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Outpatient Treatment for Crack Cocaine Addiction

Since the 1980s when crack cocaine was first made available to the American public, it has destroyed millions of people and their families.

What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine is the crystal form of cocaine, which normally comes in a powder form. It comes in solid blocks or crystals, varying in color from yellow to pale rose or white. Crack cocaine is heated and smoked.  It is so named because it makes a cracking or popping sound when heated. Crack cocaine is the most addictive type of cocaine, and its affordable costs means that it can infiltrate every part of the country, from inner cities to rural areas. People who use crack cocaine experience a burst of euphoria, decreased appetite and a burst of energy. This effect is often enough to make a person want to use the drug repeatedly.

When the addiction slowly takes hold, people find themselves craving and seeking the drug more often. Crack cocaine rehab helps the patient overcome the physical and emotional effects of the drug while treating the underlying reason why they choose crack cocaine. In most cases, a hidden and untreated mental health condition is why someone prefers crack cocaine use over a life of sobriety. At North Coast Recovery, we understand the complex nature of crack cocaine addiction, and we provide the medical and mental health support the person needs. After treatment, the person is armed with new life skills and knowledge that can lead to a lifetime of positive living.

Signs of Crack Cocaine Use, Abuse, and Addiction

Crack cocaine produces a high that lasts about 10 to 15 minutes after which the person experiences a rapid crash and depression. The person then uses the drug again to avoid the downside of use. Soon the addiction takes hold, and the person is unable to control their use. Someone who is addicted to crack cocaine will go to great lengths to acquire the drug, either by trading or purchasing. Theft, selling belongings, solicitation and other activities go hand-in-hand with crack cocaine addiction. People with promising futures find themselves on the streets or living in crack houses. Those who live in poverty or other challenging circumstances may use the drug to escape the reality they live each day.

Signs of crack cocaine addiction are:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Arrests and other legal problems associated with crack cocaine use and addiction
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Aged appearance
  • Unexplained aggression
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia

Patients who are addicted to crack cocaine may neglect their basic physical needs and may go without food and water. This can lead to a variety of physical problems, frequent hospitalizations, and illnesses. With chronic use, a person may sink into a psychosis that is induced by the physical effects of the drug. Pregnant women who use crack cocaine place their babies at risk of being born addicted to the drug if the child survives birth. The child may also be born with certain deformities and developmental problems. Miscarriages, premature births, and stillbirths are common amongst pregnant women who use crack cocaine.

How North Coast Recovery Can Help with Crack Cocaine Addiction

North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.

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