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Cocaine/Crack Cocaine Detox in Washington State

Cocaine is a frighteningly addictive drug, and just one use can cause the user to experience withdrawal symptoms. Continued use has become progressively more commonplace in the past few decades, with its detoxification routine being one of the toughest to complete successfully. But with the proper help and support, detoxification and rehabilitation are possible.

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Understanding Cocaine Addiction

Receiving treatment for an addiction to crack cocaine can help addicted persons quit their habit and start enjoying a healthy, sober life again. Crack cocaine, more commonly known as just “crack,” is a variety of cocaine that has undergone chemical alteration to not only make it smokable but also faster and stronger-acting. Crack looks similar to soap flakes but is hard and brittle. Crack’s effects are short-lived compared to typical powder cocaine, so people who use it often do so repeatedly within a short period to maintain their high.

Naturally, repeated use results in the development of tolerance. Tolerance occurs when the brain becomes used to the drug, requiring increasingly larger or more frequent doses to achieve the same effects. Crack is also among the most addictive drugs available. Just one use can be enough to provoke dependence.

Health Issues Related to Cocaine Addiction

Crack is an illicit drug, so people who use it run the risk of arrest, imprisonment, fines, and a criminal record. Besides being illegal, crack also presents numerous hazards to health, such as the following:

  • Palpitations and irregular heart rhythm
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Sleep disturbances and insomnia
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Appetite suppression and weight loss
  • Malnutrition
  • Excessive sweating and dehydration
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Psychosis
  • Coma and death

Crack is particularly hazardous when used by expecting mothers since it can result in not only postnatal addiction but also birth defects. Another common issue with using crack is that it makes people significantly more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. Crack users often display poor judgment, putting both their safety and health, and possibly those of other people, at risk. Such actions can include unsafe sex, driving while intoxicated, and sharing dirty needles or crack pipes. Crack can also cause violent behavior, which endangers anyone around the addict. In many cases, it takes a dire event to awaken crack users to the fact that they need to enroll in a treatment and rehabilitation program for crack cocaine addiction.

Aside from the potential health problems that can come from using crack, individuals may also struggle with severe depression and anxiety as the drug begins to wear off. To avoid this, crack users often resort to using more of the drug as soon as they notice the effects dwindling. Using crack may also lead to a mood disorder known as anhedonia, wherein the person is incapable of experiencing pleasure when they’re not actively high. If the addicted individual fails to seek treatment, they’re unlikely to enjoy their life as much as they could.

Crack makes users feel high by preventing the brain from recycling a pleasure-causing neurotransmitter called dopamine. As a result, excess dopamine floods the brain, which rapidly causes down-regulation, or “burning out,” of dopamine receptors. Depending on the degree and length of use, crack addicts may struggle with long-term mood disorders, even after stopping their crack use.

Recognizing the Need for Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Because crack cocaine is extremely addictive, the drug often has a severe impact on the lives of the people who abuse it. There are a number of signs that someone is in need of crack cocaine addiction treatment, such as the following:

  • Losing control over the degree and frequency of crack use
  • Becoming isolated from friends, family, and significant others
  • No longer feeling interested in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable
  • Feeling like crack is necessary to maintain normal functioning
  • Experiencing powerful cravings for crack
  • Spending large sums of money to buy crack, even when it can’t be afforded
  • Obsessing over crack
  • Engaging in dangerous or illegal activities to obtain more crack
  • Erratic behavior and unstable mood
  • Displaying uncharacteristic irritability, aggression, or hostility

Individuals who use crack cocaine alongside alcohol are at an even greater risk of harm than people who use just one or the other. Crack and alcohol interact with one another in the liver, creating a toxic metabolic by-product known as cocaethylene. The substance bolsters the psychoactive effects of the crack, making the user feel much higher. However, cocaethylene also increases the odds of sudden cardiac death.

How Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment Works

Detoxification is the first step in treating crack cocaine addiction. During this portion of the treatment program, the recovering addict ceases all use of the drug. Gradually cutting down crack cocaine usage is not necessary, so the majority of treatment centers encourage patients to stop using the drug fully and immediately. While there are no medications available right now that can ease the side effects of crack detoxification, several are currently being studied and have shown promising results so far. People experience withdrawal symptoms while they’re detoxing from crack cocaine normally starting within a few hour of stopping use. The symptoms can sometimes be severe.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Extreme agitation
  • Powerful crack cravings
  • Fatigue, sometimes causing the person to sleep for more than a day
  • Lack of pleasure (anhedonia)
  • Appetite rebound

In most cases, these symptoms won’t last more than a week. However, depending on the person’s level of dependence and duration of use, some symptoms may take longer to resolve. Anhedonia can still affect recovering addicts for months or years following treatment.

Why Choose Free by the Sea?

Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:

  • 77 treatment beds.
  • Professional staff including psychiatrists, addictionologist and psychologist.
  • Medical team includes Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Physician’s Assistant
  • Masters level addiction counselors.
  • High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
  • DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
  • Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
  • Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
  • We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
  • Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
  • Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
  • Nutritionally designed meals to restore health

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

Once you finish the detoxification process, you might feel like you need help reclaiming your life. Free by the Sea provides several programs designed to help you pinpoint the actions and thoughts that may have factored into your drug use.

Contact Free by the Sea

Located on the coast of the beautiful State of Washington, Free by the Sea is ready to help you develop and nurture the behaviors and habits necessary for successfully maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. Please contact our office at 907-331-0724 to learn more about how Free by the Sea can help you get back on track.