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While Crack Cocaine Initiates Have Dropped Dramatically, this Addictive Drug is Still Ruining Lives

Between the mid-1980s and 2002, hundreds of thousands of Americans started using crack cocaine each year. This number finally began to decline and by 2010, fewer than 100,000 people were starting to use crack cocaine each year. This is one of the best things that could happen in this country because of the ravages created by crack, both to the body and to the user’s life.

The changes that occur in the life of a habitual crack user are rather staggering.

Crack symptoms include:

  • Cardiac and vascular damage
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Stomach perforations
  • Birth defects
  • Lung problems including what’s called “crack lung”: scarring, difficulty breathing, severe pain, cough
  • Risky sexual activity including unprotected sex or prostitution especially among women

Plenty of Mental Damage Occurs, Too

Mental ravages include deep depression as the brief high of crack cocaine wears off, paranoia, mania and compulsive behavior. One type of compulsive behavior noted was the searching for misplaced pieces of crack rock. One study of 41 crack addicts found that the average time spent searching for lost crack rocks was 90 minutes.

Delusion, agitation, violence and suicidal or homicidal thinking were noted among crack users. While some of these symptoms are also associated with powder cocaine use, with crack users, the symptoms tend to be more intense.

Crack Rehab for Addiction

Each month, about a million and a half people use cocaine, with as many as three-quarters of crack users reporting that they smoke it.

Crack Symptoms Can Be Relieved Through Effective Rehab

Once a person stops using crack, it does not mean that all the damage done by the drug immediately heals. Recovering from addiction takes time and work. But the payoff is worth it when a person learns to live a drug-free life and accordingly, stays sober after graduation from rehab. A short, 28-day rehab is unlikely to make this much change on a person who has been abusing crack cocaine for the past few years. Many simple life skills have been lost during that time. The addicted person feels guilty about the things they have done, whether it was harming someone else or just contributing to their own decline. There is a terrible loss of personal integrity and also the depression that normally occurs after stopping use or crack cocaine.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program provides recovery even from an addiction as severe as crack cocaine. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a long-term program with a way of restoring integrity and self-esteem and methods of teaching a person the life skills he or she has lost. That is what Narconon centers have been offering for more than forty-five years. Narconon reviews from families state that they have their loved ones back after losing them to addiction.

Each person who has struggled with the terrible crack symptoms has a chance to live sober and productive after the Narconon program. In three to five months for most people, the damage can be repaired.

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a big step forward in recovery. This intensive detox program uses a low heat sauna, generous nutritional supplements, moderate daily exercise and strict supervision to help each person flush out old drug toxins. A trained staff member at Narconon reviews every day’s progress to make sure the program is done properly.

As drugs have a natural affinity for fats, the residues of drug use tend to become lodged in fatty tissues. When these residues are flushed, each person recovers much of his or her ability to think clearly again. Emotions are more like they were before drug use. Many people say that the sharp cravings for cocaine either greatly reduce or go away. This is a key point of a long-lasting sobriety.

Find out how someone you care about who is struggling with crack cocaine addiction can recover with the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/crackTX/crackTX.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC181074/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2860323/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8417561

Seeking Recovery for Crack Cocaine Addiction

When crack cocaine roared through the American landscape in the late 1980s, it tore many people away from their productive, enjoyable lives and their families. Crack is a toxic drug, very harsh and quickly addictive. Those who became addicted to crack in many cases quickly lost everything and resorted to criminal actions to support their habits. Men may resort to criminal acts like theft and muggings and some women may use prostitution as solutions.

When a person is at their worst in the midst of crack cocaine addiction, it may seem like an impossible dream that they would ever be able to recover from the addiction and be restored to that enjoyable life again. The Narconon drug and alcohol recovery centers around the world are places where this dream can and does come true.

The Narconon program starts out by helping a person withdraw from crack cocaine addiction without the depression, intense cravings and physical crash that can result without this support. As soon as the crack cocaine addict enters a Narconon center, he or she is given generous doses of the nutritional supplements that provide the body with real energy and stability. Years of crack cocaine generally rob a body of the resources it needs to generate strength, requiring these nutritional supplements to prevent a crash.

This phase is followed by a sauna detoxification program that again uses nutrition plus moderate exercise to flush out the toxins left behind after crack cocaine addiction. This detox has proven over decades of experience to relieve cravings, opening the door for each individual to be able to focus on the recovery of drug-free life skills. While cravings and depression haunt one severely, it is difficult if not impossible.

The Narconon life skills component addresses the loss of ability to communicate and to make drug-free decisions. In addition, each person must find relief from the guilt of acts committed while addicted and know how to maintain personal integrity in the future. The Narconon program provides techniques to teach each recovering person these skills. The result is a person who knows how to operate successfully, who understands and can steer clear of future pitfalls to long-term sobriety.

In rehab centers around the world, the Narconon program has enabled many thousands of cocaine or crack cocaine addiction sufferers to find lasting relief and sobriety. If you are the family member of a person seeking recovery from crack cocaine addiction, contact the Intake Counselors at the international offices of Narconon. They will help you find the closest Narconon center to your location and help you work out how to get your loved one started on this program.

You don’t have to suffer the pain of their addiction any longer. It can be over, without relapse after relapse. Contact Narconon now to learn all the details of the holistic, drug-free recovery program. Call now and get the relief of knowing that the future can be much better than the past for both you and your addicted loved one.

Overcoming Crack Addiction

He was a raw-boned type, looking like he’d spent years in the Texas oil fields or herding cattle. Dark hair, tanned and good looking despite the weathered skin and a certain reticence. This was V.C., survivor of decades years of drug use and addiction and a recent graduate of the Narconon drug rehab program. Quietly and calmly, he told his tale in a Texas twang.

He Started Smoking Marijuana at the Age of 14

Trying Marijuana

At fourteen, he’d started smoking marijuana that a friend of his had brought around. When he started driving and had more mobility, he graduated on to “speed” or amphetamines. Once speed entered his life, the floodgates were wide open to any drug he encountered but he conjectured that if he had not started with marijuana, he would not have progressed to other drug use. Once he first used marijuana, he wasn’t scared of drugs any more so he wasn’t afraid to use anything else he ran into.

Once he started using harder drugs like speed, he soon began to feel exhausted and sick and so gave up these but continued to smoke marijuana. He got married and had children — all the while, continuing to smoke grass. Things weren’t too bad for awhile, despite the marijuana use — until crack cocaine arrived on the scene in the late 1980s.

Hooked on Crack After the First Try

His friends told him good things about this new drug and he thought it over. “Well,” he told himself, “it’s just smoke. You’re already smoking marijuana.” He decided to try it when he got the chance. That was a fateful decision. As soon as he got a good taste of the drug, “it nailed me at the first lick. It was five minutes of pleasure and eighteen hours of agony behind it. You’d almost do anything to get another hit.”

Getting more Crack

Getting more of the drug justified anything he did — he hocked and pawned everything of value, telling himself he would get the things back when he got some money. But when the money came in, he bought more crack.

Then He Started Shooting Up

In those days, he and his friends were making their own crack out of powder cocaine, calling it “freebase.” Before long, he was converting some of his cocaine to crack and shooting the rest.

 

Commited Criminal Activities for more Drugs

Drugs and Jail Time
For the next 26 years, about half the time he was abusing cocaine and the other half he spent in jail. The jail time was never for drugs, but for all the criminal activities he did to get the drugs: thefts and burglaries.

He never dealt crack because if he had it, he was going to use it. There was never any extra.

21 Day Rehab Didn’t Help

Tried 21 Day Drug RehabHe tried a couple of 21-day rehabs in Texas and a detox. In his twang, he explained that the rehabs “just gave me 21 days of sobriety, other than that, it didn’t help me none.” He’d clean up some and put back on some weight he’d lost. It wasn’t until he found the Narconon program that he learned to get clean and get honest work once again. Soon after he graduated the program, he was back with the wife he had left four years before and making a new, sober life for himself.

Freed from Crack Addiction at Narconon

Free from Crack AddictionThe Narconon program was the tool V.C. found that enabled him to break the grip of decades of crack addiction.

Get the whole story on the way Narconon drug rehab helps long-term cocaine and crack addicts.