Addiction Helper receives many calls from individuals who themselves are suffering from, or know someone suffering from, a Crack Cocaine Addiction. Crack Cocaine is an extremely powerful and addictive stimulant. It produces a short and very intense euphoric high. It is the effects that make is so extremely addictive. Many users will start off recreationally, perhaps obtaining their high from Cocaine initially, at parties and weekends; some will go on to binging on Cocaine, staying up for nights at a time snorting and smoking the drug. Others will reach the stage where the Cocaine no longer produces the high they seek and so progress on to Crack Cocaine which has a more intense and immediate effect. Others still, will try Crack Cocaine as it is offered to them and are curious to find out how it feels. However the individual is introduced to Crack Cocaine, if they are an addict, they are likely to get addicted to it and develop a full blown habit within a very short time frame. This page will give you all the information you need to know about the facts of Crack Cocaine and the treatment options available. As the leading authority on addiction treatment rehabs, we work with over 100 CQC regulated treatment centres in the UK and a number of elite treatment centres abroad. We can help you or your loved one to find the perfect  , according to your individual treatment needs, or alternatively advise you of treatment options availe on the NHS and free services.

Addiction takes numerous forms from excessive use, to abuse, binging and constant top up. However, if Crack Cocaine addiction is affecting you or your loved one, it’s important to understand that with the correct treatment, recovery is possible. We have helped over 10,000 addicts access help and recovery from around the world. The majority of our rehab staff have at some point overcome their own battle with addiction and so have a unique insight and understanding of the illness of addiction. Our friendly and professionally trained addiction experts will carry out a free of charge, assessment of your treatment needs, before advising on the best course of action. Crack Cocaine addiction very quickly destroys families and takes lives, take action now!

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What Is Crack Cocaine ?

Crack Cocaine is a powerful stimulant and hugely addictive drug. It is manufactured in homemade laboratories from Cocaine and other added ingredients. Derived from the leaves of the Cocoa plant in South America it is cooked into rock form. The powder form of the drug is known as Cocaine. Crack Cocaine is stronger and more potent in the high it delivers and has added ingredients.

Crack Cocaine, the  rock form of the drug Cocaine produces the most intense euphoric high; smoked on a pipe, the effects are quickly delivered to the brain through the lungs and bloodstream.

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A Crack Cocaine rock costs anything between £5 and £25. The intense high the drug produces, quickly wears off and the comedown effects are very unpleasant. This is what makes the drug so expensive and addictive, users will stay high for as long as they can afford. It is no exaggeration when you hear of Crack Cocaine addicts claiming they have lost everything of value, such as houses, cars, relationships, careers and thousands of pounds to the drug. Because of the very intense craving for more that it produces, users will rarely stop at smoking one rock and often end up binging for hours, days and sometimes even weeks.

Why Is Crack Cocaine so Addictive?

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What Are the Signs Someone Is Using Crack?

If you are worried a loved one may be using Crack Cocaine, there are various items of paraphernalia that are used to smoke it. If you find any of these items, it is an indication that your loved one could be using Crack:

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Many individuals will either purchase a Crack pipe or make their own version from everyday household items. Above  is a typical shop bought Crack pipe; the giveaway will be a browny yellow residue, indicating frequent use.

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Above are common examples of home made Crack smoking  paraphernalia.

Items to look out for are :

  • Light Bulbs: Crack does not light on its own; it must be slowly heated to burn and give off the vapour which is then inhaled. While a crack user may use a traditional glass pipe, light bulbs are also very popular. Users remove the bulb’s inner workings then place the Crack inside the bulb; they then warm the outside of the glass usually with a lighter. If you find a empty bulb with scorch marks it could indicate Crack cocaine use.

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  • Tin Foil and Straws: used for what is referred to as freebasing, using tin foil and a straw (or a hollow pen) is probably the second-most common method for smoking crack. Users make a crease in the foil, heat the crack from underneath, and use a straw to inhale the smoke. Finding balled up pieces of tin foil or tin foil with yellowish-brown or black burn markings may indicate your loved one is using Crack. These items can also be associated with smoking. , known as “chasing the dragon”.

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  • Aluminum Cans: A typical example of a homemade smoking device for Crack users. The user will make an indentation in the side of the can. Within the indentation they will make a series of pin sized holes. The crack is then placed on a screen over the holes, and then lights the crack and inhales from the top opening of the can with a straw or pen sealed with tin foil or clingfilm to stop any vapour escaping. Crack has a subtle but distinctive smell likened to burning plastic or cat urine.
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  • Glass Pipes and Stems: While using a glass pipe , light bulb or homemade cans and bottles, are popular choices for smoking Crack, “Stems” are the preferred smoking device for many Crack users. These are either straight, hollow glass tubes or glass tubes with a rounded bowl like After some prolonged use, the stem will gather a brown smoke residue inside and black burn marks on the outside from lighting the device to heat the Crack.

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Finding any of the above paraphernalia should ring alarm bells. The paraphernalia used for smoking Crack Cocaine can also be used to smoke Heroin; either way you have a problem that you do not want to ignore and need to confront the individual and encourage them to seek immediate professional help

Sharing paraphernalia with other users puts the individual at risk of transmitting or contracting a bloodborne virus such as Hepatitis infections and HIV.

What Are the Statistics on Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Use?

As you can see from the infographic below, this is a worldwide problem, with very high and alarming statistics. Whilst Cocaine is still more popular, this is because it tends to be used recreationally also. Crack Cocaine is so addictive, that it is rarely used recreationally and is usually part of a full blown addiction.

Image with the similarities between crack and cocaineWhat Other Names Are There for Crack?

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What Is the UK Law on Crack Cocaine?

Cocaine, Freebase and Crack Cocaine are all Class A drugs, as classified by the law. This means it is illegal to to possess, sell  or give away the drug. Convictions for possession or intent to supply carry hefty prison sentences.

Driving whilst high on Crack Cocaine or with Crack Cocaine still in your system can carry the same heavy penalties as drink driving if you are deemed unfit to drive. If you drug test positive, it is likely you will be charged for possession of Crack Cocaine as well as driving under the influence

What Are the Effects of Crack Cocaine on the Body?

Regular, binging or addictive use of Crack Cocaine can cause the body the following problems, some of which are irreversible. Heart attack from overdosing tends to be the main cause of death in Crack Cocaine users. Other life threatening complications can arise from lung and respiratory illnesses also.

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Is Mixing Crack Cocaine with Alcohol or Other Drugs Dangeous?

For Crack users this is common place as the come down from Crack can leave the individual in a heightened state of anxiousness, paranoia and over stimulation of the body and brain. Many heavy Crack users also become addicted to Alcohol, Benzodiazepines and Heroin  to bring them down and stop the withdrawals, especially after a binge. This then becomes an additional addiction; but is quite commonplace amongst those addicted to Crack Cocaine. Using other drugs at the same time, especially other stimulants, only increases the chances of these complications developing, overdosing and death

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What Are the Effects of Crack Cocaine on the Brain?

Crack Cocaine is extremely addictive due to its effects on the brain, when it works well, the individual using Crack Cocaine will experience: Increased sex drive, extreme euphoria, alertness, heightened senses, sociability, feelings of powerfulness, confidence and vastly reduced inhibitions. It also produces and insatiable appetite for more, which leads many recreational users into daily addictive use or binging for days at a time. The graphic below demonstrates exactly how powerfully damaging it is on the brain, even within a relatively short period of chronic use. Crack Cocaine affects the brain in the same way as Cocaine does; but due to its increased potency and tendency to use more frequently, the damage can be accelerated even more.

image showing the cocaine abusers brainAlarmingly the severe comedown effects from Crack Cocaine, and intense cravings for more can cause an individual to doing almost anything to get their hands on more, even committing crime, acts of violence and even murder or commit suicide!

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Is Crack Cocaine Safe to Use during Pregnancy?

Absolutely not; using Cocaine in any form, including Crack whilst pregnant can lead to premature birth, and low birth weight, miscarriage and health problems. The more you use, the more damage caused to your unborn child, which can lead to developmental problems both physically and mentally for the child and a great deal of shame and regret in the mother. If you are addicted to Crack Cocaine and pregnant it is essential to seek professional help immediately. We can help you with this, without judgement and with compassion. Call us now!

What Are the Negative Effects of Crack Cocaine?

Everyone reacts differently to Crack Cocaine, for some users, ingesting the drug can become their worst nightmare and that’s leaving aside the health risks (which all users are susceptible to suffering from) A bad experience on Crack Cocaine will show some or all of the following negative effects; the longer you use the drug for, the more prone you are to developing them. In some cases irreversible damage can be caused to both the brain and the body with the individual developing long term chronic health problems both mentally and physically:

  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Unable to self-calm
  • Acting in an uninhibited/seedy or risk taking way that they regret when straight
  • Anger and agitation
  • Violent outbursts
  • Extreme Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Little or no appetite
  • Preoccupation with getting and using Crack and going to dangerous extremes to do so
  • Paranoia (false beliefs that they are being watched or hunted)
  • Hallucinations (auditory and visual)
  • Intense cravings
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal thoughts, actions and self harm
  • Psychosis

And it gets worse, the longer you take Crack Cocaine, the more often you will need it in order to gain the enjoyable effects. This is due to damage caused to your brain and a quick tolerance to the drug developing. When this happens, many will resort to mixing Crack with other drugs, increasing their risk of death, in order to feel high again. Some will resort to injecting Crack to get a more intense high, others will resort to mixing with prescription drugs and other drug such as Heroin. Over time the user will become withdrawn, and incredibly isolated from family and friends; only associating with other addicts in order to get their drugs.

Even though it is apparent to all that Crack Cocaine is destroying them and their life –  they will still be compelled to keep using Crack; they are unable to stop themselves and have lost all sense of reality and control. At this stage the Crack Cocaine addict is a very sick individual both mentally and physically and requires urgent intervention if they are to survive..

What Does the Comedown from Crack Cocaine Feel Like?

The comedown from Crack Cocaine can last for days in some cases; whilst the user is coming down they will have strong cravings for more of the drug and will suffer flu like symptoms, extreme anxiety and paranoia. The severity of the comedown will depend on how much Crack Cocaine the user has been taking. Some will stay up for days and nights, endlessly binging and not eating or hydrating properly. In cases such as this the comedown is very unpleasant; they may feel extremely anxious, agitated and paranoid or be completely exhausted and just want to sleep for a long period of time. For an individual with an addiction to Crack Cocaine, the duration of withdrawal tends to cease after 4 weeks. Of course, this can vary from person to person, but for a Crack addict it can feel like a lifetime before they start to feel better.

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Am I Addicted to Crack Cocaine?

Answer the following questions honestly to yourself, it may help you to identify if you have a problem with Crack Cocaine  that requires immediate  professional help and support:

  • Do you use Crack Cocaine so you can socialise, as feel unable to do so without it?
  • Have you had health warnings about your Crack Cocaine use. but still continue to use?
  • Is Crack Cocaine affecting your relationships, finances or work?
  • Has Crack Cocaine stopped working for you and so you are resorting to mixing with other drugs to get high?
  • Have others expressed they feel you have a problem with Crack Cocaine?
  • Do you continue to take Crack Cocaine despite it making you miserable and it taking over your entire life?
  • Has Crack Cocaine affected your mental and emotional health?
  • Do you find yourself using larger amounts of Crack Cocaine to gain the same effect?
  • Are you able to stop after just one or two rocks of Crack Cocaine or do you end up on a binge, sometimes lasting for days at a time?
  • Are you hiding your Crack Cocaine use from others?
  • Is Crack Cocaine causing you to feel anxious, paranoid, lethargic and run down?
  • Have you committed a crime whilst whilst under the influence of Crack Cocaine?
  • Have you done things you regret whilst high on Crack Cocaine?
  • Do you place Crack Cocaine above your family, children and responsibilities?
  • Do you feel out of control and unable to stop using Crack Cocaine?
  • Have you ever stolen, committed crime, sold items, sold your body in order to fund buying Crack?
  • Are you unable to stop once you start and carry on until the money runs out?
  • Are you unable to stay away from Crack Cocaine, despite swearing off it time and time again?
  • Do you use Crack Cocaine on your own?
  • Do you need Crack Cocaine to function?
  • Do you feel suicidal or like there is no hope or point, with or without Crack Cocaine in your life?
  • Has Crack Cocaine seriously altered your appearance and had devastating consequences to you and your family?

If you can answer honestly “yes” to one or more of these questions, then you do definitely have a problem with Crack Cocaine that requires professional help and you may well be suffering from addiction. Call us now! Don’t waste another day stuck in the misery and pain of Crack Cocaine destruction. We can help and recovery is possible!

If you are feeling suicidal or contemplating taking your own life, call Addiction Helper  or the Samaritans immediately; we can get you the urgent help you need.

Is My Family Member or Loved One Using Crack Cocaine?

Are you concerned a family member of loved one may be suffering from a Crack Cocaine addiction? If so, the following signs and symptoms will help you to decide for yourself if they have a problem. If you are still unsure, call Addiction Helper and speak with one of our Addiction Experts for further advice and support:

  • Do they disappear for long periods of time and come home looking worse for wear, agitated, anxious and exhausted?
  • Do they seem to be permanently run down and have scabs, spots and sores around their mouth
  • Are their pupils dilated and they seem overly excited or aggressive?
  • Are they restless and full of energy, unusually chatty and confident?
  • Have you found any paraphernalia? e.g. small plastic bags, straws, hollowed out pens, scorched aluminum cans with holes and pipes, gauze, empty light bulbs with residue in, glass pipes, yellow, light brown or white small rocks
  • Do they owe large sums of money and never seem to have money of their own?
  • Do they frequently disappear to the bathroom, bedroom or outside?
  • Have you spotted brown yellow residue on their fingers, on their teeth or on things they have touched?
  • Have they significantly had unexplained weight loss and have a gaunt appearance?
  • Do they isolate in their rooms for long periods of time at night awake and sleep all day?
  • Do they disappear over night or during the day for long periods of time often?
  • Has money or valuables gone missing?
  • Are they always trying to borrow money from you?
  • Do they seem anxious and paranoid?
  • Are they agitated and quick to anger?
  • Have they lost interest in relationships, friends, children and family?
  • Are you suspicious they may be sleeping with multiple partners or using escort services?
  • Are you suspicious they may be prostituting themselves or working as an escort?
  • Have they stopped doing the things they used to once enjoy?
  • Do you recognise them from the person they once used to be?
  • Are they depressed and unmotivated, only leaving the house to get Crack Cocaine?
  • Are they defensive when challenged?
  • Do they seem to feel the whole world is against them and everything is someone else’s fault?

*Any marked change in your loved one’s appearance or behaviour should not be ignored, call us now to talk through the options of getting them some help for a Crack Cocaine problem or addiction.

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Can You Die from Using Crack Cocaine?

Crack Cocaine is a very dangerous drug and carries many risks to the users body and state of mind. Many have died from overdosing on Crack during a binge; it raises the body temperature, increases blood flow, speeds up the heart rate and can cause convulsions, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiac arrest. So in short, yes you can die from using Crack Cocaine, even when young, fit and healthy. Mixing Crack with other drugs or alcohol increases the risk of death even more.

Is There Free Treatment for Crack Cocaine Addiction?

Sadly there is little help available on the NHS for Crack Cocaine addiction. Free rehab, means applying through your local Drug and Alcohol Services for funding from the government. Funding is scarce, takes a long time to secure and only reserved for exceptional cases. The quickest way to access rehab is through self funding a private rehab . If you or your family have the means to finance this, we can arrange for an immediate admission today to one of our many exemplary rehabs throughout the UK and also overseas. Call us if you would like to know more about private rehab forCrack Cocaine addiction.

Your local drug and Alcohol Team can provide groups and key worker one to one sessions. Many have also introduced SMART groups, which are aimed at abstinence and goal setting. You can find details of your local Drug and Alcohol team. Cocaine Anonymous also provides meetings and a programme of recovery which has proven to help many with a Crack addiction. They are a self help organisation, so whilst not professionally run, 12 Step has been proven to be hugely successful in the treatment of addiction. This is the link to their local meetings page.

Professional Treatment for Crack Cocaine Addiction

Depending on the level of the addiction present will indicate the type and intensity of treatment needed to successfully establish recovery. If any other substances are involved, or if there is a co occurring illness present, all conditions presenting will need to be treated in full and  simultaneously, in order to prevent a recurrence of any of the illnesses or addictions in future.

Addiction is an illness of the mind, the sufferer has lost the power of choice and are at the mercy of their warped thought patterns and overwhelming compulsions. They may have every good reason to stop, yet they cannot. It is heartbreaking for the individual and for their loved ones to watch. All concerned feel helpless and hopeless.

Addiction is a serious life threatening illness and recognised by Public Health England as a chronic relapsing brain disease. Addiction requires professional specialist treatment. For an individual who has lost all control around their using, thought processes and compulsions, rehab is definitely the best treatment option. For others with a lesser problem, some free community services and NHS services may be enough to get them back on track. Each area has a local drug and alcohol team; the individual can self refer into this service and engage with the services on offer. Therapeutic measures are the most successful  method of treating Crack Cocaine addiction; this may include one to one CBT  Counselling and various holistic therapies, it is not the drug that is the problem in addiction, but the individual’s mind set and learned behaviours that continues to drive them to use despite mounting consequences. Addiction kills and tears families apart. For a successful recovery to be achieved both the physical aspect and psychological aspects of addiction must be treated comprehensively and by professionals experienced in treating addiction.

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Rehab for Crack Cocaine Addiction

For the individual who has an addiction to Crack Cocaine that is beyond their control,

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Our private residential rehabs provide a very safe and nurturing place. Providing the individual with a haven away from the madness of addiction; the individual will be nurtured back to full health both mentally and physically. It is recommended a minimum of 4-8 weeks inpatient programme for a Crack Cocaine addiction, secondary care and sober living options are also available..If  Heroin, Alcohol, Prescription pills  or Benzodiazepines are also being abused a full medical detox for all dependencies will be required. In instances where there is more than once addiction present or a co occurring illness alongside, a full 12 week primary care programme is recommended to cover the detox and rehabilitation and allow the team to work intensively to prepare the patient for their return back home. Once the treatment in the rehab has been completed, Addiction Helper will ensure there is a seamless return back home by arranging free aftercare with the rehab attended and if necessary arrange for private one to one counselling sessions locally. We will do all we can to ensure you remain healthy and well on returning back home.

Proven Treatments for Crack Cocaine Addiction

Addiction Helper’s rehabs only use proven, evidence based methods of treating Crack Cocaine Addiction. We don’t just provide a short term intervention, but look to provide a comprehensive bespoke treatment programme that will equip the individual with the tools they need to maintain recovery from their addictions on a permanent basis. We only work with experienced addiction professionals, as we understand the devastating and deadly effects of addiction. Our rehab staff are fully trained, experienced and qualified in their individual areas of expertise.

Typically our rehabs that treat Crack cocaine addiction will have an exemplary clinical team with impressive credentials, consisting of experienced and  qualified Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Addiction Counsellors, Nurses, Holistic Therapists and Recovery Support Workers. Some of our rehabs also specialise in treating Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress and Eating Disorders. The vast majority of treatment centres we work with can competently treat Dual Diagnosis clients and clients with multiple addiction problems. For any individual with an alcohol or drug dependency, a full medical detox will be prescribed by our Doctor on completion of a comprehensive admission assessment.

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Following a free and confidential comprehensive triage assessment by one of our Addiction Helper  telephone addiction treatment specialists, a programme will be recommended that will be specific to the individual’s needs. There are various types of rehab,s and prices differ hugely as do the range of treatments and facilities on offer. We will talk you through all of the options so that you are able to make an informed decision.

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Our addiction rehab programmes will consist of various proven and effective treatment methods, here are some of the commonly provided treatments that our rehab deliver:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • One To One Counselling and Trauma therapy
  • Process Therapy Groups
  • Family support group
  • 12 Step Therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Educational Workshops and Relapse Prevention
  • Holistic Therapies; such as Mindfulness and Meditation, Music, Art, Equine, Acupuncture, Yoga, Tai Chi and a individualised Fitness programme

There are many other therapies available also, we aim to reignite the individual’s passion for life, provide them with the hope and inspiration to motivate them to get well and make the necessary changes. We also show our clients how to rebuild themselves and develop healthy and loving relationships with themselves and also with  others.

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Essentially there is no quick fix to any type of addiction and no magical pill to take it away. For a Crack Cocaine  addict to recover they must make many changes and continue to maintain these changes upon leaving the treatment environment. Our comprehensive Crack Cocaine rehab programmes will show them exactly what they need to do to recover and receive support and encouragement each and  every step of the way. You can be assured of a professional service at all times. We will do our utmost to help you or your loved one make a full recovery from the destructive disease of  addiction!

Our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week; we are passionate about saving lives and helping families of addicted individuals also. You can turn your life around with just one call to us; we can take care of all the arrangements if you are looking for a private rehab and find you the best treatment possible.