Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment Options

Cocaine addiction requires long-term treatment in order to prevent relapse. Both crack cocaine recovery and aftercare services can all be personalized to fit your needs, with such options as inpatient drug rehab, outpatient programs, and more.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


Crack cocaine addiction is a medical condition that requires effective treatment for long-term recovery.

Appropriate addiction treatment is composed of several stages to care for acute withdrawal, post-acute withdrawal, and long-term side effects.

The best treatment programs will equip a person with the tools and skills they need to enter and maintain lasting recovery.

Qualified treatment facilities should offer a number of options for each stage in order to treat your specific drug addiction.

Treatment Services For Crack Cocaine Addiction

Treatment services for crack cocaine addiction are varied. Depending on the treatment program you join, you will likely have many choices to choose from.

However, it is important that you make informed decisions in regards to your care.

Some factors that may affect the treatment intensity level you choose include the length of your addiction, severity of your addiction, and whether you have any co-occurring mental health disorders or substance use disorders.

These are some of the options that you may encounter.

Crack Cocaine Detoxification

Crack cocaine detoxification is a necessary first step in successful addiction treatment. You may choose to go “cold turkey” on your own, but this approach isn’t generally advisable.

Detoxing after cocaine use can be highly unpredictable. If you have other substance use disorders or use cocaine that contains other substances, you may experience potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms during detox.

Due to these risks, it is highly recommended that you enroll in a medically supervised detox program. These programs offer 24/7 observation and healthcare as needed.

Medically supervised detox is the safest and most comfortable way to get through the initial phases of withdrawal.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient cocaine treatment can be ideal if you want to keep living your life while going through treatment for crack abuse.

You will have the disadvantage of being exposed to potential triggers. On the other hand, outpatient programs preserve the support provided by family members and friends on a daily basis.

Outpatient services can also provide continuing care for people who completed more intensive programs, such as inpatient rehab, and want to continue their recovery journey.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a highly recommended therapeutic treatment for the psychological symptoms associated with post-acute withdrawal.

After detoxing from crack cocaine use, you are likely to experience depression and anxiety.
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you manage the long-term effects of your addiction and your mental health simultaneously.

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, you will learn to recognize self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.

With guidance from your therapist, you can begin to challenge and reshape your responses. From there, you can work on coping skills to strengthen your resilience.

12-Step Programs

Twelve-step programs can be incredibly helpful for some people. Many 12-step programs are faith-based, but you can find secular options if you wish.

These programs tend to be more successful if you’re highly engaged. If you enjoy having a community to share your experiences with, then a 12-step program may work for you.

Inpatient Treatment

If you are experiencing intense cravings and struggle with impulsivity, then inpatient cocaine treatment at a rehab center may be the right choice for you.

Inpatient treatment helps by removing many sources of temptation and giving you the time and space to work through your addiction.

During your stay in a drug rehab center, you can take part in multiple treatment options to help find what makes you feel like you again.

Group Therapy

Group therapy works well if you’re uncomfortable with one-on-one therapy. By de-centering you as an individual, group therapy provides a sense of anonymity. You can talk as much or as little as you like.

You may see yourself in other participants and be able to apply group advice to your own situation throughout the treatment process.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis treatment is relatively common. Many people with addiction have co-occurring mental illnesses.

Dual diagnosis approaches to treatment work to address both conditions at the same time. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one example, but there are many others.

The options provided to you will largely depend on the nature of your diagnosis.

Support Groups

Support groups are often run and operated by people who have also struggled with substance abuse and addiction.

When you’re in a support group, you’re surrounded by people who share many of your same experiences. You can get advice or simply ask for a sympathetic ear when you need one.

Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention can come in many forms. All of these treatment programs are designed to provide long-term support so you have the help you need when you feel like you might relapse.

Aftercare Services

Aftercare services encompass any long-term treatment option that you use to help manage your addiction. Various forms of therapy and support can help to make your continued efforts more manageable.

Factors That Influence Crack Cocaine Treatment Plans

Your experience with crack cocaine addiction treatment will be 100% specific to you based on your personal experience and health history.

Some factors that may affect the crack cocaine treatment plan you need include the following.

Genetics And Other Personal Factors

Evidence suggests that addiction may have a genetic component in some cases.

Variations in brain chemistry and genetic factors appear to make certain people more susceptible to addiction.

In these situations, mental illness is also usually a factor.

Length Of Time Addicted To Crack

Your personal history of drug use will also affect the types of treatment plans that are most likely to work for you.

If you have been using crack for many years, you are likely to need a more robust short-term treatment plan and long-term aftercare services.

History Of Substance Use Disorders

Single substance addictions are relatively uncommon. If you’re addicted to multiple substances, including alcohol or opioids, that will affect your substance abuse treatment plan.

Detoxing from alcohol or opioids can be incredibly dangerous because of the risk for dangerously increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and heart attack.

If you’re detoxing from multiple substances, you will require careful medical supervision to keep you safe.

How Long Will You Be In Treatment For Crack Cocaine Abuse?

The length of your treatment is relative. Your initial detox is likely to last between seven to 10 days..

Counseling for post-acute withdrawal will likely take several months.

Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may need to return for aftercare services for many years in order to avoid relapse.

Find Drug Treatment Services At Bedrock Recovery Center

Bedrock Recovery Center is built on the idea that one treatment plan cannot treat everyone. We offer options to ensure that you get the treatment that works best for you.

If you’re ready to learn more about the crack addiction treatment options that are available, call our Massachusetts treatment center today.

  1. Drug Policy Alliance
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  3. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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