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Crack is a form of cocaine, solidified into small, rock-like particulates and smoked, either rolled in papers like a marijuana cigarette, or in a bong or similar form of inhalation device. And like other forms of cocaine, crack is both physically and mentally addictive.
Physically, crack cocaine prevents dopamine in the brain from working properly by shutting down receptors, effectively creating a buildup of dopamine in the nervous system. Since dopamine is the chemical produced by our bodies to stimulate feelings of happiness or satisfaction, this buildup generates an intense and pleasurable high in the addict. However, over time, dopamine receptors build up a tolerance to the presence and effects of crack cocaine, requiring the addict to pursue ever-increasing dosages to maintain the same level of high.
The effects of crack cocaine are felt nearly instantaneously, creating an immediate and noticeable behavioral shift in the individual. Users often undergo a complete metamorphosis, selling off anything they own, or even breaking the law, in order to obtain the money to purchase more crack. Further, crack can build up in the human body, releasing small dosages into the bloodstream for as long as six months after cessation of use, and often a return to addictive behavior. This makes crack one of the most addictive drugs in use, relapse is more common with crack than with many other drugs.
The good news is that the negative physical effects of discontinuing crack cocaine use are minimal, and withdrawal symptoms are mostly mental. As such, crack addiction treatment must begin with earnest and forthright communication. Participants seeking crack addiction treatment in the Axis California drug rehabilitation center are provided with real-world facts about crack cocaine: what it does to the body, how it generates chemical reactions in the brain, and why it generates addictive behavior.
The knowledge provided in our residential drug rehab program supplies crack addiction treatment participants with the mental tools they need to put addiction behind them once and for all, and minimizes the chances of future relapse. To further minimize relapses, our residential rehab center hosts both involvement sessions with friends and family, and group drug awareness counseling sessions with other addicts. Both of these efforts are aimed at providing participants with reliable support systems that protect against a future return to substance abuse.
The Axis drug rehabilitation center in California offers a superior location and atmosphere for participants battling the mental addiction of crack cocaine. Being surrounded by sunshine, breezy ocean air, and the calming atmosphere of our residential drug rehab center offers a tremendous relief from the mental stresses that normally accompany addiction, and allows participants to begin the mental and physical healing process necessary to overcome crack addiction.
The Axis drug rehabilitation center also provides a comprehensive series of after care solutions for participants who have completed our crack addiction program, including ongoing education and group-oriented therapy. After care is especially important for those who have successfully defeated crack cocaine addiction, since relapses with this drug are tragically common.
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