Crack Cocaine and Drug Rehab
Crack cocaine addiction is one of the most serious drug problems facing the UK today, affecting thousands of Britons and causing untold misery and social harm. However, the picture is not all gloom and doom: Facilities across the country are now treating and healing crack cocaine users and enabling to them to return to happy and healthy lives.
Where to Get Help for Crack Cocaine Addiction/Substance Abuse
A variety of addiction treatment options are available, and it is important that you make the right choice for your own circumstances. Speaking with an expert can make the process much simpler. If you are suffering from a crack cocaine addiction and have decided to get professional help to overcome it, you should always begin by reaching out to your GP and/or an addiction specialist to talk about your situation and find out about what treatment options might be best for you.
Importance of treating crack cocaine addiction & when to seek treatment
An addiction to crack cocaine is an extremely dangerous condition. It can do permanent damage to your physical and mental health, as well as your life circumstances and prospects. Therefore, it is vital that you overcome your addiction as soon as possible, and this means getting professional help as soon as you can.
There is no bad time to seek treatment, but the sooner you can, the better it will be for your life and health. If you have tried to stop taking crack cocaine before and/or if your crack cocaine abuse is damaging your health or other aspects of your life, it is time for you to get help. Don’t wait until your crack cocaine addiction does permanent damage; get in touch with your GP and/or an addiction specialist as soon as you can.
Understanding crack cocaine addiction treatment and rehab options
There are many ways to approach the treatment of crack cocaine addiction, and numerous treatment facilities and organisations that can help you operate in Britain. However, you should remember that not all kinds of treatment or every clinic will be appropriate for you and your situation. The kind of treatment you get, where you get it, the duration of your treatment and other issues will be affected by factors that include your physical and mental health, the severity of your addiction and your location.
What is most important, though, is getting into treatment — whether provided by the NHS, a private clinic or a charity. If you do not, your crack cocaine addiction could prove fatal.
- NHS Options
- Private Rehab
- Residential Care
Private rehab vs free treatment options for crack cocaine addiction
Various organisations provide addiction treatment in the UK, but places with free treatment services are frequently limited, and waiting times can be very lengthy. Many users prefer to get help immediately, which typically involves private treatment. Of course, private addiction treatment does come at a cost, but some private clinics offer credit and other payment options, and many users are able to pay for their treatment with private health insurance.
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Executive/luxury rehab programmes for crack cocaine addiction
If you are a high net worth individual, you may prefer to opt for a luxury rehab programme, where treatment is provided within a luxurious setting comparable to a high-end hotel or holiday resort; all your needs will be catered to in order to ensure minimal stress and maximal comfort.
In addition, some people in certain high-pressure or high-profile jobs are unwilling or unable to take time away from work, despite knowing how important it is that they get help for their crack cocaine addictions. If you work in this kind of role, you may choose to enter an executive rehab programme offering facilities (such as videoconferencing and regular internet access) that enable you to stay in contact with your office and up to date with work.
What Happens in Crack Cocaine Rehab
If you are thinking of getting help to overcome a crack cocaine addiction, bear in mind that everyone’s experience of treatment is different. While most rehabs generally follow more or less similar processes, you should get as much information as possible about the specifics of the treatment you will receive from any clinic in which you are interested to be sure you know what to expect and avoid any surprises.
With those caveats in mind, it is possible to provide a very rough guide to what an addict should expect upon entering a treatment clinic.
Crack cocaine rehab admission process
It is in rehabs’ best interest to make admissions processes as simple as possible, to minimise any stress clients may experience at a time when they are already under pressure. Usually, once you contact a treatment organisation, they will request basic details about your physical and mental condition and the nature and severity of your addiction before recommending a particular clinic at which you can be treated.
At this point, private organisations will usually ask for a deposit before confirming your place in treatment; once this has been received, you will be able to make your way to the facility and start treatment.
Crack cocaine addiction assessment
When you enter the clinic, your first appointment will be a complete medical assessment of your physical and mental health so doctors can get a full understanding of your physical and mental condition. Based on this assessment, doctors will create a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that will be the foundation of your treatment for the remainder of your stay (with some flexibility to take into account developments during treatment).
It is imperative that you are utterly honest about every aspect of your crack cocaine addiction and any other details regarding your physical and mental health. If you are not candid with your doctors, you could place your health at risk and jeopardise the eventual success of your treatment.
Acceptance of the problem
Unless you truly want to stop abusing crack cocaine, no addiction treatment can be successful over the long term. Doctors will want to confirm that you accept you have a problem with crack cocaine abuse and that you are willing and able to dedicate yourself to your treatment. Many clients are unwilling to concede that they have a problem because they see that as admitting to weakness. However, it is crucial that you are totally honest with yourself and others about the extent of your addiction. Recognising that you have a problem is an indispensable first step on the path back to a healthy life free of crack cocaine abuse.
Medically assisted/controlled detoxification
After your assessment is completed, you will move into the detoxification (detox) phase of treatment. During detox, your system is cleared of substances of abuse including crack cocaine; without this, it would be impossible for you to focus adequately on the rest of your treatment.
While you are going through detox, withdrawal symptoms are likely to develop. In rehab, experienced medical professionals will be on hand 24/7 throughout the process in order to ensure your safety and comfort. Although not appropriate in every case, doctors may be able to prescribe medication to make your crack cocaine withdrawal easier to bear.
Once the detox phase is complete and any withdrawal symptoms have disappeared or subsided, you will move on to the next phase of treatment. The rehabilitation phase has therapy at its heart, aimed at revealing and addressing the psychological root causes of your crack cocaine abuse and addiction and providing you with coping mechanisms you can take with you into recovery.
As well as regular therapy sessions, during rehabilitation you will benefit from bespoke fitness and dietary plans, and — depending on the clinic you are attending — may have access to other facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, games rooms and others.
It is vital to remember that once you leave the clinic having achieved abstinence, your work is not yet done: You should never consider yourself cured of your addiction. While treatment will have given you many key skills to resist relapse and build a better life, recovery is not achieved simply by leaving treatment. It is a constant process requiring you to stay diligent and dedicated to abstinence and to navigate through obstacles, some of which you will not be able to anticipate. In order to give you the best possible chance of a permanent recovery, good treatment facilities typically offer up to a year’s free aftercare.
What Is an Inpatient Rehab Programme?
What Is Outpatient Rehab?
Some people do not feel that they can take time out from responsibilities such as work or family, even if they appreciate how important it is that they get help.
In outpatient treatment, various appointments are conducted on site, but you need to carry out other elements of your treatment plan independently. Bear in mind, however, that outpatient treatment is not suitable for everyone, as it does not take users completely away from the day-to-day environments in which crack cocaine abuse and addiction have developed, making relapse more likely.
Some clinics offer day programmes in which treatment is provided onsite during the daytime from one to seven days a week, depending on the programme, while clients reside at home or elsewhere overnight. Day programmes may be particularly appropriate for clients who live close to the clinic; for those enjoying robust support networks that can provide assistance if challenging situations arise; for clients who have gone through inpatient treatment but feel they could still benefit from ongoing support; and for those who require treatment but have obligations at home (such as young babies) that make staying elsewhere overnight impossible.
On the other hand, day programmes are not usually considered appropriate for clients who do not have robust support networks and who may therefore be susceptible to relapse outside the clinic; those who live far away and would need to travel long distances; or those suffering from dual diagnosis or other health complications.
Intensive outpatient programmes
The demands of modern life, and the need to be flexible to accommodate them, have resulted in the development of intensive outpatient programmes, which usually involve clients attending four or more three- to five-hour sessions each week, compared to less frequent and shorter sessions in more traditional outpatient treatment regimens.
Clients in intensive outpatient treatment are usually required to attend the clinic for appointments including therapy, medication prescriptions, check-ups and other elements of their treatment plans but are free to lead normal lives the rest of the week, including going to work. Because so much time outside the clinic gives these clients plenty of opportunities to relapse, they are usually expected to participate in frequent and regular substance tests to make sure they are staying within the parameters of their treatment plans.
Ongoing care — more frequently known as “aftercare” — is a regimen of support given after a client completes an addiction treatment programme. Recovering clients often need follow-on care in the form of therapy and counselling, prescriptions, check-ups and support group meetings. An aftercare plan will be provided that will schedule appointments (both onsite and over the phone/email) and may require you to participate in support group meetings and/or attend counselling.
Most good rehabs offer up to a year’s free aftercare as part of treatment, with the frequency of appointments typically declining over time as your recovery progresses. Many clinics also offer emergency appointments for clients who have completed treatment but need urgent attention. Always ask for details of aftercare plans whilst doing your research into treatment facilities.
How Is Medication Used to Treat Addiction?
At present there is no pharmaceutical cure for addiction. Treating a crack cocaine addiction is based on therapy designed to reshape your thinking and behaviour in a way that allows you to live a happy and contented life without substance abuse.
However, medication can nevertheless be very important in the treatment of addiction. Some medicines may be prescribed to reduce or manage cravings, help lower intake, act as a safer and less problematic substitute for a more dangerous and/or illegal substance of abuse or deter substance abuse. Others are commonly given to lessen the impact of withdrawal syndrome; still others can be made available if a client’s health becomes imperilled during their addiction treatment.
Medications used in addiction treatment & rehab
Various medications are used in the treatment of addiction in Britain; however, some are only relevant in the treatment of particular addictions, and not every medication may be suitable for every user. Some medications have dangerous interactions with other drugs, while others may cause problems for individuals suffering from dual diagnosis or other health conditions that can complicate treatment or even endanger the health of the client. Because of this, it is imperative that you never try to self-medicate; doing so could place your health, and even your life, in great danger.
Whether you are given medication as part of your crack cocaine addiction treatment and the specific medicines prescribed will be determined by your doctors following your initial assessment and based upon how you respond to your addiction treatment plan.
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Buprenorphine (Buprenex)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Modafinil (Provigil)
- Desipramine (Norpramin)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Bupropion (Buproban)
- Gabapentin (Fanatrex)
- Vigabatrin (Sabril)
- Baclofen (Kemstro)
- Topiramate (Topamax)
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Psychotherapy for Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Psychotherapy is the basis of all addiction treatment. While detox heals the body, therapy works to heal the mind, revealing and remediating the thoughts and behaviour that have led to addiction and facilitating the creation of better and healthier perspectives on life. Therapy can enable a client to have a better attitude about life after addiction and feel confident about resisting the temptation to relapse.
Tackling the physical pressures of dependence alone will not resolve the deeper issues that have led to substance abuse and addiction. Without therapy, even after achieving abstinence and removing all substances of abuse from their system, a user is unlikely to be able to remain clean over the long term.
Coping-focused psychotherapy aims to help clients develop mechanisms to cope with challenges in order to defeat, minimise or tolerate conflict and stress; in psychotherapy, coping is the conscious exertion of effort into the resolution of personal and interpersonal problems.
Psychological coping mechanisms or coping strategies are usually developed as a person matures into adulthood. However, some individuals turn to substance abuse as a coping strategy, which can have an array of catastrophic results. Coping-focused psychotherapy seeks to develop better coping strategies, with therapist and client working together to discuss challenges the client may have faced and create more effective and less destructive strategies going forward.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) are two of the most common coping-focused psychotherapy approaches found in addiction treatment. and most mainstream rehabs will offer one or both of these models.
Social skills/interpersonal/growth psychotherapy
Substandard social and interpersonal skills can create daunting challenges in daily life, making important relationships, including love and romance, very difficult to achieve and sustain. Many clients possess poor interpersonal skills, which can push them into damaging behaviour and negative coping strategies including substance abuse and addiction. Furthermore, addiction itself can create troubling social challenges as users become distant from loved ones and grow increasingly isolated as addiction strengthens its grip.
Interpersonal psychotherapy seeks to build and/or improve social skills to overcome such challenges and prevent them from becoming debilitating, making it possible for clients to enjoy improved relationships and other positive consequences. The skills learned during interpersonal therapy can also improve clients’ professional and commercial prospects following the conclusion of treatment and make treatment itself much easier as clients learn to articulate their feelings more fluently, enabling more effective therapy.
Exploratory psychotherapy, also known as psychodynamic psychotherapy, explores the connections between events that have affected the client in the past and their behaviour now in order to gain a better understanding of the origins of the client’s destructive thought processes and behaviours. Such exploration can reveal traumatic events that have driven or contributed to a client’s substance abuse and addiction. This can be difficult and even distressing for the client, at least during the early stages of therapy.
However, therapists are sensitive to the difficulty exploring such traumas can cause and work very carefully with each client to explore the past in ways that cause minimal distress and have the maximum therapeutic benefit. Exploratory psychotherapy can improve self-esteem, self-awareness and mood regulation and have pronounced benefits long after treatment ends. Many clients in recovery continue to engage in exploratory psychotherapy for years after they leave treatment.
Types of psychotherapy used in crack cocaine addiction treatment
Many different therapy models and methodologies are used in the treatment of addiction, so each clinic can provide only a fraction of all those available. If you are especially keen on a particular form of therapy, you may wish to seek out a clinic that offers that methodology; speak with an addiction specialist about facilities that provide the kind of therapy you are looking for.
Not every client responds equally well to every therapy model, and some people need to experiment with different methodologies before finding an approach they feel is right for them. Remember that therapy does not need to stop just because you have completed an addiction treatment programme. Therapists, including those specialising in the treatment of addiction, operate throughout the UK, and engaging in therapy can give you significant support during your recovery long after you finish treatment.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Art therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Dialectical behavioural therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Family therapy
- Fitness therapy
- Group therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Individual therapy
- Music therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
The Recovery Process
Once you have been through treatment and achieved a hard-won abstinence, you may feel that your trials and tribulations are over. However, this can be a dangerous mindset. In some ways, the hardest part of your journey is only just beginning. Recovery should be seen as a long-term — even lifelong — process requiring constant dedication and commitment.
Elements of recovery
No two experiences of addiction are the same, nor are any two peoples’ journeys through recovery; however, there are obvious similarities between experiences. It is often useful to break the recovery process down into distinct elements that can be worked on during treatment, with different techniques being developed to improve your skills in each area.
Remember that everyone proceeds through treatment at different speeds, and some people have very different skills and abilities from others. You should not compare your own recovery with that of any fellow client. Nor should you be hard on yourself for not making as much progress in some areas as in others; this only means that you have a particular area or areas on which to concentrate your efforts.
- Developing hope
- Secure base
- Sense of self
- Supportive relationships
- Social inclusion
- Coping skills
- Giving meaning
How Long Are Crack Cocaine Rehab Programmes?
How long you will need to stay in treatment for your crack cocaine addiction will depend on various factors; your physical and mental condition, the duration and severity of your addiction and the kind of treatment you undergo will all have an impact. Usually, a stay in residential rehab will last for between one and three months, though significantly shorter and longer programmes are offered at some clinics.
It may be that you embark on treatment according to a particular timeline but that this timeline alters because of changing circumstances during treatment. You may, for example, respond especially well to your treatment and move through it faster than expected. On the other hand, if longer treatment is required, you may end up staying in rehab for significantly longer than was originally intended.
You may also feel that you require ongoing support after the end of treatment programme and continue to receive counselling or medication for some time after you leave the clinic. You should not feel that your treatment has failed in such a case — your recovery process is merely ongoing.
What Does Crack Cocaine Rehab Cost in the UK?
The cost of private crack cocaine addiction treatment can differ from one clinic and organisation to the next. Costs will depend upon the length of your stay, the type of treatment you receive, any specialist care you may enjoy, the standard of facility you attend and numerous other factors.
Roughly speaking, standard residential crack cocaine addiction treatment in the UK costs between £4,000 and £15,000 a month; however, pricing varies so significantly from one rehab to the next that you should always get specific costs before contemplating whether you can afford private treatment.
An addiction specialist will be able to give you more comprehensive information about treatment costs and can discuss with you how to pay for treatment, as well as investigating whether more affordable options may be open to you.
Crack Cocaine Addiction Recovery and Aftercare
High-quality treatment facilities will provide up to a year’s free aftercare to give you the best foundations possible for your recovery. Recovery can be challenging, and no matter how confident you feel and how much you may wish to avoid returning to the facility, you should take advantage of every aspect of your treatment plan, including aftercare, to give you the greatest likelihood of a sustained recovery.
Recovery and community
The stronger your support base, the easier your recovery will be, and friends and family can play hugely valuable roles. However, addiction is an unfortunately widespread affliction, and there is now a significant community of recovering users in the UK that can be another valuable resource for you during recovery. You may also be able to help other members with support and advice; helping others can be very therapeutic and can help you work through challenges that may continue to trouble you after you leave treatment.
Various support groups work across the UK giving help, advice and companionship to recovering crack cocaine users. The most famous is Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and NA meetings are held on a weekly basis around the country, though numerous other organisations are also active in helping crack cocaine users through recovery.
Attendance at support group meetings is typically free of charge, with the only criterion being a commitment to abstinence. Support group meetings are run and attended by people who understand the nature and challenges of addiction; participating in meetings can greatly benefit your recovery. Speak with an addiction specialist about support group organisations active in your area.
NA operates the 12-step model developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Not every person is comfortable with participating in a 12-step programme as certain steps are frequently incompatible with some personal beliefs; however, such programmes have helped millions of people worldwide and could also benefit you throughout your recovery. For more information about 12-step models, speak with an addiction specialist.
Ready to Start Rehab?
If you are struggling with a crack cocaine addiction, failing to address it could pose a risk to your life. The sooner you can get help with your addiction, the sooner you can turn your life around. If you can acknowledge that you have a problem with crack cocaine and are prepared to request help, speak with your GP and/or an addiction specialist as soon as you can.
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