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How Long Island Center for Recovery (LICR) Treats Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack Cocaine addiction treatment would begin at LICR with medically assisted treatment and detoxification. Many individuals believe (or have been told) that there is no medical detox protocol for crack cocaine addiction, however, despite there being no FDA approved medications to treat crack cocaine addiction, the physical separation from stimulants like crack cocaine can be just as demanding as other addictive substances. This leads to detoxification and medications to assist with withdrawal symptoms as the first line of approach.

Following a detoxification period of one week, we ease the patient into integrated forms of counseling that help to enhance motivation for sobriety, address underlying issues contributing to their addiction, cope with cravings, and manage any lasting effects of their chronic use. The most pivotal of these during their inpatient addiction treatment would be the coping effects from their addiction. These programs place an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) to recognize patterns of thoughts that lead to the behavior associated with an individual’s drug use, and a plan to disrupt that process. The programs listed below are but a few which could help a patient through the withdrawal symptoms of crack cocaine while strengthening their end goal of sobriety:

These programs at LICR, along with individual and group therapies will prepare patients for sobriety outside of treatment, however the effects of long-term crack cocaine use can lead to an increase in depression, anxiety, PTSD, paranoia, and psychosis. Therefore, we strongly recommend continuing with outpatient treatment after becoming stabilized and building the foundation of recovery in an inpatient setting.

Frequently asked questions from clients seeking crack cocaine addiction treatment at Long Island Center for Recovery (LICR)

How Do I Know If I Need To Seek Inpatient Treatment?

Many of our patients have been told that crack cocaine is not addictive like other substances, but this is often a label of social history from habitual use in white-collar professionals, and people “only on the weekends.” To determine if you have a problem, think about if your substance use has caused negative consequences in your life as a standard for seeking treatment.

If Crack cocaine Is My Problem, Can I Still Drink Alcohol?

Oftentimes, crack cocaine use is accompanied by alcohol use, however, while people may be able to recognize an issue with crack cocaine abuse, they may not associate the same stigma with alcohol. The best approach would be total abstinence, especially as most crack cocaine users use drinking alcohol as a trigger, leading the person to relapsing on their crack cocaine.

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