Without proper intervention, addiction to crack cocaine can cause lasting physical and psychological damage, according to the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The first step in treating crack addiction is breaking the body’s dependence on the drug. This is done through detoxification, where the body rids itself of toxic chemicals with the support of medical and psychological assistance.
Following detox, clients will still be subject to a range of challenging withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, severe depression, anxiety, and maybe, suicidal thoughts.
Medical assistance can help clients manage their feelings and experiences during detox and withdrawal, and behavioral treatment is essential to equip clients with the tools necessary to support themselves through this transition, and as they continue their recovery journey. Behavioral therapies are a collaborative effort between the client and therapist, and this is where the client can explore the ‘why’ of their addiction and gain a clearer understanding of their actions, deeper motivations, and feelings in a safe, judgement-free environment.
At Excel, various behavioral therapy approaches are used, including: