The term crack addict normally refers to someone who is or has been addicted to crack cocaine, but is also used as a slightly disparaging term for anyone who might be deemed to be a type of drug addict who not only uses crack cocaine, but is a continual addict.
Anyone who is or has been a crack addict is likely to have been addicted to one or more drugs that will have had a serious impact on their health, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual etc.
If the individual recognises that our problem they may well seek help, either by entering an inpatient rehab, seeking some type of therapy or counselling, going to meetings of Narcotics Anonymous or some similar 12-step organisation.
One of the important thing is to understand is the very stages that are involved in the recovery process, wherever it may take place.
First and foremost and most critically is a need for an assessment as to whether or not a medical detox is needed, and the subsequent overseeing of any medical detox that may be needed by experienced and competent clinical staff, in a safe and secure clinical environment.
This might well be done in an inpatient rehab, although there are other clinical facilities for any detox could be assessed and supervised.
Once any medical detox has been done if needed, the main work involved in helping someone stay off any type of addictive substance will largely be of a therapeutic nature. This is true whether it is done in rehab or in a 12 step organisation, the term therapeutic being used in a very importance.
One of the key elements, perhaps the key element for anyone seeking any type of 12 step recovery is the issue around change.
There is often a perception and a much talked about process of the need to change, both externally and internally.
The need for change may be evident in certain areas of someone’s life, but it should also be remembered for many people change seen as a real threat, not as an opportunity. For anyone who has been an alcoholic or a drug addict, their drinking or using will in many ways have seemed to them a way of holding themselves together rather than as the cause or reason for their problems.
For this reason the issue of change needs to be approached often in a very gentle way, party been given to the creation and provision of a safe environment, in which the individual can develop a degree of safety and as such allow the process of change to begin and take place.