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Crack Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating crack addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Information on Crack

Crack cocaine is a rough, mineral-like substance with an off-white color. This substance is created by mixing baking soda or ammonia into the powder form of cocaine. The mixture is then heated using a torch or lighter until it transforms into “rocks,” known as crack cocaine. Many users typically vaporize it using a glass pipe (usually called “stems” or “roses” because many of them come with a rose inside them) and inhale it. Others use soda cans or aluminum foil to heat it, making it more accessible. Some users even inject crack into their veins. 

The reason this type of cocaine is known as “crack” is because of the cracking and popping sounds it makes when heated. Other names for this substance include:

  • Rock
  • Candy
  • Base
  • Cookies
  • Kryptonite
  • Hard
  • Sleet

Crack Addiction Treatment

Any use of crack, no matter how small, is abuse because it’s an illicit substance. Since users typically smoke it, the drug reaches the brain in seconds, producing an immediate and intense high. However, this high is short-lived and generally wears off in minutes. 


The most common effects of crack use include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Euphoria
  • Talkativeness
  • Tension
  • Confidence
  • Tremors

Due to this drug’s potency, there is a high risk of fatal overdose from abusing crack. Even a person using this substance for the first time may overdose. Dilated pupils and sweating generally precede overdoses. A person who has overdosed in the past may exhibit aggression, anxiety, rapid heart rate, seizures, nausea, chest pain, hallucinations, and strokes. Moreover, individuals with kidney problems or high blood pressure face a greater risk of fatal complications caused by smoking crack.

People with a drug addiction usually go through personality changes that make them seem more irritable and agitated. Moreover, they may also skip social gatherings unless there’s a place for them to hide and use drugs.

When Does Crack Usage Become Addiction?

Crack is far more potent than regular cocaine, making it highly addictive. An addiction to crack can develop rapidly, and some people become addicted the first time they try it. Because the high they feel is euphoric, yet short, they need to consume more of the drug to maintain the rush. An addiction to this substance can develop within days, and a person who is addicted will feel the need to use this drug to feel normal. 

Furthermore, users become addicted because crack sets off excess amounts of dopamine in the brain, which is the happiness chemical. A habitual drug user may experience lower levels of natural dopamine production as their body becomes more dependent on crack. Intense cravings for this drug, coupled with the desire to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, make it difficult to quit. People who are addicted to crack usually ignore the consequences caused by its usage, which can include deteriorating relationships, job loss, inability to stick to a routine, and legal trouble.

Crack Addiction Treatment

Simply stopping crack intake at home is both unrealistic and dangerous because a person needs to be carefully monitored during detoxification. A person who wants to break their addiction should stay at a treatment center where doctors can monitor the client’s vital signs, make sure they don’t relapse, and administer medication to help with cravings. An inpatient treatment center can also provide them with cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to help them reclaim their life.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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