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Crack Rehab: How to Find Treatment for Your Addiction

To find a rehab center that is right for addressing your addiction to crack, consider your specific needs, including the severity of your substance use/abuse.

Facilities with experience in treating crack cocaine addiction are preferable because they are better equipped for issues related to this specific drug. Since these programs may be more likely to have other clients who are struggling with crack abuse, the understanding and support from this shared experience can be beneficial.

Finding the Right Program

Crack abuse is a serious problem in the United States. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a range of 209,000 to 353,000 people in America over the age of 12 reported using crack at least once throughout their lifetime. 

According to a publication from the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, 55 percent of crack users from the 2012 survey had used crack within the prior month. 

Per the National Institutes of Health, most people who seek treatment for cocaine abuse use multiple substances of abuse. If you abuse crack, it’s likely you need treatment for polysubstance abuse, so look for an addiction care center that is equipped for this.

To find the right rehab center for you, consider these questions:

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Do you need inpatient or outpatient treatment?

This depends on the severity of your addiction. Those with severe addictions should seek inpatient care, as there is far more support in this environment. Since you do not leave the facility, you have far less opportunity to relapse.

If you opt for outpatient treatment, you should have a strong support system at home. You should also live in a safe and sober environment.

Do you have insurance?

If you do, confirm that the facility takes your particular insurance plan. If you don’t, make sure that the cost structure makes sense for your finances. Talk to prospective facilities about payment plans. Most centers are willing to work with you, so you can get the treatment you need now and potentially pay for it later.

How long does treatment last?

Longer treatment programs have shown more success in effectively addressing addiction. This may sometimes involve moving through different levels of therapy throughout the addiction care timeline. For example, someone may start in inpatient care and then transition to outpatient care through their program. Since crack abuse often involves higher levels of addiction, it’s important that treatment lasts a sufficient amount of time.

Does the treatment center offer evidence-based care?

While alternative therapies can enhance recovery, the core of the program should be evidence-based care. Complementary therapies can add to a traditional program, but they should not be used in place of research-based treatment.

Are staff members licensed and experienced?

Staff members should be licensed in their area of expertise, and they should have experience treating others in recovery from crack addiction.

Other Considerations

According to U.S. News & World Report, there are several good ways to find a good rehab center that will give you the highest chances for success. Here are a few tips:

Get an assessment and advice from a professional.

It can be hard to gauge your level of addiction. That is why it is important to get an outside perspective from a professional. Any use of cocaine or crack is a sign of a problem that needs treatment. In some instances, your primary doctor may be able to refer you to a treatment facility.

Don’t mistake luxury for efficacy.

While luxury treatment centers can provide many nice amenities, they should also offer high-quality, evidence-based treatment. There’s nothing wrong with luxury amenities, and a comfortable facility can mean that you are more likely to finish the program. Just make sure that the core treatment program is based on science.

Stay away from a facility that guarantees success.

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Any rehab center that guarantees their program will be successful is suspect.

By its nature, addiction is a chronic disease that is signified by relapse. There is no guarantee of success with any form of treatment. Many people relapse multiple times on their road to long-term recovery.

Make sure the facility offers services that specifically treat crack addiction.

You may need detox services, so the facility should provide medical detox or a referral to an appropriate program for that.

Therapy is where the majority of your work in recovery will take place. It’s helpful to work with therapists who are familiar with the stronghold that crack has on people. They can help you devise effective ways to deal with triggers to return to crack use.

Enlisting Support

If you take the time and use all of the resources available to find the right treatment center for you, your chances for success will improve substantially. 

If you are in the depths of crack addiction, it’s likely that others will be making the treatment decision for you. You may be in no position to research and choose a treatment program, and that’s okay. Enlist the help of family and friends to do the legwork for you.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosts a free Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. You can search for treatment facilities in your area that offer the types of services you are looking for. You or a loved one can also call their helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


(July 2015) Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Retrieved February 2019 from

(September 2017) 6 Tips for Finding a Good Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 2019 from

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