Crack Intervention

"Crack" is the slang name that is used to describe cocaine after it has been processed in order to make a form of the drug that resembles a rock crystal; cocaine in this form has been reported to be highly addictive. A crack intervention can be one of most difficult drug interventions to conduct. The reason that intervening on a crack addiction can be so challenging is because smoking crack causes the user's brain to begin to release large amounts of dopamine, which are the "feel good" chemicals in the brain; conversely, when the short, yet intense high that is derived from crack begins to wear off, the user will generally plunge into a state of depression. The crack addict will not want to be in this low emotional state, so they will once again reach for the drug in order to make themselves feel better; thus, the only way out of this perpetual cycle addiction is for the addict to except the drug treatment that is offered to them during a crack intervention.

A crack intervention could literally be a life-saving measure for the addict that has become obsessed with their need for the drug. Crack addiction can cause the user to commit crimes, ignore all of personal and work related obligations, and could also cause extensive damage to all of the addict's relationships. No one that is in a relationship with a person who is addicted to crack can escape without being negatively impacted in some way; whether a crack addict decides to hock the family jewels at the local pawn shop or steal money from his employer, getting more of the drug is the only thing that matters to the person who is enslaved by a crack addiction.

The reason that it is vital for loved ones to conduct a crack intervention is because there are such a great number of risks that have been linked to the use of this drug; some of the negative effects of crack cocaine use includes extreme weight loss, stroke, heart attack, or death as the result of an overdose. The dramatic weight loss that is so commonly associated with a crack addiction problem offers another important reason for loved ones to move forward with the crack intervention meeting. Losing large amounts of weight so quickly has commonly been reported to lead to serious malnutrition; additionally, the addict's digestive system is damaged by crack use, which could later lead to a series of gastrointestinal problems.

Planning a Crack Intervention

Prior to a crack intervention, loved ones should consider hiring a professional intervention specialists; if it is not possible to do so, a respected family member should be chosen to lead this process. The leader of the crack intervention can tend to all of the details that are related to staging this often delicate process. The first step in staging a crack intervention includes identifying which friends and family members should be present at the event. The main criteria for the loved ones who wish to be a part of this meeting, is that they have maintained a close relationship with the person who is being intervened upon; additionally, they should have witnessed firsthand, all of the ways that the person's substance abuse problem has created a negative impact on various different aspects of their lives. Every member of the crack intervention team will need to be able to write an honest letter to the addict that they can read at the intervention; it is imperative that each person is able to deliver this correspondence in a calm and non-judgmental way. If a loved one that wishes to be a part of the crack intervention feels that they will be unable to control their anger, it is important that they bow out, as this could potentially contaminate the entire process.

Prior to the formal crack intervention, the loved ones who are closest to the addict should meet to select a drug treatment program and move forward with reserving a bed at the quality drug rehab center; it is important that there is a well thought out drug treatment plan that is already firmly in place, so that there the addict will be able to leave for treatment immediately after they have accepted the professional help that is being offered. The person who is leading the crack intervention should see that all of the details of the meeting are taken care of, such as any travel arrangements that may need to be made and gathering together all of the personal items that the addict will need to take with them to treatment.

A pre-intervention meeting should always be held before the actual crack intervention takes place. This is a vital part of any successful drug intervention, because it serves as a rehearsal process. If a professional interventionist is not leading this process, the person who has been selected by the group should lead this meeting with loved ones, so that these individuals can work together to iron out all of the last minute details; some of these details can include determining where people will park, in which order each person in attendance should read their letter to the addict and coming up with workable solutions to any of the possible objections that the addict may raise in order to delay going to treatment.

Upon the conclusion of the crack intervention, if the addict still refuses to attend the drug rehab center that the group has chosen, consequences should already be in order. The consequences that are related to an addicts refusal of treatment can be as simple as no longer giving them cash, or as painful as their spouse choosing to divorce them. Each loved one should clearly express to the addict what their bottom line is, in terms of the consequences that are related to them refusing to get the help that is being offered. Immediately after delivering this information to the addict, the people who are present should leave the meeting, but keep in close contact, so that they can support each other in holding to the bottom lines that were presented to the addict during the crack intervention.


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