Cocaine Addiction

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 Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Manipulation and control. Those two words are what the victims of cocaine addictions face daily. The power of a rock or a powder is something that cocaine addicts will describe in vivid detail. It is an addictive drug that controls every aspect of their lives.

Anyone who is addicted to cocaine has lived a life-time battle. Users, family, and friends may feel like they have lost the war a long time ago. They may feel helpless as they deal with this struggle. The thought of using cocaine can become an overwhelming sensation: even if they go for a while without a shot, snort, or puff, it feels as if the drug is calling their name. This irresistible urge can become so strong that users just have to get have it.

People that have never suffered from cocaine addiction usually don’t understand the lure that a substance can have on your mind and body. The craving is so strong that you have to give in no matter how much using cocaine has cost you. It is not just a matter of willpower. It is a habit that needs to be broken and is almost impossible to overcome by yourself.

Think about all of the things that cocaine addiction has cost you. It has robbed you of your willpower and taken the joy out of your life. Maybe you have lost a home, job, or your family. Maybe you have been to jail or lost your self-respect. You may have stolen to support your habit. Many addicts resort to theft, drug-dealing, prostitution, and other means to get high once they have lost everything.

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Cocaine Addiction Facts & Statistics

 

Cocaine kills

In 2014, over 5,000 people in the US died from overdoses that directly resulted from cocaine use. Thousands more died from complications that arose from usage. If you are a cocaine user, you may know deep down that cocaine may kill you, directly or indirectly. Maybe you have reached the point where you just don’t care anymore. You know you need to get that next high, and that’s all that matters. You may live life like a zombie, in a drug-induced fog, full of bitterness and suffering if you feel much at all, and you may see no reason to go on.

It is our hope that you are finally at the point where you are ready to get help with your cocaine addiction. We want to help you cage this beast once and for all. Death may be your appointed target otherwise. There is help available for you.

Cocaine addiction touches people in all walks of life. The feelings and consequences of it are something that all cocaine addicts have to face. Even famous, wealthy people have fallen under the spell of cocaine. It is not a moral issue: it is an illness. You can recover from it.

If you want to stop your march to death via cocaine, let us help you. We can find a rehabilitation facility that fits you. Allow us to ease your entry into recovery from cocaine addiction. You deserve a REAL life.

Information About Cocaine

There is more cocaine available now than at any other time. A 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 35.3 million Americans aged 12 and older have used cocaine. According to SAMSHA, there were over 505,000 emergency department visits that involving cocaine in 2015. It accounted for over 40% of visits that involved drug use, which makes cocaine the most common illicit drug in emergency departments.

According to NIDA, Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It can serve some medical purposes, like for local anesthesia. In the United States, cocaine is an illegal drug.

It often looks like a fine, white powder. On the streets, it is usually mixed with cornstarch, flour, and talcum powder, or other drugs like amphetamines. Drug dealers will cut cocaine with these things to increase profits.

Cocaine accounted for 40% of drug related ER visits
5,000 people died from overdoses in the US in 2014

How is Cocaine Used?

Cocaine powder is normally snorted through the nose. It is also frequently used by rubbing it into a person’s gums. Sometimes, users will dissolve it in water and inject it.

Another method is to smoke cocaine, called freebasing. Once it is processed to make a rock, the rock is then heated. This creates a vapor that can be inhaled. This type of use is known as Crack, named for the crackling sound of the rock as it’s heated. It produces a very pungent and noticeable odor.

Cocaine addicts often binge with it. To maintain their high, they will repeatedly take the drug in a short time period, at increasingly higher doses.

Cocaine and heroin are often combined into an injection, which is known as a Speedball.

How Does Cocaine Impact the Brain?

According to NIDA, Cocaine increases levels of the natural chemical messenger dopamine in brain circuits controlling pleasure and movement. Normally, the brain releases dopamine in these circuits in response to potential rewards, like the smell of good food. It then recycles back into the cell that released it, shutting off the signal between nerve cells. Cocaine prevents dopamine from recycling, causing excessive amounts to build up between nerve cells. This flood of dopamine ultimately disrupts normal brain communication and causes cocaine’s high.

The effect from cocaine appears almost immediately. It goes away usually between a few minutes to an hour. The method of use largely determines the drug’s intensity and duration. Injecting or smoking makes a users’ high happen quicker and stronger. It also lasts shorter. When someone snorts cocaine, their high may last 15 to 30 minutes. Smoking it results in a high usually from 5 to 10 minutes.

Short-term Health Effects of Cocaine

  • Severe Paranoia – a distrust of other people, and feeling like they are out to get you.

  • Powerful sensory perceptions – sight, sound, and touch

  • Feeling Agitated

  • A sense of being extremely alert and having more energy

-It has been documented that some users have stated cocaine helps them to perform simple, physical and mental tasks more quickly. Others report that they were slower and had a more difficult time. In larger doses, cocaine can cause addicts to have unpredictable behavior. They may get violent or agitated, or act in other unusual manners.

Long-term health effects of cocaine

Snorting: nosebleeds, a loss of smell, runny nose, and problems with swallowing.

Ingesting: intestinal decay/rotting that is caused from reduced blood flow.

Injecting: users who inject IV drugs are at a very high risk for contracting HIV and other blood-related viruses like Hepatitis C.

How else does Cocaine Impact your Health?

Cocaine use can also lead to nausea, constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, a faster heartbeat, higher blood pressure, and restlessness. Auditory hallucinations are also likely. In addition, Cocaine has other, long-term effects. Users may be malnourished due to decreased appetite. They may also develop disorders like Parkinson’s disease. It is also common to become restless from cocaine binging, or to lose touch with reality.

Some methods to treat cocaine addiction include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Community Reinforcement

  • Individual Drug Counseling with a licensed professional

  • Family Therapy

  • Support Groups such as Cocaine Anonymous

Nicknames for Cocaine

  • Coke
  • Crack
  • Blow
  • Rock
  • Snow

Additional Resources

Office of National Drug Control Policy

http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/

US Dept of Health and Human Services healthfinder.gov

Cocaine Anonymous https://ca.org/

Medline Plus https://medlineplus.gov/drugabuse.html