Cocaine is a drug that has been used and abused for decades. It is derived from the leaves of the coca plant of South America, and has caused the disruption of many lives, because of its abuse and because of its trafficking and sale.
Cocaine is a powder that is snorted. Crack is the crystal form of cocaine that is heated and smoked or injected. No matter how it is used, cocaine gives the person a rapid high, increases their energy, and alters their mood. Its does this by increasing dopamine levels in the brain, which are responsible for regulating pleasure and movement. Over time, the use of cocaine causes the brain to stop releasing its own dopamine, leading the person to crave the drug and the high it produces. This leads to addiction.
If you have been using cocaine and might be addicted, we can help. Community Rehab specializes in drug and alcohol treatment in a fun setting. You don’t have to give up your social life to get help for addiction; we will help you learn how to live a sober life that is rewarding.
Cocaine Use Statistics
Cocaine is a drug that is abused by people of all ages and backgrounds. It is dangerous because its use is so widespread and often unpredictable. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
- 4 percent of 12th graders have used cocaine or crack cocaine
- 6 percent of 10th graders have used cocaine or crack cocaine
- 7 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 have used cocaine or crack cocaine
- 4 percent of people over age 26 have used cocaine or crack cocaine
Dangers of Cocaine Use
Cocaine is a dangerous drug for several reasons. It increases the user’s body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, while constricting blood vessels. This can lead to heart attack and stroke. Cocaine also decreases the user’s appetite, leading to malnourishment. Other health effects of cocaine include chronic nosebleeds, loss of the sense of smell, and dangers due to lack of judgment.
Cocaine is the main source of South American drug traffickers’ revenue. It is this drug that is smuggled throughout the world, causing violence and unrest among its sellers. Drug cartels have put much stock into their cocaine trafficking industry, and are willing to go to great lengths to keep their business productive.
This drug is also dangerous because it is so often connected to other types of substance abuse. Many people who use cocaine aren’t content to stick with this drug – once the high wears off or the drug loses some effect with them, they will experiment with drugs or alcohol for a better high. Other people who abuse drugs or alcohol will add cocaine to the mix for a different kind of high. Heroin and cocaine used together, called “speedball,” are a dangerous combination. Using multiple substances at once, called poly drug use, can be dangerous and even fatal.
Warning Signs of Addiction
There are usually warning signs associated with cocaine use and addiction, but many family members and loved ones are either not looking for the signs or ignore them. According to Narconon, the signs of cocaine use include:
- Dilated pupils
- Runny nose (snorting)
- Nosebleeds (snorting)
- Track marks (injecting)
- Burned lips or fingers (smoking)
- Fast heart rate
- Constricted blood vessels
- Enlarged Heart
- Heart attacks
- Cardiac arrest
- Unusual excitement
- Poor judgment
After long use or a binge:
- Intense cravings
- Need for higher doses
- Long periods of sleep
If your loved one is showing these signs and you suspect cocaine abuse, get help immediately. Don’t wait for their addiction to worsen. Take action today and get help.
Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
There is hope for those who are addicted to cocaine and those who use this drug in combination with other substances. If you are addicted and need help, contact Community Rehab today. We can get you enrolled in a positive rehab program that will help you beat your addiction once and for all. Our licensed and experienced staff will help you learn the tools you need to get rid of the addiction, without changing who you are and who you want to be. We believe in the power of positive community, and when you come to our facility you will see the difference a good group of peers can make.
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