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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Is Not Harmless

Cocaine addiction continues to be one of the most common addiction problems in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were nearly 6,000 fatal cocaine overdoses in 2014, a 42 percent increase in deaths since 2001. While the recent explosion of heroin abuse has dominated media and legislative attention during the past few years, cocaine addiction is still alive and well throughout the country. In recent years, cocaine has gained the reputation of being relatively harmless in some circles, possibly because heroin overdoses have surged in recent years. The reality is that thousands continue to die every year from this dangerous and powerful drug.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a dangerous and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that’s extracted from the coca plant. The drug is grown primarily in South America in countries like Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina where it is refined and shipped to the United States for commercial sale. Cocaine is either consumed as a powder (snorted or mixed with liquid and injected) or smoked as crystalline rocks known as “crack”. Crack creates a very intense and immediate high because of its method of delivery. The primary difference between crack and regular cocaine is the removal hydrochloride during crack’s refinement process. Cocaine has gained the reputation as the “caviar of street drugs” because of its high price tag.

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Signs of Cocaine Addiction

The longer a person uses cocaine, the easier it may be to identify signs of abuse. There are several physical and behavioral signs of which loved ones should be mindful, including:

  • Dramatic Changes in Weight
  • Constant Sniffing
  • Red or Irritated Nasal Passages
  • Paranoia
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Overconfidence
  • Unusual excitement
  • Aggressiveness
  • Poor judgment

If you or a loved are exhibiting these signs, seek quality professional cocaine addiction treatment immediately.

Treating Cocaine Addiction

Treatment for cocaine addiction should begin with detoxification and withdrawal management. Overcoming cocaine dependency comes with a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, and it’s important that withdrawal is properly managed in order to help users avoid relapse. Once patients are medically stable, rehabilitation and behavioral modification can begin. This stage of treatment should incorporate group therapy, individual counseling and relapse prevention to make sure users have techniques to deal with temptation and cravings.