Cocaine Addiction: Adults Getting Hooked
Cocaine is one of the more expensive drugs. It has often been exploited in movies and in the press especially when celebrities are caught using it. The street names for cocaine are coca, crack, rock, 8ball, powder, white, blow, sugar, coke, white girl, and crack rock. Cocaine is an extract from the leaves of a bush. Cocaine is very addictive and comes in a powder or in a solid form known as rock or crack rock.
- Powder Cocaine – This form dissolves in water and users can snort or inject it. When it is snorted users take a “bump” or a “line.”
- Crack Cocaine – This is a solid formation. It is made through a chemical process that leaves it in a “freebase” form that can be smoked. It is usually smoked in a pipe or with aluminum foil.
Young males up to 25-years-old are the biggest users – comprising 8% within the past year. 14% of adults in the US have used cocaine with one in 40 this past year. The effects are almost instant. Cocaine immediately interferes with the chemical messages of the brain. The effects of the high usually last from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Cocaine abuse side-effects include an increase sense of energy and alertness, irritability, paranoia, anxiety, an elevated heart rate, a feeling of invincibility, addiction, weight loss, withdrawals, nose bleeds, deterioration of the inner nose, trouble with sexual performance, heart attacks, violent behavior, seizures, ulcers, kidney failure, and even death.
Signs of cocaine use involve dilated pupils, high levels of energy and activity, excited speech, inability to sleep, and lack of an appetite.
Coke or Cocaine is highly addictive. In many cases a user is often trying to achieve the same high that he or she felt during their first use, however, it is virtually impossible to reach the same high. It only takes a small amount of cocaine to become addicted as well as overdose or die. Cocaine, in the powder form, is usually not pure. It is always “cut,” and mixed with other products such as vitamin powder, heroine, laundry detergent, etc. Dealers will buy a small amount of cocaine because it is pricey. Then they cut the coke with other products to increase the quantity to sell – earning them a higher profit. If you or someone you know is struggling with cocaine abuse, call the The Cove Center for Recovery for help. It is never too late to prevent and/or stop cocaine addiction.
The Cove Center for Recovery, is an Addiction Treatment Center, offering a premier cocaine addiction treatment program that can help you or your loved one. Our aim is to treat the individual and rather than an isolated symptom. During the cocaine addiction treatment process we will work with the client to identify the factors that may have contributed to their addiction whether it relates to their home, work, relationships or medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each addiction treatment program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the addiction treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.