Cocaine Addiction Information
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crackCocaine is an addictive street drug that millions of people use worldwide. It is derived from the leaves of the coca plant and produced primarily in Mexico and South America. It is sold in powdered form and its freebase form known as crack, and both substances can produce a physical dependence in people who use them.

In the 1980s through the 1990s cocaine was the most abused illicit drug in the United States, and even though those numbers have dropped in more recent years, cocaine addiction is still a major problem. Most people start to use the drug for its stimulant properties. In small amounts the drug increases alertness, and decreases the need for sleep. For this reason it is used as a recreational drug among people who want to party late into the night. The drug also produces a sense of euphoria in the user which disappears quickly once the drug wears off. A high from cocaine lasts less than 30 minutes, while its negative effects like irritability and insomnia last much longer. Many people who use cocaine use it continually to avoid “crashing” or coming down from the drugs pleasurable effects.

What is Cocaine Addiction

Chances of becoming addicted to cocaine are increased with regular or continual use. Signs of addiction include:

• Developing a tolerance – needing to use more coke to experience the same high
• Loss of control – using compulsively even when it’s not a good idea
• Cravings – intense urges to use the drug when in a sober state
• Withdrawal symptoms – uncomfortable symptoms that occur when cocaine use is stopped which usually lead the addict back to using the drug

Addiction affects people in different ways and may take time to develop. Once it has occurred though it can become a life-long struggle and should be taken very seriously. If you or someone you know has experienced the 4 signs of addiction above, it is time to take an honest look at how addiction is potentially affecting life.

Many heavy cocaine users experience negative consequences from their use. From the outside without an understanding of addiction it can be very hard to understand why the addict just doesn’t stop using. The withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine use are subtle in comparison to other highly abused drugs, and may even be misleading since a cocaine addict can go for a period of time without using the drug without major physical symptoms. However, psychologically the drug produces some of the most severe cravings of any drug, which can persist for long after the user has stopped doing coke. In this way, cravings can lead to relapse after a period of being clean that seem to come out of nowhere.

What Can Happen with Cocaine Treatment

There are exceptions to every rule, but most people who develop a dependence on cocaine require some form of treatment to beat the habit. Addicts who have tried and failed to remain abstinent can develop a feeling of hopelessness and continue to lean on their drug use as a way of coping. In this way cocaine becomes the cause of and the solution to all their problems.

On the bright side people do recover from addiction every day. Take the example of James, a cocaine addict who sought help for his addiction at Narconon Arrowhead. He says that before treatment his life was a series of ups and downs in which he would do well for a period of time, but always returned to drug use. After completing the Narconon program he says that he now knows that he can remain clean and be a part of his family again. He says he would recommend the Narconon treatment program for one reason, “It works.”

See Jame’s full story here: