Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the South American coca plant. It is a powerful drug in the stimulant category that influences the body’s central nervous system. In the same class as speed or crystal meth, cocaine gives the body a sense of intense energy and liveliness.
The most common method of consuming cocaine is by snorting it through the nose. The drug can also be smoked and injected.
Cocaine is one of the most powerful and widespread illicit drugs on the market. The short-term and long-term side effects are numerous and increase in severity in proportion to the degree of addiction.
Due to the fact that the most common method of consumption is through the nose, many problems can develop with this body part as a result. Nose bleeds, nasal pain and runny nose are some of the minor problems that can occur; more serious effects include the deterioration of the cartilage in the nose over time.
Seizures or convulsions are often caused by an overdose of cocaine. False or distorted perception, hallucinations and confusion are common side effects of cocaine addiction.
Other side effects of cocaine may include agitation, urinary problems, irritability, headaches, dizziness, mood swings, fast or irregular heartbeat, nervous tics, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, unusual muscle weakness, troubles with breathing, etc.
Addiction throughout the country
Cocaine addiction is one of the largest drug epidemics throughout this country today. Statistics show that although it isn’t as high as it once was in the 70’s and 80’s; it is still on the upswing throughout the country.
Research has found that 25 percent of all Americans between the ages of 26 and 34 have used cocaine at least one time in their life. With over 8 percent of high school seniors having reported using cocaine at least one time during their high school years.
Cocaine use amongst college students reached a ten-year high in 2006 when over 5 percent reported having used the drug during the time they were in college, the low period being 2.1 percent in 1996.
The US continues to be one of the main culprits in the abuse of cocaine. With over 1.5 million US residents believed to have used cocaine at least once per month, a number that has remained relatively unchanged for the last decade. The US is also the worlds number one user and importer of cocaine.
Caught in the Cycle of Addiction
Most people start using a drug like cocaine in a party setting or to give them extra motivation to solve problems in their life. Once they start taking the drug, they feel the need to continue to use it in order to have the energy and vigor to continue to handle the problems in their life. After awhile, the drug starts to take over and whenever they don’t use it, they feel terrible and need to take it just to feel normal again. This is the beginning of the cycle of addiction.
The drug has now become the problem in life when it was once thought of as the solution by the user. The person is fixed on getting more of the drug and keeping their addiction going, with this comes lying to family and friends, stealing from them and others in order to keep the addiction going. Their life becomes getting the next bag of cocaine and all the problems that they once tried to solve with the drug they just ignore. This obviously all catches up to the person, with only three real endings to his story: Get arrested and go to jail, die, or get clean through a proper rehab.
Help for Cocaine Abuse
There are many different types of rehab programs. Some address only the physical aspects of addiction, some address both the physical and mental aspects. Some are short-term programs and some are long-term.
Statistically the most successful programs are long-term programs that handle all aspects of addiction; both physical and mental. This is obvious when one understands that the person started using the drugs initially to address problems that they were having in life, and if only the physical dependency is addressed, there is a very real chance of them going back to the drugs later when faced with similar problems in life.
The Narconon program is a statistically proven, long-term residential program that addresses not only the physical but thoroughly addresses all mental aspects of the addiction as well. It is through this and the use of natural methods that a cocaine addict is able to go into the program and effectively get clean for the present and for good.