Cocaine Abuse and Addiction
Made popular in the late 1970's and early 1980's, cocaine continues to wreak havoc on the United States.
It is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, increasing crime rates, packed prisons, wrecked families, and the degradation of everything that is good and lovely about the human experience.
If you or someone you love is abusing cocaine, you're in for a fight.
This addiction is a very serious disease that requires ongoing treatment and strong support. Make no mistake about it, cocaine addiction is a very difficult habit to kick. People who get hooked on coke typically struggle with their addiction for years and experience devastating consequences before they get help for their problem.
Cocaine abuse and deception go hand in hand. To fight the good fight, you need to be armed with the truth. Knowing what you're up against is important if you want to experience victory over a substance many people refer to as the work of the devil.
Cocaine Abuse- What You Should Know About "Powder"
There are two types of cocaine. There is the white powered substance also known as white, powder, coke, or blow. Powered cocaine is either snorted up the nose or diluted with water and injected with a needle. There is also crack. This is the rocked, smokeable form of cocaine, also known as rock, hard, dope, or work.
Coke is a highly addictive substance that affects millions of people in the United States and around the world. Many people liken cocaine addiction as a scenic tour of hell on earth. It is an expensive habit that always ends in devastation. White destroys the life of the person abusing it. It rips families apart. It causes societal disruption by inciting crime and violence. Cocaine addiction always ends badly.
To put things into perspective, here are some alarming statistics about cocaine addiction in the United States:
- Cocaine is the second most trafficked drug in the world. Marijuana is the first.
- The United States in the number one importer of powder.
- Blow is the most frequently reported illegal drug by hospital emergency departments with more than 25 percent of all drug-related ER visits resulting from cocaine use.
- Experts suggest that children are now beginning to experiment with cocaine as early as age 12.
- Reports indicate that about 25 percent of American adults age 26-34 have tried white at least once.
- Cocaine is a 35 billion a year industry for the country of Columbia, where most cocaine is cultivated.
- About 1.5 million Americans use powder or crack at least once a month.
- Approximately 15,000 Americans die every year from cocaine-related deaths.
The Ugly Truth About Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine is the most addictive substance known to man. When it comes to this addiction, Rick James said it best, "Cocaine is a hell of a drug." Many people compare being addicted to powder or crack with demonic possession. It's as if the drug grabs you by the soul, takes hold, and causes you to do things you would never do if you weren't under its control. Whether you believe in demons or not, if you're a cocaine addict, you know what it means to be powerless.
A research study conducted in the 1990's reported everything you need to know about an addiction to blow. Of course - as most research studies do - it involved the use of lab rats. The rats were placed in cages with three feeding tubes made available to them. One contained food, one contained water, and one contained diluted cocaine. The rats would self-administer the drug until they died, never once touching their food or water. Every single rat. Every single time.
This is the ugly truth about cocaine addiction.
Why is Cocaine So Addictive?
When someone uses white, here is what happens: the brain is flooded with feel-good chemicals. This causes the cocaine high, which is described as an extreme sense of euphoria. This high is unlike the high experienced from any other drug. People high on crack or powder believe they can do anything. More than one person has plummeted to their untimely death because they jumped off a building believing they could fly while high on rock or powdered cocaine.
The thing is, the cocaine high is short-lived. It isn't long before these feel-good chemicals become depleted.
This is the crash. The crash makes the user feel extremely depressed, even suicidal. The solution? More cocaine! This cycle continues. It is known as the disease of addiction.
The disease of addiction is characterized by a brain that has become dependent on a mind or mood-altering substance. Cocaine has devastating consequences for the brain.When the disease of addiction is present, the brain cannot operate at its normal, healthy state without the presence of the drug. The brain and the body are dependent on the drug to function. This induces the addictive cycle.
There was an anti-drug commercial put out in the early 1990's that explains the cycle of cocaine addiction. It goes a little something like this: I need to do more coke, so I can work harder, so I can make more money, so I can do more coke. On and on it goes. This is how the cycle of addiction operates.
Without an intervention of some kind, cocaine addiction will continue. There is no known cure for addiction.Coke and crack addicts cannot stop using this drug on sheer willpower, but recovery is possible with treatment and ongoing support.
Signs You Might Be Abusing Crack or Addicted to Powdered Cocaine
If you are using blow or crack at least once a month, you are abusing this substance. Of course, you are probably telling yourself otherwise. "I can handle it." "It's not a problem." "I have it under control." "I only use it on the weekends." Sound familiar?
You need only look at the relationship between cocaine and every human being who has ever used it to understand how this addiction develops. It happens with recreational use, which develops into dependence, which becomes addiction.
Denial is a powerful thing. You may be lying to yourself about your use and not even realize it. Here's a dose of reality to help get your mind right.
Signs you may be abusing white or crack:
- You use it even though you planned not to.
- You go on binges, using blow or dope for several days at a time without food or sleep.
- You spend a lot of money on coke.
- You place your safety and your freedom in jeopardy to get the drug.
- You sniff, smoke, or shoot cocaine alone.
- You have extreme cravings for coke, which drives you to go buy more.
- You have stopped hanging around friends and family to use the drug.
- You feel regret and remorse after using cocaine.
- You want to stop using coke, but you find that you cannot do it alone.
What to do if You are Abusing Cocaine
If you are abusing cocaine or smoking crack, you need help. You cannot fight this battle alone. This does not make you weak or inadequate. It makes you a human being.
You may be intimidated by the thought of checking yourself into a rehabilitation facility. Here's an idea. Why not go to a 12-step meeting? Just one. Hear what they have to say. Meet people who, like you, know what it's like to be addicted. They might have a solution is to your problem.
Have you already tried meetings and they haven't worked for you? It may be time to consider an outpatient program or think about checking yourself into a rehabilitation facility.
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