Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine and crack are still very much a threat to our society, despite some of the publicity of drugs like meth get. In fact, cocaine is the third most abused illicit substance in the country, with 1.6 million people needing treatment for cocaine abuse or addiction.
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Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that is often snorted, sniffed, injected, or smoked. Crack is cocaine that has been processed from cocaine hydrochloride to a free base for smoking.
The estimated number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who used cocaine in the past month in 2007 (2.1 million users or 0.8 percent of the population) were similar to those in 2006 and 2002. The number of past month crack users was also similar over this period at about 600,000 people.
Common health effects include heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, and seizures. Large amounts can cause bizarre and violent behavior. In rare cases, sudden death can occur on the first use of cocaine or unexpectedly thereafter.
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Approximately 6 million people in America age 12 and older had abused cocaine in any form and 1.5 million had abused crack at least once in the last year. While treatment obviously isn't required for each one, the addictive quality and quick tolerance-building effects mean that many "recreational" cocaine users develop addiction very rapidly.
Use of cocaine in a binge, during which the drug is taken repeatedly and at increasingly high doses, leads to a state of increasing irritability, restlessness, and paranoia. This may result in a full-blown paranoid psychosis, in which the individual loses touch with reality and experiences auditory hallucinations.
There can be severe medical complications associated with cocaine use. Some of the most frequent complications are cardiovascular effects, including disturbances in heart rhythm and heart attacks; respiratory effects such as chest pain and respiratory failure; neurological effects, including strokes, seizures, and headaches; and gastrointestinal complications, including abdominal pain and nausea.
Due to the nature of the drug, the most effective type of treatment for cocaine addiction would also address the physical damage and symptoms caused by it, such as the cravings, anxiety and depression. This should be done without prescribing more drugs to an already-toxic body.
A longer-term residential (inpatient) treatment facility is recommended for somone fighting cocaine addiction.
Contact us today if you or someone you know needs cocaine addiction treatment and would like to find a treatment center that is successful.