History of Cocaine Abuse
Cocaine is the second most frequently used illegal drug in the world today. Primarily developed for medicinal purposes and found in many medications, the United States government made cocaine illegal in 1922 after thousands of deaths were reported. It became popular again in the 1970s and ’80s for the quick high people received after taking the drug. A popular form of cocaine is crack which is smoked. By removing the hydrochloride, cocaine turns from a powder form into a harder, “rock” form. Cocaine can also be put into a syringe and injected. In any form, cocaine is a deadly drug that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.
Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Use
- Weight Loss– Cocaine is a stimulant which suppresses the user’s appetite. Abusers may not eat for days or for even up to a week.
- Runny/Inflamed Nose– Often times a cocaine users nose will appear red and inflamed. Because of the damage to the nasal cavity nosebleeds also occur.
- “Track Marks”– Injection marks or abscesses on the arms, legs, hands, or feet.
- Apparent Insomnia– Cocaine users have been known to stay awake for days, even up to a week straight.
- Legal Issues– Because of being so highly addictive and expensive an addict will go to any means to obtain cocaine. DUI, theft charges, prostitution, and missing money and valuables at home are some legal problems to watch for.
- Tooth Decay– Known as “crack mouth,” the teeth decay because of the chemical on the teeth and also lack of personal hygiene.
- Loss of Interest in Normal Life Activities– Cocaine will take over the abuser’s life. Normal things like hobbies, work, religion, and spending time with family will seemingly disappear.
What Happens When You Stop Abusing Cocaine?
When someone stops using cocaine, it can be very difficult from a psychological standpoint. Extreme depression, irritability, agitation, and anxiety are almost always experienced. This happens because the “pleasure center” of the brain has been so used to getting cocaine and now it has been removed. The craving to fill that void can be immensely powerful. This is why a drug rehab center with experience in treating cocaine addiction is imperative.
If you, a loved one, a co-worker, or anyone else would like to stop using cocaine and find they can’t do it on their own, the first step has been taken.
From your first phone call to our admissions staff Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a plan is set in place immediately for the person suffering from cocaine addiction. The information gathered from you during your initial intake is passed on to our clinical team so that they are better prepared to effectively help you from the moment you are admitted to Clearbrook.
The Tri-State Cocaine Rehab Center at Clearbrook
If you or a loved one are in need of a cocaine rehab center, the give our trained staff a call today to learn more about our options with cocaine addiction treatment. For more information regarding our detox facility , please contact us today. We have decades of helping with crack cocaine addiction, and can help your loved one safely detox from the drugs.