Cocaine and Crack Abuse
Cocaine has been around for about 5,000 years. The cocaine that we are used to seeing today was developed by a German chemist in 1858. Primarily developed for medicinal purposes, and found in many medications, the United States government made it illegal. The Federal authorities were seeing how addicting and widely abused cocaine had become and made it an illegal schedule 2 controlled substance. Crack is a form of cocaine 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. Below are some signs and symptoms of someone using cocaine/crack:
- Weight Loss- Cocaine is a stimulant which suppresses the users appetite. Abusers may not eat for days or 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 nose bleeds 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 abusers life. Normal things like hobbies, work, religion, and spending time with family will seemingly disappear.
Treatment for Cocaine/Crack Abuse
When someone stops using cocaine, it will 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 isn’t. This is why a drug rehab or treatment 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 addiciton. For adults with a cocaine problem, you will be admitted to Clearbrook Manor. The facility is used for the treatment of adults 18 years and older. Please click HERE to learn more about Clearbrook Manor.
For teenagers or adolescents, you will be admitted to Clearbrook Lodge. The Lodge is designed for the treatment of teenagers only. Please click HERE to learn more about Clearbrook Lodge.