How Culture Influences Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a stimulant that provides a person with a false sense of empowerment and energy. Unfortunately each time a person consumes cocaine they are putting their life on the line, because no one can tell which dose could be the last. Since your body can become tolerant to a certain amount of cocaine, users often increase their dosage in an attempt to regain the intense feelings they originally experienced. This brings users closer to an overdose and increases the negative effects of the drug.

Who Is Affected by Cocaine Abuse?

Cocaine affects individuals of all ages, from infants born addicted to cocaine to the elderly. Adults are common users of cocaine, and cocaine use among men is almost twice that of women. Teens and young adults are the largest consumers of cocaine. The following are more statistics about cocaine use:

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuses reported in 2008 that 5.3 million Americans age 12 and older had abused cocaine
  • Psychologists report that teens are more likely to become addicted more quickly than older users
  • 1 out of 4 Americans between the age of 26 and 34 have used cocaine in their lifetime
  • Approximately half of all drug-related emergency room visits are due to cocaine abuse

How Culture Influences Cocaine Abuse

Americans are infatuated with politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and musicians. When these high profile people admit to using cocaine or are arrested for the possession or use of cocaine, they may not realize the impact these events have on the general public. The American public is often made aware of cocaine use and abuse by people we idolize or admire.

What to Do if You Suspect Someone Is Abusing Cocaine

Even though many “noted” people deal with their cocaine use in a cavalier manner or try to avoid any confrontation or further dialogue about their cocaine use, we have a significant problem with cocaine abuse in this country. If you suspect someone is abusing cocaine, you need to take action. Rehabilitation counselors and former addicts suggest that you speak candidly with the person while assuring them that your focus is on their health and wellbeing. Don’t ignore the problem, and be prepared to encounter resistance when you approach the person you suspect of cocaine usage. Don’t be discouraged by his or her response or behavior, and seek additional help from addiction professionals.

Get Help for Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine abuse is a serious problem. Call us to ask questions about your or a loved one’s cocaine use. Call our toll-free helpline any time, as we are available 24 hours a day. We want to help you find the right recovery plan for you. All calls are confidential, and we are here to help.

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