Inner City Cocaine Use

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. It is generally sold as a fine, white powder, and is also known as “coke.” Users can inject, snort or smoke this drug (then called “crack cocaine”). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2008 there were 1.9 million current cocaine users, of which approximately 359,000 were current crack users. Adults aged 18 to 25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other age group.

Cocaine in the Inner City

While cocaine is often associated with the lifestyles of the rich and famous, cocaine is often an inner city affliction, especially as crack. An article in the New York Times indicated that, while educated individuals have reduced their cocaine use, less educated people in the poor neighborhoods continue to abuse the drug in high numbers. Additionally, using crack cocaine has devastated poor neighborhoods.

The causes of inner city cocaine usage vary, but one study from the Journal of Urban Health indicates that depression was one likely cause. Helplessness about one’s financial situation, social standing and hopes for a better future lead many people to seek escape. Cocaine’s euphoric effects provide that escape. In addition, many clubs and bars are located in the inner city, where high-risk behaviors (like cocaine abuse) are often accepted. A report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs showed that gay and bisexual men were likely to abuse cocaine in that club setting.

Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction treatment is the same for inner cities as anywhere else. First, you will undergo detox, which will begin about 12-24 hours after the last hit. The most severe withdrawal symptoms will likely occur within seven days or so, but complete detox can take weeks. Length of detox depends on the severity of the addiction.

Once detox ends, you can choose among several treatment options. Most treatment facilities offer 30, 60 or 90-day treatment for drug addiction. Many offer even longer treatment programs, up to 12 months of either inpatient or outpatient rehab. This is determined in part by the depth of your addiction and in part by a circle of caring people who want to give you the best chance of recovery.

During the rehab, you will identify and address the habits you developed as a cocaine addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues that triggered the addiction, as well as those that might trigger a relapse once you leave treatment. You will also learn skills to reenter your life drug free.

Cocaine Addiction Help

Cocaine addiction can destroy your life, but you can take the first step of recovery by admitting that you need help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime to be connected with an addiction recovery specialist. Don’t let cocaine control you any longer; call us today for instant support.

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