Is Cocaine Addiction a Crime?

Using cocaine is not only dangerous and detrimental, it is illegal. This euphoria-producing stimulant is classified as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, indicating that it has a high potential for abuse and dependence. The CSA prohibits the use, possession, manufacture and supply of cocaine outside of its limited authorized usage.

Cocaine addiction is damaging to the user’s physical and psychological health, as well as his professional performance and personal relationships. Whether a wealthy, upstanding citizen or a convicted criminal, no one is immune to the consequences of cocaine abuse or to the serious legal ramifications.

Legal Consequences of Cocaine Use

Every state has specific laws and penalties relating to illicit drug use. There can be a variety of legal consequences involved, including the following:

  • Fines and imprisonment – Depending on the amount of cocaine in one’s possession, the first federal offense could earn you a fine of hundreds of thousands of dollars and anywhere from five to 40 years in prison. A second offense can result in even greater fines and anywhere from 10 years to life in prison. In certain circumstances, simply being in the presence of drugs or possessing drug paraphernalia can result in an arrest or fine.
  • Court-mandated drug treatment – A judge may determine that a defendant has to undergo supervised drug treatment that would likely involve regular drug tests, court appearances and the assignment of a probation officer.
  • Criminal record – Having a criminal record can put you at a disadvantage when being considered for employment. It can also prevent you from getting certain licenses, restrict your travel to countries that do not allow travelers with a criminal record to obtain visas and cause you to face social discrimination.

Recovery from Addiction to an Illegal Substance

A court order is often the motivation a cocaine addict needs to seek out treatment for addiction and remain committed to it. For some addicts, however, the shame of using an illicit drug or the fear of legal ramifications can lead them to seek help.

Recovery from cocaine addiction is a long-term process often involving detoxification, therapy and relapse prevention. All aspects of the addiction and its physical, psychological, social and legal effects should be addressed in order to achieve a lasting recovery.

Finding Help for Cocaine Addiction

If you are struggling with an addiction to cocaine, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you find treatment programs that can get you back on track. Do not let addiction ruin your life. Please call now.

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