Why More People Are Getting Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine is a highly potent central nervous system stimulant that blocks the reabsorption of the chemical dopamine. The result is continuous activation of nerve cells in the brain which causes increased pleasure signals. Cocaine is taken in a variety of ways including snorting, injecting (after being dissolved in water) and smoking. Crack cocaine is cocaine that has not been turned into salt and is the form that can be smoked. Many users report feeling euphoric and energetic after using the drug. Cocaine also increases body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate and increases the risk of  the following:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart attack
  • Death

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 5.3 million Americans age 12 and older had abused cocaine in some form and 1.1 million had abused crack at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Alarmingly, NIDA also reports that 1.8% of 8th graders, 3% of 10th graders and 4.4% of 12th graders had abused cocaine in any form.

Changes in the Way Cocaine Is Viewed

Years ago the general idea about cocaine was that it was a drug found in dark alleys that only affected those on the margins of society. However, the more prevalent cocaine abuse has become the more aware society at large has had to become. This means that approaches and attitudes toward rehab and treatment have progressed as well. The stigma that was once attached to those who struggle with cocaine addiction is slowly disappearing, making it easier for people in all walks of life to come out publicly about their addiction and seek the treatment they need.

That said, cocaine abuse is as dangerous as ever. In fact, one of the dangers of the social normalization of any drug is the possibility of it not be taken as seriously as it should be. Recreational cocaine abuse can quickly spiral into heavy addiction and deadly overdose. If you’re struggling with cocaine addiction, take advantage of the opportunity to come out, free from judgment and get the help you need.

Get Help for Cocaine Addiction

If you or someone you love struggles with cocaine addiction and wants to get the treatment that could save a life, call us. Our toll-free helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by trained addiction counselors waiting to take your call and assist you in finding the help you need. We can help you determine what type of treatment is right for you, learn if your insurance will cover some or all of the cost and answer any other questions you might have. Don’t let cocaine addiction have another day of your life. Call now.

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