Snorting, Freebase & Crack!
Cocaine addiction is one of the most prevalent forms of drug addiction and remains a large problem for society at large.
Cocaine use & Cocaine addiction is widespread throughout all levels of society and is used by the rich as well as the poor. It is estimated by the Office of National Drug Control Policy that 14% of the American population has tried cocaine in their lifetime and that in 2000, Americans spent $35.3 billion on cocaine.
Cocaine is comes in a variety of forms and is used in several ways including:
• Snorting – users snort cocaine powder and it is absorbed through the mucous membranes in the nose.
• Smoking – often referred to as “freebase” or “crack”, users obtain cocaine that has been converted to a form that has a lower vaporization temperature, and the cocaine is absorbed very rapidly through the lung tissue.
• Injecting – users will dilute cocaine powder in a solution of water and use a syringe to inject the drug intravenously.
Cocaine is an extremely potent stimulant. Its effects include increased motor activity, increased energy, and a general feeling of euphoria. These effects can last from 10 minutes to several hours depending on the potency, dosage and route of administration.
Side effects of frequent cocaine use include restlessness, tachycardia (abnormal heart rhythms), high blood pressure, paranoia, and aggression. An excessive dose can produce paranoid delusions, hallucinations, and formication, a feeling that one’s skin is being “tickled” by dozens of bugs. A cocaine overdose can also lead to respiratory failure, cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, or heart attack.
Cocaine addiction and crack addiction are extremely insidious diseases because of the common occurrence of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) among recovering addicts. PAWS is a group of symptoms that occur frequently in addicted individuals who remain abstinent from cocaine and other addictive chemicals.
These individuals experience inability to think clearly, problems with short-term memory, restless sleep, and high sensitivity to stress. These symptoms are the result of the combination of brain damage caused by drug use and the stress of coping with life without drugs.
It is possible, however, to successfully treat cocaine addicts through a drug addiction treatment center. Countless individuals have found recovery from cocaine addiction and lead happy and purposeful lives, drug-free.