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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant of the nervous system and derived from the leaves of the coca plant. It is known to suppress the appetite and increase stamina. In its purest form cocaine looks like a small, white pearl. This drug is highly addictive. The use of cocaine is not restricted to a particular socioeconomic class. Its use is wide-spread.

There are many different ways to ingest cocaine, rubbing the cocaine powder along the gum line or on the filter of a cigarette. Cocaine is often shown in movies as lines that are snorted. There are several different names associated with the type of use; for example, numbies, snow bomb, and cocoa puffs.

The injection of cocaine gives the addict an intense high in the least amount of time. Besides the addictive quality of cocaine some other effects that are a cause of concern include; the ears ringing, blood clots, and if used intravenously the addict runs the risk of blood-borne infections, such as HIV/AIDS.

Once the addict and family decide that help is needed, the first step is entering a cocaine rehab.

Besides the patients admitting they need help, the next step is equally difficult and that is the withdrawal of the drug. Cocaine drug rehabs, however, are well staffed with medical personnel, one-on-one counseling with staff that understands the effects of cocaine either as a former user or being part of a family of an addict. Peer support and nutritional education is important and integrated into the cocaine rehab after the addict has gone through the withdrawal.


Not all addicts have family support. This should not be a deterrent to seeking help for cocaine addiction. There are many former addicts that live a clean life that are willing to support the addict in their recovery, once the addict accepts and acknowledges they have a problem and want help.

Once the treatment is completed in a cocaine rehab, there are several options available for entering back into society. This process of ending the treatment program can often be a scary step. For the addict has found support and encouragement and to simply release this person back into society without further assistance is like handing them the cocaine they just detoxified from and telling them not to use this and good luck.

After cocaine drug rehab there are support groups and half-way houses for the individual to use, if that is an option they need.

Remember, only the addict can take the first step to living a drug free life.

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  1. Great info, thank you