Cocaine is a powerful stimulant of the nervous system and derived from the leaves of the coca plant and mostly used as a recreational drug. 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 class of people. Its use is wide-spread also known as coke. It is commonly snorted, inhaled as smoke, or as a solution injected into a vein.
Cocaine causes a short-lived, intense high that is immediately followed by the opposite—intense depression, edginess, and a craving for more of the drug. People who use it often don’t eat or sleep properly.
Ways to Ingest Cocaine
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; ear ringing, blood clots, and if used intravenously the addict runs the risk of blood-borne infections, such as HIV/AIDS.
Getting Help for Addiction to Cocaine
Once the addict and family decide that help is needed, the first step is finding the right drug rehab center. A good drug rehab would have well staff, 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 are important and integrated into the rehab program after the addict has gone through 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, there are several options available for entering back into society. This process of ending the treatment program can often be a scary step. There are support groups and half-way houses for the individual if that is an option they need.
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