Cocaine Helpline

17 Feb

Cocaine Helpline

Cocaine Addiction Helpline

Cocaine addiction is a debilitating disease, affecting family relationships, work relationships, and overall quality of life. There is hope, no matter how desperate a situation may seem.

Whether your struggling with the disease of addiction yourself, looking for the signs ofcocaine abuse in a loved one, or looking for a treatment program that is right for you or a loved one, please call our cocaine hotline.

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to cocaine, please don’t hesitate to seek help. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you through these difficult times. You are not alone.

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Cocaine Information

17 Feb

Cocaine Information

Crack and Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug of abuse. Individuals who have tried cocaine have described the experience as a powerful high that gave them a feeling of supremacy. However, once someone starts taking cocaine, one cannot predict or control the extent to which he or she will continue to use the drug. The major ways of taking cocaine are sniffing or snorting,injecting, and smoking (including free-base and crack cocaine).

Health risks exist regardless of whether cocaine is inhaled (snorted), injected, or smoked. However, it appears that compulsive cocaine use may develop even more rapidly if thesubstance is smoked rather than snortedSmoking allows extremely high doses of cocaineto reach the brain very quickly and results in an intense and immediate high. The injecting drug user is also at risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV infection/AIDS if needles or other injection equipment are shared.

Health Hazards

Physical effects. Physical effects of cocaine use include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Some cocaineusers report feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety, both while using and between periods of use. An appreciable tolerance to the high may be developed, and many addicts report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure.

Paranoia and aggression. High doses of cocaine and/or prolonged use can trigger paranoia. Smoking crack cocaine can produce particularly aggressive paranoid behavior in users. When addicted individuals stop using cocaine, they may become depressed. This depression causes users to continue to use the drug to alleviate their depression.

Long-term effects. Prolonged cocaine snorting can result in ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose and can damage the nasal septum enough to cause it to collapse.Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest.

Added Danger. When people mix cocaine and alcohol, they are compounding the danger each drug poses and unknowingly causing a complex chemical interaction within their bodies. Researchers have found that the human liver combines cocaine and alcohol to manufacture a third substance, cocaethylene, which intensifies cocaine’s euphoric effects and possibly increases the risk of sudden death.

Crack is made by boiling cocaine hydrochloride with sodium bicarbonate to “free” the cocaine“base”. The base, in turn, separates from the solution as chunks of crack. The crack form is typically smoked.

As of 1998, approximately 10% of Americans have tried cocaine, about 2% in the last year, and 0.8% in the last month. This is approximately 1.8 million people. Other names forCocaineCoke, Snow, Snow White, Charlie, Toot, Girl, Lady Caine, Nose Candy, Blow, C-Dust.

In the same study, 2.2% of Americans said they had tried crack, and 0.3% in the last month. This is around 668,000 users. Other names for Crack: Hard Rock, Stones, Baby T, Pony, White Ghost, Sleet, Gravel.

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