December 2013

cocaine addictionThe holiday season can be a double-edged sword for those who fear possible relapse from cocaine addiction. Emotionally, it can be a time of both highs and lows, and this can be problematic for addicts in recovery.

Even though this is supposed to be a time of great cheer and celebration, many will instead feel anger, frustration, loneliness, sorrow, and even elation, and one or any combination of these can potentially lead to drug relapse. The holidays can also be the source of unpleasant memories for many addicts, bringing back the tension of experiences such as a marriage breakup or even being in jail.

For an individual in recovery, that’s when backsliding into bad habits can take its toll.

Stress and Pressure Can Tempt Drug Relapse

When this time of year rolls around, naturally you can expect a steady flow of parties and other gatherings and events at some of which you may in fact be exposed to cocaine. If your defenses are down and you’re feeling read more…


effects of cocaineCocaine use already brings enough highly negative and serious side effects to far too many lives the world over, causing the total derailment of people’s plans, dreams and goals. Not to mention dire effects to physical, mental and emotional well-being. As adults, we have the ability to make decisions and take control of our own behavior, while being fully aware of the risks and consequences.

This is especially significant for a pregnant woman who is not only “expecting” but also expected to take responsibility whenever possible for the health of her unborn child, who cannot make choices for him- or herself.

Cocaine Use and the Unborn Baby

During early pregnancy, cocaine use may increase the risk of miscarriage. When cocaine is used late in pregnancy, it can cause premature labor, or the death of an unborn baby. It may also cause the baby to have read more…


The use of cocaine continues to be a problem for many countries around the globe, and Australia is certainly not exempt from this unfortunate substance abuse trend.

In 2010, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 7.3% of Australians aged 14+ years had used cocaine at some time in their life, and that the average age at which Australians first tried cocaine was 23.3 years.

cocaine useOther key findings from the same NDSHS survey include the following:

  • Recent cocaine use had been increasing since 2004, and this trend continued in 2010 with an increase in recent use, from 1.6% in 2007 to 2.1% in 2010
  • Noteworthy increases were seen among females overall and particularly females between ages 20–29 years
  • People who recently used cocaine were more likely than non-users to have been diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness, or have high levels of psychological distress (17.5% for recent users compared with 9.7% for non-users)

Regarding the frequency of cocaine use, at that point over 60% of most recent users used cocaine once or twice a year. Males were more likely than females to use cocaine every few months or read more…